Soft Machine 5

Vintage album adverts from May 1972 this time. Back then all this sort of artwork was assembled by hand; a black and white photo would be supplied, along with all the text typeset on paper and pasted onto board in position. The repro house would then scan the photo and art, make a full size negative up and assemble to final result. For many record labels this would be a full time job for their art department, especially in the UK with so many music papers to supply. No great designs awards to be had here, but basic bread and butter design work. The tour dates have been added to reinforce the new album from Colin Blunstone, and the Soft Machine 5 sleeve gives a good strong graphic for their advert. Catalogue numbers allow you to order it from the record shop if they don’t already have it in stock.

Colin Blunstone LP advert

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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