Friday, 28 August 2009

Classic Album Covers #1 - Terry Callier

As this blog has slowly transformed into a collection of the many influences I'm absorbing into the photography on Art Of The City, I thought I should finally start acknowledging by other biggest source of visual inspiration: album covers. I remember Paul Weller once saying something to the effect that he didn't have a favourite author and that when he was growing up that Lennon and McCartney were his favourite authors. In that same spirit, when I was growing up in a non-descript Midlands satellite town, photography and art galleries didn't really register but album and single sleeves proved a constant source of inspiration. I would identify with a great cover, trust a songwriter more for their artistic eye and often chance my luck on buying an album on the strength of the appearance alone. The covers mattered and they still do.
     This occasional series will dig through the photos and designs that I've loved for years or just recently discovered, from the strange oddities to the stylish classics. First up is this cover from Terry Callier's 1973 lost gem What Color Is Love. The music is a dream; a hazy, lovelorn mix of folk, jazz and soul. When the sax flies on the epic opener Dancing Girl, it cuts cleanly through the bluesy atmosphere like a finger through dust on a shelf. As one Amazon.com reviewer has put it so sweetly, "everything you think about the cover is revealed in song." Listen to the full album here...

5 comments:

  1. Hi SP, have just been catching up on some of your recent posts here, have been away on vacation, away from the blogs... Will have to look up some Terry Callier, not familiar with her. Love your piece on Cartier-Bresson, hopefully will get into Paris and see some of those exhibitions... thanks for the info...

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  2. Errr, not familiar with him (not her!) oopps, not being familiar with him, was misled by the woman on the album cover. Wow, what a smooth voice he has... YouTube has a few gems...

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  3. Who is the woman on the front cover? Does anyone know?

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  4. Same question as Matt had above me, who is the woman on the cover? Would really appreciate an answer!

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  5. did anyone ever find out who the mystery woman is?
    This was/is a fantastic album ...

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