Category Archives: Sleeve Designers

Vaughan Oliver

The death of Vaughan Oliver, one half of design partnership 23 Envelope, was announced over the Christmas holiday period.  For anyone interested in vinyl sleeve art, Oliver’s name would be impossible to ignore and it seems wrong to be losing … Continue reading

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Flamingods

I must confess the resurgence of vinyl during 2019 actually pushed me the other way. So many reissues, a large percentage of which don’t take enough care in their reproduction anyway (and judging by the percentage of limited editions still … Continue reading

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Fashion

We all probably have regrets about unwise fashion choices we’ve made in the past, but if you were in a band this once hip gear is often captured for all time on an album sleeve for all to marvel at … Continue reading

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Mike Hammer

This great sleeve came from a bunch of odds and ends I bought off a Canadian dealer last year. It dates from 1959 and I thought it was fabulous abstract sleeve, with cool jazz imagery. The art is credited to … Continue reading

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Detour To The Moon

With all the news hype* over the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing the past few days, here’s a nice sleeve sort of on topic which I picked up a while back! Mary Ann McCall’s Detour To The Moon actually … Continue reading

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Classical sleeves

Three nice illustrated sleeves which I have stumbled across in recent months, all for classical music and issued in the 1950s and 1960s. The first cover design is a real work of art, produced for Columbia’s classical label in 1963 … Continue reading

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Nine Inch Nails

I was told NIN would be worth a listen at the start of their career by Vince Chong, a friend in Canada, so was lucky enough to buy most of their early releases and see them on tour in the … Continue reading

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Rubber and acrylic

A look at the debut album cover for The Tubes, a sleeve which really messed with the senses as they shrink-wrapped the shrink-wrap, and ripped apart the cardboard. What’s not to like?

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Isle Of Wight

I confess I’ve never been thrilled with the idea of outdoor music festivals, but some achieve a mythology which erases any aggro experienced by the audience at the time. These great looking concert tickets are from the 1969 Isle Of … Continue reading

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Vinyl vote in Barnsley

Exhibition • Barnsley / The Civic Gallery until Jan 20. 2018 (closed Sun/Mon) Album sleeve exhibitions of any sort are such a rarity that it’s hard to resist going a bit over the top about this one, but frankly if … Continue reading

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