As I said before, a budget label at this point. Remarkably, some of the music is pretty good, more so than anything the company would do later. At least the ones with some relationship to jazz are pretty good. The record “After Hours” is one of my all time favorite albums. 100 all time favorite, but still a favorite. Much of this music was later reissued on Grand Award.
This is everything else I have on Waldorf, or just about all.
Bargain label at its finest. The drawn ones are by Tracy Sugarman.
I just finished posting everything I have on Command Records. The Command label was the inheritor of a company that started ca. 1950 under the name Waldorf Music Hall. So I am now going to go back and pick up the Waldorf records and the Grand Award records that followed Waldorf and preceded Command. As I have said before, Command did not, in my opinion, make its reputation nor sales on its music. I consider this entire company saga to be the perfect proof of the importance of graphic design. Waldorf was a budget label, mostly 10 inch records. A couple of good illustrators did some of the drawings. The covers are a little higher quality in design and materials than other budget labels of the time period. Over time the company realized that graphics works, put more and more effort into graphics, and sold the company in 1959 (or so I have read). If they had had as bad packaging as some of their competitors, they would not have succeeded as well as they did. The music is still mostly terrible, but the designs get better and better. Some of these covers have art by Tracy Sugarman, who will show up a lot in the next few months. I am not sure TH1 is Waldorf, I don’t have the lp itself, and there is nothing on the back cover.
This is all the 12 inch Waldorfs in my collection. The 10 inch ones are next.
This is all of the remaining Command Classics that I have, up to the end in 1967.
Nothing much to add. This brings us up to 1965, almost the end of Command Classics.
The earliest Command Classics had remarkably high quality cover materials. The last one of those I have is below 11020. After that, the design concept did not change – Charles E Murphy designed, and an illustrator was used for the image. Some really fine illustrators, in my opinion.
In 1961 Command launched its Classics line. Here are Command Classics CC1002 to CC 11010 complete. The covers of the original issues are amazingly nice – really high quality paper materials, made into bound books. Design of the series by Charles E Murphy, with drawings by famous illustrators of the time. Two of them by Josef Albers, one of the most famous painters to also do record covers. Most of these are originals.
According to http://www.bsnpubs.com/abc/command.html, there was no CC1001, so these are the first nine there were.