Based on other articles I've come across, I initially went along with the widely held belief that the short-lived 

Album World label was a tax scam entity similar to Dellwood, Guinness, Tiger Lily, etc.  Today I still think 

there's evidence to support that theory, though I've come to believe the label started out as a legitimate 

enterprise before morphing into tax scam entity.  Formed in 1977 as a division of the Nashville-based 

International Record Distributing Associates, Album World was apparently the brainchild of Hank Levine and 

Mike Shepherd.  Levine and Shepherd had considerable experience in music market and their original goal 

was to provide a way for small, independent labels to get national distribution via their national distribution and 

promotions capabilities. That plan explains the crazy-quilt list of labels released under the Album World 

numbering system - Lanark was a Birmingham Alabama based label, Storybook was a Miami-based company 

specializing in children's albums, TR Productions was a Los Angeles-based jazz outlet, etc..  Interestingly, a 

1978 article in Billboard magazine indicated the company also planned to release albums by 'known' acts 

including Bobby 'Monster Mash' Pickett, horror movie star Lon Chaney, and boxer Mohammad Ali.  As far as I 

can tell, none of those projects saw fruition.  So, the uneducated conclusion I've drawn is that Album World

started out as a legitimate operation, but evolved into a tax scam operation.  

 

That conclusion seems to have some credence based on comments from photographer/art director Eric 

Wrobbel.  Wrobbel was responsible for many of the 'generic' cover photographs.  On his interesting website 

he describes Album World management giving him 'blank check projects' to design covers for various albums.  

According to Wrobbel, Album World management had absolutely no interest in the end product, leaving him 

with maximum flexibility to do whatever he wanted to.  Photos of the artists were out of the question since in 

many cases the names on the releases were fictitious (Jimmy Lewis, Marty Reese, etc.).

 

For anyone interested, Wrobbel's website is located at:  http://www.ericwrobbel.com/art/  

 

And lo and behold, Mr. Wrobbel stumbled onto the website and was kind enough to send in some comments:

 

Hi, interesting website you have. Back in 1977 I did photography and art for several (11) albums for Album World. 

The Rhett Davis record was released earlier under a different label, Aquarian, with the title "For My Friends." 

It was a custom record and a well-made one, produced by Rhett himself. I did the cover art that time too. 

Redid it for Arrow (Album World). That hand on the Marty Reese cover is my own! The watch was given to me 

by my grandfather. The Tim Winters cover was shot at The Gold Rush, a bar on Elliston Place in Nashville. The 

subjects on the covers I did for Album World were all friends of mine doing me a favor by posing. Their faces 

are all obscured in some way because, of course, they are NOT the artists on the records. Some of these friends 

have gone on to Nashville fame so I shouldn't identify them more than that.

Eric  May 2013

 

As elsewhere, on this site, this is my attempt to document the label's bizarre discography.  That task is made 

incredibly difficult by the near total absence of any information on the label and the fact the company chose to 

release material on a series of 'subsidiary' labels such as Arnold, Clover, Kitty, etc.  The only common 

marketing feature they share is found in terms of catalog numbers - they all seem to start with the format 

AW #14***.  

 

I've only heard a handful to these albums so unless there's a firm dollar value shown under the value column, 

the figures reflect nothing more than a guesstimate as to value on my part.  Many of these are so rare that 

there simply isn't much of a baseline for coming up with a true value. (That said, I know a French dealer who 

has a copy of "Moonpie" for sale - you can own a copy for a mere $10,000 ... amazing what some dealers 

think the market will bear)

 

Feel free to send me any information you've got on Album World and I'll be happy to credit you with the 

contribution.

 

RDTEN1@aol.com

 

Got this interesting note on the label:

 

Thanks for the site which I have enjoyed.

 

Noticed one update today which may be of interest.  A few of the Album World titles (Roze Vagus 

"Almost Country," Sandy Sims "Teach Me Tonight" and possibly others) have resurfaced as mp3 or 

CDR copies available in "remastered" form from I-Tunes and Amazon from a company called 

"Essential Media Group."  These use the same cover art as the Album World versions.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Teach-Me-Tonight-Digitally-Remastered/dp/B008VAWZ4U/ref=sr_1_

1?ie=UTF8&qid=1398368934&sr=8-1&keywords=sandy+sims+teach+me+tonight

 

My guess is that the company has a connection with well known country producer Jimmy Bowen 

since I see he produced the Sims album, and also an early Kim Carnes album "Rest On Me" which 

has resurfaced from Essential Media Group.

