?……..or …….exile on main street,,,,,,or maybe…..atom hearth mother? I miss the Band`s Music from big pink and Country Joe Mc Donald`s I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-to-Die. If you have sergeant pepper’s then you should have we’re only in it for the money by the Mothers of Invention. Besides that, I’d argue that there are a few more albums and artists definitely in 100s not mentioned: “Electric Ladyland” (Hendrix), “The Trooper” (Iron Maiden), “Mothership” (Led Zeppelin), “American Idiot” (Green Day), “The Eminem Show” (Eminem), “All Eyez on me” (2Pac), and “Straight Outta Compton”(NWA), “Hybrid Theory” (Linkin Park), “Enema of the State” (Blink182), “Seal II” (Seal), “Queen II” (Queen), “God Save the Queen” (Sex Pistols), “Destroyer” (Kiss), “The 20/20 Experience” (J. Timberlake), “The End” (Black Eyed Peas), “Demon Days” (Gorillaz)… jeez, I could make my own list. Well said. There are better Zeppelin covers, and I would think at least 1 from the Moody Blues would be on here! How’s that for a diverse list? Genesis: Seconds Out Would be nice to actually officially credit them too! If you had actually lived through the 60s you would know what it meant to the world of music. Dave Brubeck’s 1959 album Time Out is likely the most landmark use of pop art on a jazz cover. Number 21 or 22. Not even one of the first 5 Roxy Music albums or Enos Another Green World or Here Come The Warm Jets. 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. and Textured Goldprint rather than “Aqualung”. My favorite album cover is Blow By Blow from Jeff Beck! Even Hendrix hated that one! Where’s “Rock and Rolling with Fats Domino”? Here here! All the Ohio Players covers were legendary, and the early Westbound ones were considerably more daring than the hit-era ones for Mercury. It was banned for decades and should really have been here. I forgot City To City (Jerry Rafferty). Consequently where is Mike Oldfield’s ‘Tubular Bells’? yessongs, blind faith, bustin` out. The Pixies’ debut cover is sexy, sinister, and full of secret meanings, starting with a vintage-looking softcore photo that was staged for the cover shoot. Largely written by bandmembers Ian Anderson, John Evan, and Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond (with help from Chrysalis staffer and former journalist Roy Eldridge), the famous newspaper cover of Thick as a Brick is full of cross-references and cerebral wit – just like the music – and Anderson said it took just as much work. Burial – Untrue plus Carl Glover, Storm Thorgerson, etc. Indestructible), and Hybrid Theory (LINKIN PARK) beats several of the ones on this list. Savoy Brown,Outside Looking in.. My opinion the Best Cover art ever, Be Bop Deluxe “Axe Victim ” and “Sunburst Finish” To pick one single Cover; is Impossible, plain and simple. How can you have a list of the 100 best album covers and NOT feature – how about moby grape’s wow! The cover was memorably defaced by Bowie himself decades later. no Doe Maar, Herman Brood and no Nits all to Dutch for ya…….. Zappa “We are only in it for the Money” dennis wilson holding the mikestand from his crotch into the audience with that look on his face. Time to judge a book by its cover! Björk – Homogenic The great thing about the Blondie Parallel Lines cover isn’t just the black-and-white composition but the way Debbie Harry (the only one not smiling) exudes power, while all the guys look a bit goofy. I ended up with Sticky Fingers – Warhol, Weasel’s Ripped MF – Neon Parks, Disreali Gears – Martin Sharp etc. YES – RELAYER – my favourite! Sorry Guv, the first Platinum album was In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida by Iron Butterfly. The James Gang…a Myriad of others…The Moody Blues alone should have at least 2 of their awesome art on this display….. Although…you have captured many…. Not so with John Coltrane’s Blue Train, whose somber photo and mood lighting marked it as a work to take seriously. Pink Floyd “Meddle ” Gravy Train – A Ballad of a peaceful Man ? Left off: Jimi Hendrix Cry of Love; Osibisa “Osibisa”; Osibisa “Woyaya”; Suntreaser “Zin-Zin”; Babe Ruth “First Base”; Uriah Heep “Demons and Wizards”; Blue Cheer “Blue Cheer”; Blue Oyster Cult “Blue Oyster Cult”; Colosseum “the Grass Is Greener”; Babe Ruth “The Best of Babe Ruth”; Lenny White “Venusian Summer”; Pink Floyd “Relics” (US LP); Blind Faith “Blind Faith” (banned coved); Suzi Quatro “Suzi Quatro”; Buddy Miles “Them Changes”; Golden Earring “Moontan” (US banned cover); Kate Bush “Kick Inside” (Yugoslavian cover & red socks cover); Hard Stuff “Bolex Dementia” (US cover); Rory Gallagher “Tattoo”; Linda Ronstadt “Don’t Cry Now”; Dolly Parton “Something Special”; Tanya Tucker “Tanya Tucker”; Helen Reddy “Reddy”; Julie London “Make Love to Me”; Jaye P. Morgan “Just You Just Me”; June Christy “June’s Got Rhythm”….etc. Sabbath’s Paranoid and Rage Against the Machine’s self title could’ve easily made the list. some of these covers are just bands posing. Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes, Any early Genesis cover should be there, especially “Trick Of The Tail” or “Selling England By The Pound”. It’s an amazing cover. While the album made an instant star out of Springsteen, the cover did the same for E Street Band’s sax man Clarence Clemons. Roger Dean was a genius. From Beatlejuice to Nightcrawler, how many can you get right? The perfect cover for a sensual and futuristic concept album, this captures Janelle Monáe’s depth and mystery and is a beautiful piece of art in its own right. No wonder the clever lads in XTC loved it. But, album covers are another thing, and I don’t think that every single shit the Beatles ever took needs to be lionized as genius. Foghat – Rock and Roll, Energized One of the psych era’s great hallucinations, the cover for Moby Grape’s 1968 double-album Wow showed an otherworldly landscape with the world’s largest bunch of grapes. Gone Fishin – Flipper Sporting a photo of JS Bach with a Moog synthesizer, Wendy Carlos’ pioneering electronic album Switched-On Bach was unlike anything people had seen (or heard) before in 1968. What about ‘It’s only a Movie’, with the free Banger inside?! Finding an album cover that captured the genre-pushing ambition of To Pimp A Butterfly was a tall order, but Kendrick Lamar and TDE were up to the task, as K dot assembled his hometown crew for a victorious party on the White House lawn, stomping on the symbol of a weaponized criminal justice system. ELO – Time A nod to how Thelonious Monk must’ve felt as a pioneering jazz artist, Underground casts the pianist as a French Resistance fighter in WWII. All of Madonna’s album covers are striking in their own way, but there’s something special about her 1983 self-titled debut. Of course, it got an extra dimension by playing with Love’s own image at the time. On their 1969 debut, the cavorting characters were there to remind you how much fun rock’n’roll was supposed to be. Everything in the cover, from the sepia tone photo, to the clothes to the typography was the antithesis of the sixties aesthetic and announced a new music rooted in the past. There's a Album Cover quiz for everyone. 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. Deep Purple: Machine Head The first Santana Looking In- Savoy Brown. Agree! Not one Iron Maiden album? Crimson’s first album cover is on the list. No ABBA on it ? Axis:Bold As Love – Jimi Hendrix, A good compilation but with some notable omissions: (here’s only a few) 2 great Hipgnosis-designed covers. Barnes’s sensual figures and jubilant dancers reflected the carnal nature of Gaye’s 1976 album. Where is the magnificant album of Blind Faith. Ah, the days when bands had the money to carry out their wildest ideas. Rick Griffin artwork ! Good thing that several people remember the 3d captain beyond cover. I would have liked to see some European covers, for instance: Kraftwerk QUIZ: Match the 80s artist to their album cover. Not a terrible list, but I’d have thought Weather Report – Heavy Weather, would have somehow made that list. 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. The album cover quiz posted a few weeks ago seemed to be enjoyed by many. Agree! I chose LP’s from musicians that I liked – that were done by fine artists of note and were interesting to look at. (So has the Interpretation Of Classical Works.). We assume the mess on the backside happened after someone pressed “start.”. ?