Author Topic: Were there some "public" library labels? / Borderline cases  (Read 369 times)

digdeeper

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Were there some "public" library labels? / Borderline cases
« on: December 30, 2019, 07:30:52 PM »
I've been thinking this about some labels whose albums look like they could have been sold to individual people, such as Phase 6 Stereo (https://www.discogs.com/label/120065-Phase-6-Super-Stereo?page=1&genre=All&limit=250), or FAN (https://www.discogs.com/label/262686-Fan-3?page=1&genre=All&limit=50). Were those pure library labels for commercial use only? I think Vedette is a confusing case (https://www.discogs.com/label/30985-Vedette-Records?page=1&genre=All&limit=250), since they seem to have issued public albums as well by normal artists. Since the aforementioned labels had those "Movie Hits" type albums that are so very much like mass-produced Easy Listening albums, and don't look like the dry, undesigned (or wildly, psychedelically designed) library album. There is a nice list on Discord, only I cannot discern how rigid that list is in terms of what is library and what is not, and how complete it is.

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Re: Were there some "public" library labels? / Borderline cases
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2019, 06:27:48 AM »
Musi-que was ostensibly geared for the public for adding sound to home movies with layman explanations of what the types of music cues could be used for. Apparently they were from the Harry Bluestone library.

Discogs has only one example listed for the sound effects, though ebay has quite a few of the background music versions.

https://www.discogs.com/Musi-que-Sound-Effects-Volume-A/release/2895240

Two Steps from Hell is a modern example of library music used in movie trailers which are widely available for sale to the public. They have quite a presence on Youtube.
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Re: Were there some "public" library labels? / Borderline cases
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2019, 02:16:23 PM »
Only the VSM 385-series on Vedette are library LPs, the rest are ordinary "public" releases. Phase 6 occasionally reused some library cues, but was intended for the commercial easy listening market.

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Re: Were there some "public" library labels? / Borderline cases
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2019, 08:15:17 PM »
FAN is definitely not a Library label. It's a budget label that licensed tracks from many different sources.

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Re: Were there some "public" library labels? / Borderline cases
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2020, 04:00:07 PM »
Yep, the Musi-Que stuff originates from the Bluestone/Cadkin library. I don't know about the SFX, though. There are sound effects on one of the Carlin Archive (CAS) albums, but I'm not sure if any of them were included on those LPs. Does anyone have those and would like to rip them?

There are scads of commercially-released German "easy listening" albums on labels like MPS and Elite Special that are entirely or mostly all original compositions from composers who show up frequently on German library labels... I've always wondered if the tracks on those were originally recorded as library tracks.

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Re: Were there some "public" library labels? / Borderline cases
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2020, 01:06:05 AM »
Ha, then I was right about my hunches. Thanks for the infos!

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Re: Were there some "public" library labels? / Borderline cases
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2020, 07:15:51 AM »
I don't know public 100%-library-label but Neuilly did some commercials release and some library records. Same thing for Epervier