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Sleeveface Paperback – November 1, 2008
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I do applaud the creativity and may try it myself.
At first flip I was ready to dismiss the book as lame silliness, something to quickly unload on someone else. Then my usually critical wife gave the book and gander, and by her comments and expressions I could tell she was genuinely impressed.
Find an old record album cover, preferably one with a large photo of the artist's head. Hold the album cover or sleeve in front of your face or someone else's. Take a picture. Now you've got a sleeveface. Sounds simple enough, but lining up the sleeve's face to the human body, and coordinating color, clothing, and position require lots of imagination, and trial and error. The results shared in this book are a wonder to behold.
I have more favorites than I can remember, like the one showing Barara Streisand's head attached to a black dog, the Liberace shots, and the Richard Clayderman sleeve transposed over a man holding a plate of food.
The most impressive pictures are those featuring two album sleeves and two or more people. The positioning has to be perfect, and it often is.
This is a fun, nostalgic book, probably a hoot to share with company and a perfect gift for a fan of vinyl or classic music. Want to see some of these gems for yourself? Visit the sleeveface web page.
Overall, the book is amusing enough to keep handy in my listening area for guests to flip through, but it didn't garner many laughs when I shared my copy with several folks at a local record show yesterday. The humor here does not have long-term staying power.
Now, maybe I'm not the intended market (although I'm old enough to have had a vinyl collection). Maybe avid record enthusiasts will appreciate seeing their favorite LP covers brought back to attention--but, I still don't see them pulling "Sleeveface" out more than as a curiosity. So, enjoy the photos. If it sounds like your "thing"--it might be. I certainly thought it might be my "thing"--but it simply wasn't. A cute novelty idea it is. A must own book (for me) it isn't. KGHarris, 11/08.
Some work really well: Marissa Robles managed to find a harp to go with 'The world of the harp', Decca 1974; a Jo Anne Castle, Pickwick LP covers someone's head and shoulders perfectly; Bonnie Tyler's 1983 CBS sleeve just has added fingers to succeed. Others have the right cover, angled correctly but don't quite work.
Carl Morris and John Rostron, the two Welsh authors, just sort of drifted into the idea while DJing one night and predictable the concept ended up as a website for everyone to join in.
A fun paperback of two hundred photos than will definitely give you a smile and probably an idea for that old LP cover laying around somewhere in the house.
***SEE SOME INSIDE PAGES by clicking `customer images' under the cover.
Sleeveface, the book, is pretty much Sleeveface, the Web site, in paper form. One might ask why... but just as there's an ineffable quality that comes along with the tangibility of a real LP sleeve, there's something about seeing these in print that makes this a worthwhile experience in addition to that of the Web. Besides, if any of the record companies ever bring down the Sleeveface site, we'll still have the books!
I do think it might have been better for the operators to have delayed publication until they had more submissions, so this really could have been a "best of" collection... there are definitely some photos in here that don't really belong (the Steve Miller Band's 'Joker' and Tom Jones's 'Close Up', to name just two). But that's a minor complaint. I think this would make an excellent gift for the vinyl junkie in your life
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A quick view of the video that Amazon has provided will give you the gist of this book, as will a visit to the website. Read morePublished on July 23, 2009 by Elliot Knapp
Honestly, overall I wasn't that impressed.
Although the premise behind the book is great, and some of the images were amazing, there were too many that just didn't fit... Read more
The book "Sleeveface: Be the Vinyl" is a collection of images from Carl Morris and John Rostron, the two guys behind the website sleeveface.com. Read morePublished on January 23, 2009 by Stephen J. Carlson
Sleeveface was one of the strangest books I've ever picked up. I mean, what is this? Grabbing the sleeve cover from a bunch of old vinyl records and then recreating the look of... Read morePublished on January 8, 2009 by Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Man
Sleeveface I was intrigued when I first saw the concept for this book - but it is a little hard to explain in print. Read morePublished on January 2, 2009 by Angela Wilson
What a super idea. Very creative. This book makes a great coffee table or waiting room addition. Clear crisp pictures. Read morePublished on December 25, 2008 by Boomzilla
I had no idea that this art form was even present. You quickly grow tired of seeing one after another and put it down, but the next time that you see the book, you pick it up and... Read morePublished on December 15, 2008 by Reuben Gathright
Simply put, this is a colorful collection of photos in which people hold up vinyl record album cover, usually over their face, and the cover image seems to blend into the... Read morePublished on December 10, 2008 by Greg Ehrbar