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Title: Album Covers/Artwork
Post by: undercover-m on February 21, 2016, 11:41:27 AM
Can we have a thread that talks about album artwork??

Being somewhat of an artist myself, I am quite fascinated by album art.
It's one of the many perks of vinyl: seeing a 12"x12" print of the artwork instead of a tiny picture on an iPod screen.

Anyway, feel free to just post pictures of your favorite works, or even tell a little bit about it (where was the photo taken? Who drew it? etc.).

I'll start off with Foster the People's albums. "Young and Sick" is the artist. A very weird and trippy vibe, which is exactly why I love it.

(http://static.idolator.com/uploads/2014/01/13/foster-the-people-supermodel-large.jpg)

(http://toolsandtoys.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/foster-the-people-torches-album.jpg)


Title: Re: album artwork
Post by: Ron on February 21, 2016, 12:01:26 PM
I have no idea why, because honestly I've never even heard the whole album, but this has always been one of my favorites:

(https://images.rapgenius.com/aa2ffacda362f9578ff8c3f4f32f11fc.500x500x1.jpg)

That's just a great album cover.


Here's another fantastic one, this is Diana Ross's first album.  I like it because although she looks almost like a little kid on it, it completely stands in stark contrast to her image even at the time of being the biggest Diva that ever lived.  It's a fantastic photograph that shows her in a different light than people expect to see her.  Honestly it shows her as the little kid that pulled herself straight out of the high-rise projects in Detroit to be one of the most famous women in the world.  

(http://www.rogerogreen.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/diana-ross-diana-ross.jpg)

No thread about Album Covers would be complete without one of Herb Alpert's fantastic ones:

(http://www.ateriet.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/herb-alpert-1.jpg)

Doesn't really need any explanation.  

And also one of my all-time favorites

(http://www.recordsale.de/cdpix/t/the_mamas___the_papas-if_you_can_believe_your_eyes_and_ears.jpg)

To be honest one of the reasons I like it is because Michelle Phillips is one of the most beautiful women that ever lived, but the whole vibe of the cover, even the album name perfectly captures what the Mama's and Papa's music was all about at the time.  I could look at it all day, fantastic cover.  

Two other interesting things:

1. notice how they cover up the open toilet, a big no-no in film and photography back then, and

2. notice the look on John's face (foreground), and Denny's face (background), and then realize that although John was married to Michelle, Denny was having an affair with her. 



Title: Re: album artwork
Post by: alf wiedersehen on February 21, 2016, 12:04:21 PM
I dig this thread, and I'll go for a couple of modern examples I've been thinking of lately:

Protomartyr's two most recent albums--their first album doesn't really count--are following an interesting design.
(http://www.hardlyart.com/images/PR/Protomartyr_LP1.jpg)(http://www.hardlyart.com/images/PR/Protomartyr_LP2.jpg)

The second and most recent is named The Agent Intellect, which is a conceptual idea about human intellect. I believe that's the purpose of the black box.


Title: Re: album artwork
Post by: Malc on February 21, 2016, 12:06:21 PM
That M&P sleeve photo was taken by Guy Webster, who worked with the BBs a lot during the SMiLE era. I did a brief interview with him for my BB Album Covers project - the updated versions of which will be available soon...


Title: Re: album artwork
Post by: alf wiedersehen on February 21, 2016, 12:09:58 PM
I think I see a noticeable, recurring element in your album cover choices, Ron. :P


Title: Re: album artwork
Post by: Ron on February 21, 2016, 12:14:52 PM
LOL


Here's another fantastic one to break the theme, and I'm sure everybody's seen it but again it's a GREAT album cover.

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-eJESju2jBRI/TsL5V4dTIuI/AAAAAAAABDk/yRxKKRbugtE/s1600/Handpicked_SatanIsReal_bkltEdit.jpg)

They went out to the dump, piled a bunch of tires on top of each other and set them on fire, then put the big wooden Satan up above it and almost got burnt up themselves trying to take the photo.  It perfectly captures Ira Louvin's song writing at the time, too, and

(i'm a Christian, so I can say this) the picture also sums up the whole "Raising hell on Saturday Night praying for forgiveness on Sunday Morning" Baptist thing that they grew up in and represented. 


