New Yorker, Alex Steinweiss (1917-2011) is considered the father of LP artwork. Prior to the 1930s, the vast majority of records were sold in plain sleeves or record shop advertising ‘bags’. As the first art director at Colombia Records, he recalled what record covers used to be like:
The covers were brown, tan or green paper. They were not attractive, and lacked sales appeal.
They were so drab, so unattractive, I convinced the executives to let me design a few.
He went on to design album artwork for other record companies such as Decca, London, Remington and Everest.
What do you think of this 21st century, new & improved version of the Dansette? Not only does the Crosley turntable play your cherished vinyl records, it can convert them to MP3 files so you can enjoy your tunes on your smartphone or computer – a smart bit of kit! And it looks great with this great retro mid-century modern wire stand; available in black, white or turquoise.
Great records and great covers – a perfect combination.
He’s a fabulous artist – so distinctive – and one of our real favourites. Here’s a link to the online Musée Bernard Buffet…
…and here’s a 2-minute, black & white film from 1962 of Buffet and his wife, Annabel in their château and private chapel. We discovered on the British Pathé website – there’s so much beautiful art on the walls!
We’ve set up a Buffet Flickr group – please add your images if you have some or just have a browse!