 

Thanks again (April 2014

 

 

 

  Recent additions and changes:

 

   2010

- August 12th 2010 - added review of "Shat"

- August 14th 2010 - added photo of 'Shat" cover

- August 18th 2010 - added photo and review of The Tarots "Knight in Blue Armour"

- September 13th 2010 - added a photo of the self-titled Ellie & Joanne LP 

- September 13th 2010 - added review and photo of Louis Voltaire Ojena "For Believers, Poets, and Lovers"

- October 16th 2010 - added photo of Lupe's Latin Cats "I Put a Spell On You" LP

 

   2011

- January 5th, 2011 - added a review of River Saint "River Saint" LP

- January 5th, 2011 - added listing for Sky Hawk "Sky Hawk" LP

- January 5th, 2011 - added listing and photo for Mickey Carroll "Love Life" LP

- January 5th, 2011 - added listing and picture for Jimmy Louis "Best of this Deal" LP

- January 5th, 2011 - added listing for David Cornwall "David Cornwall" LP

- January 5th, 2011 - added listing and photo for David West "This Is Me" LP

- January 25th, 2011 - added photo for Jefferson Airplane "Jefferson Airplane" LP

- January 25th, 2011 - increased size of album cover images from 100 x 100 jpg to 144 x 144 jpg

- January 25th, 2011 - added entry and photo for Bob Cain & the Cane Breakers

- January 26th, 2011 - added entry and photo for Ned Mudd & The Alonzo Dish Band

- February 2nd, 2011 - added entries for Crystal Ball, Joe South & Buddy Mize, Sunset, Too Much, 

  Willie Weatherly  (thanks to Carl Weiss for the information)

- February 3rd, 2011 - added entry for Front Porch String Band "Country Rain" and added photo for Crystal Ball

- February 4th, 2011 - added photo and review for Willie Weatherly "Come the Dawn" LP

- February 4th, 2011 - added photo for Richard Pulin "Tony Roma Presents Cool Elegance" LP

- February 6th, 2011 - added entry for Disco Mama "Disco Mama" LP

- February 14th, 2011 - added review and photo for Sky Hawk "Sky Hawk" LP

- February 20th, 2011 - added photo for Sunset "Carolina" LP

- February 24th, 2011 - added entry and photo for Richard Goldman "Gold" LP

- March 11th, 2011 - added entries for Wolfman Speaks "Lon Chaney's Last Recordings" and Joy Malay and 

  Her Ensemble "Made Inn De' USA"  (thanks to John Haupy for the information)

- March 12th, 2011 - added photo for Wolfman Speaks LP

- March 18th, 2011 - added photo for The Pros "Love Return" LP

- March 18th, 2011 - added review of Gold "Sweethearts" LP

- March 25th, 2011 - added Johnson Party of Four "Fall Out" LP entry and photo

- April 7th, 2011 - added photo of Jeremiah "Blowin Your Mind" LP (thanks to James Baird)

- April 14th, 2011 - added review of The Pros "Love Return"

- May 6th, 2011 - Producer Gary Vandy dropped me a short email on the River Saint LP (see that entry for

  more information

- December 16th, 2011 - Added Fuzzy "Disco Down" LP image

 

  2012

- May 11th, 2012 - Added Peco Kids LP photo and LP review

- June 24th, 2012 - Added picture of Danny Dee "Movin' In" LP

- September 29th, 2012 - Added picture of Fuzzy "Disco Down" LP

- November 03, 2012 - Received an email from Richard Goldman ("Gold") asking for information on the 

  "Gold" album.  You can click on the album link below to see the email.

 

  2013

- February 3rd, 2013 - Added picture of Seven Kings "99.8" LP

- February 3rd, 2013 - Added picture and review of Lawrence Shaul "Profiles of Love"

- February 16th, 2013 - Added photo and review of The Swingers "Thunder & Lightning"

- May 1st, 2013 - Add comments from photographer Eric Wrobbel

- May 1st, 2013 - Added photo for Isreal Cocoa "Sangria" LP

- November 29th, 2013 - Added photo for Too Much "Secret Agent Man" LP (thanks to James Baird for the link)

- November 29th, 2013 - Added photo for Hot Licks "Faster and Faster LP (thanks to James Baird for the photo)

- November 29th, 2013 - added entry for Salsa "The Spell Is Broken" LP (thanks to James Baird for the photo)

- November 29th, 2013 - added entry for Chris Ford "Shower the People" LP (thanks to James Baird for the photo)

