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How to get from Bryan Ferry Another Time, Another Place to The Pet Shop Boys actually. Actually.

Bryan Ferry, Another Time, Another Place 1974

Style culture in 1974.  Ferry art-directed all his album covers, and saw them as part of the product - design vital to the atmosphere.  Having studied under Richard Hamilton he made art rock with Roxy Music, this sleeve captured something mysterious somewhere sophisticated.

Richard Hamilton, Lobby 1984.

Roxy Music, Avalon 1982

By 1982, Ferry takes this to its glamorous conclusion with Avalon.  The sleeve is a more subtle incarnation of the Roxy Music girl, with Ferry's wife Lucy Helmore almost obscured by the helmet and hawk and mist.  The cover also features some Roman typography by Peter Saville.  Having grown up looking at the Another Time, Another Place and wondering how to get to that pool, Saville was now at the party, making sleeves for most of the big pop acts of the 1980s as well as his Factory records sleeves. 

Duran Duran, Rio 1982

1982 also saw the release of Rio, with a sleeve designed by a classmate of Saville's, Malcolm Garett and Patrick Nagel.  This sleeve begins his work for Duran Duran, Peter Gabriel, Simple Minds and Culture Club, and seems to deftly describe the fashion of the time in design.

WHAM!, The Final 1986

1984 and back to Peter Saville's studio, PSA.  Saville's engaged in a difficult relationship with WHAM!  Despite dissolving into constant disputes over missed deadlines for artwork, this pairing was at least fruitful in its beautiful record sleeves.

1986 - The FInal - for WHAM! and for Saville, as they part ways.  PSA produce some beautiful work for the singles as well, notably Everything She Wants and Where Did your Heart Go.

WHAM!, Where Did Your Heart Go, Last Christmas 1986

Meanwhile in Manchester Mark Farrow is working on Pet Shop Boys record sleeves, with a noticeable influence from PSA and the Factory style.  Farrow had worked on posters for Hacienda nights and this already earned him the nickname 'Saville's apprentice' from Tony Wilson.  His relationship with PSB lead to a series of sleeves art-directed by Neil Tennant.

Pet Shop Boys, actually 1986

The sleeves available with the records intact via our instore record concession Rock-n-Rowland.