This (exactly) 400-page volume goes a bit farther than the many other "album cover" books on the market in describing the images on the jackets and acknowledge ring the designer, photographer or artist. There is at least a paragraph of text for each of the 350+ covers shown. The title calls them "Classic Album Covers", but as you'll see, the word "classic" may be stretching it a bit.
The authors obviously did some research to get their facts and also take time to give their opinions on why certain images were used. The arrangement of the book is definitely quirky. The authors chose a definitive subject for the first chapter - Rock and Roll - but them grouped covers by such odd-ball themes as "Ego", "Escape", "Identity", "Politics" and, of course, "Sex". That's why you will find The Doors' Jim Morrison (Morrison Hotel) on the page facing Tennessee Ernie Ford (Let Me Walk With Thee) in the "Ego" section. I have no idea why the cover of The British band The Flukes' album Six Wheels on My Wagon is in the "Real World" section. By now you've figured out that this is a collection of International albums, and some whose covers have more interest than their contents. So quite a few of these might be new to you. There are jazz, comedy and budget instrumental albums included. I guess I was surprised to see the omission of what many consider the sexiest album photo of all - Herb Alpert's Whipped Cream (and other delights) in the "sex" section, but maybe they couldn't get the reproduction rights.
So it's a fun book to look through and read. And there is an index by performer, album name and designer or photographer. As a bonus, at over four pounds, you could also use to keep your LP record collection from falling over.
It's reasonably priced for an "art book" too.