Tinsel horror!

Yuletide Disco album Pickwick Records

Yuletide Disco • Released by Pickwick in North America in 1979, this might have had more shelf impact if you’d been able to see the cover photo. Or not.  The poor (and poorly lit) woman is wearing a pair of black boots, red tights and … a large roll of tinsel. This is wrapped around her to make a strange shapeless one-piece tinsel outfit. She then moves across the front of the camera for a multiple exposure image, getting further into the shadow as she does so. The photographer was David A. Jonasson (we all have off days!), who did a handful of sleeve photos for Pickwick around this time (I’ve cheated and lightened the sleeve a little so you can see more detail!). The art director was Meredythe Jones Rossi, who oversaw a number of sleeves for them and related budget labels in 79 / 80.
Picwick Records bag

The “music” was performed by a bunch of session players under the name of Mirror Image.  The album does spot a quite snazzy Pickwick bag which is very much of the time, all flowing lines based on the typeface of the letter P from their logo.

More Pickwick covers on the site.  More Christmas sleeves on the site.

About simon robinson

Having worked as a graphic designer in the music industry, mainly in the reissue sector, I now concentrate on the design and publication of books about popular culture - and even write some of them.
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