- November 29th, 2013 - added entry for Chris Ford "Symphonic Lady" LP (thanks to James Baird for the photo)

 

   2014

- July 10th, 2014 added entry and review for Cathy Saunders "Sweet and Gentle"

- July 14th, 2014 added photo of Buddy Causey "Dixie Fried" LP

- July 14th, 2014 added photo of Front Porch String Band "Country Rain" LP

- July 14th, 2014 added photo of California "California Memories" LP

- July 14th, 2014 added photo of The Tarrots "Disco Madness"LP

- July 14th, 2014 added photo of The Tarrots "It's In the Cards" LP

- July 14th, 2014 added photo of the Disco Mama self titled LP

- July 14th, 2014 added photo of The Tarrots "Dream Merchants" LP

- July 14th, 2014 added photo of Joy Maloy "Made Inn De' USA" LP

- December 14th, 2014 added photo Dr. Rage & Hero's Orchestra "Disco Future" LP

- December 14th, 2014 added photo Dr. Rage & Hero's Orchestra "Soul Disco Jazz" LP

- December 18th, 2014 added photo and review of Hard Luck "Witch Doctor" LP

- December 20th, 2014 added photo and review of Gregg Steve "I'm So Lucky" LP

 

  2015

- January 25th, 2015 Added review of Sunshine "Makes My Day"

- January 25th, 2015 Added photo and review for Damond Von Brightonn & His Symphonic Pop Society Orchestra "Sundown Lady"

- January 25th, 2015 Added photo and review Johnson Party of four "Fall Out" LP

- January 31st, 2015 Added review of The Tarots "It's In the Cards" LP

- February 1st, 2015 Added review of Salsa "The Spell Is Broken" LP

- February 1st, 2015 Added new entry for Sly Stone "Wanted" LP (thanks to James Baird for the photo and entry)

- February 1st, 2015 Added a review of Too Much "Secret Agent Man" LP

- February 2nd, 2015 Added photo of

Damond Von Brightonn & His Symphonic Pop Society Orchestra "The Sound Sifters"

- February 16th, 2015 Added photo of Leonard R. Willis "She Won't Stay Here Long Enough for Breakfast"

- February 28th 2015 Added photo and review of The Tarots "Disco Madness" LP

- August 16th, 2015 Added review of David Cornwall LP

- September 15th, 2015 Added review of California "California Melodies" LP

 

  2016

- Added photo of "Nuchie" LP

- October 16th, 2016 added review for Buddy Causey LP.

 

  2017

- Added entry for Dirty Licks "Faster and Faster"

- February 25, 2017 Added review for Sunset "Carolina" LP

- May 28, 2017 Added review for Lupe's Latin Cats "I Put a Spell On You" LP

- October 20th, 2017 Added review for American Made "Licorice Stix"

 

 

 

 

 

LP cover Artist   LP Title Label catalog # Year Genre

Value


Here are recently listed additions to the BadCatRecords inventory.  To see a brief album description and track listing, be sure to click on the 'Artist'  name.

Johnny Cole First Meeting After Stanley AW 14001 1977 unknown unknown

Marjorie Buffett Take Me Easy Clover AW 14002 1977 country unknown

Salsa The Spell Is Broken Robert AW #14002 1977 VG+ cover / VG+ LP

FOR SALE $50.00


Richard Pulin Tony Roma Presents Cool Elegance TR Productions AW 14003 1977 jazz unknown

Peco Kids Love In An Open Hand Sorrentino AW #14004 1977 VG+ cover / VG+ LP FOR SALE $100.00

Ticklish Tales of Terror Aire AW 14005 1977 unknown unknown

The Wolf Man Speaks  Lon Chaney's Last Words Garrison AW 14006 1977 Halloween unknown

California California Memories Sonny AW 14007 1977 pop-rock FOR SALE $50.00

unknown unknown unknown AW 14008 1977 unknown unknown

unknown unknown unknown AW 14009 1977 unknown unknown

Johnson Party of Four Fall Out Swann AW 14010 1977 pop FOR SALE $50.00

Viva Automobile Downstairs Mark Holly AW 14011 1977 VG+ cover / VG+ LP FOR SALE $140.00

