The American Record Cover Museum

The American Record Cover Museum Our mission is to preserve and exhibit the best in record cover art, design, and photography.
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More great album covers from 2019. Its been wonderful to see LPs/vinyl continuing to make such a big comeback and all th...
12/27/2019

More great album covers from 2019. Its been wonderful to see LPs/vinyl continuing to make such a big comeback and all the outstanding examples of record cover art, design and photography.

As 2019 winds down, we're checking out some of the years best record covers. Got a fave? Share it with us! These are all...
12/26/2019

As 2019 winds down, we're checking out some of the years best record covers. Got a fave? Share it with us!

These are all strong portraits of solo artists.

Happy National Candy Cane Day! Featured Cover: Various Artists-Suck It and See! (1973) Vertigo Records Sampler
12/26/2019

Happy National Candy Cane Day!

Featured Cover: Various Artists-Suck It and See! (1973) Vertigo Records Sampler

Happy Kwanzaa! Kwanzaa is a week-long annual celebration held in the United States and other nations of the African dias...
12/26/2019

Happy Kwanzaa!

Kwanzaa is a week-long annual celebration held in the United States and other nations of the African diaspora in the Americas to honor African heritage in African-American culture. It is observed from December 26 to January 1, culminating in gift-giving and a feast.
Kwanzaa has seven core principles, with a day dedicated to each one. They are:

Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define and name ourselves, as well as to create and speak for ourselves.
Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers' and sisters' problems our problems and to solve them together.
Ujamaa (Cooperative economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
Kuumba (Creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
Imani (Faith): To believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

Kwanzaa was created by Maulana Karenga and was first celebrated in 1966.

Featured album cover: Bill Summers-The Essence of Kwanzaa (1997) Monkey Hill
Artwork-Synthia St. James

Here's a good cover for National Candy Cane Day, observed on December 26th.Jaymz Bee - A Christmas Cocktail (1997)Art Di...
12/26/2019

Here's a good cover for National Candy Cane Day, observed on December 26th.

Jaymz Bee - A Christmas Cocktail (1997)

Art Direction-Jaymz Bee
Art Direction, Design & Layout-Jamie Grant,
Photography-Graham Kennedy

Here's one for National Candy Cane Day, observed on December 26th.

Jaymz Bee - A Christmas Cocktail (1997)
Art Direction-Jaymz Bee
Art Direction, Design & Layout-Jamie Grant,
Photography-Graham Kennedy

Punk Rock Christmas record covers  from the 1970s through 2016.
12/24/2019

Punk Rock Christmas record covers from the 1970s through 2016.

Punk Rockers also enjoy Christmas, as evidenced by these punk record covers from the 1970s through 2016.

North American Aerospace Defense Command-NORAD Tracks Santa (1974) Century Records Cover Art-Bob HaynesNORAD Tracks Sant...
12/24/2019

North American Aerospace Defense Command-NORAD Tracks Santa (1974) Century Records
Cover Art-Bob Haynes

NORAD Tracks Santa is an annual Christmas-themed entertainment program, which has existed since 1955, produced under the auspices of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Every year on Christmas Eve, "NORAD Tracks Santa" tracks Santa Claus as he leaves the North Pole and delivers presents to children around the world.

The program began on December 24, 1955, when a Sears department store placed an advertisement in a Colorado Springs newspaper which told children that they could telephone Santa Claus and included a number for them to call. However, the telephone number was misprinted and calls instead came through to Colorado Springs' Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Center. Colonel Harry Shoup, who was on duty that night, told his staff to give all children who called in a "current location" for Santa Claus. The tradition continued when the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) replaced CONAD in 1958.

"NORAD Tracks Santa", 1964.
NORAD Tracks Santa is an annual Christmas-themed entertainment program, which has existed since 1955, produced under the auspices of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Every year on Christmas Eve, "NORAD Tracks Santa" tracks Santa Claus as he leaves the North Pole and delivers presents to children around the world.
The program began on December 24, 1955, when a Sears department store placed an advertisement in a Colorado Springs newspaper which told children that they could telephone Santa Claus and included a number for them to call. However, the telephone number was misprinted and calls instead came through to Colorado Springs' Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Center. Colonel Harry Shoup, who was on duty that night, told his staff to give all children who called in a "current location" for Santa Claus. A tradition began which continued when the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) replaced CONAD in 1958.

Happy Christmas Eve from The American Record Cover Museum!!
12/24/2019

Happy Christmas Eve from The American Record Cover Museum!!

Happy Christmas Eve from The American Record Cover Museum!! Hope your all relaxing by the fire, or otherwise enjoying the day.

