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(Neatorama)   Behind the Cover - The origins of famous album art   ( neatorama.com) divider line
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2012-12-27 03:52:53 PM  
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Best album art ever.
 
2012-12-27 04:15:26 PM  
London Calling is my favorite of all time.  That is all.
 
2012-12-27 04:30:18 PM  
Those are OK, but I prefer something more subtle...

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2012-12-27 04:33:54 PM  
David Lee Roth said, "Dancing chrome women." (He didn't say why.)

It's good they went with the angel baby. Chrome-y airbrush art was really starting to be played out by 1984, and the album cover would have been as dated looking as that Cars album with the Nagel print.
 
2012-12-27 04:36:17 PM  

phaseolus: that Cars Duran Duran album with the Nagel print

 
2012-12-27 05:04:10 PM  
A bit odd that the entry for London Calling made no mention of Elvis Presley's debut.

Their album cover is not the only one to draw inspiration from it
 
2012-12-27 05:04:44 PM  

phaseolus: phaseolus: that Cars Duran Duran album with the Nagel print


I'd entertain an argument that this:

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comes off as more '80s-looking than this:

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(I think the Nagel cover has more of a mid/late '70s vibe, but that's 'cause I read a lot of Playboy growing up...)
 
2012-12-27 05:06:48 PM  

Uzzah: phaseolus: phaseolus: that Cars Duran Duran album with the Nagel print

I'd entertain an argument that this:

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comes off as more '80s-looking than this:

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(I think the Nagel cover has more of a mid/late '70s vibe, but that's 'cause I read a lot of Playboy growing up...)


...for the articles, of course.
 
2012-12-27 05:08:25 PM  
I had a roommate who insisted that when he smashed the N64 controllers (passionately, and with frequency), he was just imitating that London Calling cover.
 
2012-12-27 05:21:10 PM  
Album art was just one more way for these mainstream bands to sell their auto-tuned garbage they called "music".
 
2012-12-27 05:24:12 PM  
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Speaking of album covers, these two were illustrated by late comedian Phil Hartman.
 
2012-12-27 05:27:58 PM  

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Best album art ever.


The printing place I used to work for had some religious themed musical acts as regular customers. I saw some disturbing shait there, but the weirdest was a family, Mom, Dad, and two kids who were dressed as an airline crew. Dad was the Pilot, Mom the Copilot, and Son and Daughter were flight attendants, it just came across about as creepy as possible, and that was from a genre that ALWAYS looked like the result of centuries of inbreeding.
 
2012-12-27 05:28:19 PM  

Atomic Spunk: [apple.copydesk.org image 500x500]


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Speaking of album covers, these two were illustrated by late comedian Phil Hartman.

No shiat?  That's awesome.

These were done by, um...who cares?


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2012-12-27 05:32:54 PM  
Atomic Spunk Speaking of album covers, these two were illustrated by late comedian Phil Hartman.

CSB, he had the Poco one (original art) framed in his living room of his house, 'sides co-writing "Pee Wee's Big Adventure" guy had a lot more going on than you'd realize from SNL...
RE: Heartbeat City...i would argue a '71 Duster 340 doesn't scream 80's like all those Tupperware wedges...
 
2012-12-27 05:52:47 PM  
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Best album cover ever.
 
2012-12-27 05:56:47 PM  
Roger Dean FTW:

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2012-12-27 05:56:57 PM  
My favorite:


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2012-12-27 06:05:28 PM  
Also worth mentioning is the NSFW cover of Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland. I think they just hired a bunch of hookers to pose in a big cover shoot.

Of course, it was censored for US audiences:

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2012-12-27 06:07:01 PM  
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Great album cover and even greater band name!
 
2012-12-27 06:09:36 PM  
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I remember hiding this from my parents
 
2012-12-27 06:21:39 PM  
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One of my favorites, and the only good album from that band, IMHO.
 
2012-12-27 06:25:32 PM  
And who can forget when these assholes
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2012-12-27 06:30:36 PM  

skinink: My favorite:
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I like the original one better. It lasted about a week. A few years ago, I saw the original on an LP, but didn't have the $80 it cost at the time.
 
2012-12-27 06:51:05 PM  

Ed Grubermann: And who can forget when these assholes
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Ripped off
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Sh*t sandwich.
 
2012-12-27 08:09:01 PM  

Lionel Mandrake: Speaking of album covers, these two were illustrated by late comedian Phil Hartman.

No shiat? That's awesome.


No shiat.  I think he did a couple others, not certain, but yeah.  He did those.


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http://www.panamintcity.com/exclusives/u2tree.html

Cool link to a 2008 pilgrimage to the actual Joshua tree depicted int he I think spring 1986 photoshoot for 1987's "The Joshua Tree".

http://www.joshuatreenationalpark.net/u2tree.htm

actually this is kinda cooler.  shows the tree circa 1998.
 
2012-12-27 08:12:46 PM  
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2012-12-27 08:15:52 PM  

downstairs: London Calling is my favorite of all time.  That is all.

 
2012-12-27 08:21:27 PM  
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http://www.kuriositas.com/2011/02/monumental-cemetery-of-staglieno-g en oa.html
2011-era photos of the Monumental Cemetery of Staglieno.  You should know the above pictures if you're cool.if not, hint:  the first is the cover of a massively influential album.  the second was i believe on the cover of a song recorded at the album's sessions, but released as a 12-inch and not on the album.
 
