This site is dedicated to the art of the album jacket. So many times, when you read articles about someone's favorite record album art, the narrative is centered in the music itself, and not focused on the jacket art. So oftentimes you will see jacket art examples that contain only text, or contain a simple photo of the artist. While such jacket art could be viewed as artistic, in many cases the art appears secondary to the music. Many of the books devoted to album art also seem to have difficulty in determining the difference between great art and great music, also focusing on the music first, as if an album can only be considered as art if the music itself was popular.
In searching thrift stores, flea markets, garage sales, and antique stores, for over 45 years, I've run across many an album with great art and less than memorable music. It doesn't stop me from buying it for the art, although for years I avoided cut-outs* and albums with flawed vinyl, because I wanted the complete package- an undamaged jacket with a playable record, whether I was ever going to play the record or not. Having amassed a pretty decent collection of albums over the years, collected primarily for the music, I now focus on buying for the jacket art-- the music be damned in most cases. Many newer albums have great artwork. For example, a number of the Lords of Acid, Misfits, other heavy metal, and similar albums have great artwork, but the music isn't my taste, so I will still occasionally buy such albums new, if found for a reasonable price, but they will likely remain sealed. But new album pricing pretty much precludes buying too much of it for art, so your best bet is still going to be thrift stores, garage sales, etc., if you want to amass a decent, and reasonable priced, "art" collection.
Obviously, jacket art is personal. While I might, and do, think of many "cheesecake" (sexy or scantily clad women on the jacket to entice a male buying public) albums as art, others do not. And even I have my limits on what cheesecake albums are artistic and which border on poor taste.
I will include some narrative regarding each album, so click on each album photo to see what I have to say about it. That narrative may or may not add anything useful, because as I already noted, I love the art, and everything else is either secondary or meaningless. Over time I will add a number of categories, such as die-cut albums, albums using art by known great artists, albums with moving parts, and any other topic I deem noteworthy. I can tell you now that I love a good die-cut album (with die-cut meaning that a portion of the jacket has been cut out to expose whatever photo lies below it, often on the inner sleeve protecting the vinyl.
I will admit that my photography lacks the proper lighting, and I usually take photos at an angle to reduce glare from the flash. I know it's not the best photo, but you at least can get a good idea of what I like about the jacket.
So keep checking back. My progress will be slow, perhaps, but I will add as time permits. I'm retired, so I don't have much spare time.......