Michael Biel wrote:
> One of the most novel programs of marking covers was done by RCA Victor
> in the late 60s but these were NOT cut-outs, although they pretended to
> be. There were a lot of albums that were slow sellers but were still
> selling just a bit. Plus they still had a large stocks of printed but
> unglued front cover slicks for these albums. They figured they would
> never be able to use these up trying to sell them at full price, so they
> "deleted" several hundred of these albums, glued the slicks to the
> cardboard but cut a little triangular notch in just the paper of the
> rear cover which allowed the cardboard to show thru there on the left
> edge on the rear. Then they pressed up the records on Dynaflex and
> inserted the records into the jackets without innersleeves. This made a
> package that was relatively lightweight to ship, which reduced costs.
> Then they sold the newly manufactured records to distributors and
> dealers at cut-out prices -- and here is the important part of the story
> -- without paying royalties because these, supposedly, were cut-outs.
> But because all of these were on the newly introduced Dynaflex material
> they couldn't fool anybody. It was obvious they were newly
> manufactured. They ended up having to pay millions of dollars in fines
> and restitutions to the performers and music copyrights owners who sued
I picked up quite a few of these in the early 70s..$1.49 at Radio Shack. Many
were albums I hadn't seen for years, like Artie Shaw's "Any Old Time", Horowitz
playing the Brahms 2nd Concerto et al. Interesting.