His Band and the Street Choir

[Photography] [Album artwork] Van Morrison (subject)
David Gahr (photographer)

Los Angeles: Warner Brothers Records, 1970. Original photographic artwork assemblage for Van Morrison’s classic 1970 album, , with original double exposure photograph by David Gahr, designed by Janet Planet and used by Warner Brothers Records as shooting artwork for the album cover.

Production annotations, in manuscript marker and pencil, at bottom of board below the image. Annotations on verso noting, “Van Morrison ‘Cover’ 1884,” in manuscript marker, with the “1884” being the album catalogue number, and “the band + street choir,” just below in manuscript pencil.

Gahr was a preeminent photographer of folk, blues, jazz, and rock musicians for over four decades, whose subjects include the likes of Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Miles Davis, Bruce Springsteen, Janis Joplin, Peter Seeger, and many, many others. His work was regularly featured in the seminal rock magazine "Crawdaddy."

Building on the critical successes of "Astral Weeks" (1968), and "Moondance" (1970), Morrison’s fourth studio LP featured the highest charting single of his career, “Domino.” Originally titled "Virgo's Fool, Street Choir," the LP was renamed prior to release, without Morrison’s consent, by Warner Brothers.

Photograph mounted on board with a clear acrylic overlay affixed at the top edge with black paper tape at the corners.

Photograph 13 x 19 inches on board measuring 15.5 x 24 inches. Near Fine.

Archivally matted and framed in a museum-quality frame with UV plexiglass. Outer frame measures 20 x 26.25 inches.

[Book #153176]