Friday, October 13, 2006

Cover To Cover

The art of the album cover has really died with the advent of the CD. They are now too small so really, all you know get are glamour shots of the performer. Not that I miss the sci-fi crap covers of Boston, Yes and Journey but certainly, they were a heck of a lot more interesting than what we are getting now.

Photographer/writer Chris Epting is about to release a book with pictures of where album covers were shot and how they look today. On his official website, he has a page with ten examples including David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust and Bob Dylan's Freewheelin' Bob Dylan.

I don't know if I could even come up with my top 5 album covers. Really, in the end, it never made a difference to me. It's not like I have ever listened to an album and said, "damn, the music sucks but the cover is so good it just doesn't matter."

The Scorpion's Lovedrive always made me laugh...even though I am not sure what it means.

Roxy Music's Country Life has that titilation factor, but again how does it sell the music. Though Country Life IS probably my least favourite of their albums.

Top 5 Roxy Music Songs
1. Street Life
2. Do The Strand
3. Virginia Plain
4. More Than This
5. Avalon

Speaking of album covers, youtube has this wacky new short featuring album covers fighting each other. It is pretty funny.

Speaking of records, Tower Records looks to be closing down in the US. I guess this is an example of technology really killing an industry. I remember as a teenager being fascinated by record stores. Always looking for good tapes at Cheapies down on Young Street. If I could find one I wanted for $7.99 or less, I was ecstatic.

But I don't know if it's a matter of being able to shop on-line, or that I could download songs or that I simply already own every CD I could want anyway…but I just don't go to music stores anymore.

It looks like in 5 years, the only record stores will either be huge conglamerates like HMV or little record stores where you can find obscure CD and albums like in High Fidelity. Speaking of High Fidelity…it is about to be made as a BROADWAY MUSICAL. Wow, just another reason why I hate musicals.



Blogger JMacK said...

uh, how do you leave "Love is the Drug" off that list or their version of John Lennon's "Jealous Guy"

8:01 PM  
Blogger your faithful narrator said...

Love Is the Drug would be sixth and Jealous Guy doesn't count as it was recorded by Bryan Ferry, not Roxy Music.

8:23 AM  
Blogger Merdus said...

I'm with you on the musicals, JB. I'll eventually humour L with a date to one, but I fear a narcoleptic episode & the probable and uncomfortable repercussions.

You could have listed your top 5 album covers, really.


10:09 AM  
Blogger chris epting said...

Nice post on Buck. And thanks for mentioning the next book I have coming out (the rock and roll road trip album cover thing)

on that note, thought you'd like these

And on a baseball note, thought you'd like these:


10:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So I think Beck's new album cover should make your top 5 as it is everything YOU want it to has exactly what you look for on an album cover (or could have)


1:56 PM  

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