When I was 13, I went to Peaches Records and Tapes chain store in Columbus, Ohio on the city’s east side for the first time. It was a magical place and I bought Rubber Soul–a good day. Apart from an absolutely vast selection, the thing that most impressed me were the excellently rendered giant 7′ x 7′ paintings of contemporary album sleeves that lined the walls. The ceilings were very high to accommodate these behemoths and even then it struck me as an incredibly labour intensive promotion. I wondered if the pictures toured the stores and what happened to Cat Stevens’ Izitso, for example, when that record was no longer current. My favourite painting was of the inner sleeve of the treble live Lp Wings Over America in all its 70s glory–awesome! What I wouldn’t give for that monstrosity now.
I note too that Lee Perry hung the same gatefold up in the Black Ark–see the Arkology booklet.