After looking over some of the records in my collection, I noticed that
I have acquired several with a Unipak cover. The Unipak was a packaging innovation developed in the late 1960s, but I have no idea why. Instead
of a standard LP jacket with an opening on the right, the Unipak is
like a gatefold LP jacket, but with a cover made of thin cardboard
that can be flipped open to reveal an opening near the spine of the gatefold. In other words, the LP jacket has an opening on the left near
the spine of the gatefold, instead of on the right. Does anybody why
this came into existence? I can't see why. If you collect 1960s or
1970s rock, a lot of albums with Unipak covers have totally shredded
spines, because the record exerts too much pressure on the spine.
Anyhow, here's a partial list of Unipak albums in my collection:
Mort Garson, Signs of the Zodiac: Scorpio
Blue Cheer, Outsideinside
The Nazz, The Nazz
Tonto's Expanding Headband, Zero Time
Kaleidoscope, Incredible Kaleidoscope
The Blues Magoos, Basic Blues Magoos
Can anybody else think of any other interesting albums packaged in the Unipak format?
Jon C. Pennington
Back in the day, teenagers would travel with their album collections, going to friends' homes to play records at a party, or some other social gathering. With Unipaks, the record won't slide out while you're carrying it.
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