"I needed to shake up the industry. We had to do something like
European poster art to draw the attention of the buyer.”
Alex Steinweiss died last week at the age of 94. Before he transformed them in the 1930s, record sleeves consisted of brown paper. As the art director at Columbia Records, Steinweiss pioneered illustrated jackets and sales zoomed.
"I love music so much and I had such ambition that I was willing to go way beyond what the hell they paid me for. I wanted people to look at the artwork and hear the music." —Alex SteinweissSolo Monk carries on the Steinweiss tradition beautifully.
Gillian Welch's The Harrow and the Harvest is one of my recent favorites. And the music is great too.
Any LP/CD cover favorites, past or present, to share??? I actually own this 78 package of the Jerome Kern musical about a fashion house: