Man's Map of Wales
Be Good To Yourself At Least Once A Day is one of the Man band's most popular albums from the seventies. Apart from the music, what really set it apart from other albums was the gatefold sleeve. The cover pic was a fairly indistinct, blurred live shot, where making out anything at all was tricky. Opening it up however, produced a remarkable fold out map of Wales, beautifully hand drawn. Robert Harbin would have been proud. (Apologies for the obscure reference).
In these days of compact discs, we marvel at the clarity of sound, (Voiceprint reissues not withstanding), and the resilient nature of these reflective silver circles. However, the art of sleeve design has suffered, as graphic artists have only a meagre few square inches to play with. Shame.
Anyway, I am hugely grateful to Nigel Williams and his A3 scanner for making possible the display of Man's Map of Wales on this site. The miniturized map below is divided into a 3 by 3 grid; clicking on one of the sections takes you to a larger version. Be aware, that is a graphic only, so you will need to use your browser's BACK button to get back here. The images are large, between 200-300K, you'll need to be patient too. This is a compromise between file size and keeping the text legible. Even so, it's still better than peering at a CD cover...
Also, I've created three graphics files of the maps, one at 800 x 600, one at 1024 x 768 the other at 1600 x 1200, which can be downloaded and used as wallpaper for Windows users. The files themselves are 467K, 738K and 507K respectively. Follow these steps:
Download either the 800 x 600, 1024 x 768 or 1600 x 1200 file, as appropriate for your Windows desktop, by right clicking on the appropriate link and selecting save target as, and save it in which ever directory you want.
The album itself is reviewed on the CD pages.
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