Record Covers From the PHoM Vault: A Visual Journey

By Jocelyn Marcia Ng

March 2023 PHOTO ESSAY
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THE USE OF album cover art was credited to Columbia art director, Alex Steinweiss, who introduced the concept in 1938, replacing the generic covers used before. These covers, made from folded paperboard, also display information such as album title, artist name, record label and catalogue number. The back sleeve cover sometimes included information about the artist, songwriters and/or lyrics. Besides protecting the album covers, it became a way to make a visual impression.Prior to album covers, early 78 rpm shellac...

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Jocelyn Marcia Ng

is a music graduate from USM. She is the Head of the Resource Centre in Penang House of Music.