Album: The American Breed Title: The American Breed Label: Acta Catalog: A 38002 Year: 1967 Genre: pop Grading: VG+ cover / VG+ LP Sleeve design: not listed Concept: not listed Cover photo: not listed Grade: * star
Fifty years after this album was released and you can see how much social outlooks have changed. In this case surrounding a band with fake Indians, seemingly dyed in red, was probably a bad idea in 1967, It's certainly not something you would dare do today,
This is one that I'd meant to add from the start of this blog. The cover photo was certainly unusual for Motown which had a penchant for picturing their groups in sophisticated poses. Here, sprawled across desert sands, The Temptations looked anything but sophisticated. Unfortunately, Motown didn't believe in giving credits to photographers and design teams; this one simply credited the label.
For a long time this on my party play list and the thing I came to recognize is that even people who found Mott the Hoople irritating would pick up the cover and look it over. Maybe it was simply the bright red cover, of the simplistic cover art. Regardless, the cover attracted attention.
Album: Peter Ivers Title: Terminal Love Label: Warner Brothers Catalog: BS 2804 Year: 1976 Genre: new wave Grading: VG+ cover / VG+ LP Sleeve design:-- Concept: -- Cover photo: -- Grade: **** stars
Peter Ivers is definitely an acquired taste. This album even made Spotify's list of the 101 strangest albums ever released. That aside the cover art is a hoot. The photo perfectly captures the pain of love.
Album: Al Green Title: Livin' For You Label: Hi Catalog: ASHL 32082 Year: 1973 Genre: soul Grading: VG+ cover / VG+ LP Sleeve design:Tom Daly Concept: Farmlett, Barsanti & Wood Inc. Cover photo: -- Grade: * stars
One of Al Green's classic, mid-'70s albums ... Not one bad song on the set and it's packaged in something that looks like it was drawn by a stoned high school student looking to decorate his Chevy van. You had to wonder what Green and Hi were thinking and what the album might have done commercially had it been presented in a slightly more elegant concept.
Artist: The Reds Album: The Reds Label: A&M Catalog: SP-4772 Year: 1979 Genre: new wave Grading: VG+ cover / VG+ LP Sleeve design:Amy Nagasawan Concept: Amy Nagasawan Cover photo: Tom Drahas Grade: **** stars
Tons of new wave albums had striking covers and crappy music. Philadelphia's The Reds debut album featured a striking cover and a decent set of new wave-ish tunes. That made for a winning combination all the way around.
Artist: Frijid Pink Album: Frijid Pink Label: Parrot Catalog: PAS 71033 Year: 1970 Genre: rock Grading: VG+ cover / VG+ LP Sleeve design:Victor Kahn Concept: Victor Kahn Cover photo: Jeff Bailey Grade: **** stars Admittedly, the cover design showing band members Tom Beaudry (aka
Kelly Green), Tom Harris, Richard Stevers, and Gary Lee Thompson) sitting on top of a monkey bar set wasn't all that original. What makes this one stand out are the startling, day-glo colors. The pink and black are almost retina burning, making for an album package that jumps out at you from a mile away.