Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Vinyl LP Cover Art - from the great to the downright awful

A favourite among many vinyl adherents has always been the incredible art displayed on the outside of the cover containing the grooved black vinyl medium of audio purity we love so much. Despite our obsession with the music inside the protective cardboard cover we have always had a love affair with the outer creativity that was advertising the wares within. Not all of it was good of course, and I will add a few really awful ones at the end just for fun.

First up a few that are recognizable by just about everybody that has breathed in the last 50 years.

Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon
The Beatles - Abbey Road
The Velvet Underground and Nico - The Velvet Underground and Nico
Van Halen - 1984
The Eagles - Hotel California
Nirvana - Nevermind
Pink Floyd - The Wall

I included two Pink Floyd album covers in this first few simply because they have such instantly recognisable art.

Now for some other greats.

Don McLean - American Pie
The Who - Tommy
Electric Light Orchestra - Out of the Blue
Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin
Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells
The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
White Lies - To Lose My Life
Pink Floyd - Animals (a personal favourite)
Supertramp - The Very Best Of
Don McLean - Homeless Brother
Pink Floyd - The Division Bell
Neil Young - Harvest
Eddie Vedder - Ukulele Songs (not so well known but nice cover anyway)
Pearl Jam - Lightning Bolt (nice new album art)
Herb Albert's Tijuana Brass - Whipped Cream & Other Delights

Portraits of all kinds are always popular for LP covers.

David Bowie - Aladdin Sane
Grace Jones - Night Clubbing
Love - Black Beauty
Madonna - MDNA
Joni Mitchell - Clouds
Queen - II

Next some wonderful cover art from the world of classical music.

Lastly, just for laughs, a few contenders for worst album cover of all time.

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