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Jazz Covers Hardcover – June 1, 2012

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Joaquim Paulo is a consultant for major labels and directs a number of radio stations in Portugal. He started collecting vinyl at 15, and flies to London, Paris, New York and São Paulo to enrich his collection of over 25,000 LPs. He lives and works in Lisbon and dedicates his free time to recovering old and rare recordings.

Julius Wiedemann was born in Brazil, studied graphic design and marketing, and was an art editor for digital and design magazines in Tokyo. His many TASCHEN digital and media titles include Illustration Now!, Advertising Now, Logo Design, and Brand Identity Now!
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen; Box Blg edition (June 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9783836524063
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836524063
  • ASIN: 3836524066
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 2.8 x 12.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,160,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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this is a hefty and stupendous collection. it's the best book of classic jazz lp covers ever published, and at a price point that must be costing Taschen plenty. the plates and images are all first rate, not photographed from old or worn covers like some other volumes. best deal I've ever seen--two large volumes from a great art book publisher.
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I was REALLY looking forward to this book, and I have to say I felt a little let down. The printing quality, production and price are excellent, but i was disappointed with the covers they chose. The books are organized alphabetically by musician and it seems that they were trying to include as many different musicians as they could rather than choosing the sleeves based on artwork alone. Consequently, many well-known (or simply just BETTER) designs were not included in favor of some other mediocre choices.

I tend to prefer the design work BEFORE the 70s, and unfortunately there is a fair amount of 70s stuff here. I kept thinking "Why did they include THAT ugly/boring/mediocre cover but not include A,B, C or D?". Perhaps it had something to do with cost and/or acquiring rights for images, but this collection errs somewhere between trying to be too broad and simultaneously missing the mark on so many classics.

I have several other books of jazz album cover art that I prefer over this Taschen set.
If I had paid $100 for this set I would have been pissed off, but I have to say that the Amazon price on this set is so great that it makes up for some of the flaws.
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JAZZ ALBUM COVERS FANS-ALERT! I know there are several books on album art-but this is one you cannot afford to pass by. I also know that it's relatively expensive (at least to me), but you need to see this edition and then you'll understand why I'm so excited. This set combines the separate volumes that originally cost more than this combined edition.

To begin with, it's published by Taschen Books-a leader in fine graphic reproduction volumes in several areas. The paperstock has a fine matte surface, the pages themselves are thick-like good books should be. The endboards are also thick and substantial-also as they should be, with different color end pages for each volume. The slipcase is also a very heavy cardboard with finely reproduced front and back covers. But be prepared for the weight of this edition-mine had a sticker for shipment that said "HEAVY: Lift With Care" on the box-so you know they're (and I'm) not kidding about the weight.

But the artwork (broken into two separate volumes) is the real prize here. With a combined number of 589 pages, you begin to understand that this is truly something special. The first volume has interviews with Bob Ciano (former art director at the CTI label), Fred Cohen (owner of Jazz Record Center), and Michael Cuscuna (Blue Note Records producer), which gives some depth to the graphics and the era. The second volume contains interviews with Rudy Van Gelder (recording engineer), Ashley Khan (jazz writer), and Creed Taylor (founder of the label Impulse!), and together they have some good insight into jazz, and both Impulse! and the Blue Note Records labels.

The reproductions are superb. Many are full page (or almost), while others are grouped 2-3 per page.
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I bought this as a gift for my father and he absolutely LOVED it. He's not much of a coffee table book guy, but as soon as he got it he stayed up for hours looking at the album covers and reading the comments/history about each one. The pages are beautiful and includes TWO huge volumes. Great price for two large books.
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Taschen does it once again, what a bargain for this incredible book...Highly recommended and a great xmas gift for graphic designers, music lovers, and art book collectors of all ages...
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