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The Masqueraders (1980)
Photography by Cheryl Clayton. Design by Ed Lee. Mask by David Larisy and Lynn Hearn. Make-up by Michael Tyler.

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Sad Cafe / Misplaced Ideals (1978)
Art Direction by Roland Young. Design by Chuck Beeson. Photography by Mark Hanauer. Cover photo treatment by Katherine Anne Walter / Lou Beach.

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The Silencers / Romanic (1981)
Cover art design and concept/Styling by Cathi Capiola. 

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Dayton / Dayton (1980)
Art Direction by Bill Burks. Illustration by Ron Croci. Design by Jeff Lancaster. 

I’ve been in New York this last week shooting a set of fashion films so wanted to bookend my trip with two NY themed sleeves. It was great to be there again.

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Drafi / Lost In New York City (1981)
Art Direction by Manfred Vormstein. Photography by Bildagentur Stuttgart/von Czarnowski. Design by Ariola Eurodisc/Studios.

Champaign / How ‘Bout Us (1981)
Design by Nancy Donald. No credits for Illustration.

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David Bowie / DJ (1979)
Photography by Corrine Schwabb.

The image on this sleeve was shot by Bowie’s personal assistant Corrine Schwabb and would have been snapped on the set when they were making the video for DJ which if you haven’t seen is an amazing video. The title font reminds me of BAD by Michael Jackson, although this obviously pre-dates that. 

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Bobby & The Midnites Featuring Bob Weir (1981)
Cover by Victor Moscoso.

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Neville Brothers / Fiyo On The Bayou (1981)
Illustration by Lou & Pearl Beach. Art Direction by Chuck Beeson and Jeff Ayeroff. Design by Melanie Nissen.

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Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark / La femme accident (1985)
Design by XL. Photography by Carol Sharp.

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The Shadows / Guardian Angel (1984)
Photograph Cosimo Image Bank. Design by Alwyn Clayden / Green Ink.

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Richie Rome / Deep (1980) A/D by Ron Coro. Design by Kathy Morphesis. Collage by Lou Beach. 

Lou Beach is responsible for some of my favourite collage sleeves, particularly Weather Report’s ‘Mr Gone’ which I posted a year or 2 ago. I came across this one the other day when I was shopping and immediately  loved it, without knowing it was by him. It’s strange because I have been using a lot of fish recently in my own collage work, some of it unpublished at the moment but there’s a Basement Jaxx 12” coming soon (Mermaid of Salinas) which features different sea creatures.

Manhattans / After Midnight (1980) Design by Paul Scher. Illustration by Mark Hess. 

Alibi / Friends (1980) Design by The Small Back Room. Photography by Paul Wakefield and David Hosking.

Fingerprintz / Distinguishing Marks (1980) Illustrations by John Stalin. Sleeve designed by Peter Saville.