Classic album covers issued as stamps
A series of classic album covers
including Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells and Parklife by Blur has been
issued as a set of stamps by the Royal Mail.
Other well-known record sleeves to have been made into first-class stamps include Pink Floyd's Division Bell.
The design on each of the 10 stamps shows a vinyl record coming out of its recognisable album cover.
The Post Office said the issues had transformed each record sleeve into "miniature works of art".
Edgar, Royal Mail's head of special stamps, said: "This issue
celebrates this unique art form and some of its greatest examples."
Jimmy Page with Led Zeppelin's enigmatic cover for IV
Thousands of album covers from the past four decades were scrutinised before the final 10 were chosen.
The artwork, and not necessarily the music on the album, was at the forefront of the selectors' minds.
Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, who helped design the cover for the
band's album IV – now transformed into a postage stamp – helped launch
the new issues in London.
Page spoke about IV's cover, which features an old man weighed down by a bundle of sticks.
"Almost 40 years after the album came out, nobody knows the old man who featured on the cover, nor the artist who painted him.
sort of sums up what we wanted to achieve with the album cover, which
has remained both anonymous and enigmatic at the same time," he said.
The album did not mention the band's name on the cover.
Rolling Stones' 1969 album Let It Bleed, meanwhile, features a cake on
the cover which was baked by a then unknown Delia Smith