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Stuff You Should Know: Creating the Perfect Album Cover


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Stuff You Should Know: Creating the Perfect Album Cover


For all the talk about how mp3s and illegal downloading have killed the music industry, there’s one segment of the record business that’s been enjoying a bit of a resurgence over the past few years — vinyl LPs. Thanks in part to the inferior sound of mp3s and a yearning for the days when buying music was a physical experience, albums have been making a steady comeback while CD sales continue to drop and cassettes have all but vanished.

With that renewed interest in vinyl has, naturally, come a revival of the album cover as art. We’re certainly no experts in what goes into putting together a great album cover, so we enlisted the help of someone who is. Artist Wes Freed has been cranking out some of the most unique and visually stunning album covers for years now, most notably for the almighty Drive-By Truckers. As prolific as he is talented, he even paints a unique tour poster for nearly every stop of the band’s tours.

We asked Wes for some thoughts on what goes into creating the perfect album cover. Check out what he had to say, and then check out a gallery of some of our favorites from his vast portfolio of work. We think you’ll enjoy it.

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