More than seventy years again a young man named Alex Steinweiss came up with the idea of using art on the cover of a record to encourage more sales and thus became the Father of the Record Album Cover. Since then record album covers have continued to evolve and in the late 1960s and early 1970s album covers became a whole new art medium thanks to such creative designers such as Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey Powell, who were responsible for designing many of the greatest album covers, including Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon. The art work used on some record albums has been so stunning that it has driven many to collect old record album covers. Others have collected record album covers because some of the art used was so campy that it is now considered amusing. Whatever your reason, collecting record album covers can be an enjoyable hobby.
With the rapid changes in music recording media the vinyl record album looked to be going the way of the dinosaurs, but interest in vinyl has been reignited and this is at least partly because of our love affair with the modern record album cover. Vintage record albums are still around and can be found in thrift stores, yard sales and eBay making it a treasure hunt to search for new additions to your record album collection. Record album covers can be framed and proudly displayed fin the home or the office which increases the enjoyment that they bring the collector. While not as widespread as coin collecting or stamp collecting, album cover collecting has many of the same attributes and is well on its way to becoming a very popular activity.