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My Favorite Album Covers / Artwork

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Well, I find myself attracted, for good or bad, by the artwork on album covers. If it is interesting enough, it will get me to listen to the music. :)

Please feel free to post your favorite covers here, as many as you wish. If you want to add some commentary about what you like about 'em, that would be great! 

-Paul 

 

Here are three of my favorites.  :) 

 

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The Captain's cover was, and still is, a deep dive into true weirdness. Especially if you try to figure it out while listening to the title song. 

 

 

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Okay, Gerry Rafferty was just the epitome of cool when this album came out. Everyone wanted to wear cool shades, a light beard, scarf, and jeans. Come to think of it, that is what I wear almost every day myself, except for the scarf. Must mean I have some trace of "cool" in me too. 

 

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Everyone knows the Cinderella story, but this music will always be the definitive telling of the story for me. (Well, if you include the Ballet. There is a version of the ballet with this music where the evil step sisters are far more comical than evil. Pole dancing even... ;) It just doesn't get any better than this!

 

 

 


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I think I will post here more than once.

 

A bold minimalist idea :)

 

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An opposite idea :)

 

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An idea :) (unfortunately seems there's no high quality photo/scan of this cover on the internet)

 

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The man that hath no music in himself, nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils. The motions of his spirit are dull as night, and his affections dark as Erebus. Let no such man be trusted. Mark the music.

                                                                          ―  William Shakespeare.

 

 

 

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the one with Susan Rotolo on it was cool


"The overwhelming majority [of audiophiles] have very little knowledge, if any, about the most basic principles and operating characteristics of audio equipment. They often base their purchasing decisions on hearsay, and the preaching of media sages. Unfortunately, because of commercial considerations, much information is rooted in increasing revenue, not in assisting the audiophile. It seems as if the only requirements for becoming an "authority" in the world of audio is a keyboard."

-- Bruce Rozenblit of Transcendent Sound

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The man that hath no music in himself, nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils. The motions of his spirit are dull as night, and his affections dark as Erebus. Let no such man be trusted. Mark the music.

                                                                          ―  William Shakespeare.

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, cambridgehank said:

My all time favorite album cover.  I had the poster in my dorm room and my house for 30 years. You have to really study the artwork.

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oh my gosh - that is just cool. I have seen it before, but never noticed more than the Lion. Was it always B&W or was there a color version? 

 

 


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A stylish cover. I'm not mentioning Valerie's hair which IMO is just super stylish.

 

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A different style (and hair style too :))

 

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Beside that every cover on which Iggy Pop is half naked for me is a winner (I'm straight if someone wants to ask).

 

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The man that hath no music in himself, nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils. The motions of his spirit are dull as night, and his affections dark as Erebus. Let no such man be trusted. Mark the music.

                                                                          ―  William Shakespeare.

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, diecaster said:

This is one is great and very much a big risk considering the date of release: 

 

Not really. It was considered acceptably cool and risque. Was displayed in supermarkets and drugstores and no one got upset.


Main listening (small home office):

Surge protector +_iFi  AC iPurifiers >Isol-8 Mini sub Axis Power Conditioning+Isolation>CAPS IV Pipeline Server + Sonore 12V PS >SOtM Lan Isolator>Bricasti M5 Network Player >Kii Control>Kii Three >GIK Room Treatments.
 

Secondary Listening: CAPS Pipeline>IFi iOne DAC>Schiit Freya>Kii Three . Also 2 SBT and an SB Boom. 

All absolute statements about audio are false :)

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1 hour ago, firedog said:

 

Not really. It was considered acceptably cool and risque. Was displayed in supermarkets and drugstores and no one got upset.

 

https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/features/7370623/herb-alpert-whipped-cream-other-delights-story-behind-album-cover-50-years-later

 

Herb Alpert does not agree.

 

An excerpt:

 

“My first reaction was, 'Holy shit, man. Too racy,'” Alpert says. “Obviously now it would hardly register, but at the time I thought, 'Wow, that’s a little much.'

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2 hours ago, diecaster said:

 

https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/features/7370623/herb-alpert-whipped-cream-other-delights-story-behind-album-cover-50-years-later

 

Herb Alpert does not agree.

 

An excerpt:

 

“My first reaction was, 'Holy shit, man. Too racy,'” Alpert says. “Obviously now it would hardly register, but at the time I thought, 'Wow, that’s a little much.'

 

Irrelevant appeal to a non authority. Like I wrote, it was sold and on display everywhere and it wasn't a big deal. In supermarkets and drugstores back then, if they thought something was over the line it was either "under the counter" or hidden by a paper wrapping (for instance, Playboy mag, that didn't even have  nudes on the cover back then). That's the reality.

Herb Alpert was already an "old fogy" in 1966, and his  clouded memories aren't a standard for judging much. 


Main listening (small home office):

Surge protector +_iFi  AC iPurifiers >Isol-8 Mini sub Axis Power Conditioning+Isolation>CAPS IV Pipeline Server + Sonore 12V PS >SOtM Lan Isolator>Bricasti M5 Network Player >Kii Control>Kii Three >GIK Room Treatments.
 

Secondary Listening: CAPS Pipeline>IFi iOne DAC>Schiit Freya>Kii Three . Also 2 SBT and an SB Boom. 

All absolute statements about audio are false :)

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