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.”

Record Covers Article: Vinyl: The Art of Making Records by Mike Evans
Mike Evans’ excellent “Vinyl: The Art of Making Records”
Page from The Art of Making Records
Page from “Vinyl: The Art of Making Records” featuring Roger Dean cover art.

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.”

Angie Errigo’s superb exploration of “The Illustrated History of Rock Album Covers”
Angie Errigo’s superb exploration of “The Illustrated History of Rock Album Covers”
Record Covers Article: An iconic album cover for the Small Faces, from The Illustrated History of Rock Album Covers, by Angie Errigo.
An iconic album cover for the Small Faces, from The Illustrated History of Rock Album Covers, by Angie Errigo.

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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