By Susan Sliwicki
It's hard to imagine rock and roll's greatest albums without their iconic covers, whose vivid imagery is so deeply ingrained in popular culture that they’ve become instantly recognizable to multiple generations of music fans.
Now some of classic rock’s most beloved album covers are getting another chance to be appreciated with the RedisCover Jigsaw Puzzles series, which features the unforgettable cover art from eight of rock’s classic albums: David Bowie’s “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars;” Jackson Browne’s “Late for the Sky;” Johnny Cash’s “At Folsom Prison;” Bob Dylan’s “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan;” The Grateful Dead’s “Aoxomoxoa;” Jimi Hendrix’s “Axis Bold As Love;” Nirvana’s “Nevermind;” and The Rolling Stones’ “Let It Bleed.”
Each of these high-quality, double-sided, 300-piece puzzles measure 16-by-16 inches, and the original front and back cover art from the vintage album is highlighted.
The cover artwork is also reflected in the puzzle’s attractive packaging, which contains illuminating “ArtiFacts” about the creation of its cover art, as well as background information about the making of the album — something music fans and record collectors are sure to appreciate.
The RedisCover series is the brainchild of music-industry veteran Debbie Gold, whose Gold Standard Games has partnered with the world-renowned Imagination Games for the project. Gold made her first foray into the world of games and puzzles in 2009 as creator of the Grateful Dead-Opoly game.
The line of puzzles is particularly meaningful for Gold, who has worked extensively with a wide range of notable rock acts, including Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and The Grateful Dead.
Gold used her industry connections to get clearances from the artists, photographers and designers involved in creating each album’s cover art. She also took care to meticulously reproduce their original designs and color schemes, and to have the puzzles completely manufactured and printed in the United States.
“This is some of the best 20th-century visual art we have, but it has become a lost art with the rise of CDs and downloads,” Gold says. “If you think about your favorite records from the days of vinyl, it’s a visual memory as well as an aural one. We used to spend hours poring over album covers, front and back. Those of us who grew up with these records have a real emotional attachment to this art, and at the same time, there’s a resurgence of interest from a new generation of kids who are embracing classic rock in a big way. With RedisCover, we feel privileged to help bring these images back into the culture.”
RedisCover Jigsaw Puzzles are available at Barnes and Noble, Urban Outfitters and other retail outlets (suggested retail price $21.95).
Imagination Games (www.imaginationgames.com) has more than 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry, including 15 years in the board game category. More than 10 million copies of the company’s games have been sold in 10 countries worldwide. The company has offices in the United States, Canada, U.K, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.