I am a sucker for coffee table picture books. When there is interesting text to go along with the images, I am sold. Such is the case with this beautifully illustrated and informative book that focuses on the varied and historical aspects of album cover art. It’s impossible to be completely thorough when dealing with a subject such as this but the authors use a wide array of examples to demonstrate the good and bad in designing an album’s visual representation.
Included are some obvious and iconic covers but what’s really fascinating are some of the obscure albums that have been produced that attempt to convey the musicians work. There are over 350 entries included and they are divided into ten ‘chapters’, which focus on themes such as Rock and Roll, Politics, Ego, and Sex. I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in music and art, and how the blending of the two is so crucial to the final product.