Sunday, 18 December 2011

bryan ferry : let's stick together































bryan ferry
let's stick together
island records (1976)
zci9367


cover photograph : richard wallis

Monday, 21 November 2011

père ubu : the modern dance

père ubu : the modern dance by japanese forms

pere ubu
the modern dance
blank records (1978)
fontana (1988)
collectors edition of 1000 copies

Monday, 7 November 2011

bow wow wow : w.o.r.k.

bow wow wow : w.o.r.k. (tape) by japanese forms

bow wow wow
w.o.r.k.
emi (1981)
tc-emi 5153
2-track, cardboard case flip-top, cassette single


© analogue jugend



Wednesday, 2 November 2011

retromania #3 : tape on usb

































Another fascinating and beautifully designed retro-cassette tape concept. This really lovely piece of technology  is a portable music player that can dock 3 USB sticks at a time. It comes with a mock USB cassette tape which can store music and be used to make "mix-tapes" just like in byegone days. More pics and details here.

Tape USB design by Jung Hoon Lee.

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Thursday, 27 October 2011

judy nylon : pal judy






















judy nylon
pal judy
reachout international records (1990)
a-179


Pal Judy is a re-release of ON-U Sound LP #16 originally released in the U.K. in 1982.

© analogue jugend

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Saturday, 1 October 2011

new order : substance


original photograph courtesy of garageowns / ©garageowns2011

new order
substance
factory communications limited (1987)
fact 200c

artwork / design : peter saville associates / trevor key

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

the sundays : reading, writing and arithmetic


the sundays
reading, writing and arithmetic
rough trade (1990)
rough c148

artwork : the sundays
layout : designland

Sunday, 25 September 2011

bob dylan : the times they are a-changin'


bob dylan
the times they are a-changin'
columbia records
cbs 40-32021


cover photo : barry feinstein

Friday, 23 September 2011

the smiths : this charming man


https://www.flickr.com/photos/japaneseforms/6172142021/
the smiths
this charming man (tape)
rough trade records (1983)
wea yz0001c (reissue 1992)

cover star : jean marais in jean cocteau's "orphée" (1949)

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

the smiths : meat is murder


https://www.flickr.com/photos/japaneseforms/6178388470/

the smiths
meat is murder
rough trade (1984)
rough c81

sleeve : morrissey
layout : caryn gough

cover star from emile de antonio's 'in the year of the pig' (1969)

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Monday, 19 September 2011

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

retromania #2 : cassette business card




Retromania is an occasional series about "cassettes" as design artefacts or as photographed by other people. Number 2 in the series is a mixtape generation cassette business card and cassette case card holder by the creative, japanese designer, Kozzy. Looks rather nice. I'd love to have a set with my name on them.

Friday, 9 September 2011

kraftwerk : computer world


kraftwerk
computer world (tape)
kling-klang (1981)
emi

tc-emc 3370

artwork [cover]  : emil schult, florian schneider, ralf hütter
artwork [original artwork reconstruktion]  : johann zambrysky, ralf hütter
photography : günter fröhling

Thursday, 8 September 2011

the jam : this is the modern world


the jam
this is the modern world (tape)
polydor (1977)
3170 475 

artwork : hedgehog design 
artwork [Illustrations] : connie jude 
design, art direction : bill smith 
photography [back] – david redferns 
cover photography [front] : gered mankowitz

Friday, 2 September 2011

drowning the virgin silence : tears (tape)


drowning the virgin silence
tears (tape)
acid casualty productions (2011)
acp.09


design / artwork : richard vergez

Thursday, 1 September 2011

the smiths : the queen is dead (tape)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/japaneseforms/17121413450/


the smiths
the queen is dead (tape)
rough trade (1986)
rough c96


sleeve by : morrissey
layout : caryn gough
group photography : steve wright
cover photograph : alain delon (in alain cavalier's "l'insoumis" - 1965)


Tuesday, 30 August 2011

peter gabriel : car - scratch - melt (tapes)


peter gabriel
1 or car (tape) charisma (1977)
2 or scratch (tape) charisma (1978)
3 or melt (tape) charisma (1980)

artwork / design / photography :
hipgnosis - peter christopherson - storm thorgerson - colin elgie

Monday, 29 August 2011

retromania # 1 : cassette camera


Retromania is an occasional series about "cassettes" as design artefacts or as photographed by other people. Number 1 in the series is a photograph taken by Rudolf-Benoit at the Open Source Festival 2011, in Düsseldorf, Germany. The girl appears to be using an iPhone or some other smartphone.  One can imagine that it's an iPhone encased in one of those retro cassette cases that they make for them.  I Googled a bit to try and find the exact model and I think that it's this one.


Saturday, 27 August 2011

roxy music : siren (tape)


roxy music
siren (tape)
island records (1975)
zci 9344


artwork: bob bowkett, bryan ferry, jerry hall
design : nicolas de ville
model : jerry hall

Sunday, 21 August 2011

kraftwerk : the man machine (tape) visual 2


kraftwerk
the man machine (tape)
kling klang (1978)
emi - fame
fa 41 3118 4


typography ("lettering") : karl klefisch
photography : günther fröhling

Friday, 19 August 2011

roxy music : stranded (tape)


roxy music
stranded (tape)
island records (1973)
zci 9252


artwork: bob bowkett
design : nicolas de ville
photography : karl stoecker
model : marilyn cole

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

band of susans : love agenda (tape)

band of susans
love agenda
cassette tape
blast first (1989)
bffp 43 c


artwork/design : band of susans
cover photo : willard r. culver

Friday, 12 August 2011

ian dury : new boots and panties (tape)


ian dury
new boots and panties
stiff records (1977)
4.940.661


artwork: unknown

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

peter gabriel : 1 [ a.k.a. car ] (tape)


peter gabriel
peter gabriel 1 [ a.k.a. car ] (tape)
charisma (1977)
philips 7164 058

artwork : hipgnosis
cover photo : peter christopherson

Monday, 8 August 2011

rick wakeman : journey to the centre of the earth (tape)


rick wakeman
journey to the centre of the earth (tape)
a&m records (1974)
cam 63621


I got this because I rather liked Yes at the time. I imagine this was Wakeman's second "solo" album after "The Six Wives..." one but I've no idea what it sounds like... as I probably haven't listened to it since the day I bought it. I don't fancy giving it a listen now either.

