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.
Artist: The L.A. Four Album: Going Home Label: East Wind Catalog: EW 1000 Year: 1977 Genre: jazz Grading: VG+ cover / VG+ LP Sleeve design: Heyglow Kabayashi Cover photo: Taishi Hirokawa - Brad Elterman Grade: **** stars I know that in the mid and late-'70s these guys (guitarist Laurindo Almeida, bassist Ray Brown, drummer Shelly Manne and sax player Bus Shank), were quite popular in jazz circles. Judging by this album, their work is certainly relaxing, but not particularly my style. That said, the Taishi Hirokawa album cover was stunning. Judge for yourself ...
Artist: Nektar Album: Down To Earth Label: Passport Catalog: PPSD 98005 Year: 1974 Genre: progressive Grading: VG+ cover / VG+ LP Sleeve design:Pierre Tubbs Cover photo: Bryce Attewell Grade: **** stars This was the first used LP I ever bought and the late Roye Albrighton was the first musician who ever stumbled across one of the BadCatRecords reviews I'd put out there and took the time to send me an email. He was funny and insightful and took some of my criticisms in good nature. All that aside, there's something about Bryce Attewell's cover photo that just perfectly grabbed that mid-'70s zeitgeist (always wanted to use that work in a review). Yeah, maybe there was a little bit of The Who's "Magic Bus" in the concept, but other than that, these guys just looked like a stoned German and English band.
Artist: Savoy Brown Album: Lion's Share Label: Parrot Catalog: XPAS 71057 Year: 1972 Genre: blues-rock Grading: VG+ cover / VG+ LP Sleeve design:Glenn ROss for QUeens Litho Cover art: Peter Cross Grade: **** stars Okay, I know it was released in the early-'70s, but this one just screams '60s British style to my eyes. Cross has done a lot of Anthony Phillips' album covers. He has a web presence at: https://petercrossart.com/