Artwork for vinyl and CD reissues
Do you run a record label? Or perhaps you’re in charge of a label’s production department? Maybe you never got around to CD reissues of your early vinyl-only releases, or perhaps hordes of people have been emailing you and messaging you on Twitter clamouring for vinyl reissues of some of your better-known titles from the 1990s or 2000s? You’ll need some artwork for these vinyl and CD reissues.
So you decide to rummage about in your attic, erm… company archives to see what you can find. You unearth the masters OK, and find some of the artwork files spread across a selection of quaint, obsolete media: DVDs… CDs… Or maybe even Zip discs or Syquest cartridges 😳.
You’re not sure if everything needed is there, but scribbled on the disc’s packaging is an email address for the person who designed and put together the artwork all those years ago.
By now, you’re super-motivated to get these reissues released. You’re visualising potential packaging options, and imagining how much you could earn from these album reissues, even as you fire off an email to the Compuserve address on the disc.
Two seconds later, you receive a reply, although not the one you were hoping for. “550 Requested action not taken: mailbox unavailable: The email address does not exist on this server. Check the address for typing errors.”
After all these years, I suppose it’s inevitable that the original designer threw in the towel and went to find (and lose) themselves in Goa, or set up an alpaca farm in the countryside.
Need artwork generating for your vinyl and CD reissues?
This is where you need an artworker with many years’ experience of vinyl and CD reissues, converting existing artwork to use for new editions, and for (re)creating artwork for record and CD reissues based on original source material.
Over the years, I’ve helped bring old records and CDs back to life for artists such as cult underground figures Current 93 and Nurse With Wound, and have also worked on large-scale reissue programmes of material from pioneering punks such as Crass, Subhumans and Rudimentary Peni. I’ve also played a part in ensuring that labels in North America save enormous courier costs by having their releases pressed in Europe for the European market, and similarly for European labels who also want to do the same in North America.
Here’s how I help record labels with artwork for their vinyl and CD reissues:
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Interested in engaging me to help you with your album artwork issues, problems and conundrums? Please get in touch.