50 Most Creative Vintage Designs for Classical Music Records

Even though vinyl has experienced an increase in popularity lately, it is still an audio format with a small percentage of sales. But thanks to a new generation of passionate music lovers who perhaps got sick of the disposable quality of digital music formats, collecting vinyl is becoming a serious leisure activity. With their astonishing artwork and warm sound quality, vinyl records can truly enhance the music listening experience. Listening to a vinyl record you have to physically interact with it looking at the cover art, reading the liner notes and watching the record spin right in front of you. It reinforces a special bond between the listener and the music.

Just to arouse your interest, here is a collection of 50 classical music records from the golden age of vinyl with some of the most creative cover artworks:

Bartok- Violin Concerto No. 2 Stravinsky- Violin Concerto  Joseph Silverstein, violin.  Boston Symphony Orchestra Eric Leinsdorf, cond.   RCA Victor Red Seal LM-2852 (1965)  Cover Art by “alexander”
Bartok- Violin Concerto No. 2,  Stravinsky- Violin Concerto – featuring Joseph Silverstein with  Boston Symphony Orchestra, Eric Leinsdorf, conductor. RCA Victor Red Seal LM-2852 (1965) Cover Art by “alexander”
Berg- 5 Songs, op. 4 Webern 5 Movements for String Orchestra, op. 5 Schoenberg- 5 Pieces for Orchestra, op. 16  Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Robert Craft, cond.   Columbia Masterworks MS 6103  Cover Art by Designers Collective
Berg- 5 Songs, op. 4 Webern 5 Movements for String Orchestra, op. 5 Schoenberg- 5 Pieces for Orchestra, op. 16  – Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Robert Craft, cond. Columbia Masterworks MS 6103 Cover Art by Designers Collective
Chopin Melodies; Alexander Jenner, Piano   Plymouth Records P12-20 (year unknown)  This is actually a really shitty record, but it’s pretty.
Chopin Melodies; Alexander Jenner, Piano Plymouth Records P12-20
Classics a la Pop by Peter Thomas, 1967. Unknown artist. From the Philips Twen record series 1961-68.
‘Classics a la Pop’ by Peter Thomas, 1967.  Philips Twen Series 1961-68.
'Chopin a la Moog' by Hans Wurman, 1970. Cover artwork by Barbara Nessim
‘Chopin a la Moog’ by Hans Wurman, 1970. Cover artwork by Barbara Nessim