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Album Cover Album Hardcover – October 28, 2008
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Roger Dean is internationally acclaimed as an artist and designer whose evocative and visionary images created a new genre. Made popular through the medium of album covers and posters, his work has sold in excess of 100 million copies. Roger became widely known in the 1970s for his album cover designs for Yes—including the classic logo now in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London—and a poll of Rolling Stone readers selected five of his designs in the top twenty best album covers of all time.
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But for what it is, the book is excellent. It is more interested in the cover art than the music itself. There is a page for Elvis and The Beatles and a section for classic jazz.
But there are also many interesting covers by little bands that you never heard of and probably will never hear. One cover of an album by a band named Fumble is a jar of handcream and a man's armpit. Who knows what the music sounds like, but the cover shows how 1970s sexuality made for interesting art. There are tons of illumminating covers like this.
And this can be helpful if you are looking for ideas to augment your collection: those strange unknown bands from the 70s that had a good track or two on albums that went straight to the cutout bin. If interested, records like this are availble somewhere. This book might be a good tool for DJs looking for obscure samples.
For all it's touted redesign this book suffers slightly from it. The axiom "If it ain't broke don't fix it." applies aptly here as the original has larger images on pages with more than one cover displayed. The new editions images may seem sharper and the colors look to have been corrected (though a little too much contrast in some) but I'm at a loss as to why they were reduced in size by about 10%. The type redesign is "prettier" but less legible as the font is too light to stand out on the neutral gray background. It also baffles me that, as a book on design by designers, all the individual design credits are set so small and in an even lighter font as to render them insignificant.
And now, The Pros:
The biggest advantage this edition has over the original (which I also own, by the way) is the beautiful hardcover binding. With the old edition being a budget-minded paperbound with a glued-in spine it has long ago become separated from the cover. This new version is a sturdy sewn-in binding with matte finished board covers and a matte dust jacket with spot varnish on the images. The addition of a neutral gray background for all of the pages is an improvement as it allows the images to stand out more than the older layout with each chapter having different muted colors. There are also some additional full-bleed album images added though conspicuously absent is the original, highly controversial cover for the first Blind Faith album by Bob Seidemann of a nude teenaged girl holding an airplane model. It has been replaced with another controversial, though less so by today's standards, image from the Rolling Stones' "Sticky Fingers" LP depicting a close-up of Mick's denim clad crotch with a real zipper (closed, of course).
All said, this is worth more than the $0.99 that I paid for it on Amazon.com.
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Good reference book. images very small, layout uninteresting and outdated.Published 1 month ago by martine versteeg
Got this as a gift for my husband and his only complaint was that he wished some of the pictures were larger. There are many small rather than full page photos.Published 14 months ago by Lynn M.
Great book. VERY comprehensive!
Wide variety of albums.
I didn't see "Steppenwolf 7"
Truly one of the all time greatest
I thought there would be more Roger Dean in it, but it is great,Published 20 months ago by debora cabral
I RETURNED THIS ITEM, DISAPPOINTED. THERE WAS NO COMMENTARY OF ANY KIND; I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HEAR SOME HISTORY, COMMENTS ON THE DESIGN CONCEPTS, WHO WAS INVOLVED...SOMETHING! Read morePublished on January 14, 2014 by dorcas thompson