The New

When reissuing a record, or anything for that matter, the temptation seems to be for people to come up with something “new.” They feel, perhaps, that the old won’t sell, or won’t be noticed in the store.

But as a designer and self-confessed “eye junkie,” it’s a shame when that means taking something as lovely and timeless as this:

And turning it into something as unexciting as this:

I’m sure there is soemething about the reissue’s sound that is superior, but of course the customer doesn’t know this. So the record label just decides to come up with a completely new cover to help justify the price and entice the buyer.

It was more attractive the first time, and it should have been left that way.

UPDATE: I’ve listened to the newer version, and it isn’t better.

Raymond Brigleb

Creative Director, dreamer, partner, father, musician, photographer. Has been known to ride the rails. Pulls one heck of a shot.