Tag Archives: 12″

Blazin’ Squad

Sometimes bands get far better sleeves than perhaps they deserve, and this hip hop crew – Blazin’ Squad – might be an example, though please don’t ask me to listen! It reached the top five of the UK charts in … Continue reading

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Put the needle on the record

A pair of 1970s (well 1969 for the first) stereo test albums which still find a use today apparently.  Read more on the site. I wonder when we’ll see these Hi-Fi Sound records in 180gsm vinyl shrinkwrapped Record Store Day … 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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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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Rolling hills

You can’t really improve on an album sleeve for bringing the best out of a photograph. Something about the discipline imposed by the format’s size and shape demands attention. Take what might otherwise be an unremarkable shot of a gently … Continue reading

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Another lookalike

You can hardly get a cigarette paper between these two sleeve designs by Talking Heads and Dennis Young despite the twenty year gap between the two releases. Sneaky copy or discreet homage?

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Rock record

A detailed look at the sleeve of Deep Purple In Rock, one of the best selling rock albums of 1970. A simple idea, but one which was instantly recognisable to generations of record shop browsers and remains so today.

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Screenprint-tastic

I like a sleeve which experiments with printing techniques; this Exploding Now 12″ does just that.

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Richard Hawley story

A little known early 12″ single featuring Richard Hawley, with a sleeve co-ordinated by ST33 back in 1992. Read more on the site.

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