scheherazade on Angel

Scheherazade-Angel35009-Dobrowen-2

Scheherazade-Angel35009-Dobrowen-2back

Scheherazade-Angel35009-Dobrowen-Philharmonia

Scheherazade-Angel35505-Beecham-Royal-1

Scheherazade-Angel35505-Beecham-Royal-2

Scheherazade-Angel35505-Beecham-Royal-3

Scheherazade-Angel35505-Beecham-Royal-5back

Scheherazade-Angel35505-RL32027-Beecham-Royal-5

Scheherazade-AngelS35505-Beecham-Royal-4stereo

Scheherazade-AngelS35767-VonMatacic-back

Scheherazade-AngelS35767-VonMatacic-Philharmonia

Scheherazade-AngelSFO36034-Ozawa-Chicago-matte

Scheherazade-AngelSFO36034-Ozawa-Chicago-slick

Scheherazade-AngelSZ537555-Svetlanov-back

Scheherazade-AngelSZ537555-Svetlanov-London-1

Scheherazade-AngelSZ537555-Svetlanov-London-2-P.Iribe

Scheherazade-AngelSZ537555-Svetlanov-London-3-P.Iribe

Angel is or was an American label mostly devoted to classical music. These are the covers I have of Angel’s various issues of Scheherazade. The economics of classical recordings has never made any sense to me – there must have been enough demand for one company to issue this many different recordings of the same piece. More importantly for this blog, these covers run a range of most of the major types of cover that one sees on classical records. A picture of the conductor, very common. A reproduction of a famous painting, very common. A picture of a female model, very common in all fields of music. A totally generic cover, with nothing but a sticker to identify what it is – common in the early days of 78 rpm sets, and in the early days of lps as here. Finally, one really nice original drawing cover, which makes the rest of them look pale by comparison. This one is by P. Iribe. All in the course of perhaps 25 years.

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