………………….maybe dark side of the moon? http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/4c/Rock_and_Rolling_with_Fats.jpg. The minimalism of The Velvet Underground & Nico peel-away banana cover became an influence on punk visual style many years later and remains one of the greatest album covers. I like the list, but my personal Favourite covers include Kevin Coyne, ‘millionaires and teddy bears’, Ian Dury, ‘new boots and panties’, jungle brothers, ‘done by the forces of nature’, Julian cope, ‘dark orgasm’, beck, ‘morning phase’, Peaches, ‘fatherfucker’, van Morrison, ‘astral weeks’ and the john Lee Hooker and canned heat collaboration. Dream Weaver was a neat cover also. No Moody Blues? A soft cover just wouldn’t be right for Slayer’s thrash masterpiece Reign in Blood and designer Larry Carroll packed a thousand nightmares into this Bosch-like painting, which influenced metal imagery for decades to come. I still like that first Grateful Dead album cover too! Osibisa ? Many great covers here, but The Police’s “Ghost in the Machine” should have been included. – Animals by Pink Floyd 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! Croquet Anyone? BTO’s “Not Fragile” Or how about Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division? Pump by Aerosmith Uriah Heep: Demons and Wizards and The Magician’s Birthday I do see “Wish You Were Here” is listed. Def Maybe by Oasis is a great cover and photo…shame it didn’t make it. The sublime strangeness of this David Bowie photo tells you everything you need to know about the creative madness of his Berlin period. Have a mono and a stereo copy. Any of the First 3 Waterboys album covers. C’mon – it devaluates this list! L.A. suburbia meets Rene Magritte. Scorpions fly to the rainbow. Not every band would fly a pig over Battersea Power Station, but few other bands would make an album that absolutely called for it. George Harrison – Wonderwall Served its purpose no doubt in keeping a hungover intern busy for an afternoon copying and pasting images and not otherwise effing up an important (sic) project. Thank You for such a wonderful list even though you overlooked some of my personal favourites. Meanwhile, his debut allowed him to look like the crazed hillbilly everyone’s parents feared he was. I’d include Budgie’s Bandolier, he first Captain Beyond album in 3D, Nazareth’s No Mean City and Lucifer Friend’s first album. It should, however, have been pictured with the “Belly-Belt”. Beth Orton – Trailer Park It’s striking, captures the psychedelic spirit of the times, is an iconic image always associated with Hendrix and it’s the cover most people are familiar with. Well, the list is almost purely anglo-american. One really missing is Deep Purple In rock. Kanye West brings the minimalist “White Album” concept to the CD era. While everyone of these are worthy, there are so many that could be included that a top 100 best covers list seems woefully inadequate. i’m thinking of ACDC’s back in black, come on, it’s hardly a great cover. And, Guitars that destroyed the world. Ok. Arriving one year after his milestone album The Payback, Brown delivered the double-album Hell, which called out societal ills both on record and on the elaborately illustrated cover. You’d think this list was made in the 1950s. Stand Up by Jethro Tull The cover of The Ramone’s 1976 self-titled debut is pure punk rock in all its black-and-white grittiness. The mysterious image on 1989’s cover was an easy one for her fans to copy, and they did. The Led Zeppelin “III” cover is a far more Original and Iconic Cover even though “HOTH” is one of Hipgnosis’ most beautiful designs. Ok, not bad. Like a proto XXL “Freshman Class”, the three alternate covers of A Tribe Call Quest’s classic third album Midnight Marauders featured a collage of 71 hip-hop personalities from Afrika Bambaataa to the Beastie Boys, like the Sgt Pepper of hip-hop. What about including some Budgie album covers. Album covers that give me good feelings besides quite a few in the presented list: Allman Brothers Band -Brothers ans Sisters;Emerson Lake And Palmer first album; Fairport Convention- What we did on our holidays;Gram Parsons-GP;J.J.Cale-Naturally;Jefferson Airplane-Volunteers;The Kinks-Percy ,and Lola versus Powerman & Money go round; The Mamas & The Papas-Deliver;Neil Young-Everybody knows this is Nowhere; The Lovin’ Spoonful -Best of the Lovin’ Spoonful (with the cartoon immages);Dylan -Blonde on Blonde; Doug Sahm-Doug Sahm and Band. Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures It sort of makes me ” Stone Cold Sober “, So good to hear of Crawler again. ELO – Out of the Blue 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”? The only rock album cover ever painted by Norman Rockwell. You should know better to dare put together a list like this and call it Greatest….no one is ever happy or appreciates the work put into it. Play Album Cover quizzes on Sporcle, the world's largest quiz community. With all four bandmembers together in a bathtub, the cover said more about The Mamas & The Papas than what was probably intended. The cover of Joy Division’s 1979 debut record is an actual depiction of radio waves. I would suggest Vangelis – Heaven and Hell , Manfred Mann – Angle Station , and Alan Parsons Project – I Robot. Dire Straits – Brothers in Arms? This cover is Roger Dean at his most vivid. Savoy Brown “Looking In” Joe Walsh- “But Seriously Folks” is a definite must for this list .. No Iron Maiden or KISS at all???!!! 