Scandinavian Songs With Alice and Svend

Alice and Svend

This album dates from 1970 and was issued on the Interdisk label in Norway, although it is sung mostly in English. The cover looked quite unusual so I thought I would investigate.
The abstract image of the viking long boat and the hand drawn lettering all look distressed against a rough fabric background, and it’s actually printed in ‘specials’ rather than CMYK. So we get a nice gold ink, plus blue and black.
The illustration is credited to Derid and Tavla and the design to Derid, but try as I might I cannot find anything about the pair.  But what did surprise me is that I’d picked up a 1970 reissue of a 1964 album, and the original (below) was silk screen printed onto a sort of hessian or burlap fabric.  So this explains the texture on the reissue.  And also means I now want to find an original.

Scandinavian Songs With Alice and Svend

The musicians aren’t much better documented but Svend Asmussen is a Danish jazz violinist, and teamed up with Swedish singer Alice Babs (who died in 2014) for this album and others as well as many solo projects.  The rather nice late Fifties Polydor EP sleeve below by Alice is one I spotted while researching.  Look at the way some clown has hacked off the price sticker and ruined it!


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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