Black Line in early use for the sleeve of a French synth pop single from 1972. Pop Corn Orchestra was a pseudonym that Jean-Michel Jarre used just for this cover version of “Pop Corn”. Composed by Gershon Kingsley (1922–2019) and first issued in 1969, the instrumental became a major hit after Hot Butter had released their interpretation in 1972. This was four years before Jarre’s commercial breakthrough with Oxygène.
“Black Bird” (LTypI alarm!?) on the B-side is a version of “Bridge Of Promises” as found on Jarre’s Deserted Palace album. It’s here credited to Jammie Jefferson, another alias used by Jarre.
Already advertised by Berthold Fototypes in 1971, Black Line was soon after added to the library of Mecanorma, the French manufacturer of rub-down type, and advertised as one of “16 new types” in June 1972, shortly before this record was released. Jarre’s version became a minor hit in Spain in October 1972.