Ruthie Bosch (herself no mean designer of Procoloid sleeve-art, sends us (January 2015) this Burmese match-book cover from more than a century ago. Nothing to do with the Players' tobacco company, but unwittingly another ancestor for Procol Harum's famous album.
Peter Ashley writes (11 January 2011) in
his Unmitigated England blog: Funny how the wheel of life turns.
Or the CD on the record player of life. Putting the finishing touches
to my cigarette book (blogs passim) I was reminded that
Procol Harum made an album in 1969 called A Salty Dog. And
that the album sleeve was a primitive pastiche of the original
Player's Navy Cut cigarette packet. I'd never heard the album, even
though A Whiter Shade of Pale transcends genres and time to
still be one of the best pop songs to make the Hit Parade; and I do
have an obscure album of theirs called Exotic Birds & Fruit
which I bought just for the still life on the cover. So needing a
pristine example of A Salty Dog to scan in for the book, I
sent off for what I think is a 40th anniversary edition. It arrived
yesterday, so I can now tell you that the cover was painted by
Dickinson, who, surprisingly, is a lady and married (at least at the
time) to the lyricist in the band Keith Reid. I popped it into the
player in the car this morning, and have to tell you I had to stop
the car in a field gateway and stare out over the wet fields of
Leicestershire as the eponymous first track swept over me. I thought
it simply brilliant. Which is a good job, after forty two years.