Stamp-collecting became acceptable today (January 7th) as The Royal Mail released its latest collection of special edition stamps, featuring classic albums including The Rolling Stones’ ‘Let It Bleed’.
Primal Scream’s ‘Screamadelica’ makes its stamp debut. The Royal Mail has released numerous special editions over the last few years; 2009 alone saw collections of mythical creatures, endangered animals, Olympic disciplines and Royal Navy uniforms among others.
Pink Floyd’s 1994 album ‘The Division Bell’ is one of the ten special edition stamps, and yours for 39p. The last time the Royal Mail went rock was January 2007, when they released a series of Beatles stamps.
The cover of New Order’s ‘Power Corruption And Lies’ as a first class stamp. Many other cultural moments have been immortalised on the stamps, from The Lord Of The Rings and Jane Eyre to Punch And Judy.
Mike Oldfield’s lounge-prog epic ‘Tubular Bells’ gets the Royal Mail treatment. The 1973 classic gave Richard Branson his big break on the newly-launched Virgin Records.
Led Zepplin’s mighty fourth album features an unknown man painted by an unknown artist. Guitarist Jimmy Page hailed the Royal Mail collection.
Another special stamp bearing a classic album, this time David Bowie’s seminal 1972 LP ‘The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars’. This shot was taken on Heddon Street in central London. The back cover of the original vinyl copies carried the inscription: “TO BE PLAYED AT MAXIMUM VOLUME”.
Coldplay’s ‘A Rush Of Blood To The Head’ stampified. The design was commissioned by Dazed And Confused magazine in the ’90s and saw photographer Sølve Sundsbø use a 3D scanning machine to create the image. Chris Martin secured permission to use the shot on their second album.
Blur’s ‘Parklife’ is among the special edition stamps. This shot was purchased by the band from an image library, and the unwitting photographer asked for a flat fee to use the image rather than a percentage. They’d previously considered shots of a fruit and veg stand and a bookmaker’s window before settling on the snarling hounds.
The Clash’s iconic cover for their 1979 third album ‘London Calling’. The shot depicts bassist Paul Simonon smashing his Fender on the stage of the New York Palladium earlier that year and the design of the cover echoes Elvis Presley’s debut album.