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Book Title: 1000 Record Covers|
The author of the book: Michael Ochs
Date of issue: January 1st 1997
ISBN 13: 9783822885956
Format files: PDF
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(the author pic - *very* much early-90s style, especially those jeans and shoes XD )
This is a collection of album covers, well-known and less-known. They are roughly grouped by the decade (1960s, 1970s, and 1980s-early1990s: all getting a short introduction), some appearing in other decade than their own. Each cover is accompanied by artist name, title, record label, your (or rough guess - I do wish there had been some more insisted searching), then design/collage/art/photo by, if known (but put sometimes just as 'unknown'). Sometimes there's a further comment added (these and the introduction are also in German and French).
One does notice that each decade has its own 'looks', which can date it there a bit. Some with similar themes or style are grouped together. There is good, bad and ugly (sexism, underage person(s)) covers, though that might sometimes depend on the reader's taste.
Sometimes there are 2-3 versions of the same cover - like The Mamas & The Papas' "If You Can Believe..." album. Sometimes the back covers or the whole folding of the covers are shown (like Small Faces' "Ogden's Nut..." vinyl); elsewhere unusually-shaped types and picture discs (the latter have been appearing since the 1940s (of which two examples are shown). Here and there appears some that have some kind of 'promo copy' sticker in them, a few have a corner clipped or pierced.
Some famous artists and designers I recognise: Norman Rockwell makes one cover that is clearly just for the album and not borrowed from somewhere else (Mike Bloomfield & Al Kooper - "The Live Adventures Of..."). There is at least 3 Andy Warhol works, two that use Escher, and Hipgnosis' odd art gets its pages.
Finally, there is the index for each artist. I do wish there could've been included some more covers, but I guess they have to stick to that number - and the book *is* pretty thick already.
Not necessarily an essential purchase, but if you like album covers - and you might find some really great ones to stare at - this is a great enough book. :)
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