Today, I’d like to talk about the wonderful world of album artwork. This is one thing that I absolutely love about listening to records rather than my iPod. When listening to your iPod or even when listening to a CD, there is less appreciation for the cover of the album. On an iPod, the image is always too small or not even shown.  A CD is a little bit better, but still the image isn’t big enough to fully enjoy the picture.

When you experience the music of a record, you get to see the detail in the artwork and uncover what message the artists were trying to convey, not only through the music but through the artwork as well. Like a song’s lyrics, the album art helps demonstrate the feeling of the album and the vibe one experiences.

Album artwork has been used for over 70 years and has become a tool for marketing and an expression for artistic intent. Beginning in 1938, record companies began featuring their own colorful paper covers. Some featured original cover designs, while others utilized reproductions of classic art.

Album art became a very important part of the culture of music at the time. Some of the most notable examples include Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, The Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street, and The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Cover art design was so important that some artists gained fame through their designs. One of the most renowned design team was known as Hipgnosis. Hipgnosis was mainly known for their work on Pink Floyd’s albums.

What are some of your favorite album covers? Do you agree that album artwork is better on records? Comment below and tell me what you think!

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