Columbia / RCA Jim Flora Series

Jim (James) Flora with Alex Steinweis and a couple of others is one of the pioneers of modern album sleeve design. He was an enigmatic artist in his time. A workaholic in the best possible way. His golden days were in the 1950’s, but until the mid-seventies he made many great illustrations and some children’s books as well. Columbia gave him his first jobs just after the war. 78RPM albums were the standard in these days. Great pieces of art with mostly three or four 10″ or 12″ records. Later these records were pressed on a single 33RPM album. The sleeve illustrations Jim Flora made were weird and wonderful pieces of art. Musicians with their instruments, but Flora made them into hilarious figures. Look at the design he made for Kid Ory & The Creole Jazz Band and the way he let the cats play mambo on the 1955 compilation “Mambo For Cats”. Do i need to say more? Jazz and Big Band drummer Gene Krupa went really wild on his original album from 1947 on Columbia and what about a flying Louis Armstrong? This man is a genius!!! Four books were made on his work by Irwin Chusid and Barbara Economon in the past ten years. A website and a blog can be found on jimflora.com and jimflora.blogspot.com. Here’s the complete list of his record covers, but until today there are new findings.

‘Flora was one of those rare beasts: a killer illustrator/designer who could trigger powerful brain-invasive joy with thought-provolking art and unexpected design’ (Gary Panter)

‘Jim Flora is the missing link between graphic art and typography. No artist is better at juggling forms and the spaces between. He created an idiosyncratic artistic language, and he spoke a variety of artistic dialects as well’ (Joost Swarte)

http://jimflora.com

http://jimflora.blogspot.com

Columbia 10” 78RPM Album

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C-103 Burl Ives – The Wayfaring Stranger (1944)

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C-126 Kid Ory & His Creole Jazz Band – New Orleans Jazz (1947

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C-138 / B-138 Gene Krupa & His Orchestra – same (1947)

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C-139 Louis Armstrong Hot 5 – same (1947)

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C-144 Bix Beiderbecke With Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra – Bix And Tram (1947)

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C-173 Sidney Bechet – same (1948)

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MJ-44 Jack Lawrence – Come To The Circus (1948)

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CL 6017 Gene Krupa & His Orchestra – same (reissue)

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CL 6073 Duke Ellington & His Orchestra – Duke Ellington’s Liberian Suite (1949)

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CL 6095 Jimmy Dorsey & His Original “Dorseyland” Jazz Band – Dixie By Dorsey (1949)

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ML 2047 The Voice Of Edith Sitwell Reading Her Poems Facade To The Music Of William Walton (in cooperation with the Museum Of Modern Art) (1949)

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AL-46 The Philadelphia Orchestra – Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels Lustige Streiche / Waltzes From “Der Rosenklavier” (195?)

 

Columbia 12”LP

 

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A-1847 The Philadelphia Orchestra – Richard Strauss: Waltzes From “The Rosenklavier” / Tchaikovsky: Waltz From “Serenade For Strings”

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ML-1922 The Budapest String Quartet – Haydn: Quartet In G Major / Quartet In B Flat Major (1953)

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ML-1923 The Budapest String Quartet – Haydn: Quartet In D Major / Quartet In B Minor (1954)

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ML-1924 The Budapest String Quartet – Haydn: Quartet In B Major / Quartet In B Flat Major (19565)

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SL-203 The Budapest String Quartet – Haydn: Opus 76 (Complete) (1956)

 

RCA Victor 7”EP

 

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E-1737 Music Of The Bonampak Mexican Ballet And Brazilian Songs by Sarita Gloria (195?)

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EPA-612 Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra – Redskin Rumpus (1955)

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EPA-630 Pete Jolly Trio – Coming-Out Party (1955)

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EPA-637 Pete Jolly Duo – same (1955)

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EPA-659 Charlie Ventura & His Orchestra – For Boppers Only (1955)

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EPA-4272 Leroy Kirkland’s Rock-Chas – Strollin’ The Cha Cha Cha (195?)

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EPB 3211 The Combined Orchestras Of Ralph Flnagan and Buddy Morrow – The War Of The Bands Concert (2 X EP) (1954)

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EJC-1010 – The Nick Travis Quintet – The Panic Is On (1954)

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EJC-1018 – Shorty Rogers & Dory Previn – Collaboration (1955)

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ERA-248 Boston Pops Orchestra / Arthur Fiedler – Kabalevsky’s “The Comediens” (195?)

75 331 Miguel Aceves Mejia – Chansons Populaires Mexicaines 1 (195?)

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75 332 Miguel Aceves Mejia – Chansons Populaires Mexicaines 2 (195?)

75 333 Miguel Aceves Mejia – Chansons Populaires Mexicaines 3 (195?)

75 334 Trio Calavares – Chansons Populaires Mexicaines 4 (195?)

