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Naked Vinyl Paperback – 1 Feb 2003
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The hundred plus covers are presented one to a page with some copy on the adjacent page, this is rather overgenerous for the text because there is really nothing to say about the covers so the author's repeat bits of the cliched copy from the back covers. I think the (mildly) most interesting covers are the ones produced for the American bachelor market during the fifties and sixties, these are now so ancient and of such awfulness that they take on a curiosity of their own.
I think it is only worth getting this book if you are interested in this very tiny corner of commercial art or maybe you'll want to own the only book that will ever be published about the subject. Worth checking out though is Vixens of Vinyl: The Alluring Women of Vintage Album Covers by Benjamin Darling, a nicely produced little book (six by six inches) of LP covers that feature females but not nudes. These covers are from major labels so at least you'll see some decent photography and cover design.
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The various eras of "art" are laid out chronologically,starting in the 1950's,on through,into the 1980's which gives a better insight into these types of covers through the years. The reproductions are good-crisp and clean,and in full color. On the facing page of most album covers there is a brief explanation of a particular cover that,while not in depth,is entertaining and enlightening. This book is certainly not a definitive overview of this type of cover art-it's not supposed to be. But it is enjoyable for what it is-a look into the many ways nudes were used to (hopefully) sell the album to the (mainly) male record album buyer. If nothing else,this fun,somewhat informative look into this area will possibly amaze you (as it did me) at the number of covers of this type. This book can certainly sit next to the various other books on album cover art,if for no other reason than it's curiosity value. The 3 "star" rating is only because I feel this area of pandering,using sex,to sell something is,in the end,a bit cheesy,even though it's interesting to see the lengths record labels will go to sell their product.