Title: Re: album artwork
Post by: JK on February 21, 2016, 12:18:21 PM
This cover is almost as disturbing as the music on the two CDs:

(http://cps-static.rovicorp.com/3/JPG_400/MI0001/652/MI0001652539.jpg?partner=allrovi.com) 


Title: Re: album artwork
Post by: Ron on February 21, 2016, 12:23:04 PM
(http://illuminatisymbols.info/wp-content/uploads/illuminati-symbols-michael-jackson-dangerous-album-cover.jpg)

This is another fantastic one, not necessarily because it's really coherent or anything but because it kind of sums up Michael's life at the time.  HUGE fan, but he always left me thinking "I wish he wouldn't do that".  When the end of your song has a key change, then another key change, then another key change because you added in a second choir... maybe you're doing too much.

Same thing with this album cover, it's legendary and very strange, lots of little stuff going on, but like his music around the time ultimately it doesn't quite get to the great level it could have because there's just too much going on.  Needed an editor. 


Title: Re: album artwork
Post by: alf wiedersehen on February 21, 2016, 12:27:01 PM
Here's a new album cover that I love. Other than it just being excellent from a composition standpoint, I am fascinated by the seemingly impenetrable mystery. Is that a body lying next to the open door? What's that light inside the car? Why is this car stopped like that? Something's happened, but regardless of how long you stare at it, the answers don't become any clearer. I always choose to forget that I don't like their music, and I always want to listen again because of the cover. Eh, what the hell, time for another listen. Edit: Nope, still don't like it.
(http://cdn2.thelineofbestfit.com/media/2014/Drenge-Undertow-art.jpg)
Drenge's Undertow



Title: Re: album artwork
Post by: the captain on February 21, 2016, 12:29:59 PM
Always liked this.

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/ac/Eels-Blues.jpg)


Title: Re: album artwork
Post by: the captain on February 21, 2016, 12:31:42 PM
I like a lot of Mountain Goats album covers, with this one among my favorites. (Also among my favorite albums.)

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/6f/Tallahassee-Mountain_GoatsX_The_480.jpg)


Title: Re: album artwork
Post by: undercover-m on February 21, 2016, 01:20:42 PM
I think I see a noticeable, recurring element in your album cover choices, Ron. :P
if we're going for people in awkward poses....

(http://retro.recordsale.de/cdpix/a/art_garfunkel-fate_for_breakfast(1).jpg)
The copy I own is this one (http://www.amazon.com/Fate-Breakfast-Art-Garfunkel/dp/B0000025FL), but this one is funnier. Also, I don't know why there are different versions of this cover. ALSO, I love that kitchen.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61LzWlPyZ9L.jpg)
The hair.

(http://static.stereogum.com/uploads/2013/05/AlternativeWavers.jpg)
Awkward family photos.


Title: Re: album artwork
Post by: undercover-m on February 21, 2016, 01:24:26 PM
That Drenge's album looks like a scene from Twin Peaks, or something.
It does look like a body next to the car.
And I took a quick listen to their songs. Sounds like a darker version of some of the post-pop-punk stuff my friend has shown me.

Also, the whipped cream album cover is priceless. It takes "I'm never gonna wear this dress again" to another level.


Title: Re: album artwork
Post by: JK on February 21, 2016, 01:30:57 PM
Some of the best music ever to come out of Australia----and a supercool cover:

(http://cdn4.pitchfork.com/news/47253/8498fede.jpg)

With a classic cover designed by Ed "Big Daddy" Roth (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Roth). With thanks to Will (feelsflow) for that info.


Title: Re: album artwork
Post by: alf wiedersehen on February 21, 2016, 01:37:12 PM
Some of the best music ever to come out of Australia

I'll second that. Big Jesus Trash Can!


Title: Re: album artwork
Post by: undercover-m on February 21, 2016, 01:41:25 PM
(http://idsgn.org/images/animal_collective_cover.jpg)

want the wallpaper (http://p1.pichost.me/i/27/1498888.jpg)?


Title: Re: album artwork
Post by: JK on February 21, 2016, 02:13:41 PM
What a great topic!

This image from the UK Nirvana's second album is the stuff of nightmares:

(http://img.maniadb.com/images/album/190/190128_2_f.jpg)


Title: Re: album artwork
Post by: JK on February 22, 2016, 05:46:33 AM
(http://cdn.stereophile.com/images/styles/600_wide/public/mark_hollis.jpg?itok=LYxw79Xx)

Mark Hollis's lone solo album (1998): "The cover photo, taken by Stephen Lovell-Davis, is of Sardinian Easter bread. Hollis stated about the image, 'I like the way something appears to come out of his head, it makes me think of a fountain of ideas. Also the manner how the eyes are positioned fascinates me. When I saw the picture for the first time I had to laugh, but there's some very tragic about it at the same time.' (From the album's wikipage)


