People keep telling me not to judge a book by its cover, although those same folks will turn around and spout another phrase about first impressions and how important they can be.
Joe Bonamassa's CD cover art has always been the frosting on the multi-tiered wedding cake inside when it comes to his CDs. At least for me.
A New Day Yesterday gave you the feeling that you might be very young and riding along in your parents' car, looking though the windshield up at passing power poles and telephone wires. A sense of wonder. And adventure.
So It's Like That featured a couple of innocent-looking kids peering through the glass together. A sense of curiosity. And a really warm, friendly vibe!
A New Day Yesterday Live was a great piece of cover art for a live recording, with its well-worn set list. The only thing missing was a beer bottle ring, cigarette burn and a hastily scrawled phone number or two. I have to admit that it did seem a little less inspired because it was a seemingly quick release and cover art had to be different than the studio version, of course.
Had To Cry Today was full of open space and landscape and desert and lone, inanimate objects: gas pumps. The problem was that the old desert-gas-pump theme has been done to death. Green Day even used that theme in one of their videos that year. It's a very common mass media theme, especially out West: Old pick up trucks and Chrissie Hyndes-waitresses waiting inside with a cup of fresh coffee.
Now comes You and Me. Although I don't see "You" anywhere on the cover unless "You" were vaproized by a death ray seconds before.