Friday, July 11, 2014

The joy of vintage LP covers!

As an incorrigible lover of both vintage illustration and vinyl, I thought I was in the midst of a heavenly dream when I came across the site
Their myriad categories run the gamut, from beatniks, blaxploitation, and bachelor pad to cheesecake, Christmas, and classical to girl groups, Latin loco, and monsters, to psychedelia, soul, robots, "incredibly strange," and more. Two fascinating tangents are the seemingly endless photographic categories "chicks with guitars" and "chicks dig records." And the "nude" lp cover collection indicates the well-known fact that using naked women helps sell your stuff—especially if it's trash to begin with!
Here are a few samples to whet your interest, beginning with two-fisted drinker Lester Young. And happy browsing!
Both of the wonderful covers below drew on the talents of one Andy Warhol.
Who can forget the cover R. Crumb did for Janis Joplin's first LP?
Here are a few candidates for the bad taste award:
Really?? I know that "Golliwog's Cakewalk" was based on a doll, but this hideous apparition is nothing like an actual golliwog doll. Let's clear our palate with alternative childhood imagery.

And now let's turn to those aforementioned women with their record players, beginning with the great Billie Holiday spinning some platters. The film industry is well represented also, with the ensuing shots of Lauren Bacall, Brigitte Bardot, Marlene Dietrich, Audrey Hepburn, and Marilyn Monroe.
Here are a few pulpy illustrations I just love and a sample from the "chicks with guitars" genre:
You know what would really be cool right now? A bit of Corinne Bailey Rae's "Put Your Records On"!
A hint of "rebel without a cause" always goes down well, n'est-ce pas?
That's all for now — gotta go frame a few more LP covers (and listen to Twenty Feet From Stardom and The Secret Sisters)!


  1. I'm not a fan of Debussy's LP cover. And the one under it, "Captain Snorter?" what is that about...LOL. The pic of the girl trying to "mix and scratch" with the two record players is COOL. And Corinne Bailey Rae is great to listen to anytime.

  2. Probably third on my list of what to do if I had a time machine is now to show that album cover to Ludwig himself, and get the hell out of the way before the explosion.
    Or, he might find it amusing that we are still listening to his Third Symphony.

  3. Vinyl record collections furnish me with more fulfillment now, than they did when I initially had them given over to me, or began getting them numerous years back! There are a few reasons why setting the needle of a phonograph into the section of a LP, then hearing what will occur next, is a greater amount of a charming background than tuning in to music through the most exceptional innovation that the wold brings to the table!