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. Really? I am happy Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake is presented. Joanna Newsom – The Milk Eyed Mender Candy-O is one of the two best uses of pin-up art on a rock record, along with…. – Overnight Sensation by Frank Zappa Every amazing album needs a cover – it's the cherry on top of your cake or the Flake in your ice cream. How come the Destroyer album from Kiss or Love Gun for that matter didn’t make the cut? Most of these album covers ain`t that great. And a great album too. It was their party; you could join if they let you. The Police’s Ghost in the Machine’s minimalist digital portrait of the band members. Pink Floyd – Ummagumma And although they had other great album covers,I will submit Quicksilver Messenger Service and “Happy Trails”. This cover did wonders with its simple strategy. Lotus – Santana Not a single Cannibal Corpse cover. Turns out to be the first CD I ever bought. Carole King – Tapestry 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. Between the rappers’ Gucci-style outfits and the piles of money in the background, the cover for Eric B. and Rakim’s sophomore album Paid in Full said it all about going bigtime in 1987 and is considered one of the greatest album covers in hip-hop. The most interesting development in Cover Art through the 20th century on the other hand; happened in the Classical genre, where either photo of Performer in Penguin-Suit / Evening Dress or a Romantic Landscape Painting were the strict code, definitely loosened up by the late 80s and forward up to our time. Are you kidding me? duhhh…. Thanks to PrisonBound for reminding me of this one. Edgar Froese: Macula Transfer But not top 100. Peter Blake’s pop-art assemblage on Sgt. I would toss the Asia cover for any of the Yes albums. Shame. It was creativity to the nth degree, man! And not just because she is nude!!! Patto – Hold Your Fire Lynyrd Skynyrd – Street Survivors. One of the many imaginative trips from the late 60s, this assemblage – by the band’s drummer – represents various personal dreams of the band members. Violent Femmes “Hallowed Ground” is another. How could I forget? Ten points if you can find where the Beatles are hiding in the 3D image on Their Satanic Majesties Request. Can you recognise these 23 iconic movie posters without the text? Be Good To Yourself At Least Once A Day by Man – if only for the fantastic origami map of Wales. Sadly, the artist passed away only months afterwards. Goat’s Head Soup – The Rolling Stones, cd packaging is a different size as well. As a Personal request, I’d say that Roy Harper’s “Lifemask”, with its split centre -and-fold-back Definitely’s got a place amongst the 100 most Unique Record-Covers. Brand New. The cover depicts one of the greatest rock guitarists in his prime! Metálica : Ride The Ligthning Pepper sleeve to great success. Some of Elton’s greatest album covers were a bit splashy, others a little somber. Album covers without any text (name of the band or the album). HOW COULD YOU FORGET CHEECH & CHONG’S “BIG BAMBU” WITH THE GIANT ROLLING PAPER INSIDE. Who made this list obviously never saw a Uriah jeep album cover smh, Missing from list: No Peter Saville or Vaughan Oliver works? Agreed. And what about Cal Schenkel’s work for Frank Zappa – for instance Uncle Meat. complexity is the miracle, who tries to say it all? There are a couple of Yes albums too that I can think of also. Allan Brother’s – Eat A Peach Neil Young – After the Goldrush. Many good picks here and I was happy to see perhaps my favorite album ever,The new riders “the adventures of Panama red, although I,m not sure if it deserved it. Police – Ghost In The Machine The Argus cover stuck with me through all these years. Quicksilver Happy Trails not in the top 100 ? Little Feat – Waiting for Columbus Killer artwork, killer shows. Frank Zappa wrapped his skewering of hippie culture We’re Only In It for the Money in an equally vicious parody of the Sgt. 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. really? So many Moodies covers are way better than a lot here, even albums I love! 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