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The Eleventh House with Larry Coryell – Introducing The Eleventh House album art

Contributed by Florian Hardwig on Mar 21st, 2021. Artwork published in .
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    Debut album by jazz fusion group The Eleventh House, led by the guitarist Larry Coryell. The cover design is by Jules Halfant (1909–2001) who served as the art director of Vanguard Records from 1953 to 1988. The typeface he chose is Busorama. Drawn by Tom Carnase and produced at Photo-Lettering, the Art Deco-ish geometric sans was released in 1970 as one of the first typefaces by ITC. It comes with a large number of alternates, some of which were used here, like the narrower E, or the H with protruding crossbar. The latter is a bit of a strange choice, as it causes spacing issues in “THE” and “HOUSE”. My hunch is that Halfant used Letraset’s adaptation of Busorama Bold, which came exclusively with this form of H.

    The artwork is by Jacques Wyrs. Halfant repeatedly worked with the multicolored paintings by the Paris-based artist for records by Coryell, see also Spaces (1974) or Planet End (1975).

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    On the back cover, the band name is shown in reversed , with the names of the members in . The track list uses .
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    On the back cover, the band name is shown in reversed Skin & Bones, with the names of the members in Century Expanded. The track list uses Melior.

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    • ITC Busorama
    • Skin & Bones
    • Century Expanded
    • Melior

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