Monday, 16 June 2014

LP Artwork: Ella Fitzgerald sings the George & Ira Gershwin Songbook

Sam and Delilah, one of this songs on this show's playlist, is the opening track of Ella Fitzgerald's impressive 5-LP boxed set, dating back to 1959. When I bought the recordings (in the mid-1970s) it was a re-issue with rather pedestrian artwork with the truncated title, Ella Sings Gershwin.

I therefore thought it would be interesting to feature the artwork from a variety of releases over the years, starting with the five original volumes with covers by French experimental artist, Bernard Buffet.

Less inspired are the HMV and MFP releases - one wonders how could such dull visuals be used to sell a quality product like this?

And here are some of the covers from ensuing re-issues...

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