Label: Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment
Front cover: I mean…John totally nailed the 80’s vibe here. Just nailed it. I literally bought this album based on the cover alone. The music is really good (said the R&B guy) but the cover is just a bag of nails. Major shout out to Jeremy Dean & Carlos Serrao for an amazing design all the way around.
Sleeves: Sometimes, LPs just travel well and this is one of those examples. It’s not terrible; it’s just that the LP busted through the sleeve on the way to me so I had to use tape on it. I really should have scanned it before I did that. Oh well. I cloned out the tape on two of the four sides and had to replace a line of lyric on the first side of the sleeve. It’s the last line of the song, “Wild Blue.” I found an exact font match and just added it in. I wasn’t able to get rid of the very minor folding as it would have ruined the text and necessitated more re-typing, thus making it less authentic. I felt one re-typed line was enough. Again, kudos to Jeremy for the design of the sleeve itself. The 80’s vibe is incredible strong here and I love ever inch of it.
Back cover: More 80’s perfection on the back. The only things denoting a current release are the website addresses and the Sony Music Entertainment credit on the bottom. I even love the font. Just…amazing.
Hype sticker: More nailing the time period. “Columbia Records & Tapes.” Gotta love it. Even the bright purple is a color they’d have used back then. Only the Sony catalog number gives away its true vintage…and yes, the album IS available on creme-colored cassette (without Dolby). As fir what I did, I replaced the purple entirely (it was mostly okay but not perfect for a new release) while it was at its largest size as not to hurt the text at all. Beyond that, this is as it appears.
Nice Price sticker: …and with this, all bases are truly covered! I just love it. This one was fairly easy to scan and I only adjusted the contrast a bit to make it look like it really does.
Labels: What an odd color, right? Not sure why they didn’t go deep red like the CBS and later Sony labels were. Oh well. I still like these a lot. Very unique color. Nailing this shade wasn’t easy but I manipulated the color at the scan stage to nail it. Beyond that, the labels are in amazing shape. Just scanned, removed spindle hole with some cloning, and uploaded.