Music Captain, please…

It’s a good while since I went anywhere by plane, I much prefer the fun of the TGV, but even when I have flown I don’t recall being given anything as fab as this souvenir record. It was pressed to mark the 40th anniversary of the Dutch national airline KLM in 1959, a 10” album of relaxing music by Jos Cleber and his Orchestra. It comes in a well made gatefold sleeve with details of KLM’s fleet of planes over the years inside (and significant events in their history listed) and the very corporate front cover. As this features the captain using a Philips record player with a Philips Microgroove album on it, I assume (being a Dutch firm) they put this together for KLM. The very clean Dutch design is offset with loose handwritten titling, while the muted colours are given a lift by the yellow and red of the KLM logo. The album is all covers of standards but ends with two specially written pieces, The Golden Circle Song to mark KLMs 80 hour round the world service, and the KLM March, both to celebrate the arrival of jet planes to the fleet.

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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