Buses and Compilations

Sarah Records unequivocally supports a fully integrated light rail rapid-transit system for the Greater Bristol area.

[message scratched in the run-off groove of the Glass Arcade compilation]

Of course we did. But, while we were waiting for that to happen, it never hurt to remind people of the importance of a comprehensive and affordable local bus service, which is why each 7″ single in the sequence SARAH 71 to SARAH 80 features on its centre label a photo of the bus whose route matches the catalogue number. We’d actually wanted to do this for some time, but been thwarted by Cityline’s refusal to schedule an unbroken run of ten numbers. Then route 79 was introduced by another operator. Cityline already ran routes 71 to 78 and 80, so we now had all we needed. Turning a blind eye to the fact that the 79 followed the same route as the 80, just two minutes earlier, and was clearly just a Capitalist spoiler rather than a socially necessary route, we photographed each bus twice, once in close up and once in long shot, and produced our labels.

We obviously have lots more to say about this, and also about our compilations, each of which is numbered after the bus route that serves the place the compilation is named after, but that will have to wait. For now, here’s a quick photo of SARAH 75, featuring the 75 to Hartcliffe (Bishport Avenue) as it makes its way down East Street in Bedminster. Please note that this is the only known example of bus privatisation being a good thing and that Helmet On is a damn good song.

It was also the only time the pressing plant ever sent us a note saying how much they liked our labels. True.

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