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General Discussion => Music: The Universal Language? => Topic started by: Detective Chimp on October 13, 2007, 09:21:49 AM

Title: Awesome Album Covers
Post by: Detective Chimp on October 13, 2007, 09:21:49 AM
Post your favorite album covers here. To start off, we have Captain Beyond's self titled debut. It's actually a pretty great album too. It has the original Deep Purple lead singer and some members of Iron Butterfly.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51TB5P7598L._AA240_.jpg)

Note: Only the cover matters for this thread, so the songs inside can be less than stellar.
Title: Re: Awesome Album Covers
Post by: Bob on October 13, 2007, 09:57:20 AM
Post your favorite album covers here. To start off, we have Captain Beyond's self titled debut. It's actually a pretty great album too. It has the original Deep Purple lead singer and some members of Iron Butterfly.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51TB5P7598L._AA240_.jpg)

Note: Only the cover matters for this thread, so the songs inside can be less than stellar.

Wow, never heard of that, but from allmusic.com, it sounds great.

Captain Beyond is a one-of-a-kind progressive album with rock, heavy metal, and jazz influences with a "space rock" lyrical bend. Formed by former members of Deep Purple (Rod Evans, vocals), Iron Butterfly (Rhino, lead guitar, and Lee Dorman, bass), and Johnny Winter (Bobby Caldwell, drums) Captain Beyond is an album that flows from riff to riff, drumbeat to drumbeat, often with various time signatures within the same song. Taking a tip from the Moody Blues, songs flow directly into each other without benefit of any lag time between selections. Taken as a whole, the album is kind of a rush, as quick, riff-laden guitar lines predominate for a few songs before slowing down temporarily into a lull until the next takeoff. Lyrically, the album differentiates itself by exploring themes of the outer world and meanings of existence, often with references to the moon, sea, sun, and so on. Listeners may get the feeling of taking a journey to space in a rocket ship headed for destination unknown. Musically, the album is superior in all aspects. Rod Evans has a strong rock voice, Rhino plays an enormous amount of hook-laden guitar lines, and Lee Dorman plays complex basslines (for example, at the end of "As the Moon Speaks-Return") that lead to typically rhythmic, nimble Bobby Caldwell drumming. The tightness between musicians is enormous, never lets up for long, and leaves the listener feeling like the ride should continue for the indefinite future.
Title: Re: Awesome Album Covers
Post by: Rude on October 13, 2007, 11:00:00 AM
...

Wow... an actual thread about favorite album covers without any irony. Usually these threads are all about people trying to find the funniest or most ridiculous cover art. Anyway, here are a few of my favorites... just a few. I didn't include any Pink Floyd albums, The Beatles or any of my favorite Exotica artists... maybe i'll do a part two later on. But for now, there's just not enough space!

(http://img502.imageshack.us/img502/6515/albumshg2.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)

-Rude
Title: Re: Awesome Album Covers
Post by: Minnesota on October 13, 2007, 12:17:28 PM
(http://cdn.last.fm/coverart/300x300/1412498.jpg)
Green Day - Dookie ... My very first CD, the cover is cool to look at and still offers a bit of nostalgia

(http://static.rateyourmusic.com/album_images/s3997.jpg)
Marcy Playground - Shapeshifter ... this reminds me of High School art class... serious I think they ripped off my drawings  :angry:

(http://www.atvobsession.com/pictures/misc/southpark.jpg)
 8) Classic
Title: Re: Awesome Album Covers
Post by: Bob on October 13, 2007, 12:20:28 PM
I've always been fond of Husker Du's Warehouse:  Songs and Stories.

(http://images-eu.amazon.com/images/P/B000005JAM.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg)
Title: Re: Awesome Album Covers
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on October 14, 2007, 02:11:14 PM
(http://panther1.last.fm/coverart/300x300/2291929.jpg)
Exodus - Shovel Headed Kill Machine

(http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B00005OADL.01._SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg)
Motorhead - Orgasmatron

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/9/91/Smell_The_Glove.svg/256px-Smell_The_Glove.svg.png)
Spinal Tap - Smell the Glove

(http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/I/51S51lU2v3L._AA240_.jpg)
Molly Hatchet
Title: Re: Awesome Album Covers
Post by: Detective Chimp on October 14, 2007, 02:45:01 PM
That Molly Hatchet cover is awesome. Is that a Frank Frazetta?

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/516PW0QMDYL._AA240_.jpg)
Holy Diver by Dio

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51TARGFQ5NL._AA240_.jpg)
Mob Rules by Black Sabbath
Title: Re: Awesome Album Covers
Post by: RhodesWatson on October 14, 2007, 04:24:19 PM
(http://www.atvobsession.com/pictures/misc/southpark.jpg)
 8) Classic
Best album cover EVER.  ;D
Title: Re: Awesome Album Covers
Post by: Petey Wheatstraw on October 14, 2007, 04:26:52 PM
Pretty much any Frank Zappa cover....
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/513GF4CED7L._AA240_.jpg)
Title: Re: Awesome Album Covers
Post by: Bob on October 14, 2007, 04:32:39 PM
Pretty much any Frank Zappa cover....
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/513GF4CED7L._AA240_.jpg)

