John Peel started his own record label in 1969, primarily to get the music he liked recorded and released onto vinyl, and called it Dandelion Records. Here’s one of his favourite bands, Principal Edwards Magic Theatre. Peel even co-produced their first LP, “Soundtrack”, with Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason producing their second LP:
…here’s 3 new additions to Probe on the pink label featuring a pre-Eagles Joe Walsh in the “James Gang Rides Again” (a candidate for one of the most boring covers going!), Crowfoot’s “Behind The Sun” and Artie Kornfeld’s LP. Kornfeld was the music promoter for the Woodstock festival and this LP was his first.
If you’re interested in band logos and how they were designed then there’s a cool site dedicated to logos and brands. It features a fair bit on AC/DC and Led Zeppelin, but has just posted a feature on Black Sabbath’s first 8 albums, including the four Vertigo Swirls as well as Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Sabotage, Technical Ecstasy and Never Say Die. Click here to go to WhatsThatFont…
CMU vs. Maldoon
Just spotted that CMU’s “Open Spaces” looked a little familiar…you know that nagging feeling you’ve seen it before somewhere…? It bears a striking similarity to Maldoon’s second album on Purple Records, TPS3502.
Only thing is…CMU’s album was released on the Transatlantic label back in 1971…some 2 years before Maldoon’s 1973 album. Maldoon’s cover was a painting by Eric Slack. Not sure who did CMU’s cover…
And in case you’re wondering whatever happened to Curtiss/Maldoon, Madonna ‘reworked’ their “Sepheryn” track for her “Ray Of Light” song back in 1998. So much so, that Dave Curtiss and Clive Maldoon were actually given (quite rightly) a songwriting credit for the track. Maldoon died in 1978 from overdosing on prescription medicines.
Spontaneous Combustion vs. World Party
Now they are both in the style of Roy Lichtenstein, but Spontaneous Combustion’s album was released in 1972, with World Party’s “Bang” album coming out in 1993.
Home vs. Deep Purple
There’s a similar theme with these two sleeve designs, too. Both albums feature the band members’ faces within the liquid or reflection of either a glass beaker full of chemicals or a wine goblet. Home’s “The Alchemist” from 1973 predates Deep Purple’s “Come Taste The Band” by 3 years. It’s also a much better design with better photography and a less-clumsy execution of the band members mugshots in my opinion.
Let me know if you find any more similarities on the site…!
Van der Graaf Generator’s “Theme One” from 1972 was released as CB175. However, it does have BCP 6 crossed out in the deadwax on both sides. So, it was obviously intended to be BCP.6 but for some reason was released as CB 175 instead. Early issues feature the rare picture sleeve, below. Now, just have to find what happened to BCP4 and 5! I would imagine something similar happened…