A new record store in Austin, Texas!"Vinyl, vintage and tees right next door to Barracuda Austin. 609 E. 7th St. Austin,...
12/21/2019

A new record store in Austin, Texas!

"Vinyl, vintage and tees right next door to Barracuda Austin. 609 E. 7th St. Austin, TX. Come on by."

It feels so good to be open. Vinyl, vintage and tees right next door to Barracuda Austin. 609 E. 7th St. Austin, TX. Come on by.

It's National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day! (Sorry, Jim!) :)
12/20/2019

It's National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day! (Sorry, Jim!) :)

12/20/2019
The American Record Cover Museum

Happy Birthday to Jorma Kaukonen, born on December 23, 1940.

Jorma is an American blues, folk, and rock guitarist, best known for his work with Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him #54 on its list of 100 Greatest Guitarists.

With his wife Vanessa, Kaukonen currently owns and operates the Fur Peace Ranch, a 119-acre music and guitar camp in the hills of southeast Ohio, north of Pomeroy, complete with a 32 track studio. He is currently under contract as a solo artist to Red House Records and still records and tours with Jack Casady and other friends such as Barry Mitterhoff as Hot Tuna. His Grammy-nominated 2002 album Blue Country Heart was widely acclaimed by critics as one of the definitive examples of American "Depression-era" music and features Kaukonen backed by a group of Nashville session musicians.

Happy Birthday to Jorma Kaukonen, born on December 23, 1940.

Jorma is an American blues, folk, and rock guitarist, best known for his work with Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him #54 on its list of 100 Greatest Guitarists.

With his wife Vanessa, Kaukonen currently owns and operates the Fur Peace Ranch, a 119-acre music and guitar camp in the hills of southeast Ohio, north of Pomeroy, complete with a 32 track studio. He is currently under contract as a solo artist to Red House Records and still records and tours with Jack Casady and other friends such as Barry Mitterhoff as Hot Tuna. His Grammy-nominated 2002 album Blue Country Heart was widely acclaimed by critics as one of the definitive examples of American "Depression-era" music and features Kaukonen backed by a group of Nashville session musicians.

Happy Birthday to Adrian Belew!Adrian Belew (born Robert Steven Belew, December 23, 1949) is an American musician, songw...
12/20/2019

Happy Birthday to Adrian Belew!

Adrian Belew (born Robert Steven Belew, December 23, 1949) is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer. A multi-instrumentalist primarily known as a guitarist and singer, Belew is noted for his unusual, impressionistic approach to guitar playing, which, rather than relying on standard instrumental tones, often resembles sound effects or noises made by animals and machines.

Perhaps best known for his long stint as frontman and co-guitarist for the progressive rock group King Crimson from 1981 to 2009, Belew is widely recognized as an "incredibly versatile player" who has released nearly twenty solo albums for Island Records and Atlantic Records, blending or alternating Beatles-inspired pop-rock with more experimental fare.
Belew is a member of the intermittently-active pop band the Bears, and fronted his own band GaGa in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He has worked extensively as a session and touring musician, including periods with Frank Zappa, David Bowie, Talking Heads, King Crimson, Laurie Anderson, and Nine Inch Nails, as well as contributing to hit singles by Paul Simon, Tom Tom Club, and others. Belew himself scored a Top 10 hit single in 1989 with "Oh Daddy," and his 2005 single "Beat Box Guitar" was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Rock Instrumental Performance category.

Belew has also worked in instrument design and multimedia, collaborating with Parker Guitars to help design his own Parker Fly signature guitar, and designing his own iOS mobile apps, "FLUX by belew" and "FLUX:FX, the multi-effect audio processor app."

Featured album: Lone Rhino (1982) Island Records
Cover Photography: Sukita

Happy Birthday to Adrian Belew!

Adrian Belew (born Robert Steven Belew, December 23, 1949) is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer. A multi-instrumentalist primarily known as a guitarist and singer, Belew is noted for his unusual, impressionistic approach to guitar playing, which, rather than relying on standard instrumental tones, often resembles sound effects or noises made by animals and machines.

Perhaps best known for his long stint as frontman and co-guitarist for the progressive rock group King Crimson from 1981 to 2009, Belew is widely recognized as an "incredibly versatile player" who has released nearly twenty solo albums for Island Records and Atlantic Records, blending or alternating Beatles-inspired pop-rock with more experimental fare.
Belew is a member of the intermittently-active pop band the Bears, and fronted his own band GaGa in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He has worked extensively as a session and touring musician, including periods with Frank Zappa, David Bowie, Talking Heads, King Crimson, Laurie Anderson, and Nine Inch Nails, as well as contributing to hit singles by Paul Simon, Tom Tom Club, and others. Belew himself scored a Top 10 hit single in 1989 with "Oh Daddy," and his 2005 single "Beat Box Guitar" was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Rock Instrumental Performance category.

