Here’s an album cover post presenting reclining figures of various kinds: some seductive, some scary.
All explore utilising the LP ‘gatefold’ to extend the field of view*.
The bigger your screen, the better this gallery will look!
James Taylor‘s solo debut was released on Apple Records in 1968. It’s a fine LP (reviewed here) that includes an early version of ‘Carolina in my mind’.
Another debut album, this time from Roxy Music (Island Records 1972). Though spoilt for choice with Roxy’s reclining ladies, featuring the self-titled first LP seems appropriate. The model is Kari-Ann Muller from Cornwall, a former Bond girl who later married Chris Jagger (the less famous brother) and became a yoga teacher.
Originally on Vertigo (1969), the first, self-titled LP by Juicy Lucy is a fruity affair. (Pause for groaning.) The band played heavy blues-rock and you’d need a seriously heavy bag of coins to secure a Vertigo original. Several cover variants exist, mostly with similar quantities of fruit but less flesh. It would be lovely to acknowledge the cheerful model, but I was unable to find any info. The VC version is the re-issue from Music on Vinyl (2017).
David Bowie‘s confronting dog-man needs no introduction. It was painted by Belgian artist Guy Peellaert. There is also a very rare version that makes it abundantly clear David is a boy dog. Diamond Dogs was released in 1974 on RCA.
The Modern Jazz Quartet had been playing their intricate dinner-suited chamber jazz since the mid-fifties, but relaxed a bit for with this 1971 album on Atlantic. The first (Australian) copy of Plastic Dreams I owned was not a gatefold. It wasn’t until I picked up this US version much later that I realised Stanislaw Zagorski’s cover is a bit naughtier than I’d realised. Clever too.
Another debut. This time from UK weird-folk outfit Comus. First Utterance (1971) is much scarier than this cover suggests. In fact, this is a disturbing record all together. Original copies go for silly money. I have the Get Back re-issue (with a bonus 12″) and the more recent Music on Vinyl version. Spend too much time with Comus and you might need a long lie down. With bonus sedatives.
Although these are all I could find in the VC collection, there must be other horizontal gatefolds (outer, not inner) that feature the reclining form. Can you think of others?
* Except the feature image. I couldn’t resist the Warhol drawing (and it’s a great jazz album too).
This post is dedicated to CB, loyal reader and couch recliner.