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Out of the Shadows (1962)
Guitarists Bruce Welch and Hank Marvin relocated from the North East to London in 1958 and soon formed The Shadows. The Shadows are the fifth most successful act in the history of the UK singles chart.
Photographer unknown. This image uses a similar lighting effect to another famous EMI album cover, With The Beatles, released the following year.
A member of Lindisfarne until his death in 1995, Alan Hull also released several solo albums, including Pipedream in 1973 and Squire in 1975.
Artwork taken from The Philosopher’s Lamp by René Magritte, 1936.
Moving Targets (1978)
Penetration formed in Ferryhill, County Durham in 1976 and still perform and record. Singer Pauline Murray is also active as a solo artist and with The Invisible Girls.
Artist Russell Mills has worked as a sleeve designer for Nine Inch Nails, Brian Eno, David Sylvian and many more. He is also a filmmaker and recording artist.
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Fog On The Tyne (1971)
Folk-rock group Lindisfarne formed in Newcastle in 1968. Fog On The Tyne topped the UK album charts for 4 weeks in 1972.
Trevor Wiles, Franco Polsinelli and Stewart Cameron based the sleeve on an engraving of the Tyne River at Newcastle found in the Central Library. They would later form the design company Metromedia.
Strange New Flesh (1976)
Jazz-rock group Colosseum II featured Sunderland-born keyboard player Don Airey. Since then Airey has played with Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, ELO, Judas Priest and Deep Purple.
Illustrator Ian Emes subsequently worked with Pink Floyd as an animator and is now a BAFTA-winning filmmaker.
Age of Plastic (1980)
Trevor Horn, one half of Buggles, grew up in County Durham. After huge success with Video Killed The Radio Star, Horn became one of the world’s most influential and sought-after producers, crafting hits for Frankie Goes To Hollywood, ABC, Yes, Seal and more.
Design by Glenn Travis Associates.
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Roxy Music (1972)
The line-up for Roxy Music’s debut album featured Washington-born singer and songwriter Bryan Ferry and Paul Thompson from Jarrow on drums. Bryan Ferry studied Fine Art at Newcastle University.
The cover was photographed by Karl Stoecker and features model Kari-Ann Muller, who also appears on Mott the Hoople’s 1974 album The Hoople.
Dire Straits (1978)
Mark and David Knoplfer of Dire Straits grew up in Blyth. The band formed in London in 1977 and have sold more than 100 million albums.
Chuck Loyola was a freelance artist in London in the 1970s. He was commissioned by designers Hothouse to create several album covers including this painting.
Ghost In The Machine (1981)
Primary Police songwriter Sting was born in Wallsend. In May 2019, their song Every Breath You Take was recognised by BMI as being the most played song in radio history .
Designer Mick Haggerty has created sleeve art for artists such as Supertramp, David Bowie and Jellyfish. Since 1980 he has also worked as a director of music videos.