In fact, a series of ‘Decade’ themed quizzes was proposed. There's a Album Cover quiz for everyone. Can – Ege Bamyasi I thought the list was overall pretty good. Dukes of Stratosphere – 25 o clock. The Breeders – Last Splash Scorpions…Blackout, Rainbow : Rising Help by The Beatles Forgoing any blinged-out tropes, the former Wu-Tang member put a doctored version of his welfare ID card on the front cover of his solo debut, as both a reminder of where he came from and to destigmatize being on public assistance. excelent …………Which one si the most important sleeve of all times?? The London Howlin’ Wolf Sessions…Clapton, Winwood, Wyman, Watts all on the cover. It’s an amazing cover. Jethro Tull you got Aqualung but left out Thick as a Brick, the newspaper, really that wasn’t inventive and awesome to work the song into little Gerald Bostock? Because they could, of course. I don’t know why I keep looking at these top 100 lists, they always annoy me with who they have on the list and who they leave off. I framed it and hung it on my wall. E Pluribus Funk (a da moeda): Grand Funk Railroad…, Good selection. These album covers are really great, trust … Pixelated Album Covers. On an album that made a mad dash through the whole of pop history, Nick Lowe pictured himself in a bunch of different guises, from rockabilly hoodlum to sensitive balladeer (there were different pics on the US and UK versions), all with tongue firmly in cheek. Smashing Pumpkins’ album covers were often softer and prettier than the music, but this cover (created by Billy Corgan’s then-girlfriend) is the perfect translation of the obsessively romantic theme of Adore. Next time shoot for 250 and you,d still better prepare for some flack. Album Covers (Best Selling Albums By Famous Artists) Many top selling albums of flown off the shelves in the last 50 years or so how many of this collection do you recognise Reveal Answers Joanna Newsom – The Milk Eyed Mender Ian Dury – New Boots and Panties (how the hell did you miss this ?) 13. It also made it essential to own the original, fold-out vinyl. What are you trying to prove? An iconic cover – and album …. Pink Floyd “Meddle ” Captain Beyond: Sufficiently Breathless It doesn’t make much sense , we always mix cover art with album content, or we like a cover with no special art because it reflects so well album content that we love so much, or a period, or because she reminds a girlfirend… so is this meaningful? Jethro Tull Stand up The album cover that started it all the most iconic Herb Alpert and the Tiajuana Brass the one with the naked girl covered in whipped cream , WTF how could this not be included really, That was my first thought too. "Deja Entendu". Bob Dylan’s ‘Self Portrait’ is among the 100 best covers of all time? Wit… I agree…the white album? I would suggest Vangelis – Heaven and Hell , Manfred Mann – Angle Station , and Alan Parsons Project – I Robot. Walking a razor-thin line between exploitation and cultural commentary was the Geto Boys’ modus operandi, and nothing exemplified this dynamic more than their 1991 LP cover. It was an art-school friend of Jimmy Page’s who created this mythic cover by superimposing the bandmembers over a famous shot of WWI German fighter pilot the “Red Baron” and his crew. Not always but a lot of the time. As always, his daughter Nina’s name was hidden a few times in the artwork. But the lack of copy-proofing–is the first round ’10’ or ‘100’?–and the absence of full-gatefold shots, inside or out, of examples like Zep’s Houses is all too indicative of a rush job generated just to fill space. Many of Alpert’s albums are excellent. Best Chet Baker Pieces: 20 Jazz Essentials, Best Frank Sinatra Christmas Songs: 20 Classics That Define The Holidays, ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ Soundtrack: Vince Guaraldi Trio’s Seasonal Gift, Freddie Mercury’s Munich Years: An Interview With Phoebe Freestone. Grateful Dead’s “Blues for Allah” is one of my favorites!! The red velvet cover, with gold embossed lettering, served notice that Odessa was going to be unique and beautiful, which it was. plus Carl Glover, Storm Thorgerson, etc. Thin Lizzy: Jailbreak On their 1969 debut, the cavorting characters were there to remind you how much fun rock’n’roll was supposed to be. Though Steely Dan was long associated with Los Angeles, the cover for Pretzel Logic (actually shot at Fifth Avenue and 79th Street) looks, feels, and tastes like New York. Scorpions – “Lovedrive” Paul Simon – Graceland Columbia Records art director John Berg was responsible for iconic covers like Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits and Bruce Springsteen’s Born To Run, but this was likely one of his more expensive: They built an entire set, complete with costumed extras, to create Monk’s arresting album cover. This Reagan-era concept album makes its visual point by using a photo of Beatles records being burned that followed John Lennon’s “more popular than Jesus” remarks. Blue Oyster