Hi-Infidelity Records (complete series)

In the early 1960’s the recorded album was an arrived form of media and found it’s way to millions of livingrooms all over the world. The market was already huge, the number of titles increased enormously and many people used to buy records for special occasions, like Music For Dining, Music For Secret Agents, Music For Relaxing and even Music To Listen To Records By. These titles became quite popular and around 1962 a small company called Kanrom got the idea of starting a kind of gimmick series to give away as a birthday present, or just as a joke. The sleeves were based on the previously mentioned records for special occasions, but inside there was no vinyl record! Instead of music there was only a round gift card with the sentence: ‘I bought this Album for you as a gift… sorry, I couldn’t afford the record!’. Hello! You’re fooled… ! Twelve volumes appeared in an unnumbered series, most of them with photography by the relatively unknown Ra Cantru. The pictures were a little obscure and satiric, but most sleeves had nude women on the cover, like Music For Hangovers, Great Piano Pieces and Communist Party Songs with a lookalike of Nikita Chroesjtjov, very controversial for the cold war period. A second series also saw the light of day, but they’re really scarce and unfortunately nothing is known about the number of volumes. The idea was the same, the label was Not Stereotype and the inside round card says: ‘I bought this Album for you as a gift… now you buy the Record!

P1250642          hi-infidelity

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Goddamn Great Drum Music

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P1250645

Music For Hangovers

P1250646

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Music For Casual Affairs

P1250648

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London Derriere & Other British Favorites

P1250650

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Music For Mixed Emotions

P1250652

P1250653

Famous Cavalry Riding Songs

P1250654

P1250655

Songs For Swinging Mothers

P1250656

P1250657

Victory At Sea; The Original Score

P1250658

P1250659

Communist Party Songs

P1250660

P1250661

Music For Half Assed Friends

P1250662

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Music For You

P1250664

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Great Piano Pieces

P1250669

Not Stereotype Series (similar series, number of volumes unknown)

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100-1 Music For Newlyweds, Or Mother, Please, I’d Rather Do It Myself

100-2 Beethoven’s Second Movement 100-3

$_57

100-4 Music Of Manhattan, Or: $24.00

100-5

1006 The Original Cast – Sing Along With This

Plus Same company:

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Various Artists – Music For Rat Fink Lovers (Rat Fink 1313)

Miscellaneous: In 1980 Reo Speedwagon made an album called Hi-Infidelity, it’s not certain if they knew about this remarkable series

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Related:

Camp Records (the queerest record label in the 1960’s)

 

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Various Artists – The Queen Is In The Closet (Camp Records LP 3455)

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Various Artists – Mad … About The Boy (Camp Records RU-1)

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B. Bubba – I’d Rather Fight Than Swish! / I’d Rather Swish Than Fight! (Camp Records 45-2B1)

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Byrd E.Bath & The Gentlemen – Homer The Happy Little Homo / Florence Of Arabia (Camp Records ICUR-1-2)

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Byrd E.Bath – Spanish Bar Fly / I’l Liza Mike (Camp Records 45-CC)

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… – Old Fashioned Balls / Down By The River Drive (Camp Records OUR 2-2)

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Sandy Beech / Byrd E.Bath – Leather Jacket Lovers / What Can The matter Be (Camp Records TS-2)

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The Weekend Of A … Hairdresser / I’m So Wet (The Shower Song) (Camp Records 345)

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John & Kay Holmes – The Ballad Of The … Camping Woodcutter / Scotch Mist (Camp Records UR-12)

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Byrd E.Bath – Mixed Nuts / London Derriere (Camp Records 2B8)

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Max Minthy & The Gay Blades – Rough Trade / A Naughty Cal Tail (Camp Records B-1-4-UR)

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Byrd E.Bath / Rodney Dangerfield – Stanley The Manly Transvestite / A Bar Is A Bar (Camp Records I-8-1)

 

 

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