M’s

Motivation records with covers by Leo Lionni, designer/illustrator of children’s books.  Monitor was a short lived classical/foreign label, many great covers.  One of these is by Ernest Socolov.  Music Minus One had some great covers.  MGM had very few nice covers in my opinion.

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P’s, R’s, T’s – covers from the 50s and 60s

A bunch more covers that I bought for the cover, because I liked them for some reason.  Period records- generic, then a really nice use of a classic painting.   Philips – Jean Cocteau 1963.  Really?  Parliament – another Reid Miles proving he was more than a layout artist.  Another Parliament – S.Maidoff, imitating Josef Albers.  Parade – the artist is Alessandro.  I like the different colors.  Re-Jak-It – sold covers to people so they could move their records to new covers.  This is the only one I have seen.  Sonodor – W. Dressler and Joe Krush missing the point of the novel.  Stand – Eleanor Steber 1962.  Time – Murry Stein 1960.  Tico – LeeMyles / Sandoval – Lee Myles is a big name in covers.

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Automatic spelling correction

Ah, automatic spelling correction.  I type lps, the program decides I meant laps (as below) or ups, or God knows what.

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Tops, Unicorn, Urania Records

The only two records on Tops that I have ever seen for which the covers were remotely interesting.  The only Unicorn record I have ever seen.  Two laps on Urania, another decent classical label from the 1950s.  I especially like the Slavonic Dances one, and that it exists in two color variants.  If these were postage stamps, one of these covers would be worth a fortune.

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Vox records in the 1950s, everything I have collected

A few generic designs from their earliest days.  A wonderful use of a still from the movie with Robbie the Robot.  But mostly some really great, fun designs.  The Silvano Tintori designs are among the best designs to my taste that I have ever seen.  All from the 1950s, the silver age of record cover designs.  By the time I was cognizant of Vox, early 1970s, they were a discount label.  A fall from a mighty position.

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Everything I have on Westminster

This is everything I have seen on the Westminster label that I liked.  Westminster was a successful company in the 1950s.  The earliest of these, the generic one, is 1950.  The last is 1957.  The company sold to ABC, which then reissued some of the music.  The Haydn London looks like a Maas cover.  The Pergolesi is by Joe Weitz, whose work for some other labels resembles Steinweiss’.  The Ferrante and Teacher is a still from the cult film Forbidden Planet.

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Various covers pre-1965, labels A… and B…

As I said in the post about Zondervan and Word, I will buy a cover if I like it for some reason.  These covers have nothing else in common.  Two of them are generic – I often acquire a cover that is completely generic like this Angel and the dull one by Prokofiev.  The Audio-Fidelity is the only one of theirs that I bought for the cover and kept long enough to scan.  Passport to China has  a cover by Reid Miles.  If one collected covers because they were by Reid Miles, one would be competing with all the Blue Note collectors who like hard bop jazz, and the cost to get them would be astonishing.  Reid Miles’ early work is wonderful, and no one cares about it.  Finally, the last three on Boston records make American Recording Society look like a successful label.  These are all the Boston Records I have ever seen.  I don’t much like them, and picked them up only because the designs are by a cousin of mine, Jacob Landau.  I went to a show of his work at the State Museum of Art in Trenton, New Jersey.  He showed a few of his covers.  I don’t much like his paintings either.  I think art should be beautiful.

 

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