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CD Packaging: GRAMMY Winners for Album Cover Design – Seventies


The Grammy Awards began presenting awards for Best Album Cover in 1959, recognizing the growing artistry of the ‘face’ of recorded music releases. From 1962 to 1965 it was separated into Classical and Non-Classical divisions. From 1966 to 1968 it was separated into Graphic Arts and Photography divisions. In 1974, the name of the award was changed to Best Album Package, and changed again in 1994 to the current name.

Since this is a CD packaging blog, I’ve decided to put them in our site for design references. As we view CD packaging designs per decade, we can notice how CD packaging design evolved through time and how some techniques still surface in the cover designs today. If you like, you may also relate the cover designs to the culture, music milestones, or art trends of the decade where they belong.

So, without further ado, please welcome the Grammy Winners for Album Cover Design of the seventies:

1971

graphic artists: David Stahlberg & Evelyn J. Kelbish
Album: America the Beautiful
Musician: Gary McFarland

1972

graphic artists: Robert Lockart
Album: Indianola Mississippi Seeds
Musician: B.B. King

1973

graphic artists: Acy R. Lehman & Harvey Dinnerstein
Album: The Siegel-Schwall Band
Musician: Siegel-Schwall Band

1974

graphic artists: Wilkes & Braun
Album: Tommy
Musician: London Symphony Orchestra & Choir

1975

graphic artists: Christopher Whorf & Ed Thrasher
Album: Come and Gone
Musician: Mason Proffit

1976

graphic artists: Jim Ladwig
Album: Honey
Musician: Ohio Players

1977

graphic artists: John Berg
Album: Chicago X
Musician: Chicago

1978

graphic artists: John Kosh
Album: Simple Dreams
Musician: Linda Ronstadt

1979

graphic artists: Johnny B. Lee & Tony Lane
Album: Boys in the Trees
Musician: Carly Simon


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