Friday, November 14, 2014

Sleeve variety on Parade of Pops volume 14

How did this one slip under the radar for so long?? Once it's been pointed out, it seems so obvious - but it took blog regular Declan to bring it to my attention this week. Volume 14 of Windmill's Parade of Pops LP series includes a striking variety. Here are the two sleeves - spot the difference...

No prizes for getting it right! For some reason, the song titles have been shifted from the top to the bottom. It's difficult to understand why, but both covers were printed up and put into circulation. Variations like this are rare. Here's another, though less obvious:

The alteration here is near the bottom of the song panel - see how "Daniel" and "Do You Wanna Touch Me" are on the same line - undoubtedly an error in this case.

Anyway - back to that Parade of Pops. I had long had a suspicion that the model on the front was a man in drag. Even close-up the photo's not exactly sharp, so it's hard to tell, but I wondered if Windmill were having a bit of a joke - until I chanced upon the record cover below, on a Boulevard label LP. It's the same model (I think). Same wig and dress, anyway:

What do readers think?

1 comment:

  1. I've always found it intriguing when the design of cover version album covers should be changed shortly after the initial run, as per the covers above. I too never knew there was an alternative version of this Parade Of Pops album, and that's after 30 years of collecting. I assume the version with the titles at the bottom of the cover was the first print which was then quickly changed to the more familiar version with the song titles at the top. I don't know why they would want to change it though.