Academy Records carries a myriad of new and used records, covering a sweeping array of genres, styles, time periods, and availability. Ranging from jazz, rock, punk, and folk, to contemporary indie and electronic, the selection at Academy Records offers something for everyone. But with an ever-growing collection of music available on the internet, many wonder why record stores still exist. Why spend time browsing amid countless vinyls when one can simple search online for digital music?
Some may argue that the sound quality is better, that playing a vinyl record offers the most genuine and purest sound a recording can provide. Others argue that digital compression distorts music, especially albums that were recorded before the invention of the computer. But undeniably the most obvious attraction to vinyls may the album artwork.
In the early 1960’s all the way into the mid 1980’s, the vinyl LP dominated the music foreground, being the most popular way to record and distribute music. This challenged recording artists to stand out amongst the masses while offering them a creative way to attract and captivate listeners. Album artwork began to bloom in the late sixties and early seventies. Even today, iconic albums are recognized and immediately associated with bands. Design firms like Hipgnosis, and artists like Roger Dean and Peter Blake have contributed to the iconic album covers of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, ACDC, Yes, and The Beatles.
There is a captivating quality about album artwork that is lost among the digital age. The creative concept behind sweeping and creative artwork only furthers the message behind the music. Visit Academy Records to browse a history of album artwork and music.