Blue Note

Blue Note (U.S.A.) / c. 1949

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Design: Asymmetrical design, featuring cut-out shapes and strong vertical and horizontal axes, was typical of 1950s design (see also Atlantic, Ibis). Like the music it carried, it made no concession to conventional layout and no compromise with the circular boundaries of the label; all lines are direct and challenging.

History: Launched in 1939 by Alfred Lion, a refugee from persecution in Nazi Germany. Specializing in jazz music, it continues to the present in CD format, having been absorbed by Capitol Records. Label scan courtesy of collector Ken Hagelthorn of the U.S.A.

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