We all know that in addition to the warm, analog sound that vinyl has, the LP packaging speaks to us as well. I’ve bought horrible records on the strength of a cool cover. Nothing beats a classic record, not only two sides of great music, but cover art you want to frame. It looks like the good people over at Soul Jazz Records are at it again. Their new book, Reggae Soundsystem, has hundreds of full size Reggae record cover designs throughout the history of Reggae music. This 12″ x 12″, 200 page, hard cover is compiled by world renowned Reggae expert Steve Barrow (Rough Guide to Reggae and Blood and Fire Records) and Soul Jazz’s own Stuart Baker. It takes a look at Jamaicam music from the beginning of Mento (Jamaican Calypso) to Ska, Rocksteady, Roots, Dub, and Dancehall through these record covers. Sixty years of Jamaican sounds all in one book. The classic, the popular, and the rare all rub shoulders and smoke the chalice in what looks to be another winning book from Soul Jazz. I’m hoping this classic cover is included:
More Information on the Reggae Soundsystem book here.