Sunday, November 4, 2012

Eddie Brock - 7" Ep

here is an interesting submission that came in from Photobooth Records, the Eddie Brock ep.  i like this cover image that James Martin illustrated, really nice heavy handed black and white contrast with a subtle touch of stipple shading to pull you in for a closer look.   these covers were professionally offset printed on a uncoated paper which suits the illustration well.  folded and glued with a black OBI strip that slides off the side.  the choice of OBI for this packaging was a bit confusing to me as it really doesn't add anything to the design other than the bands name, and a small sticker with the band name on the plastic bag would have been way less intrusive... 


when you flip the record over, the back of the OBI strip (which is blank and therefore not pictured here) covers up a bunch of song titles, which once again i find to be confusing.  leaving it plain black might have been cool looking if they has sized the song titles down so that they weren't being covered up and took the black magic marker looking element off of the bottom.  i completely agree that a solid black element was needed to ground this composition, so why not just make it the OBI?....


there is a folded up 8"x11" photocopy insert included that has all the lyrics cut and paste applied to some crazy comic strip or something... this is just awful looking.  i can get behind the ransom style cut and paste lyric sheet, but this is so busy that it's bordering on the unreadable side of things, which kinda defeats the point of a lyric sheet entirely...


oh yea, it's two sided....


colored vinyl and hand stamped black labels with some sort of silver ink.  i've seen some really cool hand stamped labels in my time (some even featured on this blog), and these are not making my "best of" list.  both stamps are pretty undersized for the record labels, and both printed pretty horrible with image loss over the center part of the record and general blurring in the application....



this is Photobooth's 2nd release, and i am sure they have learned a lot in the process.  support them and watch them grow....

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