The Verve Slide Away Covers

The Verve used a sleeve design conceived by Brian Cannon and photography by Michael Spencer Jones for this single, which is for one of my all-time favorite songs, Slide Away.

These concept-driven sleeves tell more of a story than just "buy our product" and this one is no exception. It's a more passive display than would appear on later singles by the Verve. Using a lit-up star, blow up letters, old cabinets, some poor fellow in an open tanning bed, a guitar and amp, and a distraught woman facing nuclear oblivion in the distance, this sleeve has more going on than your average television program.

Mr. Jones is still one of the most highly regarded photographers there is. Microdot is a tremendously influential design company. Even though some of these sleeves are coming up on twenty years old, they hold up rather well.