Nominees for the “Record Labels Who Supported Great Album Art” category – ACHOF Class of 2013
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 album cover credits listed during the years 1976 – 1990.
Name of Label (Examples of Musical Artists Represented) and link to the label’s current web site (if available)
Casablanca (KISS, Village People, Parliament, others)
Interscope (Tupac Shakur, Audioslave, Beck, others)
Mute (Depeche Mode, Moby, Goldfrapp, others)
Sire (Talking Heads, k.d. lang, Seal, others – now a sub-label of Warner Brothers Records)
Sub Pop (Sonic Youth, The Postal Service, The Shins, others)