Category Archives: sexy sleeves

you spend your holidays in Spain

As the Bonzos once sang.  A new sleeve gallery of half a dozen budget Spanish holiday albums like the one below to mark the summer!

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RPM

Nice to see my old RPM label co-founder Mark Stratford get the ‘collectors’ page in the new edition of Record Collector magazine.  This regular feature looks at different vinyl collectors each issue and what makes them tick.  Mark, myself and … Continue reading

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Maureen in Mono.

Maureen O’Hara‘s passing has to be marked by ST33, as she was my favourite of the golden age screen women.  And as with many other Hollywood Stars, record labels attempted to cash in on her film success by putting her … Continue reading

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Ah! Men

Ah! Men is a strange concept, and a bit of a weird mix musically unless your play list switches between Val Doonican and Jerry Lee Lewis by choice.  Still the concept title must have seemed fantastic at the Polydor brain-storming … Continue reading

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Fancy knit-wear

The Clancy Brothers were a four piece Irish folk group who mostly found fame in America, where they were known for their trademark off-white Aran jumpers which one of their mothers had knitted back home in Ireland one winter and … Continue reading

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Ann Pickford, fifties cover girl.

The world’s first LP cover super model?  Ann Pickford appeared on over fifty albums sleeves in the mid-fifties, stunningly photographed by Paul Huf for the Dutch Philips label.  The story of her sleeve career and nine examples are shown in … Continue reading

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girls, guitars and ganzies

A mid-sixties German sleeve which turns out to have an interesting back-story, being an early example of designer Peter Wandrey‘s work. He also took the fabulous cover photograph…

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Tinsel horror!

Yuletide Disco • Released by Pickwick in North America in 1979, this might have had more shelf impact if you’d been able to see the cover photo. Or not.  The poor (and poorly lit) woman is wearing a pair of … Continue reading

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The swimsuit issue…

Over a dozen album sleeves featuring swimsuits through the ages – well, late 1950s to late 1970s anyhow – in a new gallery.

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Hipgnosis

The death of Storm Thorgerson, one of the founders of the Hipgnosis design team, brings an end to over forty years of striking and ground-breaking album sleeves which he and his partner were responsible for. By way of tribute, I’ve … Continue reading

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