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Sun Ra – Sun Song (Delmark Records)

Contributed by Stephen Coles on Jan 10th, 2019. Artwork published in .
Sun Ra – Sun Song (Delmark Records) 1
Source: Image: Letterform Archive. License: All Rights Reserved.

Laini (née Sylvia Abernathy) designed several record covers for Chicago-based Delmark Records in the 1960s. She is one of the few African American women of the period to be credited as a designer.

Read more about Laini in a piece by Florence Fu at Letterform Archive:

For the avant-garde musician Sun Ra, type takes a back seat so the illustration can shine. Abernathy abstracts a drawing of the sun into painterly swirls with rays of sunlight that beam to the edge of the frame — fitting for the artist whose stage name was coined in honor of the Egyptian God of the Sun. The glowing, orange mass against the red background reflects the surge of energy in the Afrofuturist’s synthy, cosmic sound.

A subsequent reissue (date unknown) with rotated cover artwork.
Source: Image: London Jazz Collector. License: All Rights Reserved.

A subsequent reissue (date unknown) with rotated cover artwork.

2 Comments on “Sun Ra – Sun Song (Delmark Records)”

  1. Looks like they updated the font as well—is that Hoefler?

  2. I think it’s Stempel Garamond Italic. Added, thanks.

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