You feel for anybody who will blow it on the next take. It begins. The long, long. About a minute and a half in, then the trombonist braaacks a note. Braaack. That obvious. He can’t look over at some other trombonist; he’s the only trombonist. So he sits there, a blutch-colored felt hat sagged across the bell of his horn, hung there to keep it Soft. Poor Trombone Player knows: his music said B and it came out F and Jesus was it wrong.
I never bought an album just because I saw it on an inner sleeve but I always enjoyed seeing what was available from the label and if I heard something I liked from the artist then I would consider getting the album.
I did see two albums listed in the color catalog from late 1970 that piqued my interest. One was Evie Sands-Any Way That You Want Me and Jeff Comanor-Sure Hope You Like It. I had heard Evie Sands on the radio and knew of Jeff Comanor as a songwriter for songs that The 5Th Dimension covered.
I never saw either album in stores. I do hope I will find them one day. at a used record store for a reasonable price. I never have heard Jeff Comanor records on the radio.
Jeff Comanor's Sure Hope You Like It album was one I played quite a bit back in the 80s after I found it in used record store while i was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia. It's actually quite good and, yes, I enjoyed it! There were several folk/composer/singers on A&M back in the day. Besides the obvious Phil Ochs and Shawn Phillips, there was Comanor, Mike 'Abo and (to some degree) Emitt Rhodes whom I found quite enjoyable. David Batteau (the lower left album on the sleeve above) is also a terrific album. He wrote A coupke tunes on Sergio's eponymus A&M comeback album in '83...
I remember seeing a few A&M albums on the innersleeves and buying them later, but I don't know if I ever bought one just BECAUSE of an innersleeve. But, they say repetition is the best form of advertising.... it's all about top-of-mind awareness. So maybe after seeing a few Sandpipers albums repeatedly on variouso innersleeves, my eye was drawn to Sandpipers albums. Who knows?