Belew has also worked in instrument design and multimedia, collaborating with Parker Guitars to help design his own Parker Fly signature guitar, and designing his own iOS mobile apps, "FLUX by belew" and "FLUX:FX, the multi-effect audio processor app."

Featured album: Lone Rhino (1982) Island Records
Cover Photography: Sukita

12/20/2019
The American Record Cover Museum

Happy First Day of Winter!!

The winter solstice, also known as midwinter, is an astronomical phenomenon marking the day with the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year. In the Northern Hemisphere this is the December solstice and in the Southern Hemisphere this is the June solstice.

To celebrate, The American Record Cover Museum warmly presents some of our favorite record covers with winter/snow themes.

Happy First Day of Winter!!

The winter solstice, also known as midwinter, is an astronomical phenomenon marking the day with the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year. In the Northern Hemisphere this is the December solstice and in the Southern Hemisphere this is the June solstice.

To celebrate, The American Record Cover Museum warmly presents some of our favorite record covers with winter/snow themes.

12/20/2019
The American Record Cover Museum

Happy Birthday to Frank Zappa!!

In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa composed rock, pop, jazz, jazz fusion, orchestral and musique concrète works, and produced almost all of the 60-plus albums that he released with his band the Mothers of Invention and as a solo artist. Zappa also directed feature-length films and music videos, and designed album covers.

He is considered one of the most innovative and stylistically diverse rock musicians of his era.

Happy Birthday to Frank Zappa!!

Frank Vincent Zappa (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American musician, composer, activist and filmmaker. His work is characterized by nonconformity, free-form improvisation, sound experiments, musical virtuosity, and satire of American culture. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa composed rock, pop, jazz, jazz fusion, orchestral and musique concrète works, and produced almost all of the 60-plus albums that he released with his band the Mothers of Invention and as a solo artist. Zappa also directed feature-length films and music videos, and designed album covers. He is considered one of the most innovative and stylistically diverse rock musicians of his era.

Happy Birthday to Frank Zappa!!Frank Vincent Zappa (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American musician, comp...
12/20/2019

Happy Birthday to Frank Zappa!!

Frank Vincent Zappa (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American musician, composer, activist and filmmaker. His work is characterized by nonconformity, free-form improvisation, sound experiments, musical virtuosity, and satire of American culture. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa composed rock, pop, jazz, jazz fusion, orchestral and musique concrète works, and produced almost all of the 60-plus albums that he released with his band the Mothers of Invention and as a solo artist. Zappa also directed feature-length films and music videos, and designed album covers. He is considered one of the most innovative and stylistically diverse rock musicians of his era.

Happy Birthday to Frank Zappa!!

Frank Vincent Zappa (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American musician, composer, activist and filmmaker. His work is characterized by nonconformity, free-form improvisation, sound experiments, musical virtuosity, and satire of American culture. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa composed rock, pop, jazz, jazz fusion, orchestral and musique concrète works, and produced almost all of the 60-plus albums that he released with his band the Mothers of Invention and as a solo artist. Zappa also directed feature-length films and music videos, and designed album covers. He is considered one of the most innovative and stylistically diverse rock musicians of his era.

December 14th is Monkey Day!! (No, not the music group!)Observed internationally, it's mainly about monkeys, but it also...
12/14/2019

December 14th is Monkey Day!! (No, not the music group!)

Observed internationally, it's mainly about monkeys, but it also celebrates other non-human primates such as apes, tarsiers, and lemurs.
#monkeyday

December 14th is "Monkey Day."

Observed internationally, it's mainly about monkeys, but it also celebrates other non-human primates such as apes, tarsiers, and lemurs.
#monkeyday

December 14th, 1968-14th-Marvin Gaye's song "I heard it through the grapevine" starts a 5-week run at #1 on the US singl...
12/14/2019

December 14th, 1968-14th-Marvin Gaye's song "I heard it through the grapevine" starts a 5-week run at #1 on the US singles chart.

Originally written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong for Motown Records in 1966, the first recording of the song to be released was produced by Whitfield for Gladys Knight & the Pips and released as a single in September 1967; it went to number two in the Billboard chart.

The Miracles recorded the song first and included their version on their 1968 album, Special Occasion. The Marvin Gaye version was placed on his 1968 album 'In the Groove', where it gained the attention of radio disc jockeys, and Motown founder Berry Gordy finally agreed to its release as a single in October 1968, when it went to the top of the Billboard Pop Singles chart for seven weeks from December 1968 to January 1969 and became for a time the biggest hit single on the Motown label (Tamla).

