We take a look at the album artwork from some of Louisa's favourite music in her collection, from opera and classical to rock n roll.
To kick off we have opera singer Maria Callas and her wonderful album La Davina.
Hugh Masekela - Still Graving
Still Grazing is a 2004 compilation album by South African jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela. The album is a retrospective collection of his compositions recorded over the period 1966–1974. Masekela lived through some of the most vital and colourful music scenes of our times: blowing with Bepop legends in New York, playing with a young Bob Marley in Jamaica, hanging out with Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone in the sixties and getting lost in the madness of Fela’s Afropop explosion in Lagos. Unfolding against the backbeat of the most revolutionary musical movements of the last forty years, this album tells the story of his one-of-a-kind life.
Daphni - Joli Mai
Since his debut Daphni album in 2012, Snaith has continued to focus most of his energy on his main project, Caribou. He once revealed that his dancefloor-oriented Daphni alias is all about immediacy. “I could make a track, play it one weekend, have it pressed up on Monday or Tuesday, and it could be in shops three weeks later,” Snaith said several years ago. His latest Joli Mai album shows Snaith as the rare electronic producer who has a totally distinct sound from the jump, with an inherent joy on each Daphni track.
Maurice Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé, La Valse with the Berliner orchestra and Pierre Boulez
Here Boulez and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra bring us Ravel’s entire score for the ballet Daphnis et Chloé. If you have a fondness for classical music, this is now the most recommendable modern Daphnis available.
SBTRKT - non-album
SBTRKT latest “non album” is a collection of songs as a project designed to bring new tracks to fans sooner than album cycles, creating a continuous ongoing experience. Reflected in his album artwork Aarone Jerome uses the musical alias SBTRKT and hides his identity by wearing modern interpretations of native society ceremonial masks designed by A Hidden Place. “I’d rather not talk about myself as a person, and let the music speak for itself. The name SBTRKT is me taking myself away from that whole process. I'm not a social person, so having to talk to DJs to make them play a record is not something I want to do. It's more about giving them a record as an anonymous person and seeing whether they like it or not. If they play it, they play it."
The Clash - London Calling
During The Clash concert at the Palladium club in New York, their bassist, Paul Simonon wrecked his guitar on the scene, with the moment captured on photography by Pennie Smith. The final version of the cover was designed by Ray Lowry and became famous worldwide with photo of bassist crashing his guitar became a pop culture icon, a symbol of young rebels.
Saint-Saëns Carnival Des Animaux (The Carnival of Animals). New verses by Ogden Nash. Music by Andre Kostelanetz and his orchestra. Narrated by Noel Coward, Leonid Hambro and Jascha Zayde.
Combining the love of classical music and poetry we have Camille Saints-Saëns: The Carnival of Animals one which all children enjoy. This album takes you through verses of two silly-lined poems from Ogden Nash narrated by Noel Coward. Saint-Saëns, who lived from 1835 to 1921, composed the Carnival in 1886, but, concerned that such a lighthearted work might harm his reputation as a serious composer, allowed only private performances of it during his lifetime. Its public premiere took place in 1922, and it quickly became one of his best-loved works.
Queen - Don't Stop Me Now (single)
Don’t Stop Me Now! What an incredible year, here’s to 2018 and the year ahead from one of Britain’s greatest bands, Queen.
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