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Pretty Things ‘Savage Eye’ (1975) Sleeve by Hipgnosis. I try to stay away from posting often seen classic sleeves on this blog as it just seems a bit boring, therefore I haven’t really posted many Hipgnosis covers, even though I love what they did. I hadn’t seen this one before though, my wife Jaja bought it for me the other day. Like a lot of their work it has an illustrative feel to the photography, probably due to the retouching techniques of the period. (Mat Maitland, Leopard Tree Dream)

Grace Jones ‘La Vie En Rose’ (1977) Cover art by Richard Bernstein. I’ve kind of said all there is to say on this blog about Grace Jones cover art. The sleeves fall into 2 categories - Richard Bernstein and Jean Paul Goude, both of whom I love equally for different reasons. For those of you who don’t know, Bernstein did most of the covers for Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine - apart from the very early ones and those after Warhol’s death. (Mat Maitland, Leopard Tree Dream)

Masabumi Kikuchi ‘Susto’ (1981) Artwork by Ryoko Ishioka. 

Eddie Harris ‘Is It In’ (1974) Art Direction by Bob Defrin, Basil Pao. Illustration by Peter Palombi. I always tend to date airbrushing as an 80’s style, probably fuelled by all the posters I used to have from Athena as a teen, but really it was just as common and popular in the 70’s, this being a great example from Palombi. (Mat Maitland, Leopard Tree Dream)

Françoise Hardy ‘Comment Te Dire Adieu’ (1968) Cover drawing by Jean Paul Goude. This is a fairly early drawing from Goude, who at the time had just become art director of Esquire after being set on his creative journey inspired by a much earlier Esquire cover created by the legendary George Lois. This is way before his amazing work with Grace Jones, much of which has been posted in this blog. He’s a big inspiration to me. (Mat Maitland, Leopard Tree Dream)

Ike & Tina Turner ‘Deliah’s Power’ (1977) Design by Kosh and Ria Lewerke. Illustration by Bob Hickson. 

Michele ‘Magic Love’ (1977) Cover by Paul White. The style of this sleeve was reinterpreted and referenced alot in the late 90’s by various designers - not this specific sleeve, more the graphic style. I’m intrigued by the Paul White credit. At first I thought there was no way it could be Paul White of Me Company fame but there’s a tiny possibility it could have been a very early sleeve by him, unless I am making him older than he is! Looking at his later work, it’s not a ridiculous idea but I might be totally wrong. Answers on a postcard to… (Mat Maitland, Leopard Tree Dream)

Kid Creole & The Coconuts ‘Maladie D’Amour’ (1980) Design/Photography unknown. 

Pockets ‘So Delicious’ (1979) Cover concept by Art Sims. I posted another Pockets sleeve a few weeks ago, it seemed very popular. This one is totally different, infact I didn’t even realise it was the same band, as usual I just bought it as I loved the cover. You can’t beat a voyeuristic scene through a window, the use of interior and exterior spaces. This one is obviously very contrived though. The typography has a ‘Cotton Club’ 1920’s feel to it. (Mat Maitland, Leopard Tree Dream)

Kebekelektrik ‘Kebekelektrik’ (1978) Art Direction by Stanley Hochstadt. Graphics supervision by Lloyd Gelassen. Photography by Robert Belott. It’s a beautiful photograph on this cover, a sexy disco dream - midnight dancing in late 70’s NYC. Reminds me of the sleeve for ‘Angel Eyes’ by Roxy Music, from the same period, which I posted a long time. (Mat Maitland, Leopard Tree Dream) 

The Charlie Calello Orchestra ‘Sing, Sing, Sing’ (1979) Cover concept, design and illustration by Andy Lackow. I know this is a bit cheesy but I like it all the same. It’s a pity about the typography, maybe Lackow should have got someone else to do that part, it could have been a complete dream of a sleeve. Anyway, the image is great. The record is kind of a big band - disco hybrid which is echoed nicely in the sleeve art. (Mat Maitland, Leopard Tree Dream)

Meco ‘Encounters Of Every Kind’ (1978) Design/Painting Unknown. It’s a shame there’s no credit on this sleeve, I love the painting. The album is definitely in the could be amazing/could be dreadful category though. (Mat Maitland, Leopard Tree Dream)

Supercharge ‘Horizontal Refreshment’ (1976) Design/Photography unknown. 

Elements ‘Forward Motion’ (1984) Cover art ‘Mirrors Have No Taste’ by Mati Klarwein. Design by Nancy Greenberg. Mati Klarwein’s work has featured on many sleeves, most famously on the much loved ‘Bitches Brew’ by Miles Davis, which I do admire but don’t truly fall for. I love this one though, for the detail in the grass and rocks and it’s abstract beauty. (Mat Maitland, Leopard Tree Dream)

Pockets ‘Come Go With Us’ (1977) Illustration by Peter Palombi. Design by Tom Steele. These must be very big trousers to fit a record in the pocket. The composition and construct of this image remind me of a still life photograph where things are held in mid-air in an impossible state of gravity, kind of like the work of Dan Tobin Smith. The colours are beautiful, mint and pink never looked so good. (Mat Maitland, Leopard Tree Dream)

There’s a great book called ‘Overspray’ which features more of Peter Palombi’s work. Click here