Vinyl-Themed Bar Takashima Records to Launch Independent Record Label

The venue's label will initially focus on re-pressing limited-edition vinyl by local St. Louis artists but hopes to eventually branch out in issuing current releases from local, national and international acts. The first vinyl release, anticipated for early 2020, is a re-press of St. Louis saxophonist Oliver Sain's album, On The Hill, on seven-inch vinyl in a gatefold picture-sleeve set.

Sain, who passed away in 2003, owned Archway Studios from 1965 until the late 1990s. Sain was a close friend of Tom "Papa" Ray, owner of Vintage Vinyl (6610 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-721-4096), who the Takashima team consider a close friend. Ray previously released Sain’s St. Louis Breakdown: The Best of Oliver Sain compilation in 2009.

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