This was a favourite album of mine for years. Conflict were often linked with Crass but released their records through a different label. This was their first album, released in 1983 and is in stark contrast to much of what was being released at the time.
This was also a gatefold sleeve – a single album packaged in a double album cover. Good for lots of detail, lyrics and in this case, calligraphy!
For those of you who are not familiar with this scale I have put it into a scale most people will understand!
Sleevage Sunday is where I share selections from my old but recently rediscovered vinyl collection. Music has always been an important part of my life, but so was the packaging. In my formative years I would carefully study every inch of the cover, read every sleevenote, credit and publishing blurb so that the visual qualities of these records became intrinsically linked with the music, so that even now when I hear an old song I also get the imagery too! Alas, much of this will fall upon younger heads whose only visual link with their music is the tiny thumbnail on their iPod…
I am not judging any of these covers – some are great, some are really bad, and others just are. These are simply the images of my youth.