“Just off the coast of PolyGram” – Island: shortly before Polygram became Universal, Island managed to get this on a few releases.  It indicated that it was part of the mainland (PolyGram).

“Blue Note hits a new note” – Blue Note: when Liberty (yeah, it existed) merged United Artists with Blue Note in the early 70s, it had expanded on more contemporary and fusion jazz and they changed the logo from the more familiar eighth-note logo to a small eighth note encased in a thick lower case ‘b’-which pissed off label co-founder Albert Lion to no end.  After EMI bought out United Artists Group, the label was shuttered until 1985 when Bruce Lundvall revived the label and brought back the note.

Trifecta – Motown: When Motown has separate labels, the three main ones had individual slogans with logos to match.  Motown’s overall slogan “The Sound of Young America” encompassed everything coming from Motown; however, Tamla’s slogan was “The Music Heard Around The World” and Gordy’s was “It’s What’s in the Grooves That Count”.

“Individuals for and by individuals” – CBS Records: jazz was a big thing in the 70s and most labels tried their make various versions of jazz were represented.  CBS did an insert in 1979 that was called “Individuals For And By Individuals”.  The insert was included in many jazz releases by various jazz artists like Wilbert Longmire, Lips, Stanley Clarke, George Duke, The Heath Bros., et al.

“There’s a message in the music” – Philadelphia International: During its’ heyday in the70s, Philadelphia International co-founder Kenneth Gamble did something no other label had done: put little essays on their covers on their albums with subjects that were dealing with social injustice, inequality and life in general; each one ended with the tagline “There’s a message in the Music.” Also on the 45 labels included the phrase  “The Sound of Philadelphia” and “You’ll Never Forget Our Tunes” for their publishing company.

“The earth has music for those who listen” – Tabu: Founder Clarence Avant adopted this saying by philosopher George Santayana.

“The most beautiful sound next to silence” – ECM: Granted the label, founded by Manfred Eicher, in 1969 is a well-known jazz label, their artists refuse to be held down by boundaries in their music.

“A Company Run in the Spirit of The Three Stooges” – Hollywood:  When the label was originally founded by Disney and distributed by Elektra, these guys sent a press release and  it contained this line trying to compete with Giant (which was kicking butt at the time).  Eventually, it was scrapped.



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