Many mourn the day the compact disc was born. Some because of the quality of the music as opposed to it on vinyl, some because of the shrinking of what used to be great cover art.
Bands had frequently spent much time seeking the best use of the visual arts to comment (or deliberately not comment) on their music. The point of the their efforts was to evoke a response in their audience. Spencer Drate and Judith Salavetz, visual artists themselves, released the book Five Hundred 45's at The Morrison Hotel in New York to much acclaim.
A study, or happy flip through, of this book brought me back to various places and times, also stirring up remembrances of running out and buying a great many of the singles selected for this volume. It was so much fun to flip through the racks of Sam Goody or the like nabbing 45s that covers struck your eye like a shiny diamond, or evoked an emotion you couldn't quite put your finger on from a band you had never even listened to previously. This book has it all - a shot of The Rolling Stones looking like Choir boys on the cover for We Were Falling In Love, to the debonair Frank Sinatra's A Swingin' Affair, to the stark plain-as-you see-'em stripped down Talking Heads' Love - Building on Fire, to the haunting cover for Scarling's Band Aid Covers The Bullet Hole.
Five Hundred 45s is a wonderful time capsule of a book that I simply fell into, gazing at and reminiscing for hours.