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Old 10-04-2019, 08:17 PM
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I was fond of Journey's scarab-themed album covers.

Dio's album covers amused me.

All-time greatest has to be Whipped Cream and Other Delights, by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass.
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Old 10-04-2019, 11:18 PM
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Brute!'s KMFDM album covers are good.

KMFDM album covers
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Old 10-05-2019, 12:44 AM
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Cool. Glad to share them. The music inside is pretty fantastic, too!
Oh, Iíve loved Steve Earleís music for years Iíve just never seen the album covers. But they sure are cool.
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Another vote for Yes.
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Old 10-05-2019, 02:47 AM
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Klaatu's album art was always fun. Each album featured a sun and a mouse. The sun was always easy to spot, but the mouse--where was it? Enough examination of the album, and you'd find the mouse eventually. Klaatu only put out five albums, but each had both a sun and a mouse on the artwork.
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Man, these music threads should be titled "Which artists whose heyday was prior to 1983 had the best_______?" Cmon yall fogies! Boston? Thats the the only fucking name i even vaguely recognize and i couldnt for the life of me identify one Boston song. And im 40 years old. And ibe been immersed in music most of my life.

Anyway, my nominee is the rapper Future. Idk who his artistic talent for his album covers is but he had released *many* albums and consistently featuures some of thebest, most creative and artistic covers of mot just most rappers but most musicisns onthe popular music landscape. Ill dig up some eamples and post lnks.

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Old 10-05-2019, 10:48 AM
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Man, these music threads should be titled "Which artists whose heyday was prior to 1983 had the best_______?" Cmon yall fogies!
It's a fair cop. I admit to being a fogey.

But also, two or three points:

(1) We're talking about album covers in this thread. I suspect that album cover art was at its height during the Vinyl Era. It makes sense that album covers would be more elaborate and detailed if more people were going to be getting large physical copies of them, vs. showing up as a small image on your phone screen.

(1a) A lot of the examples mentioned in this thread are by bands that are at least a bit proggy. It makes sense that bands with a more Artsy approach to their music would also take a more Artsy approach to their album covers.

(2) Music today is more fragmented. Different people listen to different things; there's no longer "What's on the radio" or "What's at the top of the charts" that everybody knows about. There's more music today, but less that we all have in common, which may affect the kinds of responses we get in threads like this.

Personally, I can't stand rap/hip-hop. It's just not my thing; I don't enjoy it. So covers of albums by rappers aren't going to be on my radar. But if you want to broaden our horizons, please do so. Inject some fresh air into our stale consciousnesses.
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Old 10-05-2019, 11:55 AM
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... Boston? Thats the the only fucking name i even vaguely recognize and i couldnt for the life of me identify one Boston song. And im 40 years old. ...
This is nothing to brag about.
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Old 10-05-2019, 12:17 PM
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Album covers can be divided into two categories: those that picture the artist/band, and those that don't.

The Beatles are the absolute masters of the first type.
And the time they went for non-representational, boy did they go for non-representational.
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The Alan Parsons Project had some great covers, also by Hipgnosis.

A lot of Weird Al Yankovic's covers were pretty nice too.
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Man, these music threads should be titled "Which artists whose heyday was prior to 1983 had the best_______?" Cmon yall fogies! Boston? Thats the the only fucking name i even vaguely recognize
New Order? Cocteau Twins? Not hip and happening, given,but hardly dinosaurs...

Although I feel you about how these music threads bring out the fogies.

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Although I feel you about how these music threads bring out the fogies.
That's because the fogies' era has so much great music to bring out.
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Driving last night to a restaurant to meet friends for dinner, "Blinded by the Light" -- the Manfred Mann version (which makes my list of Songs That Have a Cover Version Better than the Original) -- came on the radio. Which got us wondering who played guitar for Manfred Mann, which led us to members of that group, which led us to Klaus Voormann.

Voormann not only was the bassist for Manfred Mann (replacing Jack Bruce), but he did the cover art for the Beatles album Revolver, which I've always liked.
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... Voormann not only was the bassist for Manfred Mann (replacing Jack Bruce), but he did the cover art for the Beatles album Revolver, which I've always liked.
I brought up that cover (and Cream's Disraeli Gears) and told my class "Keep in mind that before Photoshop, a Cut 'n' Paste collage meant literally reprinting photos at the size you want, then... see where this is going?... cutting and pasting."
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That's because the fogies' era has so much great music to bring out.
That's certainly an opinion.
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Traffic had the iconic album cover for "Low Spark of High Heeled Boys", with the corners cut out to enforce the 3-D cube effect. Then they used the same effect for the "Shootout At The Fantasy Factory" album. I'd always wished they would have had more album covers with the same format.
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Which bands had the best art on their album covers?


Mom's Apple Pie.

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Raymond Pettibon's work for Black Flag (featuring his brother Greg Ginn on guitar) and other bands has a rawness perfectly in keeping with the music:

https://www.google.com/search?q=raym...ih=921#imgrc=_

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