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Hi all!

I, like many of you I'm sure, prefer some company sleeves over others. Some of them are works of art in their design or simplicity! Wondering what everyone elses favourite company sleeves are? 

Mine are attached!

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I like really hard-to-find sleeves of late 1940s and '50s R&B labels: Too bad I don't have a Ravens' National 45 to put in this one.  I did buy Ol' Man River from 1949, but that was only on 7

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3 hours ago, Stevegods said:

Always been this one for me .. have the six original releases .. not great tunes but what a label and sleeve . 

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Yeah that's a beauty! Love that one too! 

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1 hour ago, Halogen said:

 I like this USA Kapp sleeve.

Also USA RCA and UK Stateside

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I think it must be the colour of the Stateside one, like that one too! Feel like the white box at the bottom could be nicer though. 

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I like really hard-to-find sleeves of late 1940s and '50s R&B labels:

Too bad I don't have a Ravens' National 45 to put in this one.  I did buy Ol' Man River from 1949, but that was only on 78 when I bought it.

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15 hours ago, Stevegods said:

Always been this one for me .. have the six original releases .. not great tunes but what a label and sleeve . 

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...and me...UK too...

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Japanese Atlantic sleeve from the late 50's. Everything is going fine until they get to Mr. McPhatter -

 

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9 hours ago, Robbk said:

I like really hard-to-find sleeves of late 1940s and '50s R&B labels:

Too bad I don't have a Ravens' National 45 to put in this one.  I did buy Ol' Man River from 1949, but that was only on 78 when I bought it.

National.thumb.jpg.7afa6cb53babaea812f45aad6ea1ea46.jpg

RPM.jpg220.jpg

Flair.jpg219.jpg

Crown.jpg221.jpg

Modern2.jpg223.jpg

King.jpg229.jpg

Federal.jpg230.jpg

DeLuxe.jpg231.jpg

Jubilee1.jpg

Gee.jpg213.jpg

Peacock1.jpg216.jpg

Dot1.jpg274.jpg

Flair-X.jpg184.jpg

NRC.jpg

R-Dell.jpg

Strand.jpg201.jpg

The King and Dot ones are so good! I really like that alternative King logo, shame that didn't make it into any actual labels (I assume?)

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9 hours ago, Robbk said:

Here are a few more:

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For some reason, I'm a sucker for the labels and/or sleeves that have the faces of the artists. The Aladdin is a great example! Also like the James Brown King label. Probably a whole other thread there though... 

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2 hours ago, JEGeorge said:

For some reason, I'm a sucker for the labels and/or sleeves that have the faces of the artists. The Aladdin is a great example! 

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    2 Atlantic sleeves- the 1st an early one before they signed the Drifters, La Vern Baker and Ray Charles and a later one- 

 

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Here are a few more:

I wish I had this Revelaires' record to fill my Burgundy sleeve (1954 Detroit R&B Group ballad):

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Bally.jpg317.jpg

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1 minute ago, Amsterdam Russ said:

Just one sleevely delight from me...

This delightful one cosily wrapping an Argentine 7" of the Apollas classic track - Mr Creator.

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I can just hear them singing:  "El Señor Creador............... "  Is it sung in Spanish or English?

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30 minutes ago, Robbk said:

I can just hear them singing:  "El Señor Creador............... "  Is it sung in Spanish or English?

It is the English language version ala the US WB release, although I do think a Spanish version would sound celestial.

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3 hours ago, Robbk said:

A few more:...RedBird.jpg338.jpg

... You won't fool us Robb 🧐, this UK company sleeve is not aiming to dress an American record 😉

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Like many (not all I know) of you, I've alway gathered them company sleeves everywhere I went to fit my own records in. Anytime I could that is. Even gave many to friends who proposed me money that which I've always refused. Because every good record deserves a proper company sleeve if it ever got one ! And my friend's records are my record's friend... What ever that means ; stop no none-sense (I am Belgian as well) 😜

Before the internet I was happy fitting them like I preferred them. For eye match comfort. Not necessary with the contemporary one. I've had the opportunity to venture into new old stock warehouses and have seen many records with their 'proper' company sleeves and now thanks to 'bigboppa' (RIP) site we can all even adjust better the contemporary match. If ever that is ! A most vital site that is hopefully now revived. Alleluia ! 

