The Baroque Inevitable

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01 Milton Glaser, cover for The Baroque Inevitable
Milton Glaser, cover for The Baroque Inevitable

Groove Is In the Art is a growing archive which celebrates “an era when psychedelic graphics and pop art met the mainstream on instrumental and classical album covers in an explosion of line art and color.” I’ve featured some of my favorite covers in this post.

The man behind the site, David of Jive Time Records, also documents his personal collection at Project Thirty-Three (a “shrine to circles and dots”), Symphonie Fantastique (gorgeous 1950s classical lp covers) and Stereo Stack (vintage LP stereo banners).

Project Thirty-Three has been featured on Grain Edit and iso50, but I had to get some of these sleeves on my blog. I recommend subscribing to all of David’s sites, especially if you’re interested in graphic design — the big names turn up frequently, and almost always with forgotten work.

02 Herb Roguff, Pierrot Lunaire
Herb Roguff, Pierrot Lunaire

03 Cliff Condak, cover for Subotnik
Cliff Condak, cover for Subotnik
(For Charles)

04 Barbara Nessim, Chopin a la Moog
Barbara Nessim, Chopin a la Moog

05 Cliff Richards, Carnival of the Animals
Cliff Richards, Carnival of the Animals

06 Herb Roguff, Shostakovitch
Herb Roguff, Shostakovitch

07 Sandy Hoffman, Works for Trumpets, Organ & Orchestra
Sandy Hoffman, Works for Trumpets, Organ & Orchestra

08 The Cowsills and co, Pickwick Records
The Cowsills and co, Pickwick Records

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And three from Project Thirty-Three:

09 George Giusti, cover for Amor Mexico - S.A. (1966)
George Giusti, cover for Amor Mexico – S.A. (1966)

10 2!2 (EMI, 1973)
2!2 (EMI, 1973)

11 Persuasive Percussion, 1959, designed by Josef Albers
Persuasive Percussion, 1959, designed by Josef Albers

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And one lovely Erik Nitsche cover from Symphonie Fantastique:

12 Erik Nitsche, Medee (Decca, 1953)
Erik Nitsche, Medee (Decca, 1953)

RIP Erik Nitsche flickr archive

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Will Schofield is the editor of 50 Watts (original name: A Journey Round My Skull) and Writers No One Reads. More from this author →