where do discount records come from?

InterludeMO503-HerbieMann-back

InterludeMO503-HerbieMann-FreedmanJerman

PremierPM2001-HerbieMannMode114-HerbieMann-FluteFraternity

TopRank-HerbieMann-FluteFraternity10in

I have just finished posting my collection of the covers of Curt John Witt, who worked for discount labels his whole career – Plymouth, Royale. These discount recordings were often European recordings that they changed the names on, so they wouldn’t have to pay royalties. Not all cheap records originated that way. Here I show the original recording of Herbie Mann and Buddy Collette, called Flute Fraternity, on Interlude records, a relatively early and high quality reissue on Mode, and a later issue on a cheap label. I assume that Interlude did not last long, and the owners of the recording made it available for reissue at a low price.

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