Friday, 31 May 2013

10 Music For Pleasure Album Covers

Here's a selection of 10 Music For Pleasure album covers I've recently featured on Instagram. Although Music For Pleasure was EMI's budget record label they frequently pushed the boat out with several sleeve designs covering a variety of genres in the 60s and 70s. 

Stardust  - George Melachrino
Stardust is a light orchestral album from the 1960s released shortly after Melachrino's tragic death. It had originally been released under the Regal label in 1960 and features a starscape image from the California Institute of Technology.

I'll See You In My Dreams - Max Jaffa
Max Jaffa was a regularly featured musician on BBC Radio in the days before they went pop. I'll See You In My Dreams is a reissue of an earlier Columbia LP featuring show tunes and pop standards.

Songs of A World At War -
Janet Webb & The Naafi Singers
Forever remembered as the lady who came down at the end of The Morecambe and Wise Show to thank the audience for watching, it appears Janet Webb also took part in the recording of an album songs recalling the days of World War II.This release neatly tied in with Thames TV's World At War documentary series.

The Most Of The Animals
-The Animals
The Most Of The Animals was one of MFP's most enduring releases from their The Most Of... series. Featuring The Animals 1964 smash it The House Of The Rising Sun, it originally surfaced in 1971 and was still available well into the CD era.

Pat Boone sings Irving Berlin
- Pat Boone
Several American crooners were snapped up for reissues on the Music For Pleasure label in the late 1960s, Pat Boone's 1959 tribute to the music of Irving Berlin been the case here.

The Hollies -
The Hollies
Popular music acts had been mainstays of Music For Pleasure budget releases from the mid-1960s, by the early 70s some albums got straight reissues with new covers. Such was the case for The Hollies 1967 Parlophone album Evolution, simply retitled The Hollies.

Walkin With The Shadows
- The Shadows
Music For Pleasure releases were also popular abroad as was this Shadows release from Germany, which had several cover variants. The Shadows were depicted here as cartoon birds!

The Stars Sing Lennon & McCartney
-Various Artists
Although Music For Pleasure didn't obtain any rights to actual Beatles material until 1980, they did release several albums celebrating Lennon and McCartney as songwriters. The Stars Sing Lennon and McCartney culled together many hits by the likes of Billy J Kramer, Peter and Gordon and Cilla Black.

Big Bond Movie Themes -
Geoff Love & His Orchestra
Geoff Love possibly carries the record for releasing the most albums on the MFP label. Here's a release from 1975 focusing on the world of Big Bond Movie Themes. The album sleeve got into a bit of trouble for not acquiring permission to use images of film stars, it was later withdrawn.

The Big Swoon Of The Thirties -
Al Bowlly
A fabulous example of 60s art meeting popular culture of decades previous, as 1930s crooner Al Bowlly gets a retrospective on MFP in the mid 60s. This cover has to be one of the most creative even though the title The Big Swoon Of The Thirties doesn't seem to have been retained for the record label in which its called So Many Memories.

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