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What is your favorite record label from the 20th century? / Variety

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The results are in via an informal poll of critics, influencers, music industry veterans, and vinyl enthusiasts conducted by Variety. Admittedly, the question asked was fairly basic - "what is your favorite record label from the 20th Century?" - and the pool that answered lacked some diversity within age, race and gender, but the results are no less interesting. Many expressed nostalgia for their personal, musical coming-of-age. Some took a historical view towards the music industry - qualified by eras, musical genres and even indie vs. corporate contexts. Others went on sheer instinct citing revelatory inspirations, completist obsessions, aesthetic presentation, and taste-making consistency. A few felt it was impossible to answer - but answer they did.

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