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Blue Note bonanza

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Years ago I was given a copy of Blue Note: The Album Cover Art, one of the great music-oriented coffee table books. The jazz label's design aesthetic—particularly the work of Reid Miles—is among the most iconic in the history of the record business. This 128-page book, which is now out of print, features full-size reproductions of some of Blue Note's most memorable covers, but as any fan knows, those offerings are just the tip of the iceberg. I don't know how long Japanese website Vintage Vanguard has been up—judging from its design, probably quite a while—but for the Blue Note aficionado it's a mother lode.

From Blue Note's earliest ten-inches up through albums issued in the late 80s, you can scroll through the covers of every one—or damn near every one—of the label's releases. Most of the titles include scans of back covers, and while it would be cooler if the images were larger, I'm not complaining. Not only is it a treasure trove of superb design, it's also a catalog of sorts—even though I already own far too many Blue Note releases, it's got me itching to pick up some of the records I've yet to hear.

Today's playlist:

Sidney Miller, Linguas de Fogo (Som Livre)
Steve Earle, I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive (New West)
Nicolas Masson, Yellow (A Little Orange) (Fresh Sound New Talent)
Tod Dockstader, Eight Electronic Pieces (Locust Music)
The Orlons, The Best of the Orlons: Cameo Parkway 1961-1966 (ABKCO)

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