Posts Tagged ‘record cover design’

LP cover: I Can’t Stand Myself When You Touch Me

February 14, 2011

James Brown on King Records, 1968


LP cover: Patato & Totico

February 2, 2011

Carlos (Patato) Valdez and Eugenio (Totico) Arango, Verve Records, 1968.

LP cover: Shehnai Nawaz

December 5, 2010

Bismillah Khan on EMI (India), 1964

Anthems for the Nation of Luobaniya

EP cover: Lady Black Cat Strikes Again

September 9, 2010

Connie Chan on Pathé EMI (Hong Kong), 1967

Soft Film

LP cover: Kismat

September 4, 2010

O.P. Nayyar on Akash (India), 1968

Music from the Third Floor

LP cover: Alone

August 25, 2010

Francoise Hardy on Reprise, 1970

LP cover: Brasil a Jato

June 5, 2010

Maestro Enrico Simonetti e Orquestra RGE on Dimsa (Mexico, licensed from RGE Brazil), 1959. According to Zecalouro at Loronix: “This LP was released by RGE to celebrate Brazilian commercial aviation, something very common in the 50’s… The cover shows a Caravelle from Varig Airlines.”

EP cover: The Golden Cat

May 9, 2010

Josephine Siao on Pathé EMI (China), 1967.

from Soft Film: Vintage Chinese Cinema

Alex Steinweiss

October 22, 2009



The record album, when it was invented by George Avakian in the 1940s, was literally an album of 4 or 5 78 RPM singles. Avakian, an employee of Columbia Records, came upon the idea as a way of mining Columbia’s archives for reissues. Alex Steinweiss, another young Columbia staffer, became the first record cover designer. His simple and memorable graphics for Columbia and other labels over the next decades have been compiled into a grand volume to be issued next month by Taschen. If you don’t have $500 to spare for the book you can browse through all 422 pages here.