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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Collins & Brown; 1st Edition edition (6 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843405997
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843405993
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 22.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Glyn Callingham runs the legendary Ray's Jazz Shop in London. He is co-author of The Cover Art of Blue Note Records Volumes 1 and 2, East Coasting and California Cool. He contributes to several jazz magazines and is a walking encyclopaedia on jazz of the fifties and sixties. Graham Marsh is an art director, illustrator and writer. He is the co-author and art director of many ground-breaking books including The Cover Art of Blue Note Records Volumes 1 and 2, East Coasting and California Cool all published by Collins & Brown.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Dec 2004
Format: Paperback
If you don't have the large two-volume Blue Note cover books settle for this compact version. Admittedly the reduced size does not quite have the impact of the originals (the two books were just a bit smaller than LP covers featured inside) but I don't think it lessens the impact of these great designs

Most of the work is by Reid Miles and over fifteen years he created about five hundred LP covers, frequently using the gutsy black and white photos of musicians taken by Francis Wolf. Many of these great photos have a black background because they were taken in the windowless studio of Blue Note's main recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder.

Considering that plenty of these cover designs are well over forty years old they still look fresh and dynamic. I think it is because they are really quite simple, a great photo, straightforward typography and perhaps Reid Miles secret: the clever use of space. Flick through the pages and cover after cover have empty areas, these helped to create the Blue Note look. Most LP covers were usually designed to avoid empty space, "fill that hole with the track titles" was no doubt a common cry in record company marketing departments.

This compact paperback is a lovely reminder of some wonderful work by a designer who created so much from so little.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Colin on 24 Aug 2011
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The Cover Art of Blue Note Records is Graham Marsh and Glyn Callingham's classic collection of the finest record sleeves produced by the celebrated Blue Note record label. This hard cover edition is the complete compilation of the original volumes published nearly two decades ago. Including every cover, essay and photo that appeared in the original volumes, this collection is bound to appeal. Iconic covers of artists such as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Eric Dolphy, Dexter Gordon, Lee Morgan, Grant Green, Stanley Turrentine, Lou Donaldson, Cannonball Adderley, Donald Byrd, Ornette Coleman, Jimmy Smith, Jackie McLean, Kenny Burrell and Art Blakey, make this anthology an evocative piece of Jazz history. With over 400 of the best covers in the record label's history and a selection of short essays, this is a comprehensive guide for all Jazz fans and anyone interested in classic design.

A splendid timeless collector's piece for all music fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam Britton on 21 Feb 2011
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This an indispensable book for a Jazz Lover's coffee table.
A must have!!!
Beautifully produced and a mine of information on the finest Jazz label.
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Format: Hardcover
A must have for avid jazz fans with glorious reproduction covers of some of the greatest albums of all time.
Perhaps the most iconic cover ever is represented here by John Coltranes 'Blue Train'
in actual size it is perfect for mounting and framing if you can procure two copies.
Other great covers such as Wayne Shorter's 'Speak no Evil' and McCoy Tyner's 'The Real McCoy' are scaled down to the extent that they cannot be framed which sadly is a missed opportunity
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By W. Bolden on 15 Jan 2011
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If you don't have (or can't afford) the original two full size issues of the Blue Note Cover Art books, then this single edition is just as good (although on a slightly smaller scale, dimensionally). Pure nostalgia looking at the cover photos - its amazing how just looking at a picture of, say Grant Green's "Green Street", can bring back the feeling of the 60's era that was my youth. Useful inclusion of some Japanese issue Blue Notes that I did not even know the existence of (and some fine original black & white photos) - a must for any Blue Note collector!
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