LOOP
RECORDS

Independent label: Loop Records was a custom recording concern from the Manchester area.  The earliest record that I have seen listed on the Loop label is the one shown above, 'Selection From West Side Story' by Jackie Anderson and the Happy Music (IC-1336); there's no date on the label, an EP 'Nowhere - Songs For Shelter' by the Manchester Grammar School Christian Music Group (IC-1191), the proceeds of which went to the Shelter charity.  That same group was responsible for another Loop EP, 'Tell Me - Songs For Christian Aid' (IC-1293).  Both EPs had labels of the same design as the Jackie Anderson one, but the 'Shelter' one was green and the 'Christian Aid' one yellow.  The Manchester Grammar School Christian Music Group  recorded an LP ('Young Folk In Worship'; REC-75) for BBC Records in 1971, which suggests that these EPs may be from a little earlier than that.  Finally, a football record in support of Bury F.C. surfaced: it was 'Up The Shakers' by the Bury-Tones, which was backed with the Eagley Mills Brass Band playing 'Shake-Us-Away'.  The catalogue number of that particular record was IC-290, which suggests a date of 1973 or 1974.  The difference in the two sets of numbers needs explaining - it looks as though the IC-1000 series may have been an early one and the IC-200 a later, but that's a guess based on very little evidence.  Other records in the IC-200s were custom recordings by Inter City / Strawberry Studios, of Stockport, so it seems probable that the 'Look' discs originated there too.  See also 'IC' Records. Thanks to Robert Lyons For The Info.

 
70 Manchester Grammar School Christian Music Group Nowhere - Songs For Shelter LOOP IC 1191
70 Manchester Grammar School Christian Music Group Tell Me (Songs for Christian Aid) LOOP IC 1293
70 Jackie Anderson and the Happy Music Selection From West Side Story LOOP IC 1336
74 The Bury-Tones / Eagley Mills Brass Band Up The Shakers / Shake-Us-Away LOOP IC 290

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