Ristic (U.K.) / c. 1949

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Design: A simple Art Deco-style typographic design utilizing Gill Bold for the label name and Gill Medium for the song title.

History: Label scan courtesy of collector and musicologist Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K., who writes: "This was a private label [the above is #67 of a limited edition of 100 copies, in a series numbering at least 15] belonging to John R.T. Davies, a famous sound engineer and jazz musician." From Wikipedia: "For many he was considered the world's leading specialist in the art of sound restoration, specifically in regard to jazz and blues existing on pre-magnetic tape media such as shellac 78s, developing numerous methods for restoring old recordings. Disliking modern techniques for removing surface noise, he preferred remasterings which 'kept everything' and did as little as possible to modify the original recording. The presence of his name on the credit of a reissue is widely considered the mark of a quality product. His own record label, called Ristic (after a childhood nickname) was founded in the late 1940s, and continued in production up to 1972." Born in 1927, Davies died in 2004.

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