Title: Re: album artwork
Post by: Smilin Ed H on February 22, 2016, 09:24:22 AM
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-aCDY8lHbb90/Th2INb7cwKI/AAAAAAAAAE0/zrFDdN5eGh8/s1600/no+secrets.jpg)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8350/8272566145_c98b3b93b7_b.jpg)


Title: Re: album artwork
Post by: Dudd on February 22, 2016, 02:56:07 PM
Two very nice ones off the top of my head

(http://images.fnewsmagazine.com/2011/10/person-pitch.jpg)

(http://thekey.xpn.org/aatk/files/2013/05/rundgrenwizardstar.jpg)
(Admittedly the magic of this one has worn off having seen it so many times, but it just fits the music so well)


Title: Re: album artwork
Post by: JK on February 23, 2016, 08:57:53 AM
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-aCDY8lHbb90/Th2INb7cwKI/AAAAAAAAAE0/zrFDdN5eGh8/s1600/no+secrets.jpg)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8350/8272566145_c98b3b93b7_b.jpg)

Do I see a pattern emerging here?


Title: Re: album artwork
Post by: undercover-m on February 23, 2016, 12:31:30 PM
The title for the Carly Simon album fits a little too well.......

(http://truthaboutmusic.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/Two-Door-Cinema-Club-Tourist-History.png).
Not gonna lie, I'm more of a dog person than cat. But cats make the best album covers.


Title: Re: album artwork
Post by: undercover-m on February 23, 2016, 12:34:09 PM
edit: *the best indie album art.

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/ab/King_of_the_Beach_(Wavves)_album_cover.jpg)


Title: Re: album artwork
Post by: alf wiedersehen on February 29, 2016, 12:08:11 PM
This album isn't out yet, but I think the cover is striking and thought to post it here. So now I am.
(http://caselangveirs.com/_images/album-cover.jpg)


Title: Re: album artwork
Post by: JK on February 29, 2016, 01:49:12 PM
(http://images.fnewsmagazine.com/2011/10/person-pitch.jpg)

This one looked so familiar----and I found it eventually and revisited it on Youtube. Wonderful album. Thanks for reminding me of it. :=)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMu2QM0vqMA

   


Title: Re: album artwork
Post by: KDS on March 01, 2016, 05:03:28 AM
(http://cps-static.rovicorp.com/3/JPG_500/MI0000/817/MI0000817167.jpg?partner=allrovi.com)


Title: Re: album artwork
Post by: JK on March 04, 2016, 05:10:21 AM
(https://johnharveyblog.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/document20.jpg)


Title: Re: album artwork
Post by: undercover-m on March 04, 2016, 03:50:24 PM
(of course I would post this album):

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/A1kOn%2BEgvDL._SL1500_.jpg)
That's the record release version, at least.

Here's the normal version:
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/7f/Wincing_the_Night_Away.jpg)


Title: Re: album artwork
Post by: krabklaw on March 04, 2016, 05:18:35 PM
Here's a beautiful piece of art from Phil Travers who did many covers for the Moodies. It's more beautiful in person with it's textured cover.

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/52684612/cegbdf750.jpg)

I added the canvas texture in photoshop and tried to color correct this one to match as closely as I could the original album cover from back in the day:
(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/52684612/FMtkEsy.jpg)


Title: Re: album artwork
Post by: undercover-m on March 12, 2016, 03:56:53 PM
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-NOpxKdZuGZU/U6sA7f97LzI/AAAAAAAARN0/hN_ytg7huUw/s1600/Kinks_misfits_back2.jpg)

Almost too trippy for me.


Title: Re: album artwork
Post by: JK on March 15, 2016, 07:43:58 AM
(http://i2.wp.com/www.rockandrollgps.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/The_Doors_Strange_Days-Front-cover.jpg)


Title: Re: album artwork
Post by: Vegetable Man on March 15, 2016, 08:01:50 PM
(http://fleetfoxes.com/images/album_fleet_foxes.jpg) (http://fleetfoxes.com/images/album_helplessness.jpg)

Love Fleet Foxes. One of the best bands out there today. The Beach Boys are some of the many artists thanked in the liner notes for their first album. Also has a nice anecdote regarding inspiration from"Feel Flows" and the 'Surf's Up' album as well.


