What´s your favourite classical LP sleeve?

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What´s your favourite classical LP sleeve?

Tagalie yesterday put me in mind of this. The Birtwistle LP I referred to was Fields of Sorrow, pretty similar to the Punch and Judy sleeve. So what do the rest of you rate as aestethic worthies? Luigi Nono´s como una ola de fuerza y luz on DG is one of mine.

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Cheesiest -  

 

Most bizarrely metaphorical -

 

"Louder! Louder! I can still hear the singers!"

- Richard Strauss to the orchestra, at a rehearsal.

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The Paul huf Philips series from 1956

http://www.easyontheeye.net/albums/paulhuf/index.htm

I've put the very first issue, Berl Senofsky playing Brahms violin concerto (just after he won the 1955 Brussels queen Elisabeth competition), on youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1meX6IC3eVI

Starts with a close up of the sleeve, then frades out to see the rest.
The LP is standing in my office, and I think i'ts one of the nicest classical sleeves ever produced.

Rolf

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DG did some stunning images in the '70s  - particularly on some of their early 20th century stuff. Does anyone know any background on these?

 

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All wonderful choices phlogiston, there are all from the the mid to late sixties, other than that I don´t know anything. Spider that version of the Planets is one of the most hilarious things I´ve seen, thanks. I don´t know how to put images on here, but I love a lot of the Decca early LXT´s Ansermet´s La Mer for example, another I looked at yeserday is Hungaroton´s recording of Kodaly´s Peacock Variations, glorious sleeve. Also Schoenberg´s concerto´s on RCA Victor is lovely.

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Lovely bit of Monet on the Athena Ensemble's Debussy chamber music disc on Chandos.

The only thing I miss from the LP age is the nice big sleeves. What little I know about art (as in painting) came from looking at many a sleeve.

I got to know Mahler via the DG Kubelik series in the mid-70s - was very affected by the Klimt details.

(Tried to insert images but the 'spam filter was triggered).

 

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Phlogiston, you landed on some of my all-time favourites. To them, I'd add the cover of DGG's Karajan La Mer/Faun.

Argo gave their ASMF issues some fine covers back when. I'm thinking of those to Pulcinella/Apollon and Music for Strings, percussion, celeste. They transfered the illustrations to later cd issues, but in smaller format it just doesn't work the same. Keith Hensby did fine work for Lyrita, too.

Shamefully, I'm in the same boat as dubrob, otherwise I'd scan a few. Can't figure out how to upload images to this site to save my life.

I used to position lp covers around my apartment for decoration. Then I got married.

Love that Planets cover Spider. They just don't make spacegirls like that any more. Reminds me of the cover to Sad Cafe's Fanx Tara - dubrob, you might know that one.

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I don´t know that one Tagalie, but if the sleeve is anything like the Barbarellesque Planets I certainly wast too. As well as the sleeves, it also just how some of those old LPs were made as beautiful objects. I have a version of Brahms Double Concerto with Schneiderhan and Starker on DG, it has a wonderful brooding cover, and it opens out on both sides like a book with the record in a hard sleeve in the middle; I love it.

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Hi Spider Jon I didn't recognize the logo on your sleeves - what label are they? I should think Boult had apoplexy when he saw that!

As a cheerful colourful series I liked the Turnabout 18th century almost cartoon like drawings on their Hummel, Mozart & Beethoven issues. For individual sleeves Ansermet's Firebird (SXL 2017) and Reiner's Living Stereo Bartok Music for Strings Percussion & Celeste. Classic Records Living Stereo facsimiles produced "Royal Ballet Gala" in booklet form with introduction from Ansermet, brief synopses of the plots and photographs from the popular ballets from which excerpts are played, with the two LPs. Ansermet deserts his Swiss band for the Covent Garden Orch. One of the Living Stereos recorded by Decca. Stunning sound and to the best of my knowledge never appeared on CD. Also "Venice", a single Living Stereo LP with fold out  photographs. One of Solti's early recordings again with the Covent Garden Orch but here  I think some pieces have appeared in Decca CD compilations.

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33lp wrote:

Hi Spider Jon I didn't recognize the logo on your sleeves - what label are they? 

They are both 'Westminster Gold' - a budget label of ABC/Paramount Records in the 1970s.

Whilst they did some pretty dire ones - eg, the entirely unerotic Beethoven Piano Concerto #3 or the fantastically literal Opera Without Words or the utterly baffling Dvorak Overtures -- they also did some perfectly innocuous (if unimaginative) ones - eg, The Best of Hungary - and even some quite good ones - eg, Organs Of The National Shrine, Volume 2.

See http://www.westminstergold.com/ for a whole load of them.

"Louder! Louder! I can still hear the singers!"

- Richard Strauss to the orchestra, at a rehearsal.

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I also loved this one from the seventies.

If you can find it via Google, you can just cut and paste an image same as any other programme.

 

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