Wow, I had the album and had not seen that cover in a while.   Great cover.
Title: Re: Awesome Album Covers
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on October 16, 2007, 06:49:34 AM
This has always been one of my personal favorites.  I was in high school when it came out, and to this day it still sticks out in my mind:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v187/cooleyre/Pantera.jpg)
Title: Re: Awesome Album Covers
Post by: Tripe on October 16, 2007, 07:23:45 AM
I've always liked this cover:

(http://www.black-sabbath.de/lyrics/paranoid.jpg)

Primarily because it's seems obvious that the bloke with the sword is the owner of the Curry House Ozzy, Tony Geezer & Bill frequented and they put him on the cover in lieu of payment for four vindaloos and a bag of poppadoms.
Title: Re: Awesome Album Covers
Post by: Bairman on October 16, 2007, 07:57:53 AM
The Cars - Candy-O

(http://image.allmusic.com/00/amg/cov200/drc800/c841/c841760j9dy.jpg)
Title: Re: Awesome Album Covers
Post by: MrTorso on October 16, 2007, 12:05:41 PM
(http://image.allmusic.com/00/amg/cov200/drf700/f728/f72835fsif2.jpg)(http://image.allmusic.com/00/amg/cov200/drf600/f613/f61310zh2ls.jpg)(http://image.allmusic.com/00/amg/cov200/drd200/d237/d23761d361l.jpg)
(http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o255/MrTorso/thedwarvesbgp.jpg)(http://image.allmusic.com/00/amg/cov200/drf800/f875/f87530e1pvt.jpg)(http://image.allmusic.com/00/amg/cov200/drd500/d518/d5180624r6o.jpg)
(http://image.allmusic.com/00/amg/cov200/drd100/d176/d176924y54f.jpg)(http://image.allmusic.com/00/amg/cov200/drc400/c464/c4648217jc9.jpg)(http://image.allmusic.com/00/amg/cov200/drc600/c671/c671568702b.jpg)

Just a few of my favorites.
Title: Re: Awesome Album Covers
Post by: dignan on October 16, 2007, 12:26:16 PM
I was always a fan of Surf's Up, by The Beach Boys:

(http://cdcovers.iespana.es/cdcovers/CoversB/Beach_Boys-Surfs_Up-Front.jpg)

Kind of nicely goes against the "fun in the sun" image they were trying to rid themselves of by this time.



Title: Re: Awesome Album Covers
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on October 21, 2007, 11:05:28 PM
(http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e276/diamondback88/spreadthefiresmall.jpg)

And, with one album cover, the words of 100,000 metalheads were given life...

This album came out in August, too. It's like a huge flaming Satanic time warp opened up and belched forth thrash metal from the '80s.
Title: Re: Awesome Album Covers
Post by: Raven on October 21, 2007, 11:43:23 PM
I always liked that there were both an explicit lyrics and an edited cover for this one. 

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41GA2anT4nL._SS500_.jpg)

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41QJB1C3BHL._SS500_.jpg)
Title: Re: Awesome Album Covers
Post by: Minnesota on October 21, 2007, 11:50:07 PM
lol, never seen that edited cover before.

... sometimes edited covers are a good thing (as is the case for Jane's Addiction)

(http://www.velvetgarden.net/images/photos/20070621-07.jpg)
edited

(http://www.hasharat.co.il/mag/janes.jpg)
unedited ... not nearly as distinctive as the edited one in my opinion
Title: Re: Awesome Album Covers
Post by: MrTorso on October 22, 2007, 10:52:08 AM
Speaking of edited vs unedited covers:

(http://misskind.no.sapo.pt/dbimg/BlackCrowes-Amorica200219182_f.jpg)

(http://www.sleazeroxx.com/censored/amorica2.jpg)

When this album came out I had a huge display featuring the unedited cover and boy were there a lot of uptight prudes complaining....
Title: Re: Awesome Album Covers
Post by: Wheaty Petestraw on October 29, 2007, 06:34:01 PM
(http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc209/TheFBIgonnagetyanumber/KFAD.jpg)

A fantastic, striking image for the most underrated of all the Patton-fronted FNM albums.
Title: Re: Awesome Album Covers
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 22, 2012, 09:45:19 AM
Patton Oswalt's comedy albums tend to have cool covers.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61ZvaUST09L._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

(http://www.lossless-music.com/uploads/posts/2012-01/1325596982_tumblr_lnkmbqschs1ql6rs2_1310962111_cover.jpg)

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

From Devo

(http://www.viax.cl/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/something_for_everybody.jpg)

And Bowie
(http://image.lyricspond.com/image/d/artist-david-bowie/album-heathen/cd-cover.jpg)
Title: Re: Awesome Album Covers
Post by: GordonZola on December 02, 2012, 05:01:11 PM
Hawkwind have had some great covers:
(http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x364/jackamb50/1981-SonicAttack.jpg)
(http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x364/jackamb50/1982-ChooseYourMasques.jpg)
(http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x364/jackamb50/1990-SpaceBandits.jpg)
(http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x364/jackamb50/1973-SpaceRitual.jpg)
(http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x364/jackamb50/1974-HallOfTheMountainGrill.jpg)
(http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x364/jackamb50/1975-WarriorOnTheEdgeOfTime.jpg)
(http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x364/jackamb50/1977-QuarkStrangenessandCharm.jpg)

MST3K made at least 3 references to Hawkwind: most famous one:
(http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lhsps2Fq4A1qhvwvio1_1280.jpg)