Title: Re: album artwork
Post by: JK on March 16, 2016, 04:02:56 PM
(http://cdn4.pitchfork.com/news/35408/3ff88ddc.jpg)


Title: Re: album artwork
Post by: undercover-m on March 16, 2016, 04:40:22 PM
Love Fleet Foxes. One of the best bands out there today. The Beach Boys are some of the many artists thanked in the liner notes for their first album. Also has a nice anecdote regarding inspiration from"Feel Flows" and the 'Surf's Up' album as well.
I relate to this so much right now. They really are amazing.


Title: Re: album artwork
Post by: undercover-m on April 13, 2016, 10:22:08 PM
(http://www.kosmikradiation.com/albums_files/July.jpg)

(http://lo-pie.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/buttertones-tape-post.jpg)

(http://www.soundsbetterwithreverb.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/sunbeam-sound-machine-wonderer-album-art-400x400.jpg)


Title: Re: album artwork
Post by: Rocker on April 14, 2016, 09:54:57 AM
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9l83vtzHgjk/UYDUoWDe1GI/AAAAAAAAFW4/iWtWqvsp27c/s1600/Elvis+Presley+-+From+Elvis+In+Memphis.jpg)


(http://alldylan.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/willie_nelson-red-headed-stranger.jpg)


And this one looks really, really cool in LP size:

(http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/lyricwiki/images/5/5e/George_Jones_-_A_Picture_of_Me_%28Without_You%29.jpg)


Title: Re: album artwork
Post by: undercover-m on April 18, 2016, 10:32:25 PM
If you guys are into the artists themselves who do the album covers, check out this guy. He's done Tame Impala, Foals, Splashh, and Youth Lagoon. I want giant posters of his work all over my apartment.
http://leifpodhajsky.com/

(http://payload.cargocollective.com/1/0/5464/336412/Tame-Impala-Innerspeaker-cover_800.jpg)
(http://payload.cargocollective.com/1/0/5464/1322561/FOLLOW_800.jpg)
(http://payload73.cargocollective.com/1/0/5464/3769238/TI-ELEPHANT-800px_800.jpg)

(if you look around enough, may be nsfw.....)


Title: Re: album artwork
Post by: Mr. Verlander on April 19, 2016, 03:11:25 PM
Here's a beautiful piece of art from Phil Travers who did many covers for the Moodies. It's more beautiful in person with it's textured cover.

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/52684612/cegbdf750.jpg)

I added the canvas texture in photoshop and tried to color correct this one to match as closely as I could the original album cover from back in the day:
(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/52684612/FMtkEsy.jpg)

I love this. I remember being a little kid and looking at this album cover, and wondering just what exactly that little trinket is. And then, putting on the LP and hearing "Procession" and being freaked the frick out.


Title: Re: album artwork
Post by: Sandy Baby on April 19, 2016, 05:40:07 PM
Inspired by Sulamith Wülfing (  http://www.sekaimon.com/us/360/Prints/131609662300/ )

(http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTA2MVgxNjAw/z/eboAAOSwVFlUGYfA/$_1.JPG)


Title: Re: album artwork
Post by: JK on May 04, 2016, 03:05:27 AM
(http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0197/1326/products/71eOo3_K4VL._SL1000_1024x1024.jpg?v=1444777664)


Title: Re: album artwork
Post by: Cool Cool Water on May 04, 2016, 01:39:38 PM
(http://i1272.photobucket.com/albums/y395/Rich199/105954ef-0958-4103-ae5d-4d0961bc4dfa.jpg)


Title: Re: album artwork
Post by: krabklaw on May 04, 2016, 03:34:24 PM
Inspired by Sulamith Wülfing (  http://www.sekaimon.com/us/360/Prints/131609662300/ )

(http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTA2MVgxNjAw/z/eboAAOSwVFlUGYfA/$_1.JPG)

Cool! Thanks for pointing out to me the inspiration for that wonderful Moodies cover. No offense to Sulamith Wulfing, but I think the Travers painting tops it.


Title: Re: album artwork
Post by: Sandy Baby on May 04, 2016, 06:53:23 PM
It is a lovely Moody Blues' album cover!   "A Question of Balance," also.

I like Roger Dean's Yes artworks, too, and The Beatles' various album covers.
And Cat Stevens' paintings.

And simple ones like Leo Kottke's "Greenhouse"...   "In the sense that my guitars were once plants, this record's a greenhouse." 

