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Goran Kajfeš – XY

Author: Colin | Published: 21/8/11

Goran Kajfes - X Y

Goran Kajfes - X Y

Goran Kajfes - X Y

Goran Kajfes - X Y

Goran Kajfes - X Y

Goran Kajfes - X Y

Goran Kajfes - X Y

Goran Kajfes - X Y

Goran Kajfes - X Y

Goran Kajfes - X Y

Goran Kajfes - X Y

Artist Goran Kajfeš
Title X Y
Label Headspin Recordings
Year 2011
Design Graphic design by Anna-Pi Lennstrand; photos: Carl Kleiner; art: various
Music Jazz/improvised/electronic
Notes A beautiful design, seemingly coming out of the blue. The quality of the reproductions, paper stock, embossed cover and reversed layout meeting at the centre are all striking.
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Astor Piazzolla – The Rough Dancer and the Cyclical Night (Tango Apasianado)

Author: Colin | Published: 14/8/11
Previous Au Clair de la Lune – Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville Next Goran Kajfeš – XY

Artist Astor Piazzolla
Title The Rough Dancer and the Cyclical Night (Tango Apasianado)
Label Nonesuch
Year 2000
Design John Gall
Music Nuevo Tango
Notes The Rough Dancer and the Cyclical Night (Tango Apasianado) was the follow-up to Piazzolla’s widely feted Tango: Zero Hour (Nuevo Tango: Hora Zero). It formed part of a loose trilogy that concluded with La Camorra: The Solitude of Passionate Provocation. These albums, together with Five Tango Sensations, were to be Piazzolla’s last before his death in 1992.

This version of the album is a remix of the design produced for the rerelease on Nonesuch. The album was originally released on Kip Hanrahan’s criminally underexposed American Clavé label. Both share the same imagery, but place significantly different emphasis. Fittingly in my view, the predominant image in the newer version is Piazzolla himself, captured in deepest concentration playing his bandoneón. The dancers, man’s tongue extended, his partner’s head thrust back in pleasure is relegated to the CD tray, revealed by removing the CD itself.

The rich red duotone colouring applied throughout underline the passionate experience of the music while the shiny metallic finish applied to the outer sleeve imparts a fascination to the whole design that can’t help but awaken the inner magpie in its beholder.

Here’s the original cover:

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Also - This Song Could Be Rivers (a collage portrait of Kip Hanrahan, producer of The Rough Dancer…, edited by me and published on Perfect Sound Forever)
- More about this album on the Nonesuch website

Au Clair de la Lune – Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville

Author: Colin | Published: 7/8/11
Previous Sachiko M, Toshimaru Nakamura and Otomo Yoshihide – Good Morning Good Night Next Astor Piazzolla – The Rough Dancer and the Cyclical Night (Tango Apasianado)

Au Clair de la Lune

Au Clair de la Lune

Au Clair de la Lune

Au Clair de la Lune

Au Clair de la Lune

Au Clair de la Lune

Au Clair de la Lune

Au Clair de la Lune

Au Clair de la Lune

Artist Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville
Title Au Clair de la Lune
Label Parlortone
Year 1860/2010
Design Package Design: John Hubbard and Rob Millis; label design: Susan Archie
Music Spoken word
Notes A beautifully produced edition:

Dust-to-Digital proudly inaugurates its vinyl imprint Parlortone with the earliest intelligible recording of the human voice: an historic 20-second version of “Au Clair de la Lune” made in 1860, 17 years before Thomas Edison invented the phonograph. This single-sided 45rpm record comes complete with an etched back, a descriptive essay and a reproduction of Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville’s original phonautogram.

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Also - Gracie Fields, Quentin Reynolds, Jack Hylton and his Orchestra