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Tyrannosaurus Rex ‎– My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair … but Now They’re Content to Wear Stars on Their Brows album art

Photo(s) by Klaus Hiltscher. Imported from Flickr on Sep 11, 2020. Artwork published in
July 1968
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    Tyrannosaurus Rex  ‎–  My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair … but Now They’re Content to Wear Stars on Their Brows  album art 1
    Source: https://www.flickr.com Uploaded to Flickr by Klaus Hiltscher and tagged with “gillsans”. License: All Rights Reserved.

    When the album title is twenty-one words long, you better pick a typeface of narrow proportions, like Gill Sans Bold Extra Condensed. Especially if you need most of the space for the cover art by George Underwood (which he based on Gustave Doré’s illustrations of Dante’s Inferno).

    Typographically, the back cover is more adventurous, starring the Victorian bonfire that is Aesthetic for the band name. The track list in caps from Goudy Oldstyle demonstrates that it’s possible to arrange two numbered lists in a symmetrical way if you leave behind the idea that ordinals must come first. Credits are shown in center-aligned Bernhard Schönschrift, while Old English is used for the liner notes by young John Peel.

    The debut album by psychedelic folk band Tyrannosaurus Rex (later known as T. Rex) was released on 5 July 1968 by Regal Zonophone.

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    Tyrannosaurus Rex  ‎–  My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair … but Now They’re Content to Wear Stars on Their Brows  album art 2
    Source: https://www.flickr.com Uploaded to Flickr by Klaus Hiltscher. License: All Rights Reserved.

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    • Gill Sans Bold Extra Condensed
    • Aesthetic
    • Old English
    • Bernhard Schönschrift
    • Goudy Oldstyle

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