The labels on LPs are not attached to the center of the record with an adhesive. The paper is placed in the hot vinyl just after pressing. They are printed on ordinary paper. Making records is an organic, chemical process — sometimes it is not as predictible as replicating CDs. For instance, the label may tear or be set off-center, rendering the last track of the LP unplayable.
We had a new LP returned by a customer last year with this problem (you can see a picture of it here). That reminds us — if you ever have a problem with a new LP please feel welcome to bring it in. Most of the time we are able to order a replacement, or to give you a new copy right off the shelves. These things happen from time to time.
This copy of Sly and the Family Stone’s 1970 Greatest Hits LP had a torn label which made the last track — “Thank You (fallettinme be Mice Elf Agin)” — unplayable.
The remaining eleven tracks play beautifully, and this awesome LP remained in someone’s collection all these years in spite of its flaw.