Those good old days of crate digging are now long gone... The opportunity to meet those company sleeves on records in the record sales box is getting rarer and rarer. The company sleeve monkey business has gone from the rare trading 'connoisseur' community (a bit like the football/base ball card community) to the regular dealer with stacks of company sleeves for sale from $1 up to... Weak I just bought my first one : American Arts.

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A nice company sleeve only looks 'tops' with the record in. It's a combination. For example I love my majors like Uni (looks smashing IMO) even though it's a common 'POP' major company with only few soul releases. But they are great and look the bizz to me. Bringing found memories of my early crate digging days and musical discoveries. The rarer doesn't mean the better once again. Not so common (early blue !) yet classic I love ...

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3 hours ago, Tlscapital said:

... You won't fool us Robb 🧐, this UK company sleeve is not aiming to dress an American record 😉

Is it my fault that Red Bird made no company sleeves for their US issues?  I think US Red Bird records look better in British Rec Bird sleeves than in generic, blank white ones.  What is much funnier, is that I keep my 1949-1955 Chicago Al Benson Parrot label records in London Parrot sleeves.  🤣

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7 minutes ago, Robbk said:

Is it my fault that Red Bird made no company sleeves for their US issues?...

That could very well be... 🙃

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For Soul I've always been a fan of this one...

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For UK Reggae I love these but I only have a couple myself as they are tough to find...

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5 minutes ago, Soul-slider said:

For UK Reggae I love these but I only have a couple myself as they are tough to find...

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Yev these, like the Blue Beat company sleeves have always been tough to come by as they were dressing up their 45's only for a very short time. Unlike the Pama's for example.

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3 hours ago, Tlscapital said:

Like many (not all I know) of you, I've alway gathered them company sleeves everywhere I went to fit my own records in. Anytime I could that is. Even gave many to friends who proposed me money that which I've always refused. Because every good record deserves a proper company sleeve if it ever got one ! And my friend's records are my record's friend... What ever that means ; stop no none-sense (I am Belgian as well) 😜

Before the internet I was happy fitting them like I preferred them. For eye match comfort. Not necessary with the contemporary one. I've had the opportunity to venture into new old stock warehouses and have seen many records with their 'proper' company sleeves and now thanks to 'bigboppa' (RIP) site we can all even adjust better the contemporary match. If ever that is ! A most vital site that is hopefully now revived. Alleluia ! 

Those good old days of crate digging are now long gone... The opportunity to meet those company sleeves on records in the record sales box is getting rarer and rarer. The company sleeve monkey business has gone from the rare trading 'connoisseur' community (a bit like the football/base ball card community) to the regular dealer with stacks of company sleeves for sale from $1 up to... Weak I just bought my first one : American Arts.

Scan10004.thumb.JPG.9d214aa8e32ab3910cb0a9167225d743.JPG

A nice company sleeve only looks 'tops' with the record in. It's a combination. For example I love my majors like Uni (looks smashing IMO) even though it's a common 'POP' major company with only few soul releases. But they are great and look the bizz to me. Bringing found memories of my early crate digging days and musical discoveries. The rarer doesn't mean the better once again. Not so common (early blue !) yet classic I love ...

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The pink Motowns all came in generic brown sleeves.  The Blue Motown sleeves didn't start until late 1963, if I remember correctly.  But, I admit to keeping my earliest Motowns in them, and then those directly after them in the red Motowns, because, I want all my records in company sleeves, if it is possible. Same goes for my Tamla records.  My early Gordy records, Miracle, Mel-O-dy, Soul, and VIP are all in 1962-64 Hitsville covers, until they run out, then in the LP photos on white background design 1965-67 Motown Corp. sleeves, as are the later Motowns and Tamlas.

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Another few colourful covers. Sorry they are small....

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