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Andrew Dineley looks at Prince’s sleeve-design highlights, largely from the earlier part of a close to 40-year career. Befitting an astonishing catalogue of music, the designs were as diverse as the music they packaged…

In 1978, just as punk was very publicly running out of steam in the UK, Prince’s first album was released. It arrived to very little fanfare; at the time, the music scene comprised mainly a confusing muddle of angry revolutionaries, refugees from the disco era and a few pioneering ‘new wave’ artists, all ready to be the next big thing. Prince, it turned out, would possess a little of each of these characteristics, along with many more compelling musical attributes.

The cover design of the first album, For You1, was deliberately enigmatic and understated. It depicted simply the artist in a motion-blurred, over-saturated headshot taken by Joe Giannetti.

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