A short-lived but nowadays highly-collectable
label. Middle Earth was owned by publishing company Shapiro
Bernstein, according to Billboard magazine (23rd August 1969). It lasted
from 1969-70 and issued just five singles, which were numbered in the
MDS-100s. There was also a various artists EP containing tracks from the
first three albums, which may have been for promotional purposes only. All
command respectable sums nowadays, as do the albums - LPs by Arcadium and the
Writing On The Wall tend to go for three figures. Writing On The Wall
and Arcadium were Rock bands, Tam White was a Soul / Rock singer, while the
Sweet Plum singles were a sort of orchestrated Pop. Manufacture and
distribution of Middle Earth records were by Pye; as was the case with other Pye
labels of that time, demo copies were coloured yellow (2).
Copyright 2006 Robert Lyons.