Royal Mail Go Rock ‘n’ Roll

By on Thursday, 14th January 2010 at 10:00 am

Royal Mail have gone all rock ‘n’ roll on us this new year and have just released a collection of 10 special stamps, each which feature a classic album cover. The final designs were nailed down by Royal Mail after intense musical research and have even been given the nod of approval by the Queen of England herself. The set of stamps showcase some of the greatest British records of the last forty years, and while there has been some controversy over the selections (Where’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’? Apparently, it was “too black.” And erm, no Oasis?), the pretty impressive ten which did make the collection are:

The Rolling Stones – ‘Let it Bleed’

Mike Oldfield – ‘Tubular Bells’

David Bowie – ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’

The Clash – ‘London Calling’

Pink Floyd – ‘The Division Bell’

Led Zeppelin – ‘IV’

New Order – ‘Power, Corruption and Lies’

Primal Scream – ‘Screamadelica’

Blur – ‘Parklife’

Coldplay (pictured above) – ‘A Rush of Blood to the Head’

From Delia Smith’s famous cake that appears on the Stones’ ‘Let it Bleed’, to the colour explosion that is 90’s classic ‘Screamadelica’ by Primal Scream, to the infamous image of Paul Simonon smashing his bass on ‘London Calling’, it is certainly a varied, yet well chosen collection, embracing contemporary classics as well as the golden oldies. If that’s not enough, to add a nice touch, a vinyl peeks out the corner of each design, reminding us of the bygone beauty of records.

Led Zep legend Jimmy Page is already a fan of the special edition stamps, appearing at the launch of the collection last week. At the unveiling he spoke of the famous ‘IV’ artwork, claiming, “almost 40 years after the album came out, nobody knows the old man who featured on the cover, nor the artist who painted him.

The Royal Mail rock ‘n’ roll stamps are in official circulation across Britain now, so be sure to get writing those snail mail letters and collect your favourite ones today (hopefully we don’t sound like a cheesy tv ad). Learn more over at Royal Mail’s Web site.

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