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Fav 5 Album covers

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by GROOVEjunkie, Oct 19, 2005.

  1. I went through some of my collections (books, mags, music, etc.) the other night and started checking out some great old LP covers from my neurotic vinyl stash.

    Album covers were a true ART form back in the 60s, (especially) 70s, and 80s. Those 12in x 12in images lent so much to the imagination of what the music might bring. Todays CD covers cannot convey that much due to that dinky size.

    So what are your top 5 Favorite Album Covers (or CD covers).

    Here's mine in no particular order:
    1. Rush - Caress of Steel. Underrated album, AMAZING image.
    2. Steely Dan - The Royal Scam - That paranoid, schizo image overhead is perfectly balanced by the guys hole in his shoe. Great cover, GREATER album.
    3. Yes - Yesterdays - I actually met the artist, the GREAT Roger Dean, who explained to me that that cover was inspired by his adolescence. See the pic, you'll understand. It's a guy thing.
    3. Iron Maiden - Just about ALL of them, but Powerslave has so much hidden stuff in it. You can sit there for hours and find things you missed at first.
    4. Jethro Tull - Broadsword & the Beast. That sinister "elf" staring at you is great not to mention the angle of the heads on the frame of the image.
    5. Styx - The Grand Illusion - By the Amazing Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley. Man, those guys defined an era (eg, Grateful Dead, Steve Miller, Journey). So clean, just like the good stuff back in the day, heh ;) .

    So what are some others?? 5 of your favs.
  2. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Average White Band-Warmer Communications
    Ohio Players-Honey

    As you say, '...see the cover(s), it's a guy thing'.

    Miles' Bitches Brew
    Beatles' Revolver or Sgt. Pepper's
    Tull's Thick As A Brick (Note the 'beaver shot')
    Alice Cooper's School's Out or Pretties For You
    Blind Faith's debut album

    If you're a Roger Dean fan, there's some interesting hidden images on the front cover of Uriah Heep's Demons & Wizards.
  3. The Owl

    The Owl

    Aug 14, 2005
    Atlanta GA
    There's so many I love, but here's 5 favorites of The Owl:


    Anglagard - Hybris

    MILES DAVIS: Kind of Blue


    CHARLES MINGUS: Pithecanthropus Erectus (original cover)


    KING CRIMSON: Larks Tongues In Aspic


    NATIONAL HEALTH: Of Queues and Cures
  4. cheezewiz

    cheezewiz Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2002




  5. DAMNIT!! I wish I could have attached actual pics like you have.

    Lemme see what I can do.

    There are soooo many other cool ones.

    Thanks for adding to the thread.
  6. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
  7. Blodwyn Pig (the one with the pig in sunglasses and a cig)

    Sgt. Pepper - The Beatles

    Abbey Road - The Beatles (maybe the most famous one of all)

    Kick out the Jams - MC5
  8. Hey, that's only 4?!? ;)
  10. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    stealing wal-mart's bandwidth....

    too many others.......

    12" vinyl was where it was at when it comes to album artwork. Little CD covers just don't cut it.
  11. Jonki

    Jonki I will not slap my Bee!

    Oct 14, 2003
    Arendal, Norway





    my two fav bands!
  12. RHFusillo

    RHFusillo Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2000
    Phoenix, AZ
    Beatles -- White Album
    Spinal Tap -- Smell the Glove
    Steely Dan -- Aja
    Eric Dolphy -- Out to Lunch
    Astor Piazzolla -- Tango: Zero Hour

    And damned near all of the ECM covers from the 1970's. Call me a minimalist.
  13. Brad Barker

    Brad Barker

    Apr 13, 2001
    berkeley, ca
  14. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player





  15. mwm70


    Oct 27, 2004
  16. BadB


    May 25, 2005
    AZ, USA
    Can't post a pic, but I used to have the original LP Lovedrive, from the Scorpions, before it was banned in the US. Quite provocative for a young teen in the early eighties.
  17. Vorago

    Vorago (((o)))

    Jul 17, 2003
    Antwerp, Belgium
  18. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
  19. buzzbass

    buzzbass Shoo Shoo Retarded Flu !

    Apr 23, 2003
    Rainbow: Rising
    Led Zep: III
    Kiss: Love Gun
    Nugent: Weekend Warriors
    Maiden: Killers (It's tattooed on my left arm)
  20. Brad Barker

    Brad Barker

    Apr 13, 2001
    berkeley, ca

    that was lennon's idea, wasn't it?