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The AlbumArtExchange Blog is finally returning home to our original Web address. Please redirect your browser to the following URL to read the most recent articles and updates:


The move will allow us to once again feature reader comments. The look of the blog will be customized over the next few weeks and additional features such a social network sharing will be added. That you for your patience during our move.

And the 200,000th cover is...

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The 200,000th album cover was uploaded to the Album Art Exchange gallery today. It was uploaded by prolific AAX user and expert album cover restorer Da Guy. I have posted his notes for the image below. I suppose that it is an appropriate album cover to toast the occasion.

1968 ATCO Records SD33-239 release scanned from the original 12" vinyl LP cover art. The last album from The Fireballs with Jimmy Gilmer. "Bottle of Wine" reached number 9 on the Hot 100 chart before Gilmer left the group in 1969.
The Fireballs - Bottle of Wine (1968)

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Album Art Exchange gallery nears 200,000 mark

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The Album Art Exchange gallery will soon reach an important milestone. Within the next few days, the number of high quality album cover images will reach 200,000. 

Unlike many other album art websites, Album Art Exchange does not give prizes or similar incentives to users in order to encourage uploads. The images are carefully screened for quality by volunteer moderators. 

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the gallery over the last several years. This amazing number of album cover images would have been possible without you. The 200,000th cover will be featured here on the AAX blog.

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I have received a couple of messages from AAX users regarding their IP addresses being blocked by BlockScript. Legitimate users of the site should contact the website administrator to have their specific IP addresses removed from the list of blocked IPs. Please use the email address provided below:

admin@albumartexchange.com

Keep in mind that the site is a hobbyist site and admins are not available 24/7. It could take several hours for your request to be addressed. Please include your IP address and your general location in the email.

BlockScript was recently added to the gallery due to an alarming increase in automated raiding of the site. This resulted in slowing of the site for legitimate users and theft of bandwidth. Thank you for your patience and understanding regarding this issue.

AlbumArtExchange is a privately owned site that depends on revenue share from digital music sales and donations in order to remain in operation. If you are a regular user of the site, please consider making your Amazon.com music purchases through the links in the gallery and on the blog. Also, a PayPal donation button is located on the Forums.

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AAX gallery reaches 175,000 album covers!

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At 7:30 AM today, the AlbumArtExchange.com (AAX) gallery reached another important milestone. The 175,000th album cover was uploaded by AAX user aae. The cover is a composite recreation of the 1965 U.S. stereo LP cover for Bob Dylan's Bringing It All Back Home.

This cover is an excellent example of some of the special restoration work and composite recreations done by AAX users. This kind of quality work can't be found on any other album art website.

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I know that a number of AAX users expressed concern over problems adding album artwork in iTunes after a recent update. There is a Forum topic addressing this and hopefully Apple has now provided a fix. I just received a notice for an update to iTunes 10.4.1 that lists a resolution as part of the update. 

Here is the list of main fixes included in the update:

What's new in iTunes 10.4.1

iTunes 10.4.1 provides a number of improvements, including:

  • Includes QuickTime 7.7

  • Fixes a problem where the media keys on some third-party keyboards work inconsistently with iTunes

  • Addresses issues with adding artwork to songs and videos

  • Resolves an issue which may cause iTunes to become unresponsive when purchasing an HD movie

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warning.pngI just discovered a website that is asking a $5 to $15 fee for album cover design submissions. I will not post the link to this website. I do not want to publicize something that is obviously a scam. The website claims to be involved in projects for major recording artists.

No reputable design firm or record label asks graphic designers, photographers and illustrators to pay a fee in order to submit their work for consideration. That simply is not how the business works.

Over the years, I have known several art directors who work for design firms and record labels. Not a single one of them would use a service that exploits designers by charging them a fee. This is similar to the scams that charge aspiring models and actors for auditions and expensive portfolios.

On occasion, I have been contacted by young people who want advice on how to get work designing album covers. The truth is, there is not a single path to getting into that line of work. Of those various paths, none of them involve paying a fee.

