Third Man Records co-founder reveals where “AR 1331 A” came from.
Now, the cover art is essentially a blue vinyl with Jesus Is King written at the top, 33RPMLP on the right, and Kanye West at the bottom. On the left, though, it reads, “New Songs AR 1331 A.” No one has known what that means, and Kanye hasn’t really addressed it. Thankfully, Third Man Records co-founder and Detroit historian, Ben Blackwell revealed what the “AR 1331 A” stands for. It’s the Archer Records (AR) pressing plant code assigned to this 1970 Detroit gospel single,” it reads in a tweet.
The vinyl is a gospel single. The tweet shared a photo of the A-Side which included two songs from Rubye Shelton, “I Want The World To Know Jesus” and “God’s Going To Destroy This Nation.”
“I knew the past decade spent in the deepest, loneliest recesses of Archer Record Pressing nerd-dom would eventually lead me to the biggest recording artist in the world. But enough about Jack White…who is this Kanye guy?” Blackwell told Pitchfork on a statement about his findings.
Third Man archivist and Detroit music historian Ben Blackwell has cracked the code on the mystery of what “AR 1331 A” means on Kanye’s “Jesus Is King” artwork. It’s the Archer Records (AR) pressing plant code assigned to this 1970 Detroit gospel single. @kanyewest @KimKardashian