One of the most appealing aspects of records—especially LP records—is the cover. In his beautifully illustrated book, “Vinyl: The Art of Making Records,” Mike Evans notes that “graphic artists, designers, and photographers whose work has featured on record covers over the past six decades have produced some of the most iconic images in popular culture.”
In “The Illustrated History of the Rock Album Cover,” Angie Errigo observes that these same “photographers, designers and illustrators of album covers now reach a wide viewing public who recognize their work; some are collected in their own right alongside the recording artists.”
It makes sense that the vinyl record collector, therefore—even the audiophile—will place a high value on this visual aspect of our passion. We have elsewhere covered aspects of caring for the record itself, in its handling, playing and cleaning.
In Protecting Your Investment II, we will turn our attention to safeguarding the sleeves, jackets and other paperwork associated with long-playing vinyl records.
Watch for our next post: Record Sleeves: Protecting Your Investment II
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