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Victor C. Lewis ‎– Bird Sounds In Close-Up

Contributed by Love Lagerkvist on Aug 29th, 2017. Artwork published in .
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    1969 reissue from Pye Golden Guinea Records, with photography by F. V. Blackburn.

    Another classic field recording, Victor C. Lewis’ Bird Sounds In Close-Up, originally released by Marble Arch Records, a subsidiary of Pye Records, in 1969. Like others of its ilk and time, the album turned out to be a surprising success prompting multiple reprints already the same year. Most of these feature a spin on the gridded original, aside from the Hallmark Records ‎edition that swaps it out for two really exited little birdies. Volume 2 followed in 1970.

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    Hallmark Records, 1969

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    Volume 2, Pye Golden Guinea Records, 1970

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    • Arnold Böcklin
    • Pinto
    • Petrarka

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    1 Comment on “Victor C. Lewis ‎– Bird Sounds In Close-Up

    1. Aug 29th, 2017  1:30 pm

      The typeface used on the sleeve of the Hallmark version is interesting: It appears to be a solid version of Pinto Inline, which is credited to Roy Sprong/Rapitype and was released as dry-transfer type by Mecanorma in 1972 — three years after the record was released. It might be an earlier version sans inline, by Rapitype.

      The font used for Volume 2 is a first in our Collection, too. This Britannic-meets-uncial is a film typeface known as Ophelia. It goes back to a design first cast by Schelter & Giesecke in 1900 as Petrarka.

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