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The Independent Culture
With artists such as John Coltrane, Chet Baker, Donald Byrd and Miles Davis signed to the label, you never needed an added incentive to buy a Blue Note record. And yet the cover art of these albums during the Fifties and Sixties made them collectors' items in their own right. To mark Blue Note's 60th anniversary, HMV is mounting an exhibition of its classic covers, many of them designed by Reid Miles, whose typographic experimentation - much of it built around the photographs of Blue Note founder Francis Wolff - raised LP design to an art form. Those little plastic CD boxes just don't hit the same aesthetic spot.

HMV, Oxford Street, London W1 (0171-631 3423) from Thur until mid-June