Tag Archives: Design

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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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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Advertising

Vintage album adverts from May 1972 this time. Back then all this sort of artwork was assembled by hand; a black and white photo would be supplied, along with all the text typeset on paper and pasted onto board in … Continue reading

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Rock writ large

Back in 1980 this compilation was issued of live recordings from the first Monsters Of Rock festival in the U.K. Originally Rainbow planned and prepared a double LP of their full set, but this was shelved when drummer Cozy Powell … Continue reading

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for hire

Looking around the 2017 Sleeve of The Year exhibition in Barnsley (see post below) reminded me of a sleeve art exhibition I was involved in back in 1999. Somehow we persuaded Blackpool’s Grundy Art Gallery to host this based on … 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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Fonola la la

I have no real knowledge of what the Italian Milan based Fonola label was all about, and given they seem to have specialised in cover versions of local folk tunes, saucy ballads, sentimental love songs and anything they thought might … Continue reading

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in the post

I do like vinyl art spin offs, and this was scanned for me by Pericle Formenti. Older collectors will be familiar with the blizzard of promotional material which labels sent to record stores during the 1970s and 80s, much of … Continue reading

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More illustrations

Two more album sleeves with illustrations on the cover which I picked up recently. The Student Prince is a really nice job and looks very Sixties, but was actually issued in 1956 by Columbia.  It’s a pencil sketch drawing, with … Continue reading

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