Victor Sylvester Twist EP.jpg

I got a few 7″ EPs scanned recently including this great cover from 1962. It’s a dance offering from band leader Victor Sylvester, providing older ballroom addicts with a lush alternative to the more hectic pop records pushing the twist craze. The cover illustration is very deft, done pin pen, pencil and rough crayon – this as an orange overlay.  The EP title is given a nice barley sugar twist too, though the name of the artist, done in a cartoon credit style hand lettered format, is perhaps less successful, if very much of the era.  The illustrator is only credited by the letters N.D. down by the girl’s ankle, but the style does look very similar to the art used by HMV on their 10″ record sleeves of this era (see below), so both might be one of the in-house staff. Otherwise the cover follows the standard EMI layout with the top bar having title and ‘mono’ message. The front is gloss laminate too, which has kept this example nice and pristine. There are more HMV related images on the site.

HMV 10" single bag

HMV 10″ single bag

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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