I wanna see my picture on the cover

In this age of downloaded music, and the virtual disappearance of a tangible product to hold in your hands, are we witnessing the death of the extraordinary art form of album cover design?

Rolling_Stones_1971Well, no.  Thanks to the re-emergence of vinyl LPs among discerning segments of the buying public, and the tenacious survival of the compact disc as a viable format, cover art appears to be alive and well after all.  For now.

In the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, album cover art — be it arresting portrait photography, surreal landscape drawings, erotic paintings or highly stylized logos, to name a few — was an integral, vital component of each new album release.  In some cases, the art was so striking that it became more important than the music on the album within. Read More