Saturday, 24 September 2016

LP Artwork: Bob Manning / Lonely Spell

For those who thought Frank Sinatra had all of the loneliest album covers sewn up, take a look at this one from the under-rated yet mellifluous Bob Manning. It's not as dark or sombre as Only the Lonely, In the Wee Small Hours or No One Cares, but it is equally atmospheric.

Indeed the photographer was Ken Veeder who also took the shot of Sinatra for his Songs for Young Lovers album cover three years earlier,  complete with hallmark streetlamp and smouldering cigarette.

As a Capitol Records staff photographer, he also took iconic photos of Sinatra during the January 16th recording session in 1956 for the seminal Songs for Swinging' Lovers! album.

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