Last week, that is the week before Christmas, I came across a record by the Les Humphries Singers entitled “Seasons Greetings”, which, as the title suggests, is a record of Christmas songs and carols. It was released in 1972. Despite the English sounding name, the Les Humphries Singers was formed in Germany by Englishman Les Humphries, who had been a musician in the British Army in Germany. The singers were from many nationalities and had several hits in the early seventies. The “Seasons Greetings” album comes in a gatefold cover with artwork by Klaus Voormann.
A further search this weekend turned up a single by Stephan & Nina called “Fireworks”. Stephan Remmler, a member of the German group Trio, teamed up with actress Angela Smecca (under the alias Nina) in 1984 and recorded the single “Feuerwerk”, which was also released in English as “Firework”, produced by Klaus Voormann, who also did the comic book artwork for the cover.
Neither of these releases are listed in Klaus Voormann’s own discography at http://www.voormann.com.
During the past few days, I have scoured record sites and found two Banksy covers that I previously had missed; one by UK hip hop artist Blak Twang called “So Rotton” (yes, that is how ‘rotton’ is spelt) and a promo of Danger Mouse’s “Keep It Real/Laugh Now” 12″ single. Hopefully, they will soon be winging thier way to my collection. Then via a chance Ebay search, I came across an LP by the Les Humphries Singers from 1972 with cover art by Klaus Voormann and a CD by R.A.M. Pietsch of Beatles’ songs entitled “Norwegian Wood”, neither of which I knew about. Nor are either on Klaus Voormann’s own list of his record covers!
Jan W, my exhibition producer, organised a photo shoot last week to have my Banksy and Klaus Voormann cover professionally photographed. Jan also scanned a picture of the cover of The Capoeira Twins’ promo single “four (4×3). The exercise photographing the covers went welL, but when I got home I found I had forgotten at least one Voormann cover and now I have four more covers that will need to be photographed.
I will post pictures when the new covers arrive.