I was that loner kid who read comics when everyone else was playing, listened to the B-sides, watched old movies ... And wrote in spirals
Album Cover Art
One of my favorite places in the world as a little kid was sitting spread-eagled in front of my mom's stereo. Between my legs was a stack of albums. But not only was I pouring through the enclosed lyric sheet to sing along with the songs, I was absorbing the artwork on the front, back and sometimes inside covers. Because if I must be honest, they had me at the album cover.
STEVIE WONDER had some of the best covers. But so many artists did. Because that was a thing. Making cover art that in some cases was better than the actual album contained within. But not restricted to hand drawn illustrations, but also cracker jack photography that pops and catches your eye and often wills you to purchase the product.
It didn't have to just be traditional singers or a certain genre of music either. It could be actors who also sang, movie soundtracks, television soundtracks or even children's albums. For instance, Sesame Street produced some great albums with awesome cover art. So I was no respecter of persons in this regard.
The following are some of my favorite albums covers. Some of them are from albums I've actually owned, others are from releases that I admired from afar. And let it be known that even when vinyl albums morphed into CDs, cover art still prevailed.
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© 2019 LaZeric Freeman
LaZeric Freeman (author) from Hammond on September 30, 2020:
Thanks. That was fun to do. I probably should do a sequel. Thanks for stopping by.
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 30, 2020:
Well that was fun. I hadn't seen a lot of these in quite a few years. I actually owned seven of them, not bad for an old white guy. :)
Thanks for the trip back in time. I'm all about good memories.