2012-12-27 08:49:09 PM  
where's Blind Faith?
 
2012-12-27 08:51:51 PM  
Late for the Sky has a good story behind it. Browne's concept of an L.A. street scene as painted by Magritte
also,Ken Russell recreated the Daltrey-baked bean cover in his film version of Tommy. improved it , actually, as Daltrey was cavorting in a sea of beans with Ann Margaret.
 
2012-12-27 09:07:49 PM  
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Did you know that when Larry Carroll showed Geffen the art he had finished for the album, it was rejected?

Not for content, but due to size. The album cover is only the immediate center of the artwork, and the throne is the exact center. Yes, it is that damn big.

It measures a staggering 9' x 13'. And, of course, I can't find the full-size version.
 
2012-12-27 09:34:45 PM  

E_Henry_Thripshaws_Disease: where's Blind Faith?


Where's Mom's Apple Pie?
 
2012-12-27 09:48:01 PM  

rickythepenguin: [lh6.googleusercontent.com image 640x426]

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http://www.kuriositas.com/2011/02/monumental-cemetery-of-staglieno-g en oa.html
2011-era photos of the Monumental Cemetery of Staglieno.  You should know the above pictures if you're cool.if not, hint:  the first is the cover of a massively influential album.  the second was i believe on the cover of a song recorded at the album's sessions, but released as a 12-inch and not on the album.


Joy Division
The first was used as the cover art for the LP Closer while the second is the cover of the 12" single "Love Will Tear Us Apart."

/has the second as a framed poster in the rehearsal/recording room
 
2012-12-27 10:45:24 PM  

phaseolus: phaseolus: that Cars Duran Duran album with the Nagel print


That is one of the things that bugs me about Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman." Gaiman depicted the avatar of Desire as an androgynous Nagel girl/guy.

It was a dated reference before the series even came out.
 
2012-12-27 10:49:45 PM  
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/Chi-Chi Rodriguez morphed with the faces of JFK, LBJ, Nixon and Ford.
 
2012-12-27 11:45:22 PM  
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2012-12-28 12:04:22 AM  
Its very sad that Album cover art is pretty much dead. Was dying when CDs shrunk it down now its pretty much done. As cool as the internet and progress are, some things they killed did not deserve to die

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My fave
 
2012-12-28 12:52:39 AM  

E_Henry_Thripshaws_Disease: where's Blind Faith?


Censored in Bald Eagle-land.

/got the original album art on a CD
 
2012-12-28 02:50:52 AM  

E_Henry_Thripshaws_Disease: where's Blind Faith?


Or The Scorpions' Virgin Killer?

/NSFW, possibly Not Safe For Your Local Jurisdiction
 
2012-12-28 03:38:04 AM  
Naw on all that. Here you go:

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2012-12-28 03:39:27 AM  
...or this one here:

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2012-12-28 09:53:37 AM  
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And my personal favorite:
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2012-12-28 10:31:44 AM  

Mikey1969: Because People in power are Stupid: [biggerlogo.com image 450x450]
Best album art ever.

The printing place I used to work for had some religious themed musical acts as regular customers. I saw some disturbing shait there, but the weirdest was a family, Mom, Dad, and two kids who were dressed as an airline crew. Dad was the Pilot, Mom the Copilot, and Son and Daughter were flight attendants, it just came across about as creepy as possible, and that was from a genre that ALWAYS looked like the result of centuries of inbreeding.


I think you misunderstand me. I'm not making fun of these ladies because of some perceived anti-christian bias. I am celebrating the fact that Christ can make their sinful lives whole again and their album art. Because Christians have the best album art. It is Christ-ful.

Come back to Jesus Mikey1969
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2012-12-28 11:01:49 AM  

ItchyMcDoogle: Its very sad that Album cover art is pretty much dead. Was dying when CDs shrunk it down now its pretty much done. As cool as the internet and progress are, some things they killed did not deserve to die

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My fave


The cool thing to do is find the old vinyl at wherever and frame the albums. I looking for good copy of Queen's News of the World right now.( for cheap)
 
2012-12-28 11:07:26 AM  
I always enjoyed the albums covers by the British design firm 'Hipgnosis', They did the covers for Pink Floyd, UFO and tens of others. check out:

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2012-12-28 11:10:37 AM  
When I came of age in the mid-70s and first started buying albums with my allowance money, it was well-known that all of the best album covers came from one design house... Hipgnosis.

I don't know whatever happened to them, but you really should look into their work if you're into this sort of thing. Their stuff from the 70s will remain well-known hundreds of years from now. Seriously.
 
2012-12-28 11:11:40 AM  

coldcuts: I always enjoyed the albums covers by the British design firm 'Hipgnosis', They did the covers for Pink Floyd, UFO and tens of others. check out:

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Holy farking shiat. I was typing that at the same time, and didn't even see your post. That's amazing.
 
2012-12-28 11:16:04 AM  
BTW, my favorite Hipgnosis album cover isn't even among the 168 samples linked in the Wiki. Free cocoa sampler pack if you can guess the title.
 
2012-12-28 11:35:16 AM  

Mr_Fabulous: BTW, my favorite Hipgnosis album cover isn't even among the 168 samples linked in the Wiki. Free cocoa sampler pack if you can guess the title.


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Hope thats not unsafe for work. Link from the Amazon site.
 
2012-12-28 11:40:46 AM  
I painted this album cover for one of my senior art projects in high school.
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