Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The art of the American record label

It was during those endless trawls up and down the motorway spine of the United Kingdom that Fairport came up with the title of their third album. Unhalfbricking is not the name of some traditional rural custom like 'beating the bounds', but a word which Sandy made up and contributed to a word game called Ghosts which the group played in the back of their van.

The couple featured on the cover of Unhalfbricking are Sandy Denny's parents [above], photographed in the garden of their Wimbledon home while the group take their tea in the background. Fairport's American label A & M considered the image too weird for a potential US audience and replaced the offending shot with a troupe of performing elephants [below].
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1 comment:

Ian Paton said...

When I bought the album on (pre-Dolby) cassette in 1969, the cover was plain pink, with the album title and band name set diagonally under the 'Island i'. Artwork inside showed a picture of the band, but none of the LP coverwork.