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Album cover illustration

its a small world album

This picture is just a little example of how much fun you can have wandering around an antique store with your phone. Maybe a bit naughty but this image is to become my phone unlock screen, that’s how much I love the folksy artwork. I spent way too long combing through old records for great album cover illustration and through magazines and books too while thrifting and then at home-  very diverting, entertaining and inspiring. Here are a few album cover illustration from my lovely spouse’s own record collection from the 1970’s and 1980’s.

Sound of Music record cover, Coronet Records
Rogers and Hammerstein, The Sound of Music. Produced by Coronet Records (year?)

Sound of Music record cover backside


Crosby Stills Nash and Young, So Far, 1974Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, So Far. Atlantic Records 1974. Cover art by Joni Mitchell


Elvis Costello and the Attractions, IbMePdErRoIoAmLElvis Costello and the Attractions, IbMePdErRoIoAmL. Columbia Records, 1982. Artwork “Snakecharmer & Reclining Octopus” by Sal Forlenza, 1942.


UB40 Rat in the Kitchen album cover 1986UB40, Rat in the Kitchen. Virgin A & M Records 1986. Cover design by Bob Linney.

UB40 Rat in the Kitchen back


Philharmonic Orchestra, Serkin Ormandy Edward KasperSerkin/Ormandy, The Philharmonic Orchestra, Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Produced by Columbia Records. Cover drawing by Edward Kasper.


Abba The Album 1977Abba, The Album. Atlantic Records, 1977. Album illustrations by Rune Soderqvist/Bjorn Andersson.

Abba The Album backside


Guitar for Lovers, Al CaiolaAl Caiola, Guitar for Lovers. United Artists (year?). Cover art by Frank Gauna.

1 Comment

  1. Hailey

    April 28, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Ooooh! I love that! Is it fabric? Where was it? The It’s a Small World ride at Disneyland, no matter how slow, is still my favorite. Love the art, message, design… These days there isn’t anything else like it. Nothing that intensely lovely, happy, together and creative WITH glitter!

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