Sky Hawk Sky Hawk Courtney AW 14012 1977 VG+ cover / VG+ LP  FOR SALE $30.00

Seven Kings 99.8 Rob 'n Liz records  AW 14013 1977 unknown FOR SALE $70.00

Salinas Salinas Trapp Records AW 14014 1978 VG+ cover / VG+ LP  FOR SALE $80.00

unknown unknown unknown AW 14015 1977 unknown unknown

Seven Kings A Taste of Country unknown AW 14016 1977 unknown unknown

Sunshine Makes My Day Obregon AW #14017 1977 VG+ cover / VG+ LP SOLD $175.00

Sound Sifters, The Tomorrow's Dream Cunniingham AW-14018 1977 unknown unknown

Eldeberry Jak Eldeberry Jak Forrest AW  1977 VG+ cover / VG+ LP  FOR SALE $100.00

unknown unknown unknown AW 14019 1977 unknown unknown

Lee, Janie Happy Days Thaw AW 14020 1977 unknown unknown

Cocoa, Isreal Sangria Thaw AW 14021 1977 VG+ cover / VG+ LP unknown

Bob Cain & the Cane Breakers Bob Cain & the Cane Breakers Lanark AW-14022 1977 jazz unknown

unknown unknown unknown AW 14023 1977 unknown unknown

Damond Von Bringtonn & His Symphonic Pop Society Orchestra Shower the People Roshawn AW 14024 1977 easy listening/MOR unknown

Wee Folk, The The Story of Alice In Wonderland Storybook AW 14025 1977 children's record unknown

Happy Times Story of Sleepy Hollow Storybook AW 14026 1977 children's record unknown

various artists Country Primier Christensen AW 14027 1977 country unknown

Hillow Hammet Hillow Hammet L&BJ AW 14028 1977 rock unknown

Dena Carrol The Fantastic Dena Carrol Lanark AW 14029 1977 pop unknown

Little People, The The Story of Aladdin and His Magic Lamp With Treasure Island Storybook AW 14030 1977 children's record unknown

Saunders, Cathy Sweet and Gentle Bud's Music AW#14031 1977 VG+ cover / VG+ LP FOR SALE $100.00

Crystal Ball It's Not Too Late  Bucks Best AW 14032 1977 rock unknown

Mickey Carroll Love Life Coconut Grove AW 14033 1977 unknown unknown

unknown unknown unknown AW 14034 1977 unknown unknown

Too Much Secret Agent Man Timberline AW 14035 1977 VG+ cover / VG+ LP SOLD $90.00

unknown unknown unknown AW 14036 1977 unknown unknown

Causey, Buddy Dixie Fried Lanark AW 14027 1977 VG+ cover / VG+ LP

$75.00


Jimmy Louis Best of the Deal Lanarch AW-14038 1977 country unknown

River Saint River Saint Van Dyke AW-14041 1977 VG+ cover / VG+ LP  FOR SALE $100.00

Shat Shat Van Dyke AW 14042 1977 VG+ cover / VG+ LP

$75.00


Wuagneux, Robert Wuagneux On You LeMaster AW-14043 1977 VG+ cover / VG+ LP  FOR SALE $70.00

Eberhart Quartet Love's Oasis Zeit AW-14045 1977 jazz unknown

Dr. Rage & Heor's Orchestra Disco Soul Jazz Seiler AW-14945 1977 disco unknown

Rachels, Ray If Love Was Money I'd Be On Relief Lanark AW 14047 1977 VG+ cover / VG+ LP; still in shrink

 FOR SALE $75.00


David Cornwall David Cornwall Lanark AW 14048 1977 unknown

unknown


Shamrock Shamrock Blake AW 14049 1977 VG+ cover / VG+ LP  FOR SALE $100.00

Weatherly, Willie Come the Dawn Blake AW 14050 1977 VG+ cover / VG+ LP; minor ring wear  SOLD $20.00

Ilian Drive Me Crazy Kitty AW 14051 1977 folk unknown

Front Porch String Band Country Rain Lanark AW 14052 1977 country/bluegrass unknown

Shaul, Lawrence Profiles In Love Lanark AW #14053 1977 VG+ cover / VG+ LP SOLD $60.00

Ellie & Joanne My Heart's a Baby Gene AW 14054 1977 country FOR SALE $60.00

Stevens, Gregg I'm So Lucky Arba AW 14055 1977 VG+ cover / VG+ LP FOR SALE $200.00

Sly Stone Spaced Out Sly Album World AW 14056 1977 funk unknown

Moonpie Moonpie Lanark AW 14057 1977 soul unknown

Sly Stewart Wanted Vintage Sly Subbaro AW 14058 1977 soul  

Dr. Rage & Heor's Orchestra Disco Futura Tesler AW 14058 1977 disco unknown

De Armitt, Deby Listen To Me Robert AW 14060 1977 VG+ cover / VG+ LP  FOR SALE $75.00

