But then one fateful night, Zelda said to me
She said "Sweetie pumpkin? Do you wanna join the Columbia Record Club?"
I said "Woah, hold on now, baby"
"I'm just not ready for that kinda commitment"
So we broke up and I never saw her again
But that's just the way things go
"And of course clvrmnky, calling the people you steal from "thieves" is one of the oldest and most feeble rationalisations. Depriving someone of revenue is stealing. As always, if you don't want to pay, don't consume."
Record Club of America was based in York, Pa., and operated from the late '60s to mid '70s. It was basically a discount mail-order record retailer — it wasn't affiliated with any label, but offered everything that was in the (late, lamented) Schwann Record Catalog. If you "joined," you got circulars in the mail every few weeks, but there were no monthly selections or cards to send back.
Through the end of the '60s they were great. Albums that listed for $4.98 usually sold for $2.99 and often for $2.49 or even $1.99. You'd sometimes see prices like that on a few sale items at Sears or Woolworth's, but this was on a much broader range of albums. . .
After achieving a certain amount of success, the company started cutting deals with the big labels to buy these custom pressings so they could get better wholesale prices. The "Manufactured by ..." indicated that the records weren't returnable to the record label, which lowered the label's cost (in those days, regular pressings were 100% returnable if they didn't sell — big cost to the label). They'd also forgo the shrink wrap and maybe use cheaper vinyl to shave the cost some more. But, if the records didn't sell, Record Club of America was stuck with them.
When the club went belly-up in the mid-'70s, it was stuck with about 600,000 albums. For some reason they never disposed of them and just kept them in a warehouse. . .
This person is just mistaken. It's a fully discrete stereo mix and the person just couldn't hear one channel. It's the not only from...... the exact same master, it was the same product--just shipped to Columbia. This is how urban legends are born--operator error.
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