For now we see through the vinyl, darkly

By MarchHair MarchHair
updated 7 months ago

"βλέπομεν γὰρ ἄρτι δι' βινύλιο ἐν αἰνίγματι"

Very dark brown, grey, red, blue, and purple records - so dark that they appear at first to be black. But observant 'oggers may notice a faintly colored lustre and, holding it to the light for closer inspection, may notice that the record is not in fact opaque as expected. Are these records made from ultra-thin Dynaflex, ultra-recycled plastics, or otherwise ultra-low-grade materials? Are they the highest grade ultra-virgin vinyl or audiophile blends like Amex, Quiex, Quiex II, KC 569, or KC 600? Are they all from the 80s and 90s? Is this something anybody should care about and collect or is this a waste of community time and a corruption of the database? Let's find out.

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More labels to examine: A, B, C, D, E, F, and G
Lists to examine: I

  1. Steve Merrick, Jefferson Jones Orchestra - Italian Moon

    Image available (good example of the degree of translucency)
    1950
    Brown
    Label: Cook

  2. Edgard Varèse - Complete Works Of Edgard Varèse, Volume 1

    3 For Sale from $40.00

    image available
    1951
    Red
    Label: EMS Recordings

  3. Various - Cook's Tour Of Stereo

    2 For Sale from $9.98

    image available
    1958
    Blue
    Microfusion process
    Label: Cook

  4. The Mama's And The Papa's* - If You Can Believe Your Eyes And Ears

    Image available
    Release date: Sep 1966
    Orange translucent
    Label: 中聲

  5. Elton John - Your Song

    7 For Sale from $3.07

    image available
    1971
    Red
    Label: DJM Records
    ?Distributed by?: Pye

  6. Elton John - Caribou

    187 For Sale from $0.99

    Images available.
    Other translucent versions (no images) here, here, and here
    1974
    Brown/Red
    Label: DJM Records
    Made By: Garrod & Lofthouse
    ?Distributed by?: Pye

  7. The Jolly Brothers - Conscious Man

    1 For Sale from $6.57

    Image available
    1977
    Brown
    Label: Magnum Records
    Manufacturer: Pye Records (Sales) Ltd.
    Pressed by: Tranco Limited

  8. Ponchielli* - I Lituani

    2 For Sale from $10.00

    image available
    1979
    Blue
    Label: A.N.N.A. Record Company

  9. Joy Division - Closer

    Master release with notes regarding translucent versions.
    Images of translucent versions available here and here
    Non-translucent version here
    July 1980
    Red
    Label: Factory
    Pressed By: Tranco Limited

  10. Joy Division - Atmosphere

    13 For Sale from $26.70

    Images available.
    Images of other translucent version available here
    Other translucent versions (no images) here
    1980
    Red
    Label: Factory

  11. Throbbing Gristle - Adrenalin / Distant Dreams (Part Two)

    18 For Sale from $25.00

    image available
    23 Oct 1980
    Red
    Label: Industrial Records

  12. Throbbing Gristle - Subhuman / Something Came Over Me

    19 For Sale from $15.91

    image available
    23 Oct 1980
    Red
    Label: Industrial Records

  13. Dead Kennedys - In God We Trust, Inc.

    13 For Sale from $5.68

    Images available.
    1981
    Brown
    Label: Statik Records
    Made By: TELDEC »Telefunken-Decca« Schallplatten GmbH

  14. Einstürzende Neubauten - Kalte Sterne

    11 For Sale from $31.82

    Images available.
    1981
    Brown
    Label: Zickzack

  15. Einstürzende Neubauten - Kollaps

    21 For Sale from $7.95

    Images available.
    1981
    Brown
    Label: Zickzack

  16. The Residents - Mark Of The Mole

    38 For Sale from $14.77

    Images available.
    1981
    Brown
    Label: Ralph Records
    Manufactured By: Ralph Records
    Pressed By: KM Records Inc.

  17. The Clash - Should I Stay Or Should I Go

    3 For Sale from $7.41

    images available
    1982
    Red
    Label/Manufacturer: Epic

  18. Dead Kennedys - Bleed For Me

    1 For Sale from $23.52

    Images available.
    1982
    Brown
    Label: Statik Records
    Made By: TELDEC »Telefunken-Decca« Schallplatten GmbH

  19. The Residents - Intermission

    58 For Sale from $6.00

    Images available.
    1982
    Brown
    Label: Ralph Records
    Manufactured By: Cryptic Corporation

  20. Tom Tom Club - Under The Boardwalk

    8 For Sale from $1.50

    image available
    1982
    Purple
    Label: Sire
    Manufactured By: WEA Music Of Canada, Ltd.

  21. The Cure - Let's Go To Bed

    3 For Sale from $51.14

    image available
    Nov 1982
    Purple
    Label/Manufacturer: Fiction Records

  22. The Police - Synchronicity

    9 For Sale from $14.99

    images available (brown)
    Images of other translucent versions available here (purple), here (purple), here (purple), here (grey), and here (grey)
    Other translucent version (no images) here (purple), here (purple), and here
    07 Jun 1983
    Quiex?
    Label: A&M

  23. Christopher Cross - Another Page

    12 For Sale from $9.00

    images available
    1983
    Brown?
    Quiex II
    Label: Warner Bros.

  24. The Human League - Fascination!

    58 For Sale from $2.00

    image available
    1983
    Brown
    Label: A&M
    Manufactured by: PolyGram Inc.

  25. The Residents - Residue Of The Residents

    54 For Sale from $7.99

    Images available.
    1983
    Blue
    Label: Ralph Records
    Manufactured By: Ralph Records
    Pressed By: Rainbo Records