Looking back

April 18, 2011

Perhaps it was because there was a record collector meet on eslewhere yesterday that the pickings at the Sunday swap meet were so few. I did come away though with Derek and Clives’ first album (I’ll play that one loud to annoy the neighbours) and a Bee Gees compilation. This particular Bee Gees record has four band members on the cover. That’s right – four! It wasn’t always only the 3 brothers Gibb. I wonder whatever happened to that fourth guy… Read the rest of this entry »


Display Today

November 12, 2009

Yes, last week it was the red, white and blue that informed the vinyl display. I was intrigued how that the Electric Flag resisted such obvious flag imagery in their early career (mind, Buddy Miles used to wear a US flag inspired jump suit) and then for their reunion album they went for the Iwo Jima imagery. Maybe there was something to be read into the fact that they did not appear in person on the cover; maybe they really didn’t want to all be together again.

Still, that image got me thinking how else Old Glory has been used in album covers and I found the other two entries in last week’s display; one used the star, the other used the stripes. So many ways to cut up the flag in the name of design.

WI was right in that the Neil Young album pictured was a controversial one and not well received by his fans. It was the first of his bad albums that continued throughout the 80’s for him.

I was thrilled that UU liked the behind shot of Bruce. Maybe I can do some displays of all my ‘allbum’ cover art such as this. Also jealous of WI that she has seen Bruce live. Will he ever come to play in my home town?

Anyway, let’s see what is on the mantelpiece this week.

Soft Lights & Sweet Music by Gerry Mulligan and Ben Webster

blue lights 2Midnight On The Cliffs by Les Baxter

Keep The Vinyl Waving

November 6, 2009

Hawks and Doves by Neil YoungBorn In The USA by Bruce SpringsteenThe Band Kept Playing by The Electric Flag


So here is this week’s Record Cover Triptych. Maybe I should have saved it for the 4 July, but oh well.

Last week the theme was cartoon caricature, and the week before that the theme could have been third albums, for they all were third efforts by the artists or bands I displayed. A tip of the hat to UU for pointing that out.  There must be something about third albums that attracts Paul McCartney, for he is the link between the three albums that I had on display. I was tempted to display ‘Ringo’ by Ringo Starr because Paul was also involved in that one, but I thought that might make it too obvious. Interestingly, Ringo is a third album. Hmmmm.

Still, it was tricky, especially as Paul’s appearance on the Steve Miller Band album was under the alias Paul Ramon, which is the fake name that inspired the group identity of the Ramones.