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Tuff Gong logo and record labels

Contributed by Evan Moss on Jul 8th, 2021. Artwork published in
circa 1975
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    Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Jah Live” / “Concrete” (1975).
    Source: https://www.discogs.com License: All Rights Reserved.

    Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Jah Live” / “Concrete” (1975).

    Bob Marley & The Wailers – “No Woman No Cry” (1975).
    Source: https://www.discogs.com License: All Rights Reserved.

    Bob Marley & The Wailers – “No Woman No Cry” (1975).

    Tuff Gong is a record label formed by the reggae group The Wailers in 1970, named after Bob Marley’s nickname. Tuff Gong switched to this 45 label design with the release of the song “No Woman, No Cry” in 1975. The multilayered design of the label name uses lettering based on the typeface Obese, or rather the similar Mania, judging from the shorter bar in G. It’s combined with a contour, a top heavy shadow (compare Mania Open Shaded), and horizontal stripes. I like how the color offsets differently with each print run and release.

    The information on the labels is set in Univers and sometimes also in Helvetica, with the legal notice in all-caps Futura.

    Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Black Man Redemption”.
    License: All Rights Reserved.

    Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Black Man Redemption”.

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