THE BRUNSWICK SINGLES BOX
Universal Music have launched a great series of seven-inch vinyl box sets of ALL of The Who's British singles. The first, the BRUNSWICK SINGLES BOX is out now and contains all seven of their releases on the Brunswick label from 1965-1966 including their very first single 'I Can't Explain' plus 'Anyway Anyhow Anywhere', 'My Generation', 'Circles', 'A Legal Matter', 'The Kids are Alright' and 'La-La-La-Lies. There's a bonus disc too of the single 'Zoot Suit' b/w 'I'm The Face' which The Who recorded for Fontana when they were The High Numbers. Each single is pressed on heavyweight vinyl with the 60s-style 'dink' centre and comes in its original paper sleeve. Also in the box is an eight-page booklet with liner notes by Who historian Mark Blake. Others in the series are the Reaction Singles Box, the Track Records Singles Box and the Polydor Singles Box, all due for release in 2015.
THE ART OF THE ALBUM COVER celebrates seven decades of sleeve design from the early covers of Alex Steinweiss in the 1940s, through the Cool Jazz of the Fifties, the pop and psychedelic revolution of the Sixties, the golden age of the album cover in the Seventies, the New Wave of the Eighties, the Britpop and grunge years of the Nineties, and the iPod generation of the Noughties.
Says the blurb on the back cover: “Author and designer Richard Evans has been art director for The Who for over 35 years and has designed album covers for a diverse range of music genres. Here he celebrates the art of the album cover and reveals many of the background stories in the creation of classic sleeves from Rodgers & Hart to Lady Gaga and everything in between; from The Beatles to Oasis, Bowie to Blur, Pink Floyd to Pearl Jam, and Nat King Cole to Coldplay.”
Digital templates are available to download from the book’s own dedicated website and with the tips and information included in THE ART OF THE ALBUM COVER you can use them to create your own album and CD covers.
Hello. This online gallery showcases a cross-section of design work produced for album covers, books, single sleeves and DVD packaging. There’s recent work here plus a few old favourites too. Signed edition prints are also available to purchase.
THE WHO'S STUDIO ALBUMS ON VINYL
The Who's greatest hits album THE WHO HITS 50! plus all of their eleven studio albums have been released on glorious 180-gram heavyweight virgin vinyl including the double albums of TOMMY, QUADROPHENIA and ENDLESS WIRE. I restored all the individual studio album artworks right back to their original graphics and layouts and so now you get the 20" x 30" psychedelic poster included in THE WHO SELL OUT, the ultra-rare 'head hunters' liner bag with WHO'S NEXT and the 24" x 24" colour poster in FACE DANCES. The TOMMY album is restored to its 6-panel gloss-finish sleeve and its 12-page libretto and extra images. Even the record labels are true replicas of the originals.
My Generation (1965) • A Quick One (1966) • The Who Sell Out (1967) • Tommy (double album) (1969) • Who’s Next (1971) • Quadrophenia (double album) (1973) • The Who By Numbers (1975) • Who Are You (1978) • Face Dances (1981) • It’s Hard (1982) • Endless Wire (double album) (2006) • The Who Hits 50! (2015)
THE WHO HITS 50!
The Who have kicked off their 50th anniversary with a great 2-CD hits compilation covering their 50 years, starting with ZOOT SUIT, a track from when they were briefly known as The High Numbers. The album includes what Pete Townshend describes as all their "hits, picks, mixes and misses" and ends with a brand new song called BE LUCKY.
The band began their THE WHO HITS 50! tour in Britain last December. and the US leg of the tour is now oin full swing. The album cover and tour logo combine an old Who logo with some Pop Art-inspired graphics. This theme continues with the single artwork (right).
The Who are donating their royalties from BE LUCKY to Teen Cancer America and consequently I am selling a short print edition of BE LUCKY with proceeds going to Teen Cancer America too. Details can be found here >
Click on the artwork to hear BE LUCKY!