London, UK (PRWeb UK) January 7, 2010
The Classic Album Covers stamp issue showcases some of the greatest examples of album design, side by side on ten 1st Class stamps.
Whether it's the bent chromed pipe of Mike Oldfield's seminal 70s masterpiece, Tubular Bells, the astonishing statues of Pink Floyd's Division Bell, or the racing greyhounds of Blur's Brit Pop classic, Parklife - the stamps will be instantly recognisable to millions around the world.
As the Classic Album Covers stamp issue celebrates the work of the album sleeve designer not the music, Royal Mail carried out extensive research of existing lists and polls of 'Greatest Album Covers', trawling through thousands of albums in the process.
Once the final list of ten was agreed, it was decided that while an album might be square, the stamps don't have to be. This resulted in a design showing each album cover with its disc appearing 'outside' the stamp.
And who better to launch the Classic Album Covers stamp issue than Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, who helped design the cover of the band's 32 million selling fourth album - IV - which features on the stamp collection, released on 7 January.
Speaking about IV, Jimmy Page said: "Almost 40 years after the album came out, nobody knows the old man who featured on the cover, nor the artist who painted him - that sort of sums up what we wanted to achieve with the album cover, which has remained both anonymous and enigmatic at the same time."
Julietta Edgar, Head of Special Stamps, Royal Mail said: "For decades the album sleeve has been the canvas for some of the most imaginative graphic artists in the world, and these stamps celebrates this unique art form and some of its greatest examples.
"We hope customers will enjoy the opportunity to send or collect these classic album designs in their smallest format yet - as miniature works of art on millions of 1st Class stamps."
Issued by Eulogy! on behalf of Royal Mail
Tel 020 7927 9999
NOTES TO EDITORS
Images of the Classic Album Covers stamps are available by telephoning Clare Ridley at Eulogy! on 020 7927 9999
For more information about Classic Album Covers stamps visit: http://www.royalmail.com/albumcovers
Stamps and stamp products are available at all Post Offices and from Royal Mail Tallents House (tel. 08457 641 641), 21 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh, EH12 9PB.
Classic Album Covers Stamps
1st - First Class inland letter Rate: The Division Bell - Pink Floyd
1st - First Class inland letter Rate: A Rush of Blood to the Head - Coldplay
1st - First Class inland letter Rate: Parklife - Blur
1st - First Class inland letter Rate: Power Corruption and Lies - New Order
1st - First Class inland letter Rate: Let It Bleed - The Rolling Stones
1st - First Class inland letter Rate: London Calling - The Clash
1st - First Class inland letter Rate: Tubular Bells - Mike Oldfield
1st - First Class inland letter Rate: IV - Led Zeppelin
1st - First Class inland letter Rate: Screamadelica - Primal Scream
1st - First Class inland letter Rate: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars - David Bowie
The Album Covers
Rolling Stones/Let It Bleed (1969)
Designed by Robert Brownjohn, the sleeve sculpture was based on the initial album title of 'Automatic Changer' with the added cake created by the then unknown Delia Smith.
Led Zeppelin/'IV' (1971)
The band's fourth album had no mention of their name on the cover. The painting of the faggot-bearing old man was, it is said, found by singer Robert Plant in a Redaing junk shop. For the cover it was nailed to a demolished house in Dudley.
David Bowie/The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (1972)
Heddon Street in London's West End is the scene for the painting. Photographer Brian Ward helped to conceptualise Bowie's notion of the alien pop star and the sleeve was designed by George Underwood with artwork by Terry Pastor.
Mike Oldfield/Tubular Bells (1973)
Designer and photographer Trevor Key brought Oldfield's conception to life, of bent chrome metal piping cut out and overlayed on a photo of sea breaking on the south coast.
The Clash/London Calling (1979)
The third album from the band features Pennie Smith's iconic shot of bassist Paul Simonon, considered one of the greatest rock photos of all time. Ray Lowry designed the artwork, paying homage to Elvis Presley's debut album.
New Order/Power, Corruption and Lies (1983)
Peter Saville's design juxtaposed French impressionist Henri Fantin-Latour's painting with a colour-coded strip.
Primal Scream/Screamadelica (1991)
Paul Cannell became the in-house artist for the Heavenly and Creation record labels. For Creation he created this iconic image for Primal Scream's album.
Pink Floyd/The Division Bell (1994)
Pink Floyd' final studio album featured gigantic metal heads in long-time collaborator Storm Thorgerson's design. The heads were drawn by Keith Breedon, sculpted by John Robertson and stood over nine-feet tall. Positioned in a field in Cambridgeshire, they were photographed over a two week period.
Blur's third album distilled the essence of London, and the racing greyhounds were captured by photographer Bob Thomas, and the sleeve designed by Chris Thomson and Rob O'Connor of London design firm Stylorouge. Blur is an EMI artist.
Coldplay/A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)
Chris Martin of Coldplay saw this arresting image in Dazed and Confused magazine, and wanted it for the album cover. It is the work of Norwegian photographer Solve Sundsbo, and the result of medical imaging technology. Coldplay is an EMI artist.