Cults’s 1st LP Let’s be honest, there is no other album cover as famous as Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon”. There are a couple of Yes albums too that I can think of also. Omission faux pas in my eyes to this list. How come the Destroyer album from Kiss or Love Gun for that matter didn’t make the cut? Lynyrd Skynyrd – Street Survivors. Talking Heads “Speaking in Tongues” should be on the list. What about ‘It’s only a Movie’, with the free Banger inside?! Psychedelic album covers were an art form in themselves, and the explosion of color (with the band looking suitably avuncular) made Cream’s Disraeli Gears one of the definitive ones. The Gimmick- Covers of the 60s and 70s, and Storm Thorgerson’s “Hipgnosis”- Designs ranks very near the top, I’d say! Sadly, the artist passed away only months afterwards. i think what’s going on here is some of these albums became really popular hence the covers became somewhat iconic. No wonder the clever lads in XTC loved it. It won NME’s award for best album artwork in 1969. It's on the tip of your tongue, isn't it? And not just because she is nude!!! Didn’t see ELO Out of the Blue or Discovery, both very lush pieces of artwork. I have trouble in doing the top 500, imagine top 100… The best Electric Ladyland cover was the one with all the nude girls on it…..I still have my copy of it, they were on the front and back of the album. Rush’s greatest album covers expressed both their grand concepts and their cerebral sense of humor. Thank You for such a wonderful list even though you overlooked some of my personal favourites. – Pretty much anything created by Hipgnosis, including 10cc Deceptive Bends ACCEPT – Breaker ? Luxurious Snake skin cover with a fabulous interior, lush with band portrait,Lyrics and One Billion Dollar Bill.. Jackson Browne-Late for the Sky. They have some good cover better than some shown. Rolling Stones’ original “Beggars Banquet” Cover is Missing. Allen Toussaint – Southern Nights Alice Again-School’s Out. No wonder they had Questions in The House. Model Barbara Cheeseborough’s screaming visage on the cover captured the swirling chaos of the 70s and searing funk-rock of Maggot Brain. Black Sabbath-Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (front & back), Black Sabbath-Heaven & Hell, Atomic Rooster-Death Walks Behind You, Slade-Amazing Kamikaze Syndrome, Bad Company-Run with the Pack, Bad Company-Straight Shooter, Frank Zappa-Joe’s Garage, Roger Glover & Friends-Butterfly Ball, to name a few, Greenslade – Time and Tide But how could they leave off the album of one of the most iconic and longest playing bands of the late 20th century with perhaps their most identifiable icon on it,s cover,The Grateful Dead,s “Steal your face”? Black & White The Stranglers Pink Floyd – “The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn” Well, I don’t agree. Jefferson Airplane’s Long John Silver hails from the golden age of elaborate album covers. We know now who the real fool really is…. None of ABBA albums is listed in 100 which is not right, I wonder why this is on Agnetha’s Face Book. The album cover for Hüsker Dü’s final studio album is one of those cases where a cover is exactly like the album: vivid, colorful and jarring in a welcoming way. Howard Finster’s uniquely Southern folk art was a perfect match for Talking Heads’ back-to-roots album (and for R.E.M.’s Reckoning around the same time). Hope to see him when he comes to the US and Canada next month and in Dec, too. Well, the list is almost purely anglo-american. Moody Blues big oversight, Carly Simon’s first album or No Secrets were awesome covers, From this list my favourite would be Revolver but, as many others already commented, I would say Moody Blues are missing from the list. Q always had an ear for talent – as his cross-cultural LP proved – but he also had an eye for design. Barnes’s sensual figures and jubilant dancers reflected the carnal nature of Gaye’s 1976 album. Wishbone Ash’s “Argus” and Uriah Heep’s “Demons and Wizards” should be here. Those are all iconic albums(or most of them anyway)but not necessarily iconic album covers. Maybe it’s not a rock album but it’s certainly one of the most iconic covers of all. “Bleeker & McDougal”-Fred Neil You don’t necessarily get a thing of rare beauty when you load a cover with as many fold-out panels and elaborate paintings as an 11-inch disc can hold, but Santana certainly did in this case, thanks to famed Japanese designer Tadanori Yokoo. Why in the world did Humble Pie get a bunch of policemen to form a human pyramid? Kate Bush – The Dreaming (with a kiss, I’d pass they key) Jeff Beck – Beck Ola Nobody ever slung a jacket over their shoulder that well. The toilet on the original cover of If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears also proved to be a no-no in 1966. If you had any serious knowledge about The Beatles and their influence on the entire world with fashion, language, music and more, you would not