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.
I had shown some of these reissues by Peter Whorf and Tim Bryant a while back. There is even one of these that repackages the first two Soft Machine lps, but I don’t have it. When I post my command probe lps I’ll try to remember to put it in.
Two sampler albums made to be sold at the department store EJ Korvettes. Some samplers for the general market, I like the designs on these New No.4, New No. 5, etc., records. Probably by Charles E Murphy. A bargain reissue or two, and a few other odds and ends.
At the end, 1969-1971, Command Records was trying new things graphically. The music remained the same middle of the road schlock, except for the records released on Command Probe, which I will show later. Here are my last few Command Records, trying to be hip with unhip music.
Sometime after 900 the Artistic Director changed. The look did not change immediately, and Giusti is still good, but to my mind Command lost its earlier distinctiveness. On the other hand, someone created the bizarre paper folding covers like Soft Machine and Mystic Number National Bank, and even if they aren’t really good, they sure are fun.