There are many design firms that hire freelance artists. It takes time and effort to establish a relationship with these firms. However, they do not make graphic designers work for free and they certainly do not charge them for their submissions.

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April 16, 2011 is Record Store Day

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Saturday, April 16, 2011 is Record Store Day. The event was created in 2007 as a celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the USA, and hundreds of similar stores around the world.

Record Store Day is an annual event during which independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances.

Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, DJs spinning records and more. Metallica officially kicked off Record Store Day at Rasputin Music in San Francisco on April 19, 2008 and Record Store Day is now celebrated the third Saturday every April.

Here are just a few of the Record Store Day Exclusives that will be available at many participating stores.

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20110409_emifamily4japan.jpgArtists and songwriters from across the EMI family have been supporting the Red Cross to raise funds for the people affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Over the next few weeks, incredible auction items from some of the world's biggest stars will be up for bid on to help this important cause.

The auctions will be running on eBay from April 5 - 21, 2011.

Artists supporting the appeal include: Coldplay, The Beatles, Daft Punk, Corinne Bailey-Rae, Duffy, Keith Urban, 30 Seconds to Mars, The Beastie Boys, Michael Franti, The Chemical Brothers, Tiziano Ferro, Juan Luis Guerra, Herbert Gronemeyer, Raphael, Norah Jones, Katy Perry, Iron Maiden, Jane Birkin, David Gilmour, Gorillaz, the Beach Boys, Depeche Mode, Good Charlotte, Beastie Boys, Jeff Bridges, Tinie Tempah, Deadmau5, Kylie Minogue, The Kooks, David Guetta, Angela Gheorghiu, Lady Antebellum, Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins, Arcade Fire, and more.

The auction items can be viewed at: http://stores.ebay.com/EMI-Family-4-Japan

More items will be added over the coming weeks. EMI will match all funds raised from the auction up to a maximum of one million euros.

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This morning, I uploaded the 150,000th album cover to the Album Art Exchange (AAX) gallery. I wanted this milestone upload to be something special and selected this specific cover. Thanks to all the AAX users whose uploads have contributed to reaching this amazing numder of high quality album covers.

The 150,000th cover is for Love Me for Who I Am: Songs Celebrating Children of All Abilities by Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Brady Rymer. The songs were inspired by the students at Celebrate the Children School, a New Jersey school for children with alternative learning styles. Many of the students are affected by autism, Asperger's Syndrome or related disorders. The album is scheduled to be released on April 12, 2011.

The cover art was created by Zoe Kakolyris, an artist with Asperger's Syndrome who is also profoundly deaf. According to Rymer's website, the vibrant world she portrays, full of children interacting with joy and humor, perfectly reflects the spirit of this collection of songs.

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Tomorrow is World AIDS Day 2010

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singleribbon.pngObserved on December 1 each year, World AIDS Day is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the global spread of HIV. The day is observed by holding memorials to honor persons who have died from HIV/AIDS. Government officials and many celebrities also observe the event, often with speeches or forums on the AIDS topics. The red ribbon (right) has become the international symbol for HIV/AIDS awareness.

Over the years, numerous recording artists have dedicted songs to raising funds for the treatment of HIV/AIDS and for research that may lead to a cure. Tomorrow, the AlbumArtExchange Blog will wear a red ribbon and all of the articles will focus on the topic of AIDS.

Tonight, I will begin with something from one of the recording industry's most dedicated HIV/AIDS activists, Annie Lennox.

Sing is the second single from Lennox's 2007 album, Songs of Mass Destruction. The single was released as a charity record to raise money and awareness for the HIV/AIDS organization Treatment Action Campaign. The song was recorded as a collaboration between Lennox and twenty-three prominent female acts and artists.

The participants included Madonna, Anastacia, Isobel Campbell, Dido, Céline Dion, Melissa Etheridge, Fergie, Beth Gibbons, Faith Hill, Angélique Kidjo, Beverley Knight, Gladys Knight, k.d. lang, Sarah McLachlan, Beth Orton, Pink, Bonnie Raitt, Shakira, Shingai Shoniwa, Joss Stone, Sugababes, KT Tunstall, and Martha Wainwright.

