Friday, December 29, 2017

THE TEMPTATIONS - "WISH IT WOULD RAIN"

Album: The Temptations
Title: Wish It Would Rain
Label: Gordy
Catalog: 927
Year: 1968
Genre: soul
Grading: VG+ cover / VG+ LP
Sleeve design: Motown
Concept: Motown
Cover photo: Motown
Grade: **** stars



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.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

MOTT THE HOOPLE - "BRAIN CAPERS"


Album: Mott the Hoople
Title: Brain Capers
Label: Atlantic
Catalog: BSD 8304
Year: 1971
Genre: rock
Grading: VG+ cover / VG+ LP
Sleeve design: Bizarre Damage
Concept: --
Cover photo: --
Grade: **** stars



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.