Move D makes no secret of his love for records, but we rarely get an insight into his love for music beyond the dancefloor. With an eye for the visuals, he picks out five favourites from his collection, ranging from Pink Floyd to The Beatles and Bobby Hutcherson. You can also listen to a playlist of music from the selections below to accompany you as you read.
Pink Floyd – Ummagumma (Harvest, 1969)
This artwork is chosen for multiple reasons. First and foremost, as a four-year-old boy I was struck by the gear laid out nicely on the back of the artwork (top, second from left) – Moufang junior nerdism galore! Secondly, the front (top, left) is pretty trippy – like staring into parallel mirrors but also the infinity of a picture within a picture – in a way like Mandelbrot Fractals – going with the musical content very well. Trip to this, and imagine hearing this as a young boy who speaks no english. The gatefold portraits (centre) are also very beautiful – you really have to like that band. Also, this piece is chosen as representative for all the fantastic hippyish late 60s / early 70s album designs by Hipgnosis. I deeply resonate with a lot of these. This period to me was the heyday of LP album artwork history. Also remember the extra posters bottom) in Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.
The Beatles – The White Album (Apple Records, 1966)
Talking about giveaway posters – this one had a poster and four paper print portraits of my all-time favorite band – I had to include The Beatles! This is one of their better ones too: a double album comprising a lot of solo efforts by the individual band members – bedroom stuff. From folk to ragtime to psychedelic rock to tape art to west coast kinda crooner stuff, you will never stop finding new pearls and moments in this one. The artwork was a game changer in its simplicity. The album front only has “The Beatles” embossed, no print, just plain white. This concept / approach was later reprised by Prince’s Black Album, and perhaps Metallica did one as well?
Bobby Hutcherson – Happenings (Blue Note, 1966)
As you can tell, most of my favourite album artworks goes back to the 60s and 70s, probably because that’s around the time when I was born and starting early as a music aficionado. Choosing records by their look was the way to go before I was able to read 😉 This one just has a beautiful design like so many Blue Note Records, especially from the 50s and 60s. They’ve managed to become the first label that really found its own identity not only through the music they released, but also by their trademark artwork . This is just one example, the ever-tempting woman in style and class…sigh!
Move D & Benjamin Brunn – Songs from the Beehive (Smallville, 2008)
Normally, I try to stay away from shameless self promotion, but this album has turned out to be one of the real classics in my back catalogue – I’m deeply grateful for Benjamin to share his talent with me, but also to the amazing Stefan Marx who did the artwork and the original painting of a crowd looked at from behind – one head actually turning around – took me a while to discover that – I so wish I owned the original painting, but thank you Stefan for making this album complete in the nicest possible way! A lot of you will be familiar with Stefan Marx work for Smallville Records, as well as other record labels and your favourite flyers, too.
Studio Pankow – Linienbusse (City Centre Office, 2005)
I can’t possibly name five favourite album covers and not have one example of my ex-partner in Source Records, Jonas Grossmann / Env. His contribution to our label can’t be valued enough – thank you Jonas! The actual album is a collaboration with my friends Kai Kroler aka Rawell and Jamie Hodge aka Born Under a Rhyming Planet. Recorded in the early 2000s, this one reflects our beautiful times back at Kai’s studio in Pankow. We dedicated the album to the mighty Clavier Nord Modular, which is the central piece of gear that we a explore on the album.
Some more examples of Source Records art.