Friday, 26 September 2008
Another Dutch advertisement record label is Luxitone. Yesterday and the day before yesterday, I called the music released on the Royal Disques and the Noratoon label crap, but compared to what is to be heard on the Luxitone records that music is gold.
All Luxitone records came in the same sleeve:
This is the back of the sleeve :
The records, which are one-sided cardboard flexi’s, all look like this:
People had to cut out three labels from the Lux toiletsoap package, stick these on a special postcard and add 65 cents worth of extra stamps, send it to PO Box 47 in Rotterdam, and then they received a extraLuxitone record*. 65 cents was an astronomical amount of money in those days; the postage for a postcard was only 8 cents back then!
There were even ads in women magazines for the Luxitone records:
And all this for ten cardboard records that even I find hard to enjoy. Here are the titles:
Not only are this not the kind of songs that make my heart beat faster, it are all cover versions, of course. The names of the musicians are not mentioned, but I am pretty sure that they are Dutch.
what is very straneg about the Luxitone records is that they all seem to play to slow. The records and the ad say that they have to be played at 45rpm, but to my ears they sound better at 78rpm.
The records are 7 inch, but of one record (#9) I also got a copy that is about 6 inches, and that came in a slightly different sleeve:
Does this mean that all the ten records were made in two versions?! And how about the remark on the back of the 6 inch record that these ten records are only the first series?! Questions like these keep me awake.
But the worse thing is that I have only eight of these Luxitone records!!! After all these years of record hunting I still miss #3 and #10. And I since I have never met anybody who shared an interest in the Luxitone records, it will be a real problem to make this collection complete.
Here is one of the records, probably the least worse song, but with two records missing in my collection, I am not the one to make statements like this.