For more information or to make a donation, please visit Annie Lennox's Official Website.

The cover art for Sing features a photograph of Lennox wearing a red ribbon and a brief statement explaining why she got involved in AIDS activism.

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Today, the number of high quality album covers in the AAX gallery reached a new milestone. Site owner Scott posted the 125,000th cover at 9:10 a.m.

The cover is It Doesn't Have to Be (ebx 1.5) from the Erasure box set Erasure 1. or EBX 1. The set was released by Mute Records in 1999.

Thank you to all of the AAX users who have contributed to this achievement. The gallery has grown from only 50,000 covers in August 2009 and will soon hit the 150,000 mark.

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Fritz is on vacation!

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I will be on vacation beginning tomorrow and returning on September 20. During that time, I may not post to the blog. It depends on how much fun I'll be having and whether or not I have Internet access.

I will catch up on Best Album Cover of the Week polls and album cover reveals next week. Please feel free to post album cover-relatd news on the wall of our Facebook page.

My last post before hitting the road is an appropriate one. The cover for the 1982 album Vacation by the Go-Go's was designed by the legendary Mick Haggerty. It is one of hundreds of iconic album covers designed by Haggerty over the last 30 years or so.

I wish I could post the video for Vacation, but the record label's Sales Prevention Team doesn't allow embedding. I'll just post a music clip of Connie Francis singing her song Vacation instead.

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american-dream-box-set.jpgOn July 15, 2010, at 2:11 a.m., the Album Art Exchange gallery reached an important milestone. AAX user CDsOfAustin uploaded a set of scans for the Ricky Nelson box set The American Dream: The Complete Imperial and Verve 1957-1963 (right), one of which was the 100,000 cover in the gallery.

I was hoping that the 100,000th cover would be a quality, original scan by an AAX user and CDsOfAustin came through like a champ. The scans of the four CD covers included in the set are excellent examples of the type of images we like to see in the gallery.

Thank you to CDsOfAustin and the many other dedicted AAX users who have helped us reach this important milestone. Album Art Exchange doesn't give prizes or hold contests because that encourges quanitity and not quality. It is important to have both, even if it takes longer to reach milestones like today's.

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And my 15,000th album cover is...

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I'm finding it difficult to believe, but I just uploaded my 15,000th album cover to the AlbumArtExchange.com gallery. I wanted this personal milestone to be memorable and selected a special album cover for the occassion.

Slim Whitman has sold over 100 million albums during a long music career that began in 1945. He is known to people of my generation as a pioneer of television marketing. Whitman was one of the first recording artists to sell his albums through 800 numbers shown on television. His TV ads rans for years during late night movies and afternoon talk shows.

If you've never heard of Whitman, it is probably because you were born too late to see him yodeling during commercial breaks while watching reruns of shows like McMillan and Wife and Columbo. The late Michael Jackson and George Harrison are among the great recordong artists who have claimed to be fans. The YouTube video I have posted below is of the late Andy Kaufman introducing Whitman for a performance on Midnight Special.

The cover art is for a 2010 UK 26-track CD, The Very Best of Slim Whitman.  It is currently available through Amazon.com.

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According to Alexa, which ranks the top one million websites based on traffic and popularity, AlbumArtExchange.com (AAX) is now ranked 199,820 in global popularity and 58,202 in the United States. The popularity of AAX has increased rapidly over the last few months, moving from 98,614 in the U.S. in February 2010, to today's rank. That is a move forward of over 40,000!

Thanks to all of the AAX users and fans who have helped us reach this milestone. I have been anxiously waiting for the website to break the global 200,000 mark. Websites that rank in the top 100,000 are considered to be among the most successful in the world. It looks as if AAX is on the way to joining that elite group.

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I just uploaded the 90,000th album cover to the AAX gallery! It seems like just yesterday when the gallery held 9,000 covers. We all thought that was impressive. The gallery hit the 80,000 mark two months ago. That means it is likely that the major 100,000 milestone will be reached next month.

