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poetry and fine arts
1977 france elpee ZNR * BARRICADE 3 isadora isa 9002 gatefold
1981 england elpee ZNR * BARRICADE 3 recommended rr seven with fold-out insert
1993 usa ceedee ZNR * BARRICADE 3 rer znr 1
outtake from an e-message i posted to a news group on 18 march 2000:
Alan Saul first wondered:
> Did Don do any published cover art other than for Beefheart releases and the LAFMS things?
and later added:
> The LAFMS - Los Angeles Free Music Society - records were discussed some time ago. They are called Blorp Esette, and were compiled by Rick Snyder's comrade Ace. The covers are the little guy with the hat [....], and somebody (Theo!!!) must have it on the web somewhere.
to which i'd like to say (now that he cried out on me): actually, the 'blorp esette' things and the eazy teeth single are the only van vliet fine art products that were used on the frónts of albums. to my best knowledge there are two other 'guest' drawings, but they ended up inside. now, alan's question led to some answers about one of them:
by Stephane Vuilleumier, on behalf of Benjamin Horrendous who wasn't sure:
> The album is indeed by ZNR (ie Hector Zazou / Joseph Racaille): Barricade 3.
There is a black & white Van Vliet drawing of '75 in it. But I think only in the original gatefold cover version on Isadora, distributed by RCA France. No idea if the drawing was used in the CD reissue.
and by Arild Stromsvag:
> I have an album by Hector Zazou and Joseph Racaille that has a drawing by Don Van Vliet as an insert. It's silver on blue, but I guess it doesn't qualify as cover art properly.
right and indeed, those are the two elpee versions of that album by - notably - frénch artists (although: it's a small world). a third versionof the drawing appeared in the booklet to the 1993 ceedee re-issue. it has a white background in stead of the squared paper it originally was drawn on.
although the following version is not according to the way the drawing was meant, here is the weirdest reproduction of the three (in the silver on dark-blue variant)....:
go to the DISCOGRAPHY of this guest art work....
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