Tell us a little bit about yourself [age, what you do, what you do for fun, etc.]: My name is Harry Portnof, I’m 28 years old and I live in NYC. I run Greenway Records & I’m a CPA by profession but at the moment I don’t practice. I live with my fiancé Molly in a small studio apt that’s really great in the middle of Manhattan. Greenway takes up most of my time and I love watching ideas come to reality. Really my only hobbies and things I love revolve around music, I love to play guitar and I love records (obviously).
First album: I found my dads record collection early on in my Grandmothers attic, I dug out a shitty old player with a broken needle that kind of still worked and that’s when I realized I needed to start acquiring my entire collection on vinyl. My first real record I found was The Allman Brothers “Live at the Fillmore East”
Favorite album: Hmm this changes constantly as I’m always searching for new music. At the moment I would say my favorite records are the brand new Ty Segall S/T LP, and not so new would probably be my vinyl copy of John Frusciante’s “Shadows Collide With People”.
Favorite Enjoy The Ride or Enjoy The Toons release: I’m a big fan of Enjoy the Ride so its hard to pick just one, I think if I had to it would be the Ramones Tribute album cause its just so amazingly put together, the color combos you did were perfect and the track listing and artists involved are insane. From Enjoy the Toons would be the SpongeBob record simply because you put SpongeBob on vinyl, its so epic!!
Favorite album artwork: I really love psych album artwork with a lot of detail, I think the first one to turn me onto that was Cream’s “Disraeli Gears”. I’m lucky to work with a great visual artist on most of Greenways stuff, Dan Curran, and I really love everything he does as well.
Which album do you wish you had on vinyl? The one album I wish I had on vinyl is probably an original pressing of Jimi Hendrix “Electric Ladyland”, the one with all the naked girls on the cover. I have not been able to pull the trigger on a copy at a decent price. It was only briefly released that way in the UK and I read his American label refused to put it out with that cover.
Favorite album, based solely on aesthetics of the color variant: My favorite album based solely on the color variant would probably be King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard “12 Bar Bruise”, the original Australian pressing of the record is pretty hard to find but I’m lucky to have one. Amazing artwork by Jason Galea and the splatter vinyl is the perfect psych compliment.
Favorite album that you have released on Greenway Records: I’m clearly biased here but I really love them all! I work so hard on making each release a complete package that is as artistic and beautiful as the music on the record. If I had to pick one particular pressing, it would probably be the Amoeba Burst variant of the Dead Coast “Shambolic” LP I released. Great band from London, I was able to go to the pressing plant and help press these records myself, we actually invented the process for the Amoeba Burst to create some records like nothing I’ve ever seen. They look like ink being dropped into a bucket of water. People seemed to love them as they sold out in like 30 minutes. I’m happy to say we’re doing the design again on a brand new Bob Forrest record I’m making, really proud of that one and I cant wait for people to hear and see it!
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