This album was a labour of love!
It all started with the discovery of lost tape recordings found in a Los Angeles loft of Hamish Brown, the late Peter Thomson’s manager, and this is where the concept of creating a limited edition album of these lost recordings as a homage to Peters music, was formed.
Peter was the singer/songwriter in the critically acclaimed 80’s Scottish synthpop group Secession, who had hits with the songs, Michael, The Magician and Touch. Unfortunately though, he lived with mental illness which ultimately led to his downfall.
I was contacted by Peters wife Margaret and his manager Hamish to get involved in designing this album with the intentions of creating a homage to peter and his lost recordings.
The original cover design was based on a gatefold album with coloured blocks tumbling into each other at acute angles, the inner sleeve has less acute angles and panels of colour, while the centre piece of the green vinyl was a level bar of colour – essentially a visual metaphor depicting the dark and light of mental illness.
It was printed onto a silk stock, then a matt varnish was applied and a spot UV to the colour bars of the outer cover to create a tactile feel to this limited edition run of only 500 albums.
There was also a website designed for the launch of the album that you can view here: www.peterthomsonmusic.com