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    Cyburbian nerudite's avatar
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    Great Album Covers

    Getting ready to move, I was flipping through some of my LPs the other day, and I realized how much I used to love the art on the large records. What are your favorite cds and/or old LP covers?

    A few of my favorites:

    Joy Division


    the Clash


    REM

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    My girlfirend got me some of those Album Frames from Restoration Hardware and I have had fun rotating my favorites. Nerudites Joy Division cover is one of my faves too.

    Some others:

    http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B0...1.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

    http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B0...1.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

    Simple, but classic (and interactive):
    Velvet Underground
    [urlhttp://images.amazon.com/images/P/B000002G7C.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg[/url]

    http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B0...1.LZZZZZZZ.jpg
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    I'm also a fan of cover art. One I liked was
    R.E.M.'s Fables of the Reconstruction
    http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B0...1.LZZZZZZZ.gif

    ...or was it Reconstruction of the Fables?
    http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B0...1.LZZZZZZZ.gif
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    Originally posted by biscuit
    ...or was it Reconstruction of the Fables?
    EDIT: well thats what we called it, I dont know. :-S
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    Double thread relevance!


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    And here I thought something like this would be more of the guys' style:

    http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B0...1.LZZZZZZZ.jpg
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    I always thought that the Ohio Players had some very risque album covers, even though as a young girl, I didn't quite get the sexual connotations.



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    Originally posted by Planderella
    I always thought that the Ohio Players had some very risque album covers
    Here's one that maybe MikeD will appreciate.

    http://www.bingsoldskool.com/fire.jpg
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    AC/DC Back in Black. Some things are just better when left simple.http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B0...1.LZZZZZZZ.jpg
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    This is one of my favorite album covers:

    http://www.albumcovers.net/ldorekm89fms/janes1.jpg

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    Originally posted by nerudite
    And here I thought something like this would be more of the guys' style:

    http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B0...1.LZZZZZZZ.jpg
    OMG! My parents had that album and played it all the time (when they weren't making us watch Lawrence Welk reruns...).
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    I am partial to

    ramones rocket to russia, especially the back or ramones - road to ruin
    http://http://www.officialramones.co...roadtoruin.jpg

    My current avatar - The Who's Quadrophenia is a favourite, as is Who's Next? and Who By Numbers.

    Pretty much any Frank Zappa cover. But I especially like Over Nite Sensation

    http://www.zappa.com/fz/content/disc...r/overnite.gif


    I second the VU cover already shown.
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    I've always been partial to Duran Duran,

    http://kiosk.djangos.com/images/cove...30695Y9P5A.jpg

    ANY Pink Floyd

    or even The Firm

    http://cover09.cduniverse.com/MuzeAu...100/102106.jpg

    There were many others, but some of these got stared at by me LOTS as I listened alone in my room...
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    King Crimson:

    http://www.kgbsd.org/khs/mural/gif/cover.jpg


    The back of Janet Jackson's "The Velvet Rope" is cool, too.
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    Album Covers: A Lost Art Form

    Being a Luddite at heart I resisted buying a CD player up until the time record companies announced they would no longer be pressing vinyl albums (I think it was sometime around 1989 or 90). I admit that CD's are nice because they tend to be more durable, hold up to repeated playing without losing fidelity better, and are more portable (can't tell you how many times I hurt my back lugging heavy milk crates filled with vinyl albums). Those are CD's good points. True audiophiles (which I am admittedly not) will tell you that supposedly vinyl albums played on the highest quality turntable/needle produce a superior sound quality. I don't know much about that but I do know that those old vinyl 33 1/3 albums had superior album cover art.

    Yes, yes, I know they still have 'album art' in CD cases. I give them credit as they try real hard to improve on the limitations imposed by having a tiny media or 'canvas' as a standard jewel case insert is only about 20 square inches per face. Some companies include those somewhat inconvenient fold-in inserts to help overcome these size limitations but overall my impression is it typically falls well short of artistic standards set by good ol' square foot sized vinyl album covers.

    Those lovely cardboard album covers from yesteryear tended to be more durable than today's CD cases, but their biggest advantage was the size was ideally suited for artistic display. I actually knew of people that put album covers up on walls. I had a college suite-mate who actually 'wallpapered' part of their dorm room with album covers.

    Album covers from the 1950's tended typically to be rather unimaginative by today's standards, usually featuring little more than a posed picture of the artist and the album name or perhaps song titles.



    The 1960's, however, ushered in the psychadelic era and the album cover truly came into its own during this time as visual media to complement the psychadelic music (not to mention the album cover also acquired a pragmatic function during this time - a useful surface upon which to clean dope and roll joints [and for the benefit of those too young to remember vinyl records, marijuana used to have this stuff called 'seeds' in it ])



    some of y'all might be familiar with this one -



    IMO album cover art reached its apex during the 1970's. Groups like Emerson, Lake & Palmer featured artist HR Geiger's works (you know, the guy who designed the sets in the movie 'Alien').



    and let's not forget this iconic image from that era. Ah, simplicity on the same plane as Japanese minimalism



    Here are a few other albums covers from this period that made lasting impressions on me:





    Too bad the album was not as good as the cover art promised. Anyway, here's the interior view of that same Kansas album.



    Included just for Zman's benefit -





    This one actually came out in 1981 but has always been a favorite of mine.




    Anyone else remember any album covers that made a memorable impression on them from their youth?
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    There was the Kansas Monolith Album. It was an impressionest art show... to the music of Kansas!

    I think that part of the problem is that of an increasing egocentric culture where the image of the band is more important than the ideas behind the music. Today it is a photo or Britney Spears or of whom ever the performer is, instead of an image the represents the ideas and feelings behind their music. If just shows how bad the “ME ME ME” culture has become.

    Of course there are a few exceptions, but they are few and far between.
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    Moderator note:
    Merged threads.


    BTW, will any of us get suspended for those leeched images in the older posts?
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    Quote Originally posted by Zoning Goddess
    OMG! My parents had that album and played it all the time (when they weren't making us watch Lawrence Welk reruns...).
    Yes, my folks had that one also! And, incidently, "made" us kids watch Lawrence Welk too!

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    ack - yes on Lawrence Welk

    I agree with Maister on his choices - I also liked Steely Dan (obviously) Aja, Katy Lied and Royal Scam (I don't want suspension so I won't post them but you can see them at steelydan.com I believe)

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    Quote Originally posted by nerudite
    And here I thought something like this would be more of the guys' style:

    http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B0...1.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

    What's old is new again........

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister
    Yes, my folks had that one also! And, incidently, "made" us kids watch Lawrence Welk too!

    good night (doodly doot) sleep tight (doodly doot) until we meeet again (doot da doot da doot) adios (doodly doot) amigos (doodly doot)........
    Don't even go there. I still have flashbacks/nightmares about having to watch it as a kid, that and Hee Haw. Watching those shows probably caused me to get into punk/new wave and Art of Noise as a kid.
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    Not gonna add the pic.....find it at CD Now or someplace like that.....but chances are it will be edited.

    I have the real deal. It was very controversial. The first real "supergroup", Blind Faith.....their first album. The pic on the cover had a young teenage girl, topless. The album came out and it was banned in many stores. Eventually, the vinyl was released with some sort of protective cover.

    It is not pron. It is just a topless girl.....no different than a National Geographic photo. But it sure had folks in the early 1970's in an uproar.

    BTW.....the music inside is what counts and it is superb.

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