Music lovers have been attracted to the distinct style and sleek sound of jazz since its birth at the turn of the century. The album covers collected in this comprehensive volume under the well-known Blue Note record label embody classic design and pioneering typography. Two hundred color photographs of the album sleeves, an informative history of the Blue Note record compMusic lovers have been attracted to the distinct style and sleek sound of jazz since its birth at the turn of the century. The album covers collected in this comprehensive volume under the well-known Blue Note record label embody classic design and pioneering typography. Two hundred color photographs of the album sleeves, an informative history of the Blue Note record company, and a portrait of Reid Miles, who designed nearly 500 album covers, capture the integrity of this distinctive record label. Sophisticated jazz connoisseurs and young listeners alike, as well as those with an interest in style and graphic design, will enjoy this exciting book of jazz memorabilia....
|Title||:||Blue Note: The Album Cover Art|
|Number of Pages||:||127 Pages|
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Blue Note: The Album Cover Art Reviews
A truly beautiful book - full of many of the most [full size] uplifting and stylish album covers ever created. They've been ripped off left, right, and centre by advertisers and publicists in all branches of the arts. Blue Note wasn't the only jazz label turning out cool sleeve artwork to match the sounds, but they were the best. I lost my copy somewhere along the way...how I'd dearly love another copy...!
There is, was, never will be anything cooler than blue note. The music was great and the albums were so hip looking; each album giving the eye an exact sense of what the ear had in store. I love that they made this book the size of an old LP, so the full page pictures give you the sense of holding the album in your hand. This book is a lesson is great graphic design; lay out, font, colour, cropping - all you need to know is in here, including a few covers featuring illustrations by some young guy named Andy Warhol.
I'm so glad I own this book, since it seems to be quite rare. I bought it at an Oxfam for £4 after seeing it unpriced in a box of their recent donations. On taking it to the counter, the cashier merely conjured that figure off the top of his head and I paid accordingly, as I'd been on the hunt for this book. I expect that when he googled the book and saw that it's priced at £40 on Amazon, he was rather frustrated. But hey-ho!I feel album artwork is very important - it enhances your listening experience if you have something visually stimulating to compliment it. Blue Note records have the most gorgeous and captivating artwork that matches the vivacity and energy of the music they hold inside. This is thanks to innovative designer Reid Miles, who took Francis Wolff's already chic photographs of the jazz artists and integrated them within a brilliantly original and effortlessly cool album design. In this book, there are some beautiful, blown-up pictures of the artworks accompanied by some insightful commentary on their creation and their success. A real treat for the eyes, just like the music's a treat for the ears.
Anyone who knows me knows I am a sucker for albums from the classic era of Blue Note Records. In fact, I'm listening to Green Street by Grant Green as I type this. Part of what makes that fertile period (think late '50s to the early '70s, primarily) so compelling was the wonderful design of so many of the album covers. Some of these are fairly iconic (the cover to John Coltrane's album Blue Train springs immediately to mind as does Eric Dolphy's Out To Lunch). Here, collected for your viewing pleasure, are hundred of those images. A strong "house style" at work, to be sure, but a lot of variety as well. Just a great book to thumb through or sit with for hours.
A fantastic book which is one I return to again and again. But then I love jazz album art and especially love Blue Note. The music was pretty damn great too! You may be interested in my blog on my favourite jazz album sleeves of the last 15 years. http://philbrett.me/2015/07/03/my-fav...This follows a series of blogs on the decades following 1940.
Blue Note: The Album Cover Art by Graham Marsh (1991)
hard to beat Reid Miles cover designs
What you can do with just two or three colours will never stop fascinate me. Cool. I´ve had it for like 15 years now.