The 90,000th cover is for the forthcoming album Believe (II) by guitarist Orianthi. The album is scheduled to be released on June 8, 2010. It will be Orianthi's third studio album.

Thank you to all of the AAX users who have added their high quality scanned and edited album covers to the gallery. We couldn't have done it without you.

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moving.pngThe AlbumArtExchange.com website will be relocating to a new server on Monday, April 26, 2010. The move will result in loss of functionality and possible down time for the AAX Gallery, AAX Forums, and the AAX Blog.

While the transfer is taking place, users will not be able to:

  • Read the Forums or post in the Forums
  • Upload new images to the Gallery
  • Edit or replace existing images in the Gallery
  • Comment on the Blog

The move may take one to several days to complete. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.

The move is necessary to facilitate future website enhancements and improve performance.

You will still be able to contact AAX administrators will still via email at admin@albumartexchange.com or blog@albumartexchange.com for AAX Blog related matters.

Please check the AAX Facebook page for news and updates during down time.

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Happy St. Patrick's Day

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AAX gallery reaches 80,000 covers!

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Today, the AlbumArtExchange.com gallery reached 80,000 high quality album covers. The 80,000th cover was uploaded by website owner Scott Robb at 5:15 PM PST. The cover is Playin' Up a Storm by the Gregg Allman Band.

Congratulations, Scott! And, thank you to all of the AAX users who have contributed to the site. We couldn't have done it without you.

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Make a wish (for album art)

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Have you ever downloaded an album only to find that the artwork that accompanied the digital files looked terrible? Have you purchased a CD version of your favorite album and was disappointed that the artwork was changed or altered in some way?

These are only a couple of reasons why people visit AlbumArtExchange. Unfortunately, some people don't find the album art they need in the gallery of over 75,000 covers. That's where the Wish List comes in.

The AlbumArtExchange Forums has a Wish List category where users can request album art that hasn't yet been added to the library. Most of the requests are answered by fellow AAX users within a few days.

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wish_list.jpgOften, new users are surprised when a wish for seemingly unobtainable album cover is fullfilled. With literally hundreds of AAX users actively using the Forums, it should be no wonder that even rare and out-of-print albums are posted on request.

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AlbumArtExchange gallery reaches 75,000 covers!

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This evening I uploaded the 75,000th cover to the AlbumArtExchange gallery. The album cover was the 1996 compilation album Topolino by British alternative rock band Lush. Thank you to all the AAX users for helping us reach this important milestone.

75000-covers.jpgLush - Topolino (1996)

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And the 70,000th cover is....

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The 70,000th cover has been uploaded to AlbumArtExchange gallery! It was uploaded by AAX user Gulickson this evening at 9:23 PST. I am always somewhat disappointed when these milestone covers aren’t something really cool, like a classic that is impossible to find. However, I will certainly settle for the Jonas Brothers.

Thanks to all of the AAX users who have helped us reach this amazing number of scanned and edited covers in such a short amount of time.

Our 70,000th Cover!

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AlbumArtExchange has over 300 Facebook fans!

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Thank you to everyone who has become a fan of AlbumArtExchange on Facebook. As of today, over 300 people have joined our growing group of album art fanatics.

Those who become Facebook fans can post links and photos to the wall and share album art news and information with the entire group.

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The AlbumArtExchange (AAX) gallery is quickly approaching another milestone. In the next few days, the number of album covers submitted will exceed 70,000. The gallery has experienced amazing growth over the last few months.

gallery_69259.jpgOn August 21, 2009, the gallery reached 50,000 covers. That means 20,000 covers have been uploaded over the past four and a half months. That is a 40% increase.

Thank you to all of the AAX users who have submitted their scanned and edited covers. We couldn’t have done it without you.

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Covers of cassettes and cassingles needed

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Artifacts, originally uploaded by The Jebber.

The AlbumArtExchange is looking for high quality scans of cassettes and cassingles for the gallery. If you’ve got a box of dusty tapes in your closet, get them out a scan them for the collection. These covers are disappearing into landfills faster than the Betamax. Get them uploaded while they still exist.

