PulpIntro - The Gift Recordings is a compilation album released by the band Pulp. It contains the bands three singles recorded for Gift Records and was released in October of 1993. Pulp are a British Britpop band, formed in Sheffield, England, in 1978 by then 15-year-old school-boy Jarvis Cocker (vocals, guitar). ... Gift Records was a record label set up by Steve Beckett and Rob Mitchell, the founders of the Intelligent Dance Music label Warp Records. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ...
Cover design was already an art, especially in the jazz field, long before the explosion of rock in the Sixties, but with the meteoric success of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones came a power shift from the record companies to the musicians themselves, who assumed greater control over the visual presentation of their work.
Below are their 54 selections from the 1970s, with commentary by the albums' designers on the first 28.
The twelve-inch album cover that graced so much of our favorite music in the Seventies may be all but history, but its artistic legacy endures to this day -- even in miniature on compact disc.
After that, however, Intro develops nicely into a melodic, sonically varied slice of ambient new age comparable to Harold Budd and Virginia Astley.
In particular, the two centerpiece tracks "Intropiano" and "Introvoices" (the latter of which sounds directly inspired by part two of Brian Eno's Music for Airports) are genuinely pretty without becoming merely saccharine.
Skip the first quarter or so, and Intro has a relaxed, low-key appeal.
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