Abe Gurvin

Abe Gurvin (Attleboro, Massachusetts, December 31, 1937 - Santa Maria, [Santa Barbara County], California, July 9, 2012) was one of the most prolific and interesting American artists, among the greatest representatives of 'psychedelic art' (which, in San Francisco, it was an evolution of 'groovy' art, and which drew inspiration from the systematic use of LSD). The news about his educational and professional training are totally absent from the websites, while his works are very well known, loved and awarded: he has designed album covers for artists such as Janis Joplin, The Zodiac, Federal Duck and Bread, but the historic series of Nuggets album covers for Elektra, represents an authentic masterpiece that sanctioned, and somehow closed, an extraordinary artistic era

Abe Gurvin's portfolio included advertising work for companies such as Toyota, Coca-Cola, Disney, Suzuki, IBM, Marantz, Scholastic, Kenwood, Time-Life Books, Sony Music, and many more. He has received awards from One Show, Communication Arts, New York Art Directors, Best of Show, LA Society of Illustrators, New York Society of Illustrators, Los Angeles Art Directors Club, Society of Publication Designers and The Belding Award.

We remember some graphic works by Abe Gurvin such as the unforgettable cover of Car & Driver of May 1968, where a psychedelic drawing had been transferred to the hood of a Porches; the collection of drawings for the Casserole Cookbook kitchen, for the Sci-Tech science fiction series and the numerous hand-drawn illustrations for an editorial project of fairy tales (still unpublished today) called I Am Being Me by Ann di Hope.

Abe Gurvin served on the board of directors of SILA (Los Angeles Society of Illustrators); in 1988 Gurvin moved to a mansion in Laguna Beach, California and later to Santa Maria where he died at the age of 74.



the only flat thing to believe is the LP record

My precious collection is clear evidence that anything can be a treasure. The most important aspect for me is not represented by the value of the articles, but by the joy that these have given me over the years.

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The Ellescas Works
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1970 • Capitol STBB-489

Great Orchestral Christmas
LP 1: ex-Capitol SP-8393 • The Music Of Christmas

Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Carmen Dragon

Stereo 1957
LP 2: ex-Capitol SP-8529 • Hallelujah!

Brass of the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Alfred Newman

Stereo 1959

1971 • Angel SRDL-4116 (ex Мелодия – СМ 01975-84)

Borodin: Prince Igor

Chorus and Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre

Mark Ermler
Recorded in Moscow, 1969

1971 • Angel S-36715

James King: Recital

Rundunkorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Kurt Eichhorn
Recorded in München, July 1968

1971 • EMI Die Stimme Seines Herrn / Electrola C 191-02134/7

Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro

John Alldis Choir • New Philharmonia Orchestra
Otto Klemperer
Recorded in London, EMI Studio No. 1, Abbey Road
1970 January 8, 10 - 13, 15 - 16, 19 - 22, 25 - 26 + 29 - 31

1971 • HMV UK ASD 2689 (ex Мелодия – СМ 01947)

Borodin: Symphony No. 1

Liadov: From the Book of Revelation; From Days of Old, A Musical Snuff-box

Moscow Symphony Orchestra • Gennady Rozhdestvensky

U.S.S.R. Symphony Orchestra • Yevgeny Svetlanov
Recorded in Moscow, 1970

1972 • Angel SBLX-3782

Puccini: Manon Lescaut

The Ambrosian Opera Chorus • New Philharmonia Orchestra

Bruno Bartoletti
Recorded in London, Wembley Town Hall & EMI Studio No. 1, Abbey Road
1971 July 6- 17 & December 2 + 29


1972 • Angel SB-3788

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker

Members Of The Ambrosian Singers • London Symphony Orchestra
André Previn

Recorded in London, Kingsway Hall
1972 May 1 - 4

1972 • HMV ASD 2801 (ex Мелодия – СМ 02111-12) 

Liadov: Baba Yaga, From the Book of Revelation, The Enchanted Lake, From Days of Old, Kikimora, Eight Russian Folksongs, A Musical Snuff-Box

U.S.S.R State Symphony Orchestra

Yevgeny Svetlanov
Recorded in Moscow, 1970

1972 • EMI Die Stimme Seines Herrn / Electrola 1C 063-02 382 Q

Stravinsky: Oiseau de feu (1910 Version)

Orchestre de Paris • Seiji Ozawa 
Recorded in Paris, Salle Wagram

1972 April 22, 24, 28 - 29

1973 • EMI UK SLS 864
Prokofiev: Romeo and Julia
London Symphony Orchestra

André Previn
Recorded in London, Kingsway Hall
1973 June 8 - 9 & 13 - 14

1973 • Angel SCLX-3815

Verdi: Aida

Chorus Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Trumpeters Of The Royal Military School Of Music, Kneller Hall
Riccardo Muti
Recorded in London, Walthamstow Town Hall
1974 July 2 - 9 + 11

1974 • EMI Die Stimme Seines Herrn / Electrola 1C 147-00 899/903M

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde

Chorus Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
The Philharmonia Orchestra • Wilhelm Furtwängler
Recorded in London, Kingsway Hall
1952 June 9 - 14, 16 - 21 + 23