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AlbumArtExchange gallery tops 65,000 covers!

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The AlbumArtExchange gallery toped 65,000 quality covers today. The 65,000th cover was posted by AAX user shawnbsb. The cover is for Winter Songs by Ronan Keating.

65000.jpgThanks to all of the dedicated AAX users who have contributed their scanned and edited covers to the collection.

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100 Facebook fans!

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The new AlbumArtExchange Facebook page has been up for less than a week and it already had 100 fans. That’s pretty cool news. The Facebook page has lots of news and information that I just don’t have time to post on the blog. I can easily post links to things like links to other blogs and noteworthy album covers that have been posted to the AAX gallery.

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100-facebook.jpgIn addition, Facebook offers photo galleries and discussions. I’ve already started a photo gallery of LP and CD collections and a discussion topic asking for “worst album ever” cover suggestions.

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the_classics_flyer.jpgWhat promises to be the first in a series of album art exhibitions is scheduled to take place in Washington, D.C. on September 30. The Classics Series 1: Rap, is being sponsored by Art vs Commerce, Smirnoff Vodka and The Source Magazine and will feature feature over 25 of the those classic rap music album covers.

The event will take place at:

Lounge of Three
1013 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

7 - 9:00 PM

The event will feature a live DJ and complimentary cocktails, courtesy of Smirnoff.

Additional exhibits featuring an assortment of album covers specific to other genres of music are being planned.  Each event will feature a  DJ who will play music specific to the genre.

I have not been to D.C. and cannot give a personal recommendation regarding the venue. However, I have read numerous online reviews and all are positive.

For more information, please visit the promoter’s website: http://gmoney77.wordpress.com.

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Congratulations to AAX user tucogovinda for posting the AAX gallery’s 50,000th cover. The cover was posted today at 11:09 PDT.

And the 50,000th cover is…

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As I wrote yesterday, there is no prize associated with posting the 50,000th cover. Thank you to all of the AAX users who take the time to share their scanned and edited album art.

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Gallery nearing 50,000 cover mark

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It looks as if the AAX gallery will reach the milestone 50,000 covers at some time today. I previously predicted that the gallery would reach that mark early next month. However, AAX users have been very busy uploading new album art.

As I’m writing this blog entry, the gallery is at 49,971 covers. That’s just 29 more covers to go.

AAX doesn’t do contests to encourage users to upload covers like a few other album cover sites. Doing that only results in lots of poorly scanned covers that are often ripped off from other album cover websites.

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Suggestions welcome

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suggestion_box.jpgThe few of you who are the first to read this blog during our debut week have undoubtedly noticed that I am partial to Pop and Electronic music — especially 1980s and 1990s era artists.

I would like the focus of this blog to be more eclectic, but I need your help.

If you would like me to feature one of your favorite artist in New and Notable, please leave a comment. I prefer to feature albums and singles that have a video posted on YouTube that can be embedded. (Many record labels to not allow embedding of their artists’ videos.)

 I also welcome requests from agencies and record labels. Just let me know if you have something you want to share.

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Welcome to the AlbumArtExchange Blog!

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fritz_bio.jpgWelcome to my our blog powered by Movable Type. My name is Fritz (user zeefritz on AlbumArtExchange) and I will be the editor in chief here on the AlbumArtExchange blog. What that means is that I will be using the album art that you upload to AlbumArtExchange as a basis for fun and entertaining articles.

We’ve got a lot of great ideas for regular features, such as contests for the best and worst album covers in numerous categories and much more.

As of today, the AlbumArtExchange has a collection of over 40,000 covers. And the collection is growing every day. The collection features just about every kind of musical genre from 10,000 Maniacs to ZZ Top.

All of us here at AlbumArtExchange have one thing in common — we love album art. Some of us have backgrounds in graphic design. Some are musicians themselves. Others are historians who know just about everything about album covers.

What I want most of all is for this blog to be a collaboration between people who have eclectic tastes and a willingness to share. If you have ideas or suggestions regarding the blog, please leave a comment.

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