Here’s Something Interesting! The Beatles 8TH album, Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, was the first record of all time to include the lyrics with the recording. It also set the stage for album covers to be objects of art, and a team of notables in the art world were brought in for the project. Included in the inside sleeve were other items as well; a page of cardboard cut-outs (a moustache, stripes, badges, cardboard cutouts of the band and the character Sergeant Pepper). The album cover, in addition to the music, was innovative, fun and connected the fans to the artist in a deeper and more meangingful way. What a far cry from today’s practice of downloading individual songs rather than listening to an entire CD. The stage was set for a wave of record-packaging that became as much of a draw as the music itself. Apple (creators of the IPod and ITunes) is teaming with the 4 largest record companies to try to boost record sales by bringing back the concept of compelling album covers by using interactive, digital packaging which will coincide with a new device called the IPad. “Project Cocktail” is the name of this plan, and you can read more about it on Apple’s weblog.
Think back on some of the best album covers of all time, and consider if you would purchase entire CDs or even vinyl, if the artwork and included material were compelling. And while you’re at it, please write us below with the names of some of your favorite (entire) albums OR favorite album covers.
Here are a few of my all time favs…