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Anyone know why the MHS label covers were always black and white?

Posted on May 12, 2022 at 13:36:45

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Cheaper to manufacture maybe? Have scoped out here and on the all mighty web and couldnt find anything...


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Probably cheap., posted on May 12, 2022 at 13:40:53
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And really, so many classical music sleeves have cover photos of scenery that has nothing to do with the music. Sometimes I get a chuckle.
Some of those MHS pressings are damned good, BTW. I've got the Bax symphonies, some of them on Lyrita and some on MHS. The Lyritas are more expensive but the MHS were either pressed by Lyrita or pressed using the Lyrita stampers.

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So i can easily spot them in the dollar racks of used record stores...., posted on May 12, 2022 at 14:11:12

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Usually while sitting on the floor because that's were the dollar classical albums are displayed.


Probably true, posted on May 13, 2022 at 05:00:04
Jack G

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Yes, MHS stuff was pretty good, at least the earlier ones- Good pressings, decent but little known orchestras. They were on a budget.
Back in the 2000's when I was still buying used LPs, I would scarf up MHS baroque albums up for $1 and most were Near Mint or better. The folks who unloaded them took exceptional care of their LPs.


RE: Anyone know why the MHS label covers were always black and white?, posted on May 13, 2022 at 08:06:54

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4-color printing vs Black ink only much cheaper


you answered your own question..., posted on May 13, 2022 at 10:54:33

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One of the labels that spent little on covers, yet had some sonic marvels released. I love finding old scores of MHS stuff for 50 cents in NM condition. The stuff in the 80's was also pressed on translucent vinyl. I have an 80's Holst/The Planets that is the best I have ever heard.


MHS..fantastique, posted on May 15, 2022 at 12:56:49

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yes, the symphonie of the same name. it's by Alain Lombard and the Straasberg SO and has some tear jerking violin passages. look for it.


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