Artist: Judi Pulver
Album Title: Pulver Rising
Catalog: SE 4904
Grading: VG+ cover / VG+ LP
Sleeve design: Jimmy Wachtel - Sandro Botticelli
Concept: Jimmy Wachtel
Cover photo: Lorrie Sullivan - Jimmy Wachtel
Grade: **** stars
When I stumbled across this album at a community yard sale, I had no idea who Judi Pulver was. That said, the Sandro Botticelli inspired cover certainly caught my attention.
There are a bunch of Pulver clips out on YouTube and buried in one of them were some comments from Ms. Pulver herself: "As for the towel, Jimmy Wachtel, Waddy's brother, who was a brilliant graphic artist, did the album cover - a hand-colored version of the Boticelli's venus rising from the ocean on the 1/2 shell. It can be found in Michael Ochs Tashen's book of best album cover art of all time! As for the towel, that's another great story!"
Sadly she didn't go on to describe that story - I may have to reach out to her someday for the rest of the story. By the way, I have a copy of the Tashen book ("1,000 Record Covers" and this one is there.
Ms. Pulver is still active in music (though she pays her ills as a journalist - she works for Variety as their Music Advertising Director.
The album's not bad. Pulver had one helluva a voice - deep and powerful. Kind of reminded me of a classy Janis Joplin who could stay in tune. I'll have to put a review of the album up on the BadCatRecords website.