Happy Time Records

Happy Time Records (U.S.A.) / 1962

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Design: The label name lettering and accompanying graphics, though small in scale, are loosely constructed and appropriately cheerful -- even the dividing bars above and below the spindle hole wave along happily. The record itself, made of 'splatter' vinyl, is nothing short of spectacular (the contemporary Morrison record, also in splatter vinyl, shows a different type of pattern). I would rate this, being reminiscent of American artist Jackson Pollock's 'drip' paintings, as contemporary art of high order.

History: The small lettering at the foot of the label reads: "Cove Music U.S.A. A Pickwick International Product. Rec first pub. 1962. Made in U.S.A." Label scan courtesy of collector and musicologist Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K.

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