ask this question. I also remember There’s the Rub as a cover that led me to buy the album. Neil Young on the beach. Okay, so it was a little graphic and provocative, but as the single most controversial thing The Beatles ever did (and the most expensive for an original), the cover of Yesterday and Today surely earns a place on a list of the greatest album covers. It’s simply a great illustrated picture of Jeff in 70’s hippie attire with his Les Paul guitar! Photo was actually taken on the 20th. As the band often claimed, fewer people would have bought the albums if they’d put themselves on the covers. Looking for more? Classic. Deep Purple’s ‘Deep Purple in Rock’ and The Beatle’s ‘Abbey Road’? Are they so great? Agree with many entries (Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon and Nirvana’s Nevermind are among the most iconic). At last someone actually mentioned “Budgie ” Great LP covers. Gotta have ‘Dr Feelgood – Stupidity’ in there, an iconic image of their live show/album. Even Hendrix hated that one! Albums without the title or the artist's name written on the cover. Iconic Album Covers. Bandleader Cyril Jordan’s terrific comic art has turned up on numerous The Flamin’ Groovies covers and posters over the decades. What about ‘It’s only a Movie’ with the ‘Banger’ inside?! It’s not the original Ramones co Sorry Guv, the first Platinum album was In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida by Iron Butterfly. what a joke! However, I appreciated Unknown Pleasures (JD) is ‘difficult audibly, as covers go it must slightly trump Power, Corruption and Lies? My first album (x2) that my Grandma bought me cause I told her I liked it; Mom was not pleased when I opened it at XMas and played LOUD! Drawn by cat himself and very iconic. i didn’t see that herb alpert one with the girl in the whipped cream. Metallica’s trademark mix of shock value and social commentary had few better expressions than this image of a modern take on Lady Justice for their 1988 album …And Justice For All. Community Member. XTC’s Drums and Wires because of the way the band’s name is incorporated into the portrait. Savoy Brown “Looking In” Some for consideration…. Ok, not bad. All the Mountain covers are missing dennis wilson holding the mikestand from his crotch into the audience with that look on his face. Here is the first: THE EIGHTIES Below are fourteen album covers (CD sized) resting on a 12″ LP. Blondie. Along with plenty of sex and provocation, since much of this list of the greatest album covers revels in rock’n’roll imagery. ", Into Shadows Act II: Through Horned Shadows Glimpse, And You'll Follow the Winds' Rush 'Till Their Breath Dwells, The Black Album / Come On Feel the Dandy Warhols, My Face Is on Fire / Trails of Colour Dissolve, Ballad of the Band / I Didn't Mean to Hurt You. really? C’mon – it devaluates this list! A masterpiece! Picture: Radio X Illustrated album covers had been around for decades, but the nineties, saw digitally drawn illustrations spawn a whole new style. Kansas’s “Leftoverture”. Disturbed has some rather good album covers (e.g. Gravy Train – A Ballad of a peaceful Man ? Or how about Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division? That wasn’t what he wanted at all! Like all goth-influenced artists, Chelsea Wolfe has a strong sense of the dramatic. Bandolier belongs on this list. Modern death metal bands got nothing on country duo The Louvin Brothers, who went to the inferno in 1959 and looked great in white suits while doing it. Fish Out of Water – Chris Squire Ths dramatic shot, taken at the Fort Homer Hesterly Armory in Tampa, Florida by William V. 'Red' Robertson, captures him in a full, convention-defying flow. Andrew Bird – Armchair Apocrypha. Raise your hand if you also thought the cat was a head of lettuce. Little Feat – Waiting for Columbus Killer artwork, killer shows. Or any Molly Hatchet cover? Deep Purple in Rock. Humble Pie “Rock On”. Designed by artist Joe Belt, who made his name capturing the characters of the Wild West, Belt trained his aim on another dark chapter of American history, depicting fallen soldiers, addicts, and an imprisoned populace. Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood looked impeccably stylish doing whatever it was they were doing on the Rumours cover. Tubular Bells to name but three. Why never name the covers artists? The Doors – Morrison Hotel Of course, it got an extra dimension by playing with Love’s own image at the time. Thread Status: ... Born today, and was just sitting here admiring the cover art - as well as the music - and started thinking about other album covers that don't mention the band or the album. How’s that for a diverse list? “Sweet Moments With The Blue Velvet Band” for the Eric Von Schmidt designed board game on the INSIDE of the fold out cover. What Ho! Big Machine. That cover is supposed to suggest she WAS naked because she could easily have been. 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