Now that people are buying CDs and downloading music, album artwork is somehow lost. An album used to be more than just the music, but a listening experience. Some LPs came with posters, iron-ons for t-shirts and some time puzzles, action figures and spaceships to assemble.
Now music is pre-packaged into soulless plastic jewel cases or just downloaded via internet.
There is something special about opening up a gatefold LP and putting the record on the turntable and entering a world that the artist is sharing with the listener.
Can anyone here identify with what I am talking about?
This Electric Light Orchestra LP 'Out Of The Blue' (1977) came with a cardboard spaceship that you assemble along with a poster and ads.
Earth Wind & Fire always had very interesting artwork. This is from there 1977 LP 'All & All'
Jethro Tull's 'Thick As A Brick' LP (1972) came with a 20 page newspaper to go along with the story of the album.
One of my all time favorite LP cover is RUSH- 'Caress Of Steel' (1975)
Boston - 'Don't Look Back' (1978)
I have the picture disc of this LP.