Judging a record by its cover?

i thumble my hands over my mouse, uploading my cd’s to I-tunes and then to my Ipod, i realise how much of my music that i stil have on vinyl that i do not have on my ipod, but greater still i see the calibre of artwork on albums decline from vinyl to cd and now Mp3 and Ipod’s, yeah you may get some digital thumbnail on your screen, but gone are the days of slouching back in a beanbag with ear phones as big as ear muffs, listening to the music of the record cover you just bought, studied so greatly in your hot little hands, studiously reading the cover notes, seeing who played what instrument and the song lyrics,  the motivation and message of the artist, though most of all the front of the album cover, where the vibe of the whole album was once contained, timeless records often have memorable covers, even the bad records have hilarious and perhaps disturbing images that are seldom fogotten, but this was integral to it all, sight was given to the sound that was layed down on wax.

Here are a few of my favourite albums and covers!

Ella Fitzgerald - Like someone in love.
Ella Fitzgerald – Like someone in love.

Herbie Hancock - Speak like a child.

Herbie Hancock – Speak like a child.

Stanley Clarke - Journey to love.

Stanley Clarke – Journey to Love.

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix – Electric ladyland. (fold out cover)

Blue Mitchell - Bantu Village.

Blue Mitchell – Bantu Village.

John Coltrane - A love supreme.
John Coltrane – A love supreme.

billie

Billie Holiday.

* More to come!

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