(http://tralfaz-archives.com/coverart/K/kottke_greenhousef.jpg)
(http://tralfaz-archives.com/coverart/K/kottke_greenhouseb.jpg)



Title: Re: album artwork
Post by: Hot Rod on May 04, 2016, 11:21:34 PM
(https://media2.jpc.de/image/w600/front/0/9999109190051.jpg)


One of my all time favorite album covers


Title: Album Covers thread
Post by: Adult Child on March 17, 2017, 07:58:58 PM
I'm stealing this topic idea from theSuperMetroid02 over on the PetSounds Forum cause it's a good one (and I couldn't find an existing thread like this here), and I will proceed to plagiarize the question they asked:

What are your favorite, least favorite, funniest, ugliest and most beautiful examples of cover art?

As great as cover art is on it's own, my perception of an album's cover and how great it is really has to do with how it reflects for me the music inside and how it affects the way I listen to the music (probably the same for a lot of people). A lot of people say Pet Sounds has a crappy album cover but it's perfect to me, just like the record, and I wouldn't want it to be anything else. What else it could've been is an interesting question to ponder (if anyone here has their own idea of what that could've been).

Some of my favorite album covers:

(https://i.scdn.co/image/b06ac44af27bd5d0cda626b88cb98569d20d9063)

When I think of the greatest album cover, this is always the one I immediately think of. It's so great I haven't actually heard the record because I'm scared the music inside won't be as good.

(https://img.discogs.com/vXIIzK8LGIaxhKOy5WRRIAHnpto=/fit-in/600x600/filters:strip_icc():format(jpeg):mode_rgb():quality(90)/discogs-images/R-451756-1203189616.jpeg.jpg)

I don't know how many people on here listen to or have listened to The Smiths, but I don't think any other band/artist has ever so perfectly captured their sound with an image like this cover captures The Smiths (to me).

(http://target.scene7.com/is/image/Target/16195606?wid=520&hei=520&fmt=pjpeg)

The White Album is (compared to all the other Beatles albums anyways) a dark record for me, there's so much tension in it. And it always unsettled me how the album cover was practically nothing. It makes the music more intense to me. I can't imagine the music having the same effect if the cover had been something like Sgt. Peppers.


As far as bad album covers, this one comes to mind:
(https://lastfm-img2.akamaized.net/i/u/300x300/858ed087b3724a60b19dde77a7d3fe1e.jpg)

Even though Pet Sounds and SMiLE are my favorite covers because of the music inside, probably my favorite cover solely on the cover is Surf's Up.
(http://www.grayflannelsuit.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/the-beach-boys-surfs-up-album-cover.jpg)


Title: Re: Album Covers thread
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 17, 2017, 09:07:36 PM
Is this topic the same as yours?: http://smileysmile.net/board/index.php/topic,23453.0.html


Title: Re: Album Covers thread
Post by: Adult Child on March 17, 2017, 09:14:36 PM
Is this topic the same as yours?: http://smileysmile.net/board/index.php/topic,23453.0.html

Well damn, this thread is useless. Thanks for pointing that out haha, I did not see that.


Title: Re: Album Covers thread
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 17, 2017, 09:38:07 PM
You're welcome. :) Cool OP. Agree about LBWL & disagree - again - with SU. People marvel at its cover but I don't see the beauty in it.


Title: Re: Album Covers thread
Post by: Adult Child on March 17, 2017, 09:43:46 PM
You're welcome. :) Cool OP. Agree about LBWL & disagree - again - with SU. People marvel at its cover but I don't see the beauty in it.

Really? It's such a striking image to me.

What do you think of the other Beach Boys album covers (whichever ones you wanna mention)? Do you have a favorite?


Title: Re: Album Covers/Artwork
Post by: SurfRapGrungeFiend on March 18, 2017, 11:58:46 AM
(http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i262/664465/aow1.jpg)
from my record collection, Art of war the last great album they did. the album that ended all the 'beefs' they had with various rap groups (three 6 mafia, crucial conflict, do or die...) a true masterpiece wuth the inserts and back cover


Title: Re: Album Covers/Artwork
Post by: JK on March 18, 2017, 02:07:21 PM
(https://images.genius.com/5d21bdd1df0d7c86067f3e5ded01088c.1000x1000x1.jpg)

Zappa was always good for some fantastic covers. This is him, swatting mosquitoes during a particularly skeeter-afflicted gig in the Milan area in July 1982.


Title: Re: Album Covers/Artwork
Post by: the captain on March 18, 2017, 02:11:03 PM
Oh my gosh, one of my least favorite Zappa covers! We are now officially enemies and at war.  ;D


Title: Re: Album Covers/Artwork
Post by: JK on March 18, 2017, 02:37:58 PM
Oh my gosh, one of my least favorite Zappa covers! We are now officially enemies and at war.  ;D

Well I'm sure there are many others we agree on so I'm not too concerned. :lol


Title: Re: Album Covers thread
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 18, 2017, 04:27:34 PM
Really? It's such a striking image to me.

