Nominees for the “Record Labels Who Supported Great Album Art” category – ACHOF Class of 2014
In as much as “pop” music in the early days of the Pop/Rock era included musical acts that easily crossed-over from jazz, R&B, country, folk and Rock & Roll to deliver music in many styles to a public hungry for their records, record companies were not eager to be classified and chose to make sure that their cover designs would appeal to a fairly broad audience.
However, many musical artists sought to team with like-minded art directors to create packaging for music that would best-represent their own feelings about how they’d like the buying public to perceive them and their music. Once shown to be effective marketing tools, trend-setting album cover design was embraced by certain record labels, who then – as a prelude to the big-budget video productions of the 1980s and 90s – put significant resources behind these promotional packages. It is the labels that showed this type of forethought that we look to honor in this category.
Nominees have their first full-length album releases listed during the years 1990 – Present.
Name of Label (Examples of Musical Artists Represented) and link to the label’s current web site (if available)
Get On Down – Get On Down specializes in limited and special-edition releases. Working with other established labels, the company produces deluxe collections that include (typically) a re-mastered record packaged with other collectibles (stickers, posters, photo books, bonus singles, etc.). Featured acts have included Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, the Fat Boys, Ghostface Killah, GZA, Bob James, Weldon Irvine, New York Dolls, Nas, Harry Nilsson, “Scratch” Perry, Raekwon, Tom Scott, Howlin’ Wolf
Label/sub-label acts include (or have included) – Eminem, Gwen Stefani, Maroon 5, Lady Gaga, Blink 182, Nelly Furtado, 2Pac (Tupac Shakur), 50 Cent, The Cure, The Hives, Limp Bizkit, Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Snoop Dogg, Sheryl Crow, Van Halen, Weezer, Rob Zombie, Black Eyed Peas, Dr. Dre, Madonna, No Doubt, U2
Kill Rock Stars –
Label/sub-label acts include (or have included) – Bikini Kill, Elliott Smith, Sleater-Kinney, The Decemberists, The Paper Chase, Jeff Hanson, The Thermals
Maverick – folded into Warner Bros. Records in 2009 –
Label/sub-label acts include (or have included) – Alanis Morissette, Bad Brains, Erasure, Madonna, Me’Shell Ndegeocello, Paul Oakenfold, Story of the Year, Tantric, The Prodigy
Roc A Fella –
Label/sub-label acts include (or have included) – Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel, R. Kelly, Cam’ron, State Property, The Diplomats, Memphis Bleek, Kanye West, Jadakiss, Young Gunz