Milton Glaser Album Covers

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The extraordinary thing about Milton Glaser is the depth of his work. You can stumble upon a piece that is so simple and iconic only to find that it has many more layers to it. I discovered a lot of these connections while researching his album cover designs. For instance, he would create custom type for an album that he would later turn into a font. He'd use that font on other materials, and then other designers would use it on their own albums covers. All of those connections make you realize just how broad his influence was on so many industries. And it's not just the custom type - he'd extend an album cover painting into promotional materials, or in the case of Dylan, include a poster in the album itself. I had fun trying to look at his work through the lens of the music industry, but I also realized it's impossible to distill everything down into one gallery. His work is everywhere, and his legacy is vast.

Glaser had a long history with record labels. According to Discogs, he was credited with the design of 255 albums over the course of 60 years. His relationship with record label executive Kevin Eggers led him to explore a variety of covers for the Poppy and Tomato record labels, including the career of Townes Van Zandt. And while classical album covers never get much attention in graphic design history, his colorful paintings were interesting and unique in an otherwise stuffy genre.

I have curated this gallery from over 200 albums, so I left some out. If I missed an album that you feel should have been included, drop my a line.

  • Son Nova 1988


  • Bach's Greatest Hits


  • Music from Big Pink

    The Band (Painting by Bob Dylan)

  • The Baroque Inevitable

    The Baroque Inevitable

  • Beethoven's Greatest Hits


  • Bernstein Conducts Bruckner

    Leonard Bernstein

  • The Biggs Bach Book

    E. Power Biggs

  • Live At Montreux

    The New Brubeck Quartet

  • Better Days

    Paul Butterfield

  • Put It In Your Ear

    Paul Butterfield

  • John Cage

    John Cage

  • Music For Space Squirrels

    Al Caiola

  • Portrait Gallery

    Harry Chapin

  • Chopin's Greatest Hits


  • Young Blood

    The Coasters

  • Lake of Light

    Linda Cohen

  • Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, McCoy Tyner

    Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, McCoy Tyner

  • Rock Me Mama

    Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup

  • Fats Domino

    Antoine "Fats" Domino

  • Marching Along Together

    Do Re Mi Children's Chorus

  • More Do-Re-Mi

    Do Re Mi Children's Chorus

  • On Top Of Spaghetti

    Do Re Mi Children's Chorus

  • Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits

    Bob Dylan

  • Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits

    Bob Dylan (Poster included in album)

  • The Best of Electric Flag

    Electric Flag

  • Carnival

    Maynard Ferguson

  • Einstein On The Beach

    Philip Glass/Robert Wilson

  • Dick Gregory On:

    Dick Gregory

  • The First Seven Days

    Jan Hammer

  • Texas Shuffle

    Rocky Hill

  • Lightnin'! Volume 1

    Lightnin' Hopkins

  • Lightnin'! Volume 2

    Lightnin' Hopkins

  • Albert

    Albert King

  • King Albert

    Albert King

  • Truckload of Lovin'

    Albert King

  • I'll Play The Blues For You

    Albert King/John Lee Hooker

  • Love Me Tender

    B.B. King

  • Christmas Mood

    The Knightsbridge Singing Strings

  • Movie Mood

    The Knightsbridge Singing Strings

  • Theater Mood

    The Knightsbridge Singing Strings

  • Lazarus


  • Aaron Lightman

    Aaron Lightman

  • Medium

    The Mandrake Memorial

  • Introducing Hedzoleh Soundz

    Hugh Masekela

  • I Love New York


  • Barry Miles

    Barry Miles

  • Lone Star

    Willie Nelson

  • Good News

    The Oak Ridge Boys

  • The Best Of: (Ten) Years Together

    Peter, Paul And Mary

  • Big Chief

    Professor Longhair

  • Greatest Hits


  • Greatest Hits


  • Runt: The Ballad of Todd Rundgren

    Todd Rundgren

  • It's All About Love

    Jorge Santana

  • Tony Scott Septet

    Tony Scott Septet

  • There Goes Rhymin' Simon

    Paul Simon

  • The Tomato Collection

    Nina Simone

  • I'm a Stranger Too!

    Chris Smither

  • Stravinsky Conducts Stravinsky

    Igor Stravinsky

  • Black Moonlight & Sunshine

    Monty Sunshine

  • Sun's Gonna Shine

    Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee

  • Mary

    Mary Travers

  • Amanda

    Amanda Trees

  • Delta Momma Blues

    Townes Van Zandt

  • Flyin' Shoes

    Townes Van Zandt

  • For The Sake Of The Song

    Townes Van Zandt

  • The Late Great Townes Van Zandt

    Townes Van Zandt

  • Live At The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas

    Townes Van Zandt

  • The Nashville Sessions

    Townes Van Zandt

  • Our Mother The Mountain

    Townes Van Zandt

  • Blues Roots


  • Great Big Band And Friends


  • The Sound Of Chicago (1923-1940)


  • The Sound Of Harlem


  • The Sound Of New Orleans (1917-1947)


  • The Wiz


  • Roots: An Anthology Of Negro Music In America

    Voices Incorporated

  • Elementary Doctor Watson

    Doc Watson

  • Then and Now

    Doc & Merle Watson

  • Peter

    Peter Yarrow

  • That's Enough for Me

    Peter Yarrow