I follow a blog called Copycat Cover Records, and recently they’ve been posting about certain budget label releases pressed by Pye that in strong light appear translucent, usually red or dark pink in colour. I first noticed this myself when cleaning a recent car boot Kinks double (Spotlight On The Kinks, PRT – SPOT 1009), which in the photo here looks purple, but in reality is a dark, blood red. Since then I’ve been noticing this effect in loads of records, all listed as manufactured or distributed by Pye throughout the 1970s. I presume this has something to do with the oil crisis, but a search of the internets has been fruitless. So really this is a long-winded way of asking: what’s up with that? I’m sure someone at the Afterword has the answer – is it you?