Label: Command - RS 890SD,Command - RS-890-S.D. • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Stereo • Country: US • Genre: Jazz, Stage & Screen • Style: Easy Listening
It was a subsidiary to the Grand Award label. The label recorded popular, classical and jazz music and was acquired by Am-Par Records in October when Am-Par purchased all of the labels of Enoch Light. Command continued to operate under the Am-Par Corp. Command was operated as a audiophile record label producing records with exaggerated separation of the stereo tracks. The albums were packaged in high quality gatefold covers with distinctive abstract designs.
The Persuasive Percussion series Drum Up - Ted Heath And His Music - Dicey records were very successful, the first "Persuasive Percussion" album received little airplay on AM stations but Joel Whitburn lists this album as one of the 25 best selling albums of the modern era.
Command was one of the first companies to adopt 35MM film for master recording instead of magnetic tape for the better fidelity it afforded. Accordion player Charles Magnante and guitar player Tony Mottola also released many albums on the label.
Despite Até Quem Sabe - Gal* - Cantar meticulous recording techniques, almost everything released on the label could be described as MOR or lounge music, with only a few singles chart breakthroughs. Today Mack The Knife - The Ray Charles Singers - Young Lovers On-Broadway type of music has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity and is sometimes called "Bachelor Pad Music".
Enoch Light left the Command label in to form the Project 3 Label. Project 3 was not connected with ABC. After Light left, the quality of the albums on Command deteriorated until they discontinued releases in the main series Mack The Knife - The Ray Charles Singers - Young Lovers On-Broadway ABC used the "Command Quadraphonic" name from to for quadraphonic releases for albums that were originally on Command, ABC, and Dunhill, and reissued a series of two-record sets under the name "Command Two-Fers" in The first appearance of "subsidiary of ABC Records" appeared on Mack The Knife - The Ray Charles Singers - Young Lovers On-Broadway , but was sporadic after that.
The first Command label was gray with black print. The Command logo is in script in white above the center hole. At the bottom of the label is "MFG. A" This label was used from the start in till The second Command label was off-white with black print. The Command logo is in script in gold above the center hole. A" This label was used from till the mid's. The third label was creme color with black print.
The script "Command" logo in black above the center hole in a multi-color box, beside the logo is the ABC Records logo. At the bottom of the label is "Grand Award Record Co.
New York, N. From till the end of the label, the multi-color box was changed to black and the Grand Award Record Co. The series had an olive color label with black print, with green and white logos around the Blindman - Ringo Starr - Goodnight Vienna. We would appreciate any additions or corrections to this discography.
Just send them to us via e-mail. Both Sides Now Publications is an information web page. We are not a catalog, nor can we provide the records listed below. We have no association with Command Records. Should you be interested in acquiring albums listed in this discography all of which are out of printwe suggest you see our Frequently Asked Questions page and follow the instructions found there. This story and discography are copyright by Mike Callahan.
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