The Fariña Files
Launched in the late 60s, originally, this was a budget-priced ($5.98) series of double disk "best-of" recordings in gatefold sleeves, instantly enlarged to include several originals and spoken word recordings from their backlist. The design was Vanguard's rote Colonel Parker marketing ("Give 'em a picture of the boy and his name") file-shot/name formula which nonetheless gave Vanguard a distinct look. There was generally no text inside, the center fold being a collection of small photos or a large one - generally blurry.
In the case of the Fariñas, theirs was released in 1971 as VSD 21/22. It was a straight reissue of the first two albums with all 26 songs accounted for. Not so on the CD reissued in 1988 (VCD-21/22), which had 20 songs (lopping off 6 instrumentals), although the earlier cassette (1982, CVSD-21/22) had both albums intact.
This Two-Fer featured a Daniel Kramer photo from the spring of 1965 Kingston, New York session that yielded the cover for their second album, Reflections in a Crystal Wind, this time with Dick wearing a striped tank-top (which may be the one that appears in numerous other photos, including one with Mimi from Paris two years earlier), while Mimi wears the same patterned blue dress. In a flash of creative originality, this time Vanguard flipped the shot so Dick is on the left inside the frame and Mimi on the right, making it look similar enough to Reflections to ring a bell in the consumers' minds, but not making it similar enough to give anyone second thoughts that both albums were one and the same. They've also reverted to the original "Mimi & Richard" name arrangement on the front, while listing Dick's altered "Richard and Mimi Fariña" on the spine. The inside's 17 previously unpublished photos by Kenneth Van Sickel all appear to be from or mostly from, the same Central Park shoot as his Celebrations for a Grey Day cover.