Detour To The Moon

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With all the news hype* over the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing the past few days, here’s a nice sleeve sort of on topic which I picked up a while back! Mary Ann McCall’s Detour To The Moon actually avoids any of the sci-fi imagery you might expect from a 1958 long player, even though most of the song titles manage to feature the word moon!  Instead we get a great cover photograph by Charles Varon, showing the singer, lit from behind, sat on a large abstract studio background (done in the style of Pollock), looking up into the lens. For a time Mary Ann was rated as one of the best white female jazz singers, and had worked with many of the famous big bands before and after WW2 ahead of cutting this. The finished design was by Sy Leichman but to be honest with a cover shot as good as this he didn’t have to do too much work.

* not that I’m knocking the actual event; I’m old enough to have sat and watched the grainy monochrome coverage live as it happened, we even got a day off school specially. One of the most inspirational events I’ve ever witnessed.  My first long player purchase wasn’t some hip rock album, but a record of the Gemini capsule’s flight recordings! The second was the 2001 film soundtrack…

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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