What do you think of the other Beach Boys album covers (whichever ones you wanna mention)? Do you have a favorite?
Yes, really. I like bright colors. It's too dark & just depicts some chap with horse. Too negative.

Favorites would be Smile (but not Smiley Smile), Pet Sounds, Shut Down vol. 2, All Summer Long, Little Deuce Coupe, Stack-o-Tracks.
Smile is creative & funny in goofy way. 2 shop people sell teeth - top that.
Pet Sounds fits the title. It's got animals there. Would be cool with cats but it's cool the same. I like the whole San Diego photo shoot, some cute pics.
SDV2 is great! They look like garage band with those jackets.
The photo mixture is lifehacking tip for musicians - if nothing else, just take pictures, pick a few & there you have it. They did the same with Party! but somehow it doesn't look as good as ASL.
I like cars, vintage/ current, obviously LDC would be my thing.
S-o-T is jolly good. It's like they work in the library, band based around librarians. & everybody dressed cool.

Not keen on stained glass in general.
Smiley Smile doesn't match the music. The cover is boring.
80s-90s art is meh. Maybe besides SIP (cute dolphin).
I used to like LY but now don't.
Olympic theme is good for the time (1976 was Olympic year, right?) but they/ Dean should've picked better mugs to display in the cover.
Obviously, Surfin' Safari, Surfin' USA, Surfer Girl would show surfing [references]. That said, 1stly, they carelessly used different Safari shot for Surfer Girl. 2ndly, I never been into surf culture. Any surf-related picture isn't my bag by default.
Sunflower & 20/20 feature my favorite Al images - cowboy & Alaska guy. The only good thing, respectively.
Would like to compare these with the views you've got to these albums.


Title: Re: Album Covers/Artwork
Post by: JK on March 20, 2017, 02:59:28 PM
Front cover, gatefold, back cover:

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/30/Trout_Mask_Replica.png)

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_oGL4XcBnxOQ/TQyPoFtn_TI/AAAAAAAACUU/5KjYjw0EjpQ/s1600/troutinside.jpg)

(http://www.beefheart.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/trout.album_.jpg)


Title: Re: Album Covers thread
Post by: Adult Child on March 20, 2017, 03:39:28 PM
My particular favorites are Pet Sounds, SMiLE, Smiley Smile, Chap With Horse, and Love You.
SMiLE was probably the best one in terms of trying to capture the feeling of the music. All the Frank Holmes drawings are amazing.
Pet Sounds should've been a photograph of Brian's ego. No, but really it's a good cover. I always feel like I'm there with them when I look at the cover.
Smiley Smile matches the music in a way. It's sort of mysterious music, lost in it's own world. And the cover is a house in it's own world admist the swampy grass and elephants and giraffes and things. I could've done a lot better explaining that but that's my explanation.
Chap With Horse as I said is just striking.
Love You is just such a magical cover. I can't explain it. It's just perfect to me. It perfectly captures the music. There's something weird and off putting about it, like it looks wrong, but it's also warm. Like a rug. It's homely. Just a weird home. Which is Love You kinda.

As for the other albums:
Surfin' Safari is like a lesser version of the Surfer Girl cover.
I always felt the Surfin USA cover was cheap. I'm sure it worked if you were really excited about surfing or whatever but it's a bad album cover. At least for one that had 'Surfin USA' on it.
Surfer Girl was their best surfin' album cover. The classic photo of them with the surfboard (or one of the classic ones).
Little Deuce Coupe is cheap like Surfin USA, only worse because cars are less interesting than surfing.
Shut Down Vol. 2's a great cover.
I like All Summer Long's cover. It's their first arty one if that makes sense.
The Christmas one's nice.
Today! and Summer Days (and Summer Nights!!) just capture the excitement of those records for me. That's when their music started getting amazing. I've never thought about how good the covers are individually, and I can't really separate them from the feeling I get seeing them.
Party! works with the music.
I love Wild Honey's cover. It's just great that Brian had it in his house and probably saw it every day. It works with the homely feeling the album has.
Love the Friends cover. One of their best. There's something dreamy about it, like it's floating away, which is how the album sounds to me.
20/20 could've been better. As a cover and as an album.
Again I can't separate the cover from the music, but Sunflower has an amazing album cover. There's something serene about it. And it's nice to see Bruce finally. The whole Sunflower photo session was one of their best collection of photos. Brian with his Good Humor hat.
CATP/ST is like an arty cheap shot. It's a horrible good album cover, but a good bad one. If that makes sense.
Holland has a good cover. Kind of mysterious like the album.
I think the 15 Big Ones album cover is much better than the album for the most part.
M.I.U. might've worked as a cover if the album was better. Same with L.A. (Light Album).
Keepin' The Summer Alive is their saddest. It was just their worst time. Trapped in a twilight zone, living their fantasy while the reality was much darker. Which the cover depicts well.
Beach Boys 85 is cheap.
Still Cruisin' and Summer In Paradise are dismal.
I don't count Stars and Stripes Vol. 1.
That's Why God Made the Radio could've been better, but it could've been worse. I'm happy it's as good as it is I guess.



