Topic: FAVORITE ALBUM COVERS

Back in High School and University days, it was a "thing" for people to decorate their bedroom / dorm room walls with their favorite album covers. It often became an edge-to-edge collage, and many of us ended up not getting our damage deposits back for the damage we did to the walls.

Many of them featured great artwork, some told stories, others were just good photography. Most bands put a lot of thought into their covers, to lure prospective buyers into picking them up for a look. Here's one of my favorites ... does anyone else have some memorable ones that stand out?

http://www.classicrockreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/1972_JethroTull-ThickAsABrick.jpg

I spent hours reading and re-reading the original newspaper cover, which had a healthy dose of Monty Python inspired humor throughout. 

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I have TAAB1&2 great covers. Of course the most iconic cover is Abbey Road. I used to love Court of the Crimson King sleeve. Nursery Crime and Crime of the Century. I could probably find more if I looked through my collection. Great topic.     

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For most of my working life I was working in the printing industry so album covers and also band poster are peices of art that I love. There are many album covers that I like to many to mention. But the two that always stood out to me was the Beatles Sgnt Pepper cover and also Jethro Tulls Thick As A Brick.  I  love covers and poster designed by Roger Dean.

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I always liked the artwork on albums by Pure Prairie League. The first one was from a Norman Rockwell painting:

https://albumartexchange.com/coverart/g … e_37p2.jpg 

Some of their other covers:

http://www.bryan-kennedy.com/?p=6008

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I love that Pure Prairie League cover, with the tired ol' cowpoke on the cover. Peatle mentioned artist Roger Dean, and I've always loved this very sinister looking octopus he drew for the cover of Gentle Giant's 1972 album:

https://i.ytimg.com/vi/ifRnVEkqB2I/maxresdefault.jpg     

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The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" cover is also iconic ... full of historical faces, including younger versions of themselves. Looks like something Monty Python's Terry Gilliam would put together.

https://travsd.files.wordpress.com/2017/06/peppershoot.jpg?w=723     

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TF
a cover that comes to my mind is the Blind Faith album
when i was a teenager i think the naked girl on the cover was a great selling point.     

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easybeat wrote:

TF
a cover that comes to my mind is the Blind Faith album
when i was a teenager i think the naked girl on the cover was a great selling point.

I remember that Blind Faith cover, EB, and recall that she didn't look more than 12 years old. Roxy Music also used attractive women on their covers (and in their stage shows) to catch a person's attention when browsing the vinyl bins at the local shops. We're all drawn to "pretty people", so it's tried & tested marketing to use beauty to get someone's attention.     

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Roxy Music's 1975 album "Siren" featured this beached Atlantean princess (played by model Jerry Hall), whose facial expression can be interpreted as either sad, sinister, or seductive ... a modern day Mona Lisa:

https://images.eil.com/large_image/ROXY_MUSIC_SIREN-487173.jpg     

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easybeat wrote:

TF
a cover that comes to my mind is the Blind Faith album
when i was a teenager i think the naked girl on the cover was a great selling point.


The girl was 11 years old -  In today's world they would be arrested for child porn     

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And who can forget Deep Purple's Mount Rushmore remake, from their 1970 album:

https://www.musicmaniarecords.be/media/coverart-big/10860-deep-purple-in-rock.jpg     

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Uriah Heep's 1972 album "Demons & Wizards", drawn by the amazing Roger Dean. Several of us had a long discussion one evening, trying to figure out where the water was originating from ... one of those wasted nights.

http://tralfaz-archives.com/coverart/U/U_Heep_demonsf.jpg     

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Frank Zappa had a lot of crazy album covers, and this one from 1967 is hilarious. Frank made a career out of pushing the boundaries of "good taste" ... with his album covers, his music, his public commenatry, his lifestyle, etc.

https://www.audiophileusa.com/covers400water/10336.jpg     

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As a boy, I rather liked the Whipped Cream cover from Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass.

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Zurf wrote:

As a boy, I rather liked the Whipped Cream cover from Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass.

