The “Blues LP Advertisement” Project — Part 2

Continuing where we left off last week, here’s a few more for you. Once again, the idea was to have fun promoting the show, while paying homage to a few of our favorite blues LPs.

1) We’ve always loved Lightnin’ Hopkins, and we’ve always loved the artwork on this LP. A little bit of photoshopping was definitely involved…. but, since we’re talkin’ Lightnin’ Hopkins here, we figure it was worth all the time we spent neatening it up a bit!

2) Speaking of favorites, this one was irresistible. We spent a little time trying to “match” the typeface, and have to say we think it came out pretty close to the honoring the original. As for whether or not the original LP had either a white background or a cream-colored one, we’ll leave that for collectors to debate….

3) Once again, inspiration lent itself pretty easily when it came to this long-time fan favorite….

4) Finally…. that leads us to our last advertisement to be inspired by an LP cover. Once again (as with the Howlin’ Wolf/Elmore James one from last week), there’s a definite “inside joke” here. Long time blues fans will immediately “get it,” but for those who might be in the dark, the caption at the top refers to a heated exchange (most of it unrepeatable in public) between record label boss Leonard Chess and Sonny Boy Williamson, on the topic of what constitutes a small town, versus what a “little village” might be (which was the name of the song Sonny Boy was attempting to record that day, before Chess so rudely interrupted him). We were tempted to honor the “original language” between the two of them to reflect this now legendarily infamous exchange, but in the end, thought the better of it. If you “get” the joke, we’re pretty sure you’ll get a chuckle out of it….

Next week…. we’ll feature the last of the bunch (whose inspiration was from other than old blues LPs), plus, our absolute favorite from the whole series!

The “Blues LP Advertisement” Project

So, this wasn’t really a “project” per se, but…. a couple years ago, we thought it would be a good idea to try and promote our humble little radio show while paying homage to some of our favorite LPs (or, in the case of entry #3, perhaps ones that were, well… LOL… uh, “infamous,” shall we say). The main idea was to get the word out about the kind of music we like to play around here at Blues Unlimited.

Some of these we thought came out pretty good, and maybe others missed the mark a bit. You be the judge…. and next week, we’ll have a few more for you as well. The long and short of it…. don’t worry! We’re not giving up on the radio show business to become high-powered ad executives on Madison Avenue anytime soon!

1) Muddy Waters. This seemed like an obvious place to start…. right?

2) Next up was Howlin’ Wolf. This took a bit of photoshop “wizardry” to get the typeface right, and although we had fun doing it, weren’t too sure the end result was really worth all the time it took.

3) Next up, somebody near and dear to our hearts…. Elmore James. The inspiration for this one came pretty easily, and we figured that die-hard blues fans would “get” the inside joke.

4) Speaking of which, this ended up being one of our favorites from the series. Although it helps to know the inside reference, we like to think it speaks for itself really. And besides… Mississippi Fred is one of our all time favorites!

That’s all for now! More next week….

Hello to all our fans and listeners!

We’re really excited about our brand spankin’ new website! We figured after 8 years of production, 229 episodes, and more than half a million words that have gone into our radio program scripts, it was about time we had a place of our very own on the web. Welcome, and stay tuned… we’re glad you’re here!

(and… in case you’re curious… that amounts to about seven or eight thousand pieces of music. We don’t have an exact count on that yet. We’ll have to get back to you…)