1974 • EMI UK SLS 5001

Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty

London Symphony Orchestra

André Previn

Recorded in London, EMI Studio No. 1, Abbey Road

1974 April 8 - 9 & May 10 & June 5, 27 + 29

1975 • Angel S-37110

Alma Brasileira: Villa-Lobos, Vianna, Miguéz, Guarnieri, Fernández

Cristina Ortiz

Recorded in London, EMI Studio No. 1, Abbey Road

1974 May 7 - 8

1975 • Angel S-37095
Coloratura Arias: Donizetti, Rossini, Bellini, Verdi
Madi Mesplé
Orchestre du Théatre National de l'Opéra de Paris
Gianfranco Masini
Recorded in Paris, Salle Wagram
1974 March 12 - 16

1975 • Angel SDL 3811
Mozart: Don Giovanni
Scottish Opera Chorus
English Chamber Orchestra
Daniel Barenboim
Recorded in Edinburgh, George Watson College,
1973 August 26-31; September 2; December 27-30
and London, Kingsway Hall
1974 May 6 & 7

1975 • Angel Japan EAC-80181

Sibelius: Four Legends from Kalevala

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Charles Groves
Liverpool, Philharmonic Hall
1974 July 24 - 26

1975 • EMI La Voce del Padrone 3C165-02679/81
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera
Chorus Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Medici String Quartet
Philharmonia Orchestra
Riccardo Muti
London, Watford Town Hall
1975 June 28 - 30 & July 2 - 5, 8 + 10


1976 • EMI Die Stimme Seines Herrn / Electrola 1C 065-02 484
Penderecki: Canticum Canticorum Salomonis, Threnos, Als Jacob Erwachte, De Natura Sonoris Nr. 1
Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra
Krzysztof Penderecki
Recorded in Katowice, Studio of Polskie Radio
1975 February 3 - 7 

1976 • EMI La Voce del Padrone 3C 165-02790/92
London Symphony Orchestra
André Previn
Recorded in London, Kingsway Hall
1976 May 26 - 28 & June 8 - 10

1977 • EMI La Voix De Son Maître 2C 069-02922
Lanner: Walzer and Galopps
Wiener Johann Strauss Orchestra
Willi Boskovsky
Recorded in Vienna, Casino Baumgarten
1977January 17 - 19

1977 • EMI La Voce del Padrone 3C 165-02870/73 Q
Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov
Polish Radio Chorus Of Krakow
Boys’ Chorus From The Krakow Philharmonic Chorus
Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra
Jerzy Semkow 
Recorded in Katowice, Studio of Polskie Radio
1976 August 9 - 21

1977 • EMI La Voce del Padrone 3C 065-02953 Q
Ravel: Bolero
Debussy: Prélude a l'apres-midi d'un faune, La mer
Berliner Philharmoniker
Herbert von Karajan
Recorded in Berlin, Philharmonie
1977 January 5 - 7

1978 • Die Stimme Seines Herrn / Electrola 1C 165-02 981/83 Q
Verdi: Il trovatore
Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin
Berliner Philharmoniker
Herbert von Karajan
Recorded in Berlin, Philharmonie
1977 September 20 - 22 and 26 - 27


1978 • His Master's Voice ASD 3542
Ketelbey: In a Persian Market, In a Monastery Garden, Chal Romano, In the Mystic Land of Egypt, The Clock and the Dresden Figures, Bells Across The Meadows, In a Chinese Temple-Garden, In the Moonlight, Sanctuary of the Heart
Leslie Pearson, piano
Vernon Midgley, tenor
Jean Temperley, mezzo-soprano
The Ambrosian Singers
Philharmonia Orchestra 
John Lanchbery
Recorded in Abbey Road Studios, London
1977 June 13 - 14

1982 • Die Stimme Seines Herrn / Elecrola 1C 165-43 127/29T
Verdi: La traviata
Ambrosian Opera Chorus
The Band Of Her Majesty's Royal Marines (Royal Marines School Of Music)
Philharmonia Orchestra
Riccardo Muti
Recorded in Kingsway Hall, London
1980 September 5 - 15.

1983 •     Angel DS-37851
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade
Norman Carol, violin
Philadelphia Orchestra
Riccardo Muti
Recorded in Philadelphia, 'The Old Metropolitan Opera House
1982 February 8

1983 • EMI His Master's Voice ASD 1731391
Koechlin: The Seven Stars Symphony, Ballade for Piano and Orchestra
Bruno Rigutto, piano
Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
Alexandre Myrat
Recorded in Monte-Carlo, Salle Garnier
1982 June 15 - 23

1984 • Angel DS-37344
Pergolesi: The Music Master (Il maestro di musica)
The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Gerard Schwarz
Recorded in Malibu, Pepperdine University

1984 • Die Stimme Seines Herrn / Electrola 1C 067 14 3659 1
Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Variations on 'I Got Rhythm', 
Catfish Row [Symphonic Suite From 'Porgy And Bess']
Alexis Weissenberg, piano
Elaine Donohoe, piano
Karl Leister, clarinet
Berliner Philharmoniker
Seiji Ozawa
Recorded in Berlin, Philharmonie
1983 June 8, - 11-12


1986 • Die Stimme Seines Herrn / Electrola 27 0431 1
Gershwin: Song Book, Three Preludes, Piano Music selection
Leonard Pennario, piano
Recorded in Claremont, California, The Bridge Hall of Music, Pomona College
1985 December 18 - 19

1987 • Angel DS-47977
Gershwin: Overtures
The New Princess Orchestra
John McGlinn 
Recorded in New York, RCA Studios
1986 June 18 - 19



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