The Gaye recording has since become an acclaimed soul classic.

December 14th, 1968-14th-Marvin Gaye's song "I heard it through the grapevine" starts a 5-week run at #1 on the US singles chart.

Originally written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong for Motown Records in 1966, the first recording of the song to be released was produced by Whitfield for Gladys Knight & the Pips and released as a single in September 1967; it went to number two in the Billboard chart.

The Miracles recorded the song first and included their version on their 1968 album, Special Occasion. The Marvin Gaye version was placed on his 1968 album 'In the Groove', where it gained the attention of radio disc jockeys, and Motown founder Berry Gordy finally agreed to its release as a single in October 1968, when it went to the top of the Billboard Pop Singles chart for seven weeks from December 1968 to January 1969 and became for a time the biggest hit single on the Motown label (Tamla).

The Gaye recording has since become an acclaimed soul classic.

On December 12, 1963, a vinyl long-playing record (“LP”) titled 'John Fitzgerald Kennedy: A Memorial Album' sets a recor...
12/14/2019

On December 12, 1963, a vinyl long-playing record (“LP”) titled 'John Fitzgerald Kennedy: A Memorial Album' sets a record for album sales. A total of 4 million copies sold in the first six days of its release.

The album, released on the Premier label, reproduces in full, a one-hour show narrated by broadcaster Ed Brown and aired over New York's WMCA on the day of JFK's assassination, Friday, November 22, 1963. Included are recordings of some of Kennedy’s most memorable speeches, as well as memorial tributes to the president broadcast in the hours following his death.
The recordings included excerpts from his inaugural address and his campaign debates with Richard Nixon as well as highlights from speeches on a variety of topics from civil rights to space to the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962.

Some of Kennedy’s most enduring quotes were captured on the album including “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” (from his inaugural) and “ich bin ein Berliner” (translated as “I too, am a Berliner”) from a speech he delivered at the Berlin Wall during the height of the Cold War.

The LP's back cover has the memorial service eulogy given by Cardinal Richard Cushing of Massachusetts, and the lying in state remarks of House Speaker John McCormack (of Boston), Chief Justice Earl Warren (former Gov. of CA.) and Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield (of MT.).

Each copy of the album cost .99 cents and the proceeds went to the Joseph Kennedy, Jr., Foundation for Mental Retardation.

SIDE ONE
[21:20] Oath of Office (1/20/61); Campaign speech on being Catholic; "New Frontier" acceptance speech, 1960 Democratic Convention, L.A.; First Nixon-Kennedy Debate; Inaugural Address, unedited (1/20/61)

SIDE TWO
[27:10] West Berlin and the dangers of Communism's expansion (Alliance For Progress); U.S. Steel price increases (spring '62); Cuban Missile Crisis TV speech, conclusion (Oct. '62); Civil Rights speech; Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (autumn '63)

On December 12, 1963, a vinyl long-playing record (“LP”) titled 'John Fitzgerald Kennedy: A Memorial Album' sets a record for album sales. A total of 4 million copies sold in the first six days of its release.

The album, released on the Premier label, reproduces in full, a one-hour show narrated by broadcaster Ed Brown and aired over New York's WMCA on the day of JFK's assassination, Friday, November 22, 1963. Included are recordings of some of Kennedy’s most memorable speeches, as well as memorial tributes to the president broadcast in the hours following his death.
The recordings included excerpts from his inaugural address and his campaign debates with Richard Nixon as well as highlights from speeches on a variety of topics from civil rights to space to the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962.

Some of Kennedy’s most enduring quotes were captured on the album including “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” (from his inaugural) and “ich bin ein Berliner” (translated as “I too, am a Berliner”) from a speech he delivered at the Berlin Wall during the height of the Cold War.

The LP's back cover has the memorial service eulogy given by Cardinal Richard Cushing of Massachusetts, and the lying in state remarks of House Speaker John McCormack (of Boston), Chief Justice Earl Warren (former Gov. of CA.) and Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield (of MT.).

Each copy of the album cost .99 cents and the proceeds went to the Joseph Kennedy, Jr., Foundation for Mental Retardation.

SIDE ONE
[21:20] Oath of Office (1/20/61); Campaign speech on being Catholic; "New Frontier" acceptance speech, 1960 Democratic Convention, L.A.; First Nixon-Kennedy Debate; Inaugural Address, unedited (1/20/61)

SIDE TWO
[27:10] West Berlin and the dangers of Communism's expansion (Alliance For Progress); U.S. Steel price increases (spring '62); Cuban Missile Crisis TV speech, conclusion (Oct. '62); Civil Rights speech; Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (autumn '63)

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