Tarots, The Disco Madness Heinquarters AW-14061 1978 VG+ cover / VG+ LP FOR SALE $150.00

Licorice Stix American Made Kagan AW-14063 1977 rock $140.00

Tarots, The It's In the Cards Richard AW-14064 1977 VG? cover / VG+ LP FOR SALE $100.00

Pros, The Love Return Barbarella AW 14065 1977 VG+ cover / VG+ LP; minor ring wear  FOR SALE $100.00

Ojena, Louis Voltaire For Believers, Poets, and Lovers CP Katz AW #14066 1977 VG+ cover / VG+ LP  SOLD $40.00

Damond Von Brightonn & His Symphoinic Pop Society Orchestra Sundown Lady Dowd AW #14067 1977 VG+ cover / VG+ LP FOR SALE $10.00

Jeremiah Blowin Your Mind Wong AW-14067 1978 unknown unknown 


unknown unknown unknown AW-14068 1977 unknown unknown

Ned Mudd & The Alonzo Dish Band The Name Is Mudd Lanark AW-14069 1977 unknown unknown

Tarots, The Knight In Blue Armour Arnold AW 14070 1977 VG+ cover / VG+ LP; minor ring wear SOLD $100.00

Swingers, The Thunder & Lightning Schaffer AW-14071 1977 VG+ cover / VG+ LP  SOLD $80.00

Joe South & Buddy Mize Country Kings Hass AW 14074 1978 pop unknown

Barrister, William Night Rider Eralma AW 14075 1978 VG+ cover / VG+ LP FOR SALE  $40.00

Lupe's Latin Cats I Put a Spell On You Mark AW-14078 1977 rock $80.00

David West This Is Me Fortini #AW-14080 1977 country unknown

Disco Mama Disco Mama Van Dyke AW-14080 1977 disco unknown

Sunset Carolina Brown AW-14081 1977 NM cover / NM LP; sealed FOR SALE $90.00

Sunset Carolina Brown AW-14081 1977 NM cover / NM LP; sealed $80.00

Hard Luck Witch Doctor IRA AW # 14082 1977 VG+ cover / VG+ LP FOR SALE $50.00

Dirty Licks Faster and Faster IRA AW 14083 1977 pop / rock unknown

Sha Na Na Heartbreak Hotel   AW 14084 1978 pop unknown

Henry House and the House Band Save It For a Rainy Day Lanark AW 14085 1978 VG+ cover / VG+ LP  $80.00

Joy Maloy and Her Ensemble Made Inn De' USA JM  AW 14086 1977 unknown unknown

Gold (aka Richard Goldman) Sweethearts Granya AW 14087 1977 VG+ cover / VG+ LP; minor ring wear SOLD $50.00

Nuchie Nuchie MH AW 14088 1978 unknown unknown

Danny Dee Movin' In Harper AW 14090 1978 soul unknown

Heavy Metal Boys Pacific Freight Donnelly AW 14094 1977 VG+ cover / VG+ LP; still in shrink wrap for sale $75.00

Vicki Hallman Now and Then Lanark AW 14099 1978 pop unknown

Tarots, The Dream Merchants Stardust AW 14100 1978 unknown unknown

Pros, The Off the Wall Hudson AW 14112 1978 VG+ cover / VG+ LP SOLD $150.00

Roze Vagus Almost Country Kaola AW 14133 1979 pop unknown

Jefferson Airplane Jefferson Airplane VII AW 14308 1979 rock unknown

Robert Niverera Manoa Woman Rochelle RR-1001 1977 R&B unknown

Fuzzy Disco Down Nervie AW 10863 1977 VG+ cover / VG+ LP SOLD  $40.00

Jimmy Dee Today Tonight Rosewood AW 11004 1977 country unknown

Sandy Simms Cryin' Eyes Mediterranean AW 11005 1977 country unknown

Marty Reese I Just Don't Have the Time Cameo AW 11006 1977 unknown unknown

unknown unknown unknown AW 11007 1977 unknown unknown

Wilis, Leonard R. She Won't Stay Long Enough for Breakfast Tangerine AW 11008 1977 unknown FOR SALE $30.00

Tim Winters Good Woman Blues Fairlane AW 11009 1977 country unknown

Sandy Sims Teach Me Tonight Whale   1977 unknown unknown

Rhett Davis Rhett Davis Arrow #AW-11010 1977 country unknown

Nashville Rhythm Section Keep On Dancing, Vol. 1 Silver Bear AW-15001 1980 country unknown

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