Everyone is quick to proclaim the death of the album artwork these days. The CD gave artwork a good kneecapping. Cassettes were a humiliation not worth remembering. The digital era – it’s been left to rot. That’s not to say that people don’t love a good sleeve, and the people behind them take any less care or thought into their design.
Enter Sleevage, a humble little art site about album art.
It’s run by album art heads, and they write and talk about artwork that they’ve worked on, or just random famous sleeves with a story.
Just looking at the wall of album covers at the bottom of the homepage makes us feel good. Click through and find some amazing stories and thoughts.
What is the painting that covers Viva La Vida? Who is the boy on the cover of Nevermind? All answers are here.
Above that, there is the stories behind the banned Cannibal Corpse covers. And really fascinating, how album artwork elements are reused for singles, merchandise and more.
It’s all written with love. We only wish that there was hundreds more. A whole searchable database of album cover stories. It’s slowly starting – they take submissions. If you know album artwork people, please get them to get in touch with these guys.
Check out Sleevage here – http://sleevage.com