I started buying records when I was in high school; 1959. The early Mercury and RCA Living Stereo records were all good quality; I still have some and they are in good condition and sound great.
Some labels, like DG and London, always put out a quality product. Many cheap labels did not. This was always true. There were always economy labels that cut corners. In the 1980s, when CDs started coming out, a lot of really cheap re-issues of older records came out, and were poor quality.
An example of that is the Mercury "Golden Imports", which were cheap re-issues of the original Mercury Living Presence records of the 1950s and 1960s, and they were poor quality.
Originally Posted by benclement11
I remember reading that in the past vinyl records were cheaply made due to the use of recycled material(or something of the sort, obviously don't remember that well). What era was know for making light and cheapily made records? I was thinking the 70's, but my friend thought it was the 80's.
Are there certain labels known for putting out higher quality stuff?