|Mom's Record Sleeve -Front (Photo credit: Jeff to the Maxx)|
Since we've been thinking about the memories that music brings in the previous few posts and considering that Musical Memories from A to Z will be the theme on Wrote By Rote for this year's Blogging from A to Z April Challenge, we might as well continue on the theme of music in this current post. We got to this music topic due to the Battle of the Bands posts at my other blog Tossing It Out. For an idea of what the Battle posts are about I invite you to visit my most recent Battle.
As I had mentioned in previous posts, lately I've been going back through my vinyl collection and listening to the music from my past. There are more memories to those albums than the music though. The obvious answer would be the album covers. Album cover art became very creative in the seventies. Back then I would listen to my albums and study the album cover artwork, lyrics, and artist information. Some of those album covers afforded hours of enjoyment.
However one part of the album package that is often overlooked is the paper record sleeve that protected the vinyl LP. There were many of these that did have lyrics or other aspects of the total cover art package, but probably the majority were just plain paper or plastic. There was nothing to look at on those latter types. They were merely functional.
Especially in the 60's and into the seventies, some of the record sleeves had promos for other albums by artists who recorded on the same label. Much like the coming attractions on today's DVD's, these sleeves would advertise other recordings that the label had to offer.
I used to like to look at the sleeves in each album to get an idea about the artists that were out there. Some I'd be very familiar with and perhaps even own albums by a few of them. Others I might have seen at the record store. Others were new to me. Artists like Acker Bilk, Rod McKuen, or the San Sebastian Singers were first encountered by me on the record sleeves.
Warner Brothers records sometimes even had a coupon that could be clipped and sent off with a quarter to get a catalog of the albums that the company had to offer. I never sent for one of these catalogs, but once I did send off for a very nice boxed set of sampler music for something like three dollars. It was an outstanding collection of music which I apparently got rid of sometime in the past.
I've run across a few CD's that have had advertising circulars enclosed, but this has been a rarity. They've never had quite the attractive appeal as the promotional record sleeves. But then of course CD's very rarely match the artistic punch that LP's used to have. The retro appeal of albums is not just the sound quality, but those fantastic album covers. And on those certain occasions, the promotional record sleeve that took us beyond the album at hand to other albums that we might wonder about.
Did you ever notice the promotional paper protective record sleeves? Did you ever buy an album solely on the appeal of the cover without knowing anything about the music? What are some of your favorite album covers?
Please join me here starting on Tuesday April 1st as I embark on a journey of Musical Memories from A to Z.