Liberty Premier Series

In the 1950’s Liberty Records was one of the main labels in adventurous musical ways, photography and styling. The famous Exotica albums (see Sandy Warner; The Exotica Girl On Album Covers) became a new standard in high quality sleeves, which was explored further on the deluxe Liberty Premier Series. Really heavy material was used for the fantastic die-cut sleeves that each album was housed in. Like the RCA Stereo Action Series, every album had a different shape of cutting as a see through window to the photograph behind. The first was “Paradise Found” by The Fantastic Strings Of Felix Slatkin. A view on a Hawaiian isle and a lovely hulagirl as your guide to paradise. It was the perfect exotic feel that make you want to buy the record. Another great one was “The Magic Beat” by The Unique Rhythms Of Richard Marino. You see a moving metronome and the meaning is clear: buy that percussive cocktail music! Commerciality was getting stronger and stronger that days and music was a main part of everyone’s free time. Music was imagination! These guys on the album “Viva Mexico!” by The 50 Guitars Of Tommy Garrett were really shooting. The fire came out of their guns, although the placing is not quite right.

The photography in most cases is stunning, but not much is known about the makers as well as the graphic designs. That was a regular omission on album sleeves in the 1950’s. 

With die-cut gatefold sleeve:

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LMM 13001 Felix Statkin & His Orchestra – Paradise Found

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LMM 13002 Bumps Blackwell & Bessie Griffith & The Gospel Pearls – Portrait In Bronze

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LMM 13003 Richard Marino & His Orchestra – The Magic Beat

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LMM 13004 Felix Statkin & His Orchestra – Magnificent XII

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LMM 13005 The 50 Guitars Of Tommy Garrett – 50 Guitars Go South Of The Border

LMM 13006 ?

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LMM 13007 Richard Marino & His Orchestra – Out Of This World

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LMM 13008 Felix Statkin & His Orchestra – Street Scene

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LMM 13009 Si Zentner with The Johnny Mann Singers – Great Band With Great Voices, Vol. 1

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LMM 13011 Felix Statkin & His Orchestra – Many Splendored Themes

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LMM 13013 Felix Statkin & His Orchestra – Seasons Greetings

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LMM 13016 The 50 Guitars Of Tommy Garrett – 50 Guitars Go South Of The Border, Vol. 2

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LMM 13017 Si Zentner & His Orchestra – Great Band With Great Voices, Vol. 2

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LMM 13018 The 25 Pianos Of Tommy Garrett – 25 Pianos Play Evergreens Of Broadway

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LMM 13019 Felix Statkin & His Orchestra – Inspired Themes From The Inspired Films

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LMM 13020 Si Zentner & His Orchestra with Martin Denny – Exotica Suite

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LMM 13021 Felix Statkin & His Orchestra – Fantastic Strings Play Fantastic Themes

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LMM 13022 The 50 Guitars Of Tommy Garrett – 50 Guitars Visit Hawaii

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LMM 13023 Harry Geller – Play Gypsy, Play!

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LMM 13024 Felix Statkin & His Orchestra – Hoedown!

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LMM 13025 The 50 Guitars Of Tommy Garrett – 50 Guitars Go Country

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LMM 13027 Felix Statkin & His Orchestra – The Ballad Of New Orleans

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LMM 13028 The 50 Guitars Of Tommy Garrett – 50 Guitars Go Italiano

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LMM 13029 Pete King Conducts 50 Velvet Brass

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LMM 13030 The 50 Guitars Of Tommy Garrett – Maria Elena

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LMM 13031 The 50 Guitars Of Tommy Garrett – Bordertown Bandido

LMM 13032 The 50 Guitars Of Tommy Garrett – Espana

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LMM 13033 The 50 Guitars Of Tommy Garrett – Return To Paradise

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LMM 13035 The 50 Guitars Of Tommy Garrett – Love Songs South Of The Border

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LMM 13036 The 50 Guitars Of Tommy Garrett – Viva Mexico!

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LMM 13038 The 50 Guitars Of Tommy Garrett – In A Brazilian Mood

LMM 13037 The 50 Guitars Of Tommy Garrett – 50 Guitars In Love

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LMM 13039 The 50 Guitars Of Tommy Garrett – More 50 Guitars In Love

LMM 13040 The 50 Guitars Of Tommy Garrett – Six Flags Over Texas

 

Gatefold sleeves without die-cut:

 

LMM 13041 The 50 Guitars Of Tommy Garrett – Our Love Affair

LMM 13042 The 50 Guitars Of Tommy Garrett – El Hombre (LSS 14042)

LMM 13043 The 50 Guitars Of Tommy Garrett – ?

LMM 13044 The 50 Guitars Of Tommy Garrett – Sound Of Love

LMM 13045 The 50 Guitars Of Tommy Garrett – The Best Of The The 50 Guitars Of Tommy Garrett

LMM 13046 The 50 Guitars Of Tommy Garrett – Mexican Leather & Spanish Lace

LMM 13047 The 50 Guitars Of Tommy Garrett – For Midnight Lovers

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