Unlike singles in the 1980s (where it was often dispensed with totally) or later period LPs (where it was an integral part of the album artwork), the inner sleeve in the 1960s and 1970s was used by record companies to inform, crudely advertise and reinforce their brand.
Often overlooked when it comes to music history, interest in the inner-sleeve has recently been boosted by collectors looking to complete the packagaing of an historic pressing of a single. It is also seen as a way to date a record and prove its provenance as the multi-national reord companies would have different inner sleeves depending on where they were working from.
Our gallery showcases record company sleeves of the 7" single from the UK from the 1960s and 1970s.
Thanks to Music Heritage UK supporter John for sending in scans of his collection!
If you have any scans that you would like to share, then please get in touch!
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