Category Archives: Sleeve Galleries

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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Vinyl tourism

Away from the big name sleeve designers, I’ve always been interested in the work of those who toiled at or for labels, mostly uncredited and forgotten.  But when you bring some of these covers together they start to tell their … Continue reading

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Jewkbox!

The title of what looks to be a really fascinating new exhibition in London devoted to “exploring the experience of the 20th century through shellac and vinyl, celebrating the history of Jewish inventors, musicians, composers, music producers and songwriters. See … Continue reading

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TV Times

Individually these budget TV themes albums may not add up to much, but bring them together and a whole world of illustrations and cover versions opens up before your eyes. They may lack the subtlety of full price rock album … Continue reading

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generic disco

and I don’t mean the music!  Many major labels developed their own generic 12″ single sleeves in the late 70s and 80s.  This saved them the expense of printing special covers for each single, but did give the releases an … Continue reading

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metal threesome

A contrasting trio of covers for heavy metal collections circa 1980, from the sublime to the ridiculous perhaps!  It’s a music genre that threw up many real horrors cover wise but occasionally they aspired to something greater as one of … 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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12″ gallery

It’s about time I made some inroads into the piles of interesting 12″ sleeve covers I’ve been finding.  It’s almost as if this format is one of the last outposts for interesting vinyl design (I mean have you seen Robert … Continue reading

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Kitsuné covers

A label which has done over 100 12″ covers all based on a developing cover theme? Based in France, Kistuné has been issuing these designs since 2004, each one reworking or developing the basic idea of a montage of sketched … Continue reading

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Joan and Ted

While “Joan and Ted” might not mean so much to us today, when this album was issued in 1961 (in glorious mono) both singers were so well known that surnames were simply not necessary. Popular singer Joan Regan was named … Continue reading

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