Mental Notes

Phil Judd
1976

Type Record Covers
Title Mental Notes
Measurements.Dimensions 12" x 12"
Gatefold sleeve
Measurements.Format LP
33 1/3 rpm
Materials.Medium Ink
Materials.Support Cardboard
Techniques Offset Printing
Four colour
Techniques Painting
Painting was used to create the source image for this cover.
Creator.Personal name Phil Judd
Role Illustrator
Creator.Personal name Norman Moore
Role Designer
Creator.Personal name Joe Prew
Role Record Label
Creator.Corporate name Chrysalis
Role Author
Creator.Corporate name Split Enz
Role Author
Date.Release 1976
Location.Current Repository NZDA Collection
Phototransparency
Location.Current Repository Hocken Library, Dunedin, New Zealand
The Hocken holds a copy of this album.
ID Number.Record Label Catalogue Number UK Chrysalis CHR 1131
ID Number.NZDA Number nzgda_rc_i_0123_f, nzgda_rc_i_0123_b
ID Number.Hocken Dynix BIB 743223
Style/Period.Period 1970's
Style/Period.Style Surrealist
The image is reminiscent of the painting style of Salvador Dali. It also relates to the American school of 'Photo-realism', hugely influential in the 1970's. [CM]
Culture New Zealand
Subject Men, sunset, beach, sea, sky, dog, umbrella, cracks, raft, clouds, mountains, string ties, swimmer, piano player, interiors, baby, men, woman, tuxedo, seagull, sand dunes, sea, sky, mountains, doorway
Subject Surrealism, vaudeville
Subject Split Enz
Relation.version of Second Thoughts
UK/US release of 'Second Thoughts' re-titled for northern hemisphere.
Description Front cover; image and text. The cover painting is by Phil Judd, a founding member of the group, which currently hangs in Te Papa. Images other than that of the group were sourced from discarded photos found in the refuse of a local photo lab. [CM]
Description The front cover has a lurid surrealist painting of Split Enz in the foreground. The background is of a beach. The band members are posed with odd expressions and are each dressed in a white shirt, thin tie and a jacket of a different colour. The backgound of the painting is a landscape of hills to the left which transforms into a lightly clouded sunset on the right. The painting sits with a drop shadow over a background or border of pink and white graduated candy coloured stripes. It seems to be shattered or torn along one edge, and has cracks running from the top to the centre. The band name runs along the top of the cover with descenders over the edge of the painting. It is black with a blue outline dropshadow and is in a hand generated italicised serif typeface, mixed case. The album title is below this. The typeface is blue sans serif italicised and upper case, against a white background which is in the shape of a parallelogram. This has a black solid dropshadow. [KY]
Description Back cover; image and text. The back cover has the same candy striped background with a continuation of the painting from the front cover. This image contains a piano player, interiors, a baby, a man in a tuxedo, a seagull, sand dunes and a woman in a distant doorway. The only text is the record label 'Chrysalis" and information about the company. The Chrysalis butterfly logo also appears. [KY]
Description Gatefold; image and text. The gatefold has the same background and floating in front of this with a drop shadow is the song and band member list on the left side and on the right a photograph of Split Enz in full Enz regalia - weird hair, heavy make-up, multicoloured suits with geometric designs. This distinctive style of Split Enz costume draws on Vaudeville. [KY]
Source Real Groovy Records, Auckland, New Zealand.
The record documented was from this record shop.
Source Katy Yiakmis
Researcher, image analysis and interpretation. 02.2001.
Source Chris Mousdale
Researcher, image analysis and interpretation. 01.2001.
Rights Chrysalis Records
Polygram Records, as current copyright holders, have given their permission to present this work in the NZDA.
Typography Italicized group name art deco style used on 'Dizrythmia' and 12" single 'My Mistake'.
Size 120 point
Typography The band name runs along the top of the cover with descenders dropping over the edge of the painting. The type is black with a blue outline dropshadow and is in a hand generated italicised serif typeface, mixed case. The album title is below this. The typ
Style Italic
Weight Light
Size 24 point
Colour Black, blue
Case Mixed and upper
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