Command Records and their Great Artwork

Command Records was founded in 1959 by Enoch Light (1905-1978).  Light’s goal was to create recordings of the absolute highest quality that would take advantage of super advanced (wink, wink) technical capabilities of 1950s/1960s home audio equipment.   In particular, he was way into the “ping-pong effect,” when sound would bounce between the right and left channel speakers.  Perhaps, subconsciously, this was why Light was so into the idea of highly modern, boldly graphic, abstract album cover designs. It seems to me like the sound and the visual would be the perfect complement, no?!  Charles E. Murphy was the label’s art director, and he worked closely with a number of artists, including Josef Albers, Barbara Brown Peters, and Gerry Olin, on designs for the label.  They are all ridiculously beautiful – works of art unto themselves.

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