A.J. Jacobs
August 15, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Album Cover Art of Soundtracks

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Frank Jastfelder, Stefan Kassel
genre
Nonfiction

We gave it an A

All right, annoying audiophiles, one more reason to mourn all capacious 12 inches of your beloved LP: It was such a grand way to take home the ”look” and ”feel” of a movie. Not only were soundtrack composers like Henry Mancini much better than today’s saccharine John Williamses, but the disc jacket provided a superior canvas for poster art — often, with its Pucci colors and cut-‘n’-paste shapes, more creative than the flicks it advertised. Check out Saul Bass’ herky-jerky designs for Hitchcock and Preminger; marvel at how an entire era can be so readily conjured up by a single typeface in The Album Cover Art of Soundtracks by Frank Jastfelder and Stefan Kassel. A

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