Sunday, 7 August 2011

roxy music : viva! roxy music (tape)


roxy music
viva! roxy music (the live roxy music album)
island tapes (1976)
zci9400


artwork: unknown

Friday, 5 August 2011

the clash : give 'em enough rope (tape)


https://www.flickr.com/photos/japaneseforms/5973233951/

the clash
give 'em enough rope (tape)
cbs records (1978)
40-82431


cover design : gene greif (using a postcard, "end of the trail", photographed by adrian atwater, featuring wallace irving robertson - see flickr post )

Thursday, 4 August 2011

the stone roses : the stone roses (tape)

the stone roses
the stone roses (tape)
silvertone records (1989)
ore c 502


cover art : john squire

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

conrad schnitzler / wolfgang seidel : consequenz 010b (tape)

 
conrad schnitzel & wolfgang seidel
consequenz 010b
mirror tapes (2011)
mt008
recorded in 2010 in an abandoned cellar of the tempelhof airport in berlin.


limited edition of 250 copies
professionally duplicated cassette tape with pro-printed full-colour inlay.

Monday, 1 August 2011

the cramps : stay sick (tape)


https://www.flickr.com/photos/japaneseforms/5973793766/

the cramps
stay sick (tape)
enigma records (1989)
7735434


cover photograph : lux interior
model : ukhan kizmiaz

Sunday, 31 July 2011

cabaret voltaire : live at the lyceum (tape) -view 1


https://www.flickr.com/photos/japaneseforms/5904179199/

cabaret voltaire
live at the lyceum (tape)
rough trade (1981)
copy 002


recorded live on a sony walkman, february 8th, 1981

Saturday, 30 July 2011

a clockwork orange : soundtrack - stanley kubrick (take 2)


https://www.flickr.com/photos/japaneseforms/5630091557/

a clockwork orange
music from stanley kubrick's "a clockwork orange"
soundtrack (cassette)
warner bros. (1971)
zck4 46127


stanley kubrick : la cinémathèque française exhibition souvenir mug

Friday, 29 July 2011

public image ltd (tape)


https://www.flickr.com/photos/japaneseforms/5607084392/

public image ltd
public image ltd / first issue
cassette tape
virgin (1978)
3222 763


photography : dennis morris
sleeve concept : dennis morris, terry jones & pil
design : zebulon

Thursday, 28 July 2011

sonic youth : "goo" (tape) visual #1

sonic youth
"goo" (tape)
geffen (1990)
dgcc 24297


cover drawings: raymond pettibon
photos: michael lavine
art direction: kevin reagan

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

lou reed : new york (tape)

lou reed
new york (tape)
sire records (1989)
wx 246c


photography : waring abbott
design : sylvia reed
art direction : spencer drate

Monday, 25 July 2011

Sunday, 24 July 2011

mark fell / evol: head office transformation (tape)

mark fell / evol
head office transformation (split cassette)
alku records (2010)
alku75
(limited edition tape - available in black or white)


artwork : none

mark fell - - - evol

gianni motti assistant

Saturday, 23 July 2011

the sex pistols : never mind the bollocks... (tape)

the sex pistols
never mind the bollocks here's the sex pistols (tape)
glitterbest (1977)
barclay 4 940553


artwork : jamie reid

Friday, 22 July 2011

suicide : half-alive (tape) visual 1

suicide
half-alive (tape)
r.o.i.r. (1981)
a-103


recordings of various live performances and some home-studio demos from the 1970s

Thursday, 21 July 2011

wire : 154 (tape) view 1

wire : 154 - tape (#1) by japanese forms
wire : 154 - tape (#1), a photo by japanese forms on Flickr.
wire
154
cassette tape
restless records (1989)
7 72362-4
5 panel fold-out sleeve
includes 4 bonus tracks not on the original vinyl

artwork :

art direction - dave dragon
sleeve concept - gilbert / lewis
typographic design - brian harris


If I were to select my top ten albums -very doubtful, because it's the sort of exercise that I find not only futile but also utterly pointless- 154 would very much likely be among the ones I'd choose. Ranks alongside Joy Division's "Unknown Pleasures" in my books and is certainly one of the finest recordings to emerge during the post-punk period.
Curiously, even though it's an album I truly love, I've never bought a CD copy of it. Of course, I still have my precious original vinyl copy (which includes a 4-track 7" ep) and this tape. Tape which I picked up circa 1989 for in-car listening pleasure.
The album is so named because the band had played 154 gigs in their career at the time of the album's release.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

leonard cohen : songs from a room (tape) - view 1

leonard cohen
songs from a room (tape - view 1)
cbs (1969)
cbs40-32074


design: ira friedlander
photography : john berg

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

captain beefheart : clear spot (tape) - visual 1

Don Van Vliet : January 15, 1941 – December 17, 2010

captain beefheart and his magic band
clear spot (cassette tape)
reprise records (1972)
k454007