 

RCA 10”LP

 

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LBC-1080 The Philharmonia Orchestra – Rossini-Respighi’s “La Boutique Fantastique”

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LM-1891 Toscanini / NBC Symphony Orchestra – Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel; Death And Transfiguration (1955) / the second one is unused art

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LPM-3246 Lord Buckley – Hipsters, Flipsters And Finger Poppin’ Daddies Knock Me Your Lobes (1955)

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LPT-3056 Benny Goodman & His Orchestra – This Is … (1955)

 

RCA Victor 12”LP

 

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LJM-1003 Sauter-Finegan – Inside … (1954)

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LJM-1004 Shorty Rogers – Courts The Count (1954)

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LJM-1010 The Nick Travis Quuintet – The Panic Is On (1954)

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LJM-1011 Alex Kallao Trio – An Evening At The Embers (1954)

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LJM-1018 Shorty Rogers & Andre Previn – Collaboration (1955)

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LPM-1051 Sauter-Finegan – Concert Jazz (1955)

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LPM-1054 Raphael Muñoz & His Orchestra – Top Pops Of Latin America (1955)

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LPM-1063 Various Artists – Mambo For Cats (1955)

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LPM-1077 Miguel Aceves Mejia – Mexican Folk Songs (1955)

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LPM-1091 Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra – Redskin Romp (1955)

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LPM-1104 Sauter-Finegan – The Sons Of … (1955)

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LPM-1635 Jimmie Driftwood – The Batle Of New Orleans; … Sings His Original Recordings (1958)

LPM-2097 The Dukes Of Dixieland – At The Jazz Band Ball (1959) (backcover only!)

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LPM-2302 The Nashville All-Stars – After The Riot At Newport (1960)

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LPM-2473 / LSP-2473 Sauter-Finegan – Inside …Revisited (1961)

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Jim Flora’s Jazz logo

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On RCA EP and LP

 

RCA Camden 7”EP

 

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CAE-132 George M. Cohan Jr. With Harold Coates Orchestra – Yankee Doodle Boy (195?)

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CAE-134 Festival Concert Orchestra – Four Stars (195?)

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CAE-139 André Musette Orchestra – Polka Party (195?)

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CAE-199 Woodhull’s Old Tyme Masters – Square Dances, Vol.1 (195?)

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CAE-204 Golden Symphony Orchestra – Puccini’s “La Boheme Fantasia” / Ravel’s “Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte (195?)

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CAE-210 E. Robert Schmitz – Five Debussy Preludes (195?)

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CAE-213 Festical Concert Orchestra – Rimsky Korsakoff’s “Capriccio Espagnol” (195?)

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CAE-216 World Wide Symphony Orchestra – Ravel’s “Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales” (195?)

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CAE-245 Morton Downey – Sings Songs You Love (195?)

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CAE-293 Paul Wing With Music And Sound Effects – Dr. Seuss’ The 500 Hats Of Bartholomew Cubbins (1956)

RCA Camden 12”LP

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CAL 228 Nathaniel Shilkret & His Orchestra – Listen o The Music Of Victor Herbert (two versions) (195?)

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CAL 233 Various Orchestra’s – Memorable Music From The Movies (1956)

Miscellaneous:

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EG 7029 Count Basie – Rockin’ And Relaxin’ (1954) (on Epic)

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LHMV-11 Glyndebourne Festival Orchestra / Vittorio Gui – Mozart: Symphony No. 39 / Haydn: Symphony No. 95 (RCA Victor / His Masters Voice Canada only) (1955)

Unused Art:

Benny Goodman sketch

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and:

 

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30-9157-2 Raymond Scott Quintet – Ectoplasm (Basta CD)

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3039212 Various Artists – Raymond Scott Rewired (Basta CD)

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3093 172 Raymond Scott – Suite For Viloin And Piano (Basta CD)

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…Taylor Mali – Conviction (CD)

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MCMC4 Reptet – Do This! (Monktail CD)

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… Reptet – Agendacide (Monktail CD)

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… Various Artists – A Macabre Pageant Of Non Audio Sequiturs (WFMU CD 2009)

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Sun Ra And His Arkestra – At Inter-Media Arts April 1991 (Modern Harmonic MHCD-022)

 

In the Flora style:

 

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Rhum Runners – Rhum Rhapsodies (Doghouse & Bone 10″ LP DGR-EX03) 2015

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Rhum Runners – Rhum Rhapsodies (Doghouse & Bone free 7″ EP)

 

 

The Books:

 

flora book 2 flora book 1

The Mischievous Art Of Jim Flora (Fantagraphics Books 2004) / The Curiously Sinister Art Of Jim Flora (Fantagraphics Books 2007)

flora book 5 flora book 4

The Sweetly Diabolic Art Of Jim Flora (Fantagraphics Books 2009) / The High Fidelity Art Of Jim Flora (Fantagraphics Books 2013)

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