Archive for December, 2013

Record Design: The Mamas & The Papas’ ‘Deliver’

December 29th, 2013

I received The Mama’s & The Papas third album ‘Deliver’ as a gift recently, and I was immediately struck by how great the cover design is.


The centerpiece is the cover photograph by Guy Webster. The swimming pool setting, which preceded the famous pool scenes in The Graduate by a few months, provides a great pop of color and carries with it all the best baggage of Los Angeles. The pop/folk, high/low tension between the fountain concept and the fact that it’s coming from an old hat is also somehow an effectively descriptive allegory for a harmony-driven hippie pop band like The Mamas and the Papas.

Also, the back side of the record features full horoscopes for each of the band members—a detail which is so 1967 that it hurts.



Design, Music