I'm finally getting around to posting the second part of my record collection. Today, I bring you my picture sleeve 45s (though I do believe 7" is the term more used, now, referring to the size rather than speed) - some were bought because the covers were neat, others because I love the song.
This was one of the 'this cover is neat' buys - I loved her hair and the simple graphic layout. I was pleased to find out she is an Italian pop singer I'd never heard of as I'm quite fond of Italian pop music of the 1960s (such as Rita Pavone, Mina, Adriano Celentano, et al) - the songs on this EP are in Italian, English and German I think.
This was another 'neat cover buy' which then inspired one of my musical interlude posts once I listened to the record. I still haven't hunted down more of their music, yet, but I do love what I've heard. I suppose it fits in with the folk revival of the 50s/60s that I love quite a lot.
I only enjoy a handful of Belafonte's recordings but I think he had a gorgeous voice (and face) and this pink cover with yellow and white writing is incredibly pleasing to me, aesthetically.
I like The Mills Brothers a lot. That's the only story I have for this one.
I love the endearing goofiness that many early 60s vocal group record covers seem to have. Maybe goofy isn't quite the right word but there's something about this that tickles me. I don't mind their music, either.
This one belonged to my uncle's first wife...somehow it ended up in my mum's collection and I slipped it into my own collection a few years ago. (Mum doesn't mind...I've done this with a few of her records, now.)
Now I think this one is definitely on the goofy side of things...
A Swinging Safari is one of my favourite pieces of music and I just have to giggle at this cheesy cover.
This is an EP from Toldi Maria and all I can find out about her is that she's Hungarian. She seems to have a site but it's all in Hungarian...I picked this one up because I loved her hair/dress/guitar. And ended up enjoying the songs a lot. Unfortunately it has that ugly brown tape on it...luckily it seems to be coming away without ripping the cover!
This is one of my all-time favourite finds in terms of the cover. I've always loved hearts so I snatched it up as soon as I saw it. The songs are pretty cute, too.
How amazing is everything on this cover?! I'm coveting her hair and all of the furniture. A great '80s tribute to the '60s, I think. The song is cool, too.
I'm not keen on the '88 remix of Downtown but I do love the cover.
Again, the top two were bought for cover design (songs are great, too) and the bottom two were bought because they are two of my favourite songs.
And I thought I would end on another prized possession: my signed Wanda Jackson 45 from when Wanda did a signing after her concert here a few years ago. A fantastic experience.
Once again this is some but not all of my collection of picture sleeve 45s. You can see some more in this flickr set but I've probably got at least 20 or 30 more than what is pictured in the set, as well.
Andi B. Goode