Album ArtAt work last week, a few of us starting talking about the evolution of music. Everybody has their opinion on the transition from LPs, to 8-tracks, to cassettes, to CDs, and on to digital music. The discussion did not revolve around the quality of music, but rather, album art.
You can group me among those who enjoy the convenience of digital music. The iPod and iTunes revolutionized how we experience music. It's also changing the music business. Read Dan Kennedy's book, Rock On, for a humorous take. Every day when I drive to work, I have my complete music collection at hand.
The only aspect of digital music that I don't enjoy is disappearance of album art. I know that CDs are just a fraction of the size of LPs, but they came with large format artwork. At work, a woman who is significantly younger than me mentioned that we still get an album cover to pop up on our iPods. I agreed with her, but suggested that it just isn't the same for me.
Fast forward to last night. Before falling asleep, I spent some time online and listening to music on iTunes. A number of years ago, I converted all of my CDs. I enjoy that technology exists to grab album art during the conversion process. Periodically, I search for new art for those albums that just didn't find the right image.
So I am sitting there with iTunes set on shuffle. Some music from The Kinks pops up. You know, classic 1960s rock. Guys that are kind of ugly and wearing suits. Here's the album art that came up.
I wonder if these guys ever recorded a cover version of Lola.