the next few Plymouth/Merit covers by Curt John Witt

Witt-Masque-M-10015-GypsyBaron

Witt-Merit-M200-11-Karrer-Beethoven-Emperor-1952

Witt-Merit-M200-12-Karrer-Rachmaninoff-1952

Witt-Merit-M200-17-Schubert-nr9-1952

Witt-Merit-M200-18-Schubert-nr4-1952

Witt-PlymouthMerit-P2-12-Karrer-Rachmaninoff-1952

Witt-PlymouthMerit-P2-13-Weidlich-Mozart-Piano

Witt-PlymouthMerit-P12-11-Karrer-Beethoven-Emperor

Two of them twice, with slightly different covers.

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Beethoven piano sonatas, cover by Witt

Witt-Merit-M200-16-Beethoven-sonatas

Witt-PlymouthMerit-P2-16-Beethoven-sonatas-1

Witt-PlymouthMerit-P2-16-Beethoven-sonatas-2

Witt-PlymouthMerit-P2-16-Beethoven-sonatas-3
Final post for today: Beethoven piano sonatas in various color variants on Merit and Plymouth-Merit. I don’t like this cover design as much as the last two, but I do like that it exists in different colors and shades.

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Dvorak New World, cover by Witt

Witt-Merit-M200-14-Dvorak-NewWorld

Witt-PlymouthMerit-P2-14-Dvorak-NewWorld-1952

Witt-PlymouthMerit-P2-14-Dvorak-NewWorld-orange

Witt-PlymouthMerit-P2-14-Dvorak-NewWorld-pale

Not as strikingly different as the covers of the Grieg Piano Concerto, but still quite a nice little range. There are probably a few more color variants, plus a release on Masque.

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Grieg Piano Concerto, cover by Witt

Witt-Masque-M-10005-Karrer-Grieg-PianoConcerto

Witt-PlymouthMerit-P12-10-Karrer-Grieg-blue

Witt-PlymouthMerit-P12-10-Karrer-Grieg-yellow

Witt-Plymouth-P12-10-Karrer-Grieg-PianoConcerto

If there is one thing I truly love, other than family, friends, knowledge, God and country, and my ancient religious-ethnic group, it is multiple covers of the same piece of music. Here, where some of these covers are minor variations and all are designed by Curt John Witt, is the heart of my aesthetic sensibilities. The Plymouth Merit one is a great cover to my taste, in any color. I wonder how many more variants there are?

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More early Plymouth and Plymouth-Merit

Einhorn-PlymouthMerit-P12-4-Franck

Witt-PlymouthMerit-P12-1-Tchaikovsky4th

Witt-PlymouthMerit-P12-2-Tchaikovsky5th

Witt-PlymouthMerit-P12-6-Beethoven7th

Witt-PlymouthMerit-P12-7-Brahms1st

Witt-PlymouthMerit-P12-8-Brahms2nd

Witt-PlymouthMerit-P12-9-Brahms4th

Witt-Plymouth-P12-9-Brahms4th-1952

One of these, Cesar Franck, is designed by Einhorn. If you know who Einhorn is, please let me know. The rest are Curt John Witt, my second favorite designer, possibly because his works look like cut-rate Steinweiss. ca. 1951-1952.

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Plymout, Merit, and Plymouth Merit, early 1950s

Witt-Merit-M200-3-Tchaikovsky6th-1952

Witt-PlymouthMerit-P12-3-Tchaikovsky6th-1952

Witt-Merit-M200-5-Beethoven6th-1952

Witt-PlymouthMerit-P12-5-Beethoven6th

Curt John Witt designed a large percentage of the covers on Plymouth/Merit ca 1950 to 1954. Another budget label, the music of dubious origin. But nice covers, if cheap. The same works showed up on Remington.

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Parade records, ca. 1960 – Probably Curt John Witt

Parade-2033-LightConcertFavorites

Parade-2035-Strauss-Waltzes

Parade-2039-Muller-Haeffner-Tchaikovsky

Parade-SP5-TheKingAndI

Another budget label, Parade. These covers look remarkably like the work of Alex Steinweiss, but I am reasonably certain he never did any work for Parade. Curt John Witt’s work often looked a lot like Steinweiss’, and he always worked for budget labels, so I assume these are his.

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