Title: Re: Album Covers/Artwork
Post by: pixletwin on March 20, 2017, 06:08:17 PM
Here is an album I recently bought. I really love Lonesome Wyatt and this cover is perfect for his style of music.

(https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a3019887607_10.jpg)


Title: Re: Album Covers/Artwork
Post by: JK on March 21, 2017, 03:18:32 AM
Here is an album I recently bought. I really love Lonesome Wyatt and this cover is perfect for his style of music.

I'd never heard of him before today. His stuff sounds pretty cool. Thanks for the tip!


Title: Re: Album Covers/Artwork
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 21, 2017, 06:28:23 AM
CATP/ST is like an arty cheap shot. It's a horrible good album cover, but a good bad one. If that makes sense.
It makes. Now Endless Summer. I read years-back comments about it - people were frightened by its cover saying BBs don't look like them. Does it weird you out too?


Title: Re: Album Covers/Artwork
Post by: Adult Child on March 21, 2017, 09:42:20 AM
CATP/ST is like an arty cheap shot. It's a horrible good album cover, but a good bad one. If that makes sense.
It makes. Now Endless Summer. I read years-back comments about it - people were frightened by its cover saying BBs don't look like them. Does it weird you out too?

It might've at the time. They don't really fit the image the songs on the album represent, which is kinda exciting. It could've been the obvious picture of them in their glory years all smilng holding a surfboard in a woodie in the parking lot of Fosters Freeze surrounded by cheerleaders. The cover makes them look like hermits from a lost world, which they kinda were anyways.


Title: Re: Album Covers thread
Post by: JK on March 22, 2017, 03:23:28 AM
I'm stealing this topic idea from theSuperMetroid02 over on the PetSounds Forum

It was that PSF topic that led me to another site of interesting and sometimes hilarious
album covers that included this one, which as it happens is a great listen (it's on YouTube):

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61fhFLUremL.jpg)
 


Title: Re: Album Covers/Artwork
Post by: undercover-m on April 14, 2017, 01:42:23 PM
Okra is a deplorable vegetable. However, for whatever reason I'm quite a fan of this album cover:
(http://cps-static.rovicorp.com/3/JPG_500/MI0000/795/MI0000795207.jpg?partner=allrovi.com)


Title: Re: Album Covers/Artwork
Post by: SurfRapGrungeFiend on April 15, 2017, 04:50:08 PM
Another acoustic classic


Title: Re: Album Covers/Artwork
Post by: JK on May 03, 2017, 08:02:58 AM
(http://cps-static.rovicorp.com/3/JPG_500/MI0000/177/MI0000177521.jpg?partner=allrovi.com)  (http://cps-static.rovicorp.com/3/JPG_500/MI0000/177/MI0000177520.jpg?partner=allrovi.com)


Title: Re: Album Covers/Artwork
Post by: discojedi97 on May 03, 2017, 08:42:54 PM
Electric Light Orchestra's Out of the Blue. Perfectly captures the grandiosity of the music. (Also spaceships are awesome)


Title: Re: Album Covers/Artwork
Post by: pixletwin on May 03, 2017, 08:49:39 PM
Growing up my older brother had that record. I always thought it was a frisbee.


Title: Re: Album Covers/Artwork
Post by: Gertie J. on May 03, 2017, 09:13:15 PM
lol pix  ;D


Title: Re: Album Covers/Artwork
Post by: Peter Reum on May 14, 2017, 05:09:21 PM
Any cover art designed by the late great Neon Park. See Dixie Chicken or zWaiting for Columbus by Little Feat.


Title: Re: Album Covers/Artwork
Post by: JK on May 15, 2017, 05:17:59 AM
Any cover art designed by the late great Neon Park. See Dixie Chicken or zWaiting for Columbus by Little Feat.

