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Rocket!

Often garish and done with no eye on design whatsoever, the K-Tel and Arcade hits album covers are the antithesis of sleeve art, the washing powder packets of the vinyl world. Primary colours and plenty of them! Yet they can … Continue reading

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Summer’s Heat

This sleeve stood out when it turned up in a Manchester shop the other week during a vinyl expedition with a friend (hello Chris!). There was a vaguely updated Vortiscist feel to the illustration, but it also looked very Eighties … 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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Leave or stay?

This Howie B single is an elaborate package for a 12″, with a diecut printed inner sleeve, but a dirty great sticker on the front which ruined the designer’s work for me, so I spent half an hour carefully removing … Continue reading

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Pressing vinyl

I moan about The Guardian as much as any other longterm reader, but can’t see me going anywhere else. And not sure which other paper would publish a set of photographs documenting how a vinyl album is pressed. I think … Continue reading

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Marchi, Italy

Always nice to have material sent in by other vinyl collectors interested in the packaging. Here is a good example of and album size record bag from the Marchi shop in Florence, Italy.  As was often the case, the shop … Continue reading

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Beverley Minster

A nice new vinyl shop in East Yorkshire makes Beverley worth stopping off in (as if the quaint town, old style market square, Georgian buildings and an impressive old Minster were not enough already!).

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Playtime

Playtime Records was an off-shoot of Columbia in America, and began back in the thirties as a 78 rpm label. Releasing dozens of children’s records, the catalogue moved over to a 7″ format probably around 1950, before ceasing in 1954 … 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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