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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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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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On tape

Recording Studio Tape Boxes One of the perks of working on repackaging recordings for CD is the chance from time to time to work with the old master tapes. Normally the critical information for a reissue project – track and … 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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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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