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Blood, Sweat & Tears Greatest Hits

Contributed by Stephen Coles on Jan 13th, 2015. Artwork published in .
    © 1972 CBS, Inc. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Wood type on the front cover, metal Futura on the back. The wood type is a design first shown by George Nesbitt in his 1838 catalog as Gothic. It was subsequently offered by many wood type manufacturers, so it’s almost impossible to say which version Columbia used here, but the credits say “Type by Haber” and my 1970s Haber catalog has a phototype version of Gothic from Morgan, so it could be theirs. The design is by John Berg, the Columbia/CBS creative director who was obviously a fan of Nesbitt’s Gothic, putting it to use on various record covers in the 1960s–70s.

    © 1972 CBS, Inc. License: All Rights Reserved.


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    1 Comment on “Blood, Sweat & Tears Greatest Hits

    1. Jan 15th, 2015  3:04 am

      Cool to see this example included. This was actually the first or second record album I ever bought (the other one was the soundtrack to 2001: A Space Odyssey). Always liked the cover.

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