The Art of Album Covers

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I’m old enough to fondly remember the days when a new album release was an event to look forward to, not only for the music, but for the works of art that used to be album covers.  My sister used to place her favorite album covers on the trim ledge above her bedroom windows, with the exception of Prince’s For You, which she used as a surface to roll up certain dried plants into little pieces of white paper.  That album was slid underneath her stereo, hidden, or so she thought (what a stoner move, huh?).  Earth, Wind and Fire, Prince, Stevie Wonder, all those album covers are etched into my memory.  I loved to stare at them, not realizing them as art at the time, but drawn to them all the same.  The scale, the fold out design, the liner notes, all made for an experience.  I’m really…

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