Before a record gets an official release white label promotional copies are often distributed to radio stations, DJ’s and music industry employees. NB* ‘Test Pressings’ are often grouped with white labels, as the name suggests these are used to test a record before manufacture and not for promotional purposes. Test Pressings are highly prized as they are made in even smaller quantities than promos.
Who Makes Them?
They are produced by both the major record labels and the independents, in some cases they are self made by upcoming bands/artists looking for a means to promote themselves.
What Do They Look Like?
As the name suggests they tend to be sent out in an unfinished state, often with plain white custom stamped labels and promo marked/plain sleeves.
Why Do We Like Them?
For the record collector the chance to own an extremely limited release by their favourite artist/band with different artwork and, in some cases, different mixes or even tracks to the official release, not only make them highly desirable but, choose well, and you’ve bagged yourself an instant collector’s item too!
Here’s our current Top 5 favourites, to see full list click here
TREES On The Shore Rare & magnificent British psych folk 1970 first UK issue 10-track LP on the smooth & plain orange CBS label with A1/B1 matrices, a must for fans of Fairport Convention, Steeleye […]
The Complete Armed Forces 2020 US manufactured Online Exclusive Super Deluxe Nine Disc – 3-LPs/3-10″ LPs/3-7″ Singles – Box Set pressed on Coloured Vinyl, personally curated by Elvis Costello. The box fully embracesBarney Bubbles’ epic […]