Friday, November 29, 2013

An anthology of alluring vinyl covers

Classique: Cover Art for Classical Music is a treasury after mine own heart, because I love to hunt out vintage LPs with great cover art and frame them. (I also have six cartons of vinyl that I can't bear to part with and a retro record player.) Back in the day when we didn't have so much media, one would pour over an album's cover art and liner notes whilst being mesmerized by the contents. The large format gave designers plenty of room to work with, and the results were often spectacular, as well as alluring.
The bold designs of Alex Steinweiss, who created the first graphic album cover, are much prized by collectors. The cover of the Taschen book on his work above uses his famous "Steinweiss" cursive font. Below are a few examples of the diversity of styles employed by cover artists to convey the music's character. The book covers the period from the 1950s to the 1980s.