the iconic scheherazade design, butchered for LP and 45rpm


The Monteux/San Francisco recording of Scheherazade was first issued on 78 rpm in 1943. Which meant it was poised for the lp/45 rpm era. RCA kept the drawing, or most of it, but changed the background for these reissues. While still a pleasant cover, it is not as good as the 78 rpm set for my taste.

The lp is shown in three minor color variants. Note how on the third one, the red has gotten brighter but the record label under the sheikh is not visible. I also show two color variants of the 45 rpm boxed set. Note how one has a black border, the other a white one.

Again, if anyone knows who drew this I would love to know it.

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