Peter, as a major fan, which one Little Feat album would you recommend for a one-album-per-act person?


Title: Re: Album Covers/Artwork
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 07, 2018, 10:54:11 AM
Recently began to be very indifferent about the album cover designs. Wish everybody quit caring about what their albums look like, instead simply went with easy path - single color, without images, painting, photograph etc.


Title: Re: Album Covers/Artwork
Post by: JK on July 08, 2018, 03:01:31 AM
Recently began to be very indifferent about the album cover designs. Wish everybody quit caring about what their albums look like, instead simply went with easy path - single color, without images, painting, photograph etc.

I've headed in the opposite direction recently, since checking out a whole lot of 'late 60s, early '70s albums, many of which have fantastically colourful and inventive covers.

In some cases (e.g. Sgt Pepper) the cover is much better than the album.


Title: Re: Album Covers/Artwork
Post by: Aum Bop Diddit on July 08, 2018, 04:52:44 PM
Recently began to be very indifferent about the album cover designs. Wish everybody quit caring about what their albums look like, instead simply went with easy path - single color, without images, painting, photograph etc.

I've headed in the opposite direction recently, since checking out a whole lot of 'late 60s, early '70s albums, many of which have fantastically colourful and inventive covers.

In some cases (e.g. Sgt Pepper) the cover is much better than the album.

Though not my favorite Beatles LP, I would debate you on Pepper.   Regardless, a wonderful, iconic, groundbreaking album cover.

Now "Their Satanic Majesties"...absolutely.


Title: Re: Album Covers/Artwork
Post by: mtaber on July 08, 2018, 06:48:40 PM
Can somebody please post a pic of the album cover that won Dean Torrance a grammy?  Pollution, if I remember right...


Title: Re: Album Covers/Artwork
Post by: JK on July 09, 2018, 03:51:09 AM
Can somebody please post a pic of the album cover that won Dean Torrance a grammy?  Pollution, if I remember right...

Here you go:

(https://sinistersaladmusikal.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/100_2336.jpg)


Title: Re: Album Covers/Artwork
Post by: mtaber on July 09, 2018, 07:50:23 PM
Thanks, JK!


Title: Re: Album Covers/Artwork
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 09, 2018, 09:03:40 PM
2previous image post: Ugly face but cute chicken legs.


Title: Re: Album Covers/Artwork
Post by: JK on July 10, 2018, 05:41:49 AM
In some cases (e.g. Sgt Pepper) the cover is much better than the album.

Though not my favorite Beatles LP, I would debate you on Pepper.   Regardless, a wonderful, iconic, groundbreaking album cover.

Now "Their Satanic Majesties"...absolutely.

I bought that album when it was released--the cover featured a lenticular image, which was not always the case later on.

(https://echoes.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Stones-Satanic-3d-Cvr.jpg)

Unlike Pepper, I like most of the music on it, particularly "Citadel":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1UHOC16VCk


Title: Re: Album Covers/Artwork
Post by: beatnickle on July 10, 2018, 08:08:55 AM
(https://www.google.com.tr/search?q=Steve+Miller+Band+-+Children+of+the+Future+(1968)&espv=2&biw=1680&bih=949&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjfl-OnnajOAhWEwxQKHVmLAT0Q_AUIBigB#tbm=isch&q=Steve+Miller+Band+-+Sailor+(1968)&imgrc=uvZj9lldIvmjpM:)


Title: Re: Album Covers/Artwork
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on June 11, 2019, 06:51:10 PM
Factually, any album picture is pointless. Album is about music.


Title: Re: Album Covers/Artwork
Post by: JK on June 25, 2019, 12:03:32 PM
Factually, any album picture is pointless. Album is about music.

Here are two beauties from my blogger friend's "Keepers" list to disprove your point, RR:

(https://www.rockadrome.com/store/images/detailed/17/mighty-baby-lp-600.jpg)

(https://i1.wp.com/www.riffrelevant.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/TSM.jpg?fit=441%2C443&ssl=1)


Title: Re: Album Covers/Artwork
Post by: JK on September 19, 2019, 02:00:29 PM
And here's one of my favourite covers from that era--so simple yet so effective!

(https://img.discogs.com/FJKUC4EtWeeypO5ASqx6oF8Cgcs=/fit-in/480x480/filters:strip_icc():format(jpeg):mode_rgb():quality(90)/discogs-images/R-1304260-1273397515.jpeg.jpg)