Here's "Soul Asylum's" spoof on that famous Herb Albert album cover ... whatta hoot:

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/414YE5TN3DL.jpg     

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Most will remember Pink Floyd's "Umma Gumma" cover from 1969, with the guys changing positions in the inset photos.

https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/81bI+U+IP7L._SS500_.jpg     

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This is absolutely, bar-none, no-contest, the creepiest album cover of all time:

http://www.community-bar.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/11.jpg

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18 (edited by Peatle Jville 2019-04-08 06:45:28)

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TF I am loving this thread. Hipgnosis design group created some of the most innovative and surreal cover art of the 1960s, 70s, and early 80s for the biggest names of the era―Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Wings, Yes, Genesis, 10cc, Peter Gabriel, Bad Company, Syd Barrett, and Black Sabbath, to name just a few. The sublime prism cover for Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon continues to be one of the most pervasive images in all popular culture. Hipgnosis’s highly conceptual approach and graphic appeal earned them five Grammy nominations for cover design, and they profoundly influenced not only the history of music, but also all other creative fields from advertising to fashion.  I always loved the Album cover photos on 10cc  How Dare You Album which they created,
Storm Thorgerson, was the main man behind the album cover design
The characters in the split of  Two photo’s on the cover involved a couple that appear in both shots. On the bottom split of the cover they appear , in the desk photo of a smooth businessman sitting at a desk talking on the phone. On the top photo there is a photo of blonde lady where we see them getting out of the car. Apparently the sad blonde lady in the foreground is a gin soaked housewife, wasting away in rich suburbia, whilst her smooth businessman husband works too hard and consequently neglects her. Helen  Keating was hired to be the housewife in the photo dressed in a housecoat gripping a phone in gin-soaked misery while talking on the phone. In an interview she said “ I just had to pose with lots of fake tears, like someone had just had a go at me over the phone.”   In my opinion it was a very clever piece of photography and to get the people to pose perfectly in the right setting  was genius.  Hipgnosis broke up in the beginning of the ´80s. Storm Thorgerson it founder died back in 2013

Hipgnosis was an English art design group based in London that specialised in creating cover art for the albums of rock musicians and bands. Notable commissions included work for Pink Floyd, T. Rex, the Pretty Things, Black Sabbath, UFO, 10cc, Bad Company, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Scorpions, Yes, The Nice, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Def Leppard, Paul McCartney & Wings, the Alan Parsons Project, Genesis, Peter Gabriel, Electric Light Orchestra, the Police, Rainbow, Styx, Pezband, XTC and Al Stewart.
Hipgnosis consisted primarily of Cambridge natives Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey Powell, and later Peter Christopherson. The group dissolved in 1983, though Thorgerson worked on album designs until his death on 18 April 2013, and Powell works in film and video, most notably with Paul McCartney, The Who, and Monty Python's Flying Circus, and is the creative director for both Pink Floyd and its member David Gilmour.

Storm Elvin Thorgerson (28 February 1944 – 18 April 2013) was an English Graphic and music video director. He created work for artists including Pink Floyd. Led Zeppelin.Phish, Black Sabbath,Peer Gabreil, The Alan ParsonProject,Genesis, Yes, Muse and Ween.    I would post a picture of the 10cc How Dare You album cover but unfortunately I dont know how to do that.

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Here ya go, Peatle:

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/8f/10cc_how_dare_you.jpg     

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Here's another one I had pinned to my dorm room wall. Brand X was a jazz fusion project which featured Phil Collins on drums, and that's him leering through the venetian blinds. This is the cover of their 1976 album "Unorthodox Behaviour":

https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/lyricwiki/images/c/c3/Brand_X_-_Unorthodox_Behaviour.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20090515040755     

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The back cover of Jethro Tull's "Songs From the Wood" is a piece of genius ... a simple idea that tells the whole story:

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51bl5M0U92L.jpg     

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Sorry. Can't remember how to do this to show the picture, but it's "Their Satanic Majesties Request" - The Stones' "answer" to "Sgt. Pepper". What made it special was a 3-D picture of the band on a vinyl album cover. Although I like The Stones, the album was horrendous. The only thing worse they did was "Between The Buttons" back in the late 60's..     

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And not to be outdone, Frank Zappa also came up with his satirical version of the famous Sgt. Pepper album cover:

http://rockandrollreport.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/zappaonlymoney2s.jpg

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Here's another one that graced our dorm room wall ... from Joe Walsh's 1973 album:

http://www.softshoe-slim.com/covers2/w/walsh02.jpg     

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