John McLaughlin – Devotion

An example of unnecessary design. I never saw the original cover (left) of John McLaughlin’s Devotion until today. I was never truly interested in this record because the cover of the reissue (right) always turned me off. If I had seen the original I think I would have been much more interested. Solid type, great visual. The reissue is just awkward and I’m not a fan of the type. It also looks like they cropped the image somehow and made it less interesting. A bit too 90’s… Why not just stick with the original? Fortunately, It’s still a good album if you want to hear where the Mahavishnu Orchestra came from.

Update: Walter Kolosky, writer of Power, Passion and Beauty, a book telling the story of The Mahavishnu Orchestra, stated that the reissue cover was cropped from an image on the inside of the fold-out LP cover.

2 responses to “John McLaughlin – Devotion”

  1. Anonymous says:

    The reissue picture was cropped from the image that was located inside the original jacket cover. Though Devotion was a single record album, it was packaged like a double album and folded-out. The fold-out was 100% covered with the psychedelic image from which the reissue cropped from. It was almost like a poster.

    Regards,

    Walter Kolosky
    http://www.myspace.com/mahavishnubook

  2. Theodore Taylor says:

    Thanks! I wish I could get my hands on the original.

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