“…twelve inch vision…”

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by rocky-o

I MISS RECORD ALBUM COVERS!…

Besides the vinyl, (which still sounds better than compact discs), the cover art was just as important in ’understanding’ and ‘appreciating’ the music held within…

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Illustrious covers have been the subjects of documentaries and discussions alike, from the pastiche complexity of “Sgt. Pepper’s” by The Beatles, to the brilliant simplicity of Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side Of The Moon”…and with each release, we awaited with baited breath what each record would ‘look’ like, as much as what it would ‘sound’ like…

And it wasn’t always just a flat 12×12 either…there were the die-cut covers, like Led Zeppelin’s “Physical Graffiti”, the fold-out covers, like Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out”, specialty covers like Uriah Heep’s reflective “Look At Yourself”, or even the shaped covers, like Small Faces “Ogden Nut Gone”…(and the list goes on and on)…

But no matter the ‘physical’ attributes, just holding that piece of art in your hands was something special…

…and yes, it was indeed art…(just take a look at the Roger Dean collection stamped on almost every ‘Yes’ album cover…)

Today it’s hard to recognize the value of the older covers, what with the smaller dimension of the cd, and many covers having actually been changed to suit the non-existent nature of the new beast…(not to mention all these obnoxious ‘nostril-close’ headshots that permeate the bins nowadays…)

Today, they all just look the same, void of any true important ‘understanding’ or ‘appreciation’…

…get the picture?…


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