The inner sleeve of an LP as a vehicle for promoting other records is both a logical and "cost effective" idea. Yet, I wonder how effective this sort of advertising actually was. Obsessives such as myself would never subject our records to such rough paper. We changed them into plastic or cellulose sleeves; but these surviving artifacts offer glimpses into the past: the changing fashions, lables that have vanished or been swallowed up by corporate consolidations and of course some quality music that manages to endure.
|The Osmonds, Stevie Nicks, Lindsay Buckingham and Chick Corea -- what a wonderful family.|
Does anyone remember the Oyster and Spring labels?
|Ravi Shankar, The 50 Guitars of Tommy Garrett, Ornette Coleman and Bob Lind.|
All promoted as equal entities to either sink or swim in the market place.
|Eclectic offerings from Mercury. Rod Stewart was hot back then as was Chuck Mangione. Not so Jade Warrior or Stray.|
|ECM was always focused on contemporary jazz, composition and improvisation.|
Creative with a capital C, Serious with a capital S. No releases titled: Keith Jarrett Having Fun At The Beach or The Playful Sounds Of Jan Garbarek.
|Nonesuch boasted an impressive classical and international music catalogue, long before "world music" became fashionable.|