Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Artwork on the Walls of Zen and Tao Acoustic Café

Perhaps the first thing you will notice about the walls of the Zen and Tao Acoustic Café is that they are covered almost entirely by framed album covers - the old LPs, which have been mounted in solid black frames, so as not to detract from the subtle elegance of the artwork. However, the proprietor, Verble Gherulous, noted aficianado of album cover art, and who supposedly has an extensive collection at his personal home of what he considers the finest in album art, here displays only albums that he considers some of the finest examples of acoustic guitar music.

That is to say, Verble has said before, "They may be crappy covers, but if it's good acoustic music - it goes up."

One of the more interesting covers I've seen is this:

Which I had never really recognised as an "acoustic album" but I asked Verble about it one time and he said,

"Me neither, but I read an article about it a few years back in Acoustic Guitar Magazine, and they reviewed it as a pure acoustic album: think about it, 'Dear Prudence' 'Bungalow Bill' 'Julia' 'I Will' - not to mention 'Revolution I' 'Blackbird' 'Mother Nature's Son' 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' 'Cry Baby Cry' - acoustic masterpieces, all of 'em. It goes up!"

And up it went - right above dark roast coffee.

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