One of the very best books on record covers is Andy Warhol, The Record Covers 1949-1987 by Paul Marechal. This book and the one on Robert Crumb’s covers are the only ones to be even close to complete on a particular designer. Of course, it would be impossible to be a completist on Alex Steinweiss, who designed 2500 covers, not counting all the variants that I have shown. Nevertheless, Marechal’s achievement is remarkable. He has every major design except one he learned about too late, and one that nobody knows.
The one nobody knows is from a contract that Warhol got to do the drawings for three lps for Columbia. All of them are the squares of colors designs. Experts have identified two of them, but not the third one.
I show my own copy of ML4247, Prokofiev Alexander Nevsky. My copy is green, but a different shade than the one Marechal shows. He says the cover exists in Pink and Orange as well. Ebay has a copy in pale blue also.
The other one I show is a blue grey copy of ML 2080. Marechal shows it in yellow green. This is not my record, I got the image online.
I bought my copy for $1.00 at a thrift shop. Which, by the way, is part of what this blog is about – record covers can be collected very cheaply, even ones by famous artists sometimes.
The book says the third Warhol design is lost to us. I would like to point out the similarity of Darrill Connelly’s art to Warhol’s on these covers – particularly to the ML 2080 design. It is possible that one of the drawings on the covers I have attributed to Connelly is a Warhol image. It is also possible that Connelly was an influence on Warhol’s designs for these covers – in order to fulfill this, Warhol’s first known commission, Warhol looked at the work being done by Connelly for the series.