ISBN : 978-0-9561439-2-1 / £17.99 / Softback 210 X 210mm / 160 pgs + cvr

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BRILLIANT FOR • Vinyl fans / Sleeve art afficionados / Record loving parents / A good laugh!

easy on the eye books covered front cover

ALL ABOUTYou’re browsing through some albums and all of a sudden one crops up which causes a moment of recognition and a “haven’t I seen this cover before somewhere?”

The answer is that you might well have done. For just as popular music seems to rifle the albums and bands of earlier generations, so the designers also often lean on the past for inspiration. Sometimes this is done by way of a deliberate reference point. In other cases the band might be wanting to pay homage to their influences, or maybe they’ve just seen a cover idea which they like so much they want to borrow it.

On other occasions the similarities are less well intended, designed to mimic or even poke fun at designs and bands. Sometimes the new covers are simply a deliberate spoof of a well-know piece of artwork, done for subversive or mischievous reasons.

Blondie Parallel Lines / David Bowie

So you get Ian Gillan of Deep Purple, just kicked out of the group, referencing one of his former band’s classic covers, but blurring away the rest of the group on purpose. Or comedian Barry Humphries commissioning a very clever pastiche of the very familiar Sound Of Music cover painting, only with himself in a frock dancing up the hill instead of Julie Andrews.

The Clash / Dark Side Of The Moon

Paul Weller’s band The Jam did an album called Sound Affects, and wanted a cover which recalled the pioneering series of BBC Radio sound effects albums of the 60s and 70s, a knowing design which only older fans would have even been aware of.

The list goes on. For this fascinating book, collector Jan Bellekens has scoured the second hand stores and record fairs of Europe and assembled an amazing collection, or which this book contains a selection of over 650 sleeves. The original covers are shown alongside their newer cousins, with explanatory notes for music fans and designers.

Elvis Presley / King Crimson

I have to say, even as someone who has spent many hours over forty years going through record shop racks, the sheer content of this book has amazed me. Choosing what to include is sometimes difficult as Jan has assembled so much material.

MORE INFORMATION • Check out a flipbook version of sample pages:

DESIGN • Article on how the cover for the book was designed and developed here.

REVIEWS • “Ticks every box… sumptuous… buy one…” (Word Magazine)
“Wonderfully detailed, graphically stunning” (Curled Up With A Good Book)
“An eclectic collection of trivia and tackiness, lavishly illustrated and beautifully laid out” (Fireworks Magazine). You can see more press coverage of the book here.

Sample pages from the book. Please note these are subject to change and revision. Click on any image and they can be viewed at a larger size in a gallery.

PRESS INFORMATION• We have PDF versions of the entire book which can be supplied to bona fide magazine editors to help plan any articles from. Full resolution versions of the sleeves can be supplied for the same purpose.

SCREENSAVER • Free downloadable Covered screensaver with 40 of the best sleeves on!

10 Responses

    1. Thanks for the mention Uzine! The art elements for the book arrived from Belgium, so hoping to get to work on the layout at last. Simon / easy

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  2. Tried ordering this through your site but it judt says ‘unsvailable’!!! Not found on any other sites. More frustration, following the obviously never-ever-going-to-be-published TOTP covers book (first advertised what seems like 25 years ago!).


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