Numero Group Releases 'Ork Box' Featuring Punk Rock Pioneers

Numero Group's Ork Box
Numero Group's Ork Box

Ork Records was arguably punk’s first record label, an operation started in 1975 by Terry Ork as a vinyl outlet for downtown New York City bands he managed including Television. The singles label only operated for 4 years and was all but forgotten since that time. Yet, its artists are seminal names within the framework of punk iconography, several of whom continue their mission. So, 40 years after its start, the label gets a comprehensive anthology – Ork Records Singles Collection, lovingly known as the Ork Box – just in time for April 18: Record Store Day 2015.

Packaged in a large, custom cardboard box designed to look like Ork's original mailers, the Ork Box (limited to 2,000 copies) features 16 vinyl singles with 7” sleeves highlighted by original art work. This include singles such as Television’s first dissonant 45, “Little Johnny Jewel Pt.1,” plus records by punk-turned-author Cheetah Chrome, Television’s one-time guitarist Richard Lloyd, pop supernova Chris Stamey, the late, great Alex Chilton, and Richard Hell whose “Blank Generation” became an anthem for all downtown punk that followed in its wake.

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Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2015