Dreamboat. Saga Records

This is a strange cover but I like the ambition of whoever put it together on what would have been a very tight budget. It’s a little hard to be sure if the trio are in the boat for the photograph; the dreamboat herself appears to be photographed in a studio and pasted on but the guy with the pipe is quite convincing. It can’t have been easy to pose with a double bass in a boat either! I wonder where it was taken? You might have thought they would stick the (hand drawn) band name and label logo up top right to show a little more of the photo too.
The album was also issued in a completely different abstract cover by the same label. Although the album is undated, the catalogue number suggests it came out in 1959 and was then repackaged after the label was bought out of bankruptcy, but it might be the other way around. Saga was one of the UKs first indie labels but had a very chequered history and their packaging budget was minimal.

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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