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    Sandy Nelson "Let There Be Drums" Original Cover Art and Album Imperial 9159 (1961). From the Imperial Record archive, comes this unique piece, the original art used for Sandy Nelson's first album. The title track and the album were Top 10 smashes, and the original art for the album cover is smashing as well. Repetition creates rhythm. Just as a drum stick repeatedly stroking a drum head creates a rhythm, so does repeating a shape, line, or color throughout a design creates a visual rhythm. Call it the visual impression of sound. The tempo of a beat is determined by the spacing of those drum strokes; in this work of art, the spacing of repeated elements creates a visual beat. This acrylic on paper album cover painting creates its rhythm with the repeated cymbal and drum forms and expressionistic brushwork. The spacing of the forms across the design creates a syncopated rhythm. The painterly brushwork is fast and loose and adds its own energetic pulse to the overall design; highlights gleam off the cymbals for accents. The image area measures 14.75" x 14.75", and the painting is unsigned. There are a few small wrinkles in the surface of the painting; otherwise it is in Excellent condition. A bonus here is our including a copy of Sandy's album. The record is Mint-, and the cover looks about that grade as well, except for a split along the bottom. Let there be bids!

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    Sep-Oct, 2004
    30th-1st Thursday-Friday
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