'The Book of Taliesyn' a Deep Purple vinyl LP record Album cover, designed by JVL in 1968.
The recording was made by EMI Parlophone and Tetragrammaton Records.
This is the only record cover I have ever designed and the original artwork was never returned. A website claimed that I had carried out the artwork under the art direction of Les Weisbrich but in truth I never met him. My agent gave me the title saying that the art director wanted a ‘fantasy Arthurian touch’ and to include hand lettering for the title and the musicians’ names. I mainly drew from The Book of Taliesin, which is a collection of poems, said to be written by the sixth century Welsh bard Taliesin. I was paid 30 guineas for the job. At one time I thought I may have been given this job because the lead musician of Deep Purple was called Jon Lord. However, just before he died, Jon confirmed to me in an email that this wasn't the case. It was just a coincidence.