Before a record gets an official release white label promotional copies are often distributed to radio stations, DJ’s and music industry employees. NB* ‘Test Pressings’ are often grouped with white labels, as the name suggests these are used to test a record before manufacture and not for promotional purposes. Test Pressings are highly prized as they are made in even smaller quantities than promos.
Who Makes Them?
They are produced by both the major record labels and the independents, in some cases they are self made by upcoming bands/artists looking for a means to promote themselves.
What Do They Look Like?
As the name suggests they tend to be sent out in an unfinished state, often with plain white custom stamped labels and promo marked/plain sleeves.
Why Do We Like Them?
For the record collector the chance to own an extremely limited release by their favourite artist/band with different artwork and, in some cases, different mixes or even tracks to the official release, not only make them highly desirable but, choose well, and you’ve bagged yourself an instant collector’s item too!
Here’s our current Top 5 favourites, to see full list click here
Brilliant, we loved it. Watch it here at BBC Four. From BBC Four: Documentary following a generation of post-punk musicians who took the synthesiser from the experimental fringes to the centre of the pop stage. In the late 1970s, small pockets of electronic artists including the Human League, Daniel Miller […read more…]
Seven tracks by seven artists, pressed to 7″ vinyl. Back for a fifth year, Secret 7″ have unveiled a star-studded line-up for 2016, with John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’, Etta James’ ‘At Last’, and Tame Impala’s ‘The Less I Know The Better’ among the seven tracks to be pressed to 7″ vinyl […read more…]
ENSLAVED Hordanes Land Stunning archive quality 1993 first UK issue 3-track mini-LP on Candlelight Records, the blissful debut by the Nordic legends & a landmark in the trailblazing Norwegian Black Metal scene. Enslaved were never about the extreme subculture of church-burnings & murder; they let the music speak for itself […read more…]