The Royal Mail’s New Year stamp collection for 2010 features what it says are ten of the most iconic album covers of the last 40 years. Each depicts a famous album cover with a disc coming out of the sleeve and appearing ‘outside’ the stamp.

‘Classic Album Covers’ features cover art from some of the best artists of the past 40 years. And Coldplay. Artists and designers behind the artworks include Peter Saville, Robert Brownjohn and Storm Thorgerson


Rolling Stones Let It Bleed (1969)

Designed by Robert Brownjohn, the sleeve sculpture was based on the initial album title of Automatic Changer with the added cake created by the then unknown Delia Smith.


Led Zeppelin IV (1971)

The band’s fourth album had no mention of their name on the cover. The painting of the faggot-bearing old man was, it is said, found by singer Robert Plant in a Reading junk shop. For the cover it was nailed to a demolished house in Dudley.


David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (1972)

Heddon Street in London’s West End is the scene for the painting. Photographer Brian Ward helped to conceptualise Bowie’s notion of the alien pop star and the sleeve was designed by George Underwood with artwork by Terry Pastor.