Late 1970's/80's design had it covered
By madamemao, Jan 24 2019 03:54AM
You can find impressive examples of design in China throughout the Mao Period and beyond, in all areas of production. One of many neglected areas is ... record covers. Much simpler maybe than their overseas counterparts, and never unique to a single disc, they still display sophisticated graphic style. Those from the aptly-named Little Four Dragon Record Factories, Beijing, Shanghai, Ningbo and Chengdu, especially. It is the covers from Ningbo and Chengdu that, in my experience, reveal the most expressive designs, containing music from Yue opera to Mao songs and music from foreign countries such as France, Spain, Japan and Romania. They are a sign of their times and the spirit of openness those times contained.