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Looking at the IH-5 that Steve posted above, I believe that the albums pictured are identical to ones I have on IH-6.
I had one of the old catalogs of full color of everything released through that time. I do not remember what the max album number was but I do know only 4 Brasil'66 were listed. It did have Bossa Rio and that is how I came to know the existence of that album. There was also a different sleeve when I bought "Fool On The Hill" it had a menorah design against a light brown background and only about 15 album pictures on the opposite side.I've yet to see one of the '4 color catalog' of A&M albums offered if you sent a SASE. They were rumored to show covers of LPs that were never released.
I tried to get information to upload this sleeve but got no response.
I think it may have been a "reserved for future use" issue...only they moved on from this design to another in the following years and never filled in the blanks. Errr, rainbows.Maybe they figured that putting too many miniature album cover images made the whole thing look too "busy" or something like that. Or maybe the designer was an old hippie who liked rainbows.
The 12" LP jacket was often a work of art. Even today, vinyl releases sometime put extra effort into packaging (new releases usually do; reissues can range from plain white innersleeves to lavish reproductions of the originals with added liner notes and photos).Today's buyers of downloads and CD''s are missing a lot by not having the sleeves.
Looking at the list of albums, I believe that this is most likely from sometime in 1972. Carole King Music came out late in 1971 and Rita Coolidge's Nice Feelin was definitely 1972. One interesting note-The copy of Wings by Michel Colombier is listed here as SP 3503. The copy I have is SPX 4281. For those that do not know, the "X" indicated a higher suggested retail of $5.98 in a time when most were $4.98. Fool On The Hill is the first that I have ever seen with an X(SPX 4160) and then Miguel Rios' Song of Joy(SPX 4267} was the second. Wings would be the third that I have ever seen but in late 1972 all the A&M releases got the $5.98 retail as did many other labels. The success of Abbey Road with a $6.98 list in 1970 spurred a lot of labels to increase their price structure. In 1974 they started in at $6.98 and by 1978, many were at $7.98 list prices. By this time I had joined record clubs and was getting them at special pricing with a lot of free with purchase specials.