Between 1975 and 1979, New York indie label Ork Records released seven-inches by some of the most influential artists of the punk, post-punk and power pop. Owned by Television manager Terry Ork, the label put out that band’s debut release, “Little Johnny Jewel,” the A-side of which is streaming below, in 1975. Subsequently, it would go on to put out solo 45s by punk trailblazer and ex-Television bassist Richard Hell (“Another World”) and former Television guitarist Richard Lloyd (“Get Off My Cloud”), as well as Big Star and Box Tops frontman Alex Chilton (“Singer Not the Song”) and Dead Boys guitarist Cheetah Chrome (“Still Wanna Die”).
The collection, Ork: Box, will contain 16 seven-inches, including previously unreleased singles by the Feelies and Erasers. The record sleeves all replicate the original releases, while the box is designed to look like an Ork mailer form the era. It will be available on Record Store Day — April 18th— in a limited edition of 2,000 (via Pitchfork).
Numero Group, the label putting out Ork: Box, has two other releases planned for Record Store Day: Bedhead’s Live in Chicago contains a concert by the slowcore group captured by recording engineer and Shellac bassist Bob Weston at the Windy City’s Empty Bottle in 1998. It will be available in a limited edition of 1,000 on both CD and LP.
The label is also putting out Lows in the Mid Sixties Volume 54: Kosmic City Part 2, which plays off the garage-rock series Highs in the Mid Sixties. The collection features songs by smaller, Midwest artists who recorded at the Cavern Sound in Independence, Missouri in the late Sixties, who all play in a style the label likens to both the Beatles and the Nuggets compilation.