First Impression/s

Exactly who The First Impression were I’m not certain (apart from being a “top London beat group” as the sleeve explains!), and the web doesn’t seem to know much either, but they did three albums of cover versions for the Saga budget label in 1967 and 1968. These all had music which dealers would class as ‘easy listening beat’ or ‘esoterica’ today but I do like these covers which feature strangely abstract photographs of pop groups on the front. The photographer is not credited, the band are not identified (it might even be The First Impression themselves, but equally could just be a stock agency pic), and the venue is so far unknown (although I wouldn’t mind someone must recognise that ceiling flower decoration from their clubbing days in the Sixties!). There seems to be some sort of double exposure on the live photo and a good bit of blur due to a longish exposure but it does manage to evoke hazy memories of concerts past quite well. Which at the moment is all we’ve got.

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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