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Classic album artwork from the '70s gets an appraisal from Johnnie, and Steve Knightley from Show of Hands remembers the decade.

This week Johnnie Walker gets under the cover with an in-depth look at album art in the 70s. Through a decade that saw the rise of disco, prog rock and punk, album covers swiftly became an art form.

Aubrey Powell of the acclaimed design company Hipgnosis gives his memories of creating album artwork for acts including Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd and Genesis, and how the arrival of the Sex Pistols marked a sea change in record sleeves.

Also on the show, Steve Knightley from the acclaimed roots duo Show Of Hands gives his memories of the decade, including the influence of Bob Dylan and Joan Baez in his formative years.

1 hour, 56 minutes

Music Played

  • Hour 1

    • Simon & Garfunkel

      Keep The Customer Satisfied

      • Bridge Over Troubled Water.
      • Columbia.
  • Gary Shearston

    I Get A Kick Out Of You

    • Dingo.
    • Charisma.
  • Mocedades

    Eres Tu

  • Crosby, Nash & Young

    What Are Their Names? (Live)

  • Neil Young

    After The Goldrush

    • Reprise.
  • Santana

    Black Magic Woman

    • Santana's Greatest Hits.
    • CBS.
  • Aubrey Powell on album art in the Seventies

    • The Rolling Stones

      Brown Sugar

  • Pink Floyd

    Pigs (Three Different Ones)

  • Sex Pistols

    Holidays In The Sun

  • Fleetwood Mac


    • 50 Years - Don't Stop.
    • Warner Bros.
    • 003.
  • Janis Ian

    At Seventeen

    • (Single).
    • CBS.
  • Mr. Big


    • 20 Songs Of Love From The 70's (Va).
    • MFP.
  • Hour 2

    • Stealers Wheel

      Stuck In The Middle With You

      • (Single).
      • A&M.
  • David Bowie

    Knock On Wood

  • Pink Floyd

    Wish You Were Here

    • Echoes - The Best Of Pink Floyd.
    • EMI.
  • Orleans

    Dance With Me

    • (Single).
    • Asylum.
  • Sir Cliff Richard

    Power To All Our Friends

    • Cliff Richard - 40 Golden Greats.
    • EMI.
  • The Police


    • The Very Best Of Sting & The Police.
    • A&M.
  • My 70s: Steve Knightley

    • Free

      Wishing Well

  • Jethro Tull

    Thick As A Brick

  • David Bowie

    Lady Stardust

  • Tom Robinson Band

    2-4-6-8 Motorway

  • Bruce Springsteen

    Racing In The Streets

  • Ray Stevens

    Everything Is Beautiful

    • The Very Best Of Country Music #3.
    • Curb.
    • 6.
  • Eagles

    One of These Nights

    • The Best Of Eagles.
    • Asylum.