Record Sleeve Photography for Charly Records 2017

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Kevin Ayers: Champagne and Valium/ My Speeding Heart, 7″ single, Charly Records 2017. Sleeve design by Rachel Gutek, Deia sunset photography by Susan Lomas.

As a massive fan of the late, great Kevin Ayers I was absolutely thrilled to get involved with the artwork for this 7″ single re-release in 2017. I love listening to music on the traditional vinyl format so this collaboration was a dream come true!

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Kevin Ayers: Champagne and Valium/ My Speeding Heart, 7″ single re-issue 2017. Sleeve design by Rachel Gutek, Deia coastline photography by Susan Lomas.

Many thanks to Rob Caiger, project manager and producer for Snapper Music and Charly Records. Congratulations to designer Rachel Gutek for seeing the potential in my photographs of Deià, Mallorca, where Kevin Ayers spent many years of his life.

The 2017 full colour sleeve “re-visits” the monochrome artwork used for the original release in 1983:

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Kevin Ayers: My Speeding Heart/ Champagne and Valium single, 1983

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Deià Sunset, August 17th 2013. Photo by Susan Lomas

My original sunset picture (above), taken at Hotel El Encinar, halfway between Deià and Valldemossa, Mallorca.  The date was August 17th 2013, the day after the Kevin Ayers Celebration event at Sa Fonda. This image was used as background for the front of the sleeve. And here’s the photograph (below) which Rachel Gutek adapted for the back of the sleeve…

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Deià Coastline, August 17th 2013. Photo by Susan Lomas

Finally, here’s the picture disc (champagne coloured vinyl) on the turntable. Magic!!

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Kevin Ayers: Champagne and Valium, 7″ single, 2017 re-issue, on the turntable…

 

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