Album Cover Album is a review of some of the greatest album cover designs ever created. It primarily spans the period from 1950 through the 1970s. The book is edited by two designers who are best known for their work on album covers. Roger Dean is best known for his work with Yes, and Storm Thogerson is known for his work with Pink Floyd.
Album Cover Album begins with an introduction that takes us from the first sound recordings that were created 130 years ago, through the first paper envelopes in the early part of the 1900s. It then guides us on a tour through the development of the jackets in the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, and the 1970s.
The first section is "Jazz" and it highlights some of the designs that came out of the 1950s jazz scene. These are where the first development began. In many instances the quality and innovation of these covers were not attained in any other genre until rock music in the 1960s.
The next focus is "Psychedelia." During this time bands began to secure more power to direct their own covers. This led to the employment of designers, artists, and photographers. It spawned a virtual industry, with the result being a wide range of colorful jackets that was widely diversified.
The "Golden Years" features the best of covers through the 60s and 70s. These were chosen primarily because of the images that they presented, not so much because of the music that was contained on the record within. These are really the classics.
"Influence & Coincidence" looks at covers that contain similar design features or that their approaches are similar. Taken separately, you don't really appreciate the similarities that some of these have. Put together on a page, it is quite remarkable how much alike they can be.