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The Vinyl Issue: The Ultimate Packaging

Fold-out maps? Fake newspapers? Sometimes you want more than a cardboard sleeve.

The mavericks who turned the idea of the traditional LP sleeve upside down and inside out.


Their Satanic Majesties Request  (DECCA, 1967)

In presenting the case for vinyl, the generous 12-by-12-inch canvas for artwork is an undeniable selling point. And the packaging for the Stones’ solitary stab at psychedelia could be exhibit A. From the lenticular 3-D cover (find those hidden Beatles) to the maze and multi-coloured Bosch-style collage in the gatefold, there’s so much for the eyes to enjoy. Unfortunately, not as much for the ears.


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