It's a joy to find the records I love—I found a couple of Billie Holidays, not in great shape, but listenable—and it's a joy to make discoveries. And since these records don't have printed sleeves, I decided it would be fun AND A JOYOUS WASTE OF TIME to research who these artists were, create a portrait of them, and make a simple record sleeve, of sorts, with their bios. That way each time I pull out a record I'll have something to read while I listen.
The first one I've made is for one of my favorites, Henry "Red" Allen. Have a read.
I wanted to create a sleeve that slips around the generic 10" record sleeve so you can still read the beautiful old record labels with, more importantly, the artist and song information. There's still an area on the upper right side for collector's details about the record (some chipboard-style sleeves have printed boxes located there). The clear plastic sleeve encases all of it. So I came up with something like this:
With the bio information on the flip side:
I need to mess with the design a bit more, but Lucy seems to approve. She likes licking plastic. It's creepy.
So I suppose now and then I will post new sleeves as I create them.
Up next, a new discovery for me: Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys! Get ready to cowboy swing!
For the uninitiated, here's a beautiful bit recorded by Red Allen with Coleman Hawkins back in 1933.