Coast To Coast Album Covers: Classic Record Art From New York to LA

By Graham Marsh and Glyn Callingham

Along with Blue Note records, the Prestige, Atlantic, Contemporary and Pacific and Riverside Labels were the chief providers of America’s East and West Coast sounds on vinyl.

The hard-edged, straight ahead playing of New York’s jazz musicians was perfectly reflected in the moody, monochromatic photography, quirky graphics and bold typography of the record covers: the look, like the sound, was intelligent, disciplined and sophisticated. On the West, the bright colours and playful themes expressed the funky sounds of the US’s cool, california cool. For the first time ever, Coast to Coast Album Covers brings the two together under one very cool roof.