What a cover says

18 Oct

Many a doctoral thesis have been written on the semiotics of book and record covers. And for the last few days I have been paying my own homage to weird and wonderful designs that have graced covers of Orchestral and Operatic LPs on Twitter (look for #crazyclassicalcovers ) There are some truly wacky, what the hell where you thinking moments and more subtle allusions to the contents of the disc. While it is wonderful enjoying music in all it’s abstract complexity, we can not forget the cover that packaged the recording and sold it to us. The design emphasis is contastly changing, from graphic representations of the piece contained, to sober portraits of the composer, to glamorous shots of the singers or conductor, to image library images that fit the look of a series.

In a string of mini blogs I’ll try to share some of my favourite categories and some truly hilarious examples that elevate the art of sleeve design to another level or create true eyesores. I’ll tag them with crazyclassicalcovers for easy reference, enjoy the ride!


2 Responses to “What a cover says”

  1. Definitely the Opera 19 October 2011 at 4:01 pm #

    The one with the camel made my week. Please reproduce it here if you can, it should be save for posterity.

  2. George aka OperaCreep 19 October 2011 at 6:19 pm #

    Don’t you worry…there will a section “with animals”

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: