Santa as Cover Girl

If you like your sleeves with a touch of glamour then this one certainly ticks the box. It’s been kicking about in my “to find” folder for ages but so far no joy – it’s a difficult record to locate in decent condition as the American matt cover wears easily and sometimes badly; this is the best version I could find on the web.
The year was 1969 (as if you couldn’t tell from the hair style) and American actor, comedian, writer, composer and conductor Jackie Gleeson had pushed out his first MOR Christmas album in 1956 and sold millions of albums thereafter. But this time Capitol thought it might be time to update the imagery a bit from the rather dull / safe covers which had marked most of his Sixties output. Hence the attractive blonde in the Mary Quant Does Santa outfit. I assume the cover design was done in house by Capitol (what a brilliant label logo) and do not know who the model or photographer was. The back is just plain red with text, while inside is a stylish if corporate black and white photograph of a Christmas decoration run across the entire gatefold – the sort of image you might expect to see on a magazine advert. Music wise the double album is instrumental orchestrations of the usual suspects.
The Silhouettes also thought it was a good sleeve and lifted it for a 2103 7″ single. They being a Dutch indie band, not the original black American vocal outfit. 500 copies on white vinyl apparently. The label is called Snowflakes, and they have been issuing a Christmas vinyl single by a different artist every year since.

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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