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Pal Joey//New Moon Album Cover, World Record Club 1960s

Rodgers’ and Harts’ Pal Joey and Sigmund Romburgs’ New Moon, Muscial arrangements by Johnny Douglas. World Record Club c1960s.

It is such a pity that the designer and or photographer of this superb cover design hasn’t yet been identified.

I think it is one of the standout designs from the World Record Collection of Musicals c1960s.

Everything about this design is so of its time. These days the style will immediately remind views of course of the television series Mad Men, and its main character Don Draper…but originally the male character on the cover appears to have been based on crooner Dean Martin.

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David Leonard Album Covers

David Leonard produced some superb covers for the World Record Club during its early years. Below are the album covers which I have, designed by David.

I haven’t been able to find out anything else about this influential designer who was with the World Record Club in its formative years –  but the strong designs give a sense of the skill and strength of their designer.

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Janice McBride Album Cover

This bold and striking album cover is taken from an original artwork purchased by the World Record Club from an exhibition by four artists who worked together at Paton Advertising, Melbourne in the early 1960’s.

The exhibition entitled “Collage” was held at The Argus Gallery in Melbourne in November 1966, and this work by Janice McBride is entitled “Spanish”.

Janice McBride was/is a Melbourne Artist, and from looking at her C.V. this was the first time she exhibited.

Have a look at the body of work on her website linked above, from 1966 until the present day – she has produced some beautiful printmaking and painting.

Janice McBride "Spanish"

Janice McBride “Spanish” 1966

Gebrauchsgraphik January 1968

Below is the amazingly psychedelic, bright and bold cover design for Gebrauchsgraphik, January 1968 – The German publication for visual communication and artistic advertising, edited by Eberhard Holscher.

The designer of this typically psychedelic piece is not credited anywhere I can find in the publication however.

The psychedelic movement began in the mid 1960’s and effected many parts of popular culture.  It reached its peak in the “Summer of Love” in 1967, but its influence carried into the early 1970s.

The term “psychedelic” refers to drugs popular with the youth culture of the time, and Psychedelic Art and Design tried to express visually the sensation of “tripping out” .

Some of its influences included Art Nouveau, Op Art and Surrealism, and 3 of the best known Psychedelic designers are Wes Wilson, Victor Moscoso and Bonnie Maclean 

Gebrauchsgraphik Cover Jan 1968

Gebrauchsgraphik Cover Jan 1968




Torre Blancas Madrid

The fascinating concept images and photographs of construction below are of course of Torre Balancas, Madrid which was completed in 1969. They are images from the magazine “AuJourd’Hui, Art Et Architecture ” no. 52, February 1966. An edition devoted to Spanish Architecture and Art.

The architect of Torre Blancas was Franciso Javies Saenz de Oiza, but also on the architectural team was Juan Daniel Fullando (see previous post).

Its style could be described as Spanish Avant Garde meets Brutalism. It is approximaetly 80 meters tall, and is a structure based on cylinders – but only consists of a single tower made of exposed concrete. It is one of the most complex and and experimental concrete structures of this era. It has 23 floors of apartments and offices. Saenz de Oiza lived in the building once it was completed for the rest of his life.

Oiza’s pretense was to build a singular, high-rise residential building that would grow organically, like a tree, run vertically up stairs, elevators and facilities, as if it were the tree’s woody vessels and with the curved terraces grouped together as if they were the leaves of the branches. Oiza took from Le Corbusier the idea of ​​the rationalism of building houses with gardens in height, and of Frank Lloyd Wright the organicist proposals of his tower Price , making a personal synthesis of both tendencies, which is generally recognised as one of the masterpieces of organicism – (Source: Wikipedia)

Arch Daily has a well written article about the building HERE

Torre Blancas Under Construction

Torre Blancas Under Construction

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