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Old 03-04-2013, 06:58 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Favourite Album Covers

Hey all! I'm currently studying graphic design with the University of Hertfordshire and as part of one of my modules, I'm studying album covers. I just wanted to ask what everyone's favourite album cover of all time is? It'd be awesome to see and it'd really help out with my studies, thanks guys!

I know it's a bit simplistic, but one of my favourite album covers is the one used for Reuben's compilation album 'We Should Have Gone to University'. http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/_...sity+wshgtu.jpg
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Old 03-04-2013, 09:43 AM   #2
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I'm thinking the painting they used for the old Black Sabbath Greatest Hits album.

Gloom and doom at it's finest.

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Old 03-04-2013, 09:57 AM   #3
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Alum as just as good as the music.

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Old 03-04-2013, 09:59 AM   #4
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Just researched that painting a bit.

Painted in 1562 by Pieter Bruegel the Elder and titled "The triumph of Death"

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Old 03-04-2013, 11:17 AM   #5
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While in college I did a speech on "The album cover as artwork". Here's 10 I remember using:

1) Sgt Peppers - Beatles (the 1st album cover to include printed lyrics)
2) In the Court of the Crimson King - King Crimson (incredibly disturbing portrait...the artist Barry Godber died of a heart attack at the age of 24)
3) Brain Salad Surgery - ELP (Fold out cover featured artwork by HR Gieger)
4) Tales From Topographic Oceans - Yes (masterpiece by artist Roger Dean)
5) Sticky Fingers - Rolling Stones (original album had a real zipper on it)
6) Thick as a Brick - Jethro Tull (original album folded out to an actual newspaper)
7) Animals - Pink Floyd (photo of a huge flying pig at the Battersea power station)
8) Meet the Beatles - Beatles (simple B&W 4 faces layout - classic)
9) Trout Mask Replica - Captain Beefheart (cover is as bizarre as the music)
10) We're Only in it for the Money - Zappa/Mothers (a brilliant parody on Sgt Peppers)

And as people above mentioned, the cover to the 1st Sabbath greatest hits album.

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Old 03-04-2013, 02:39 PM   #6
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Some of my favorites are (in no particular order):
1) Weather Systems - Anathema - http://theobelisk.net/obelisk/wp-co...stems-cover.jpg
2) Colors - Between the Buried and Me - http://i415.photobucket.com/albums/...raffe/VR351.jpg
3) Octavarium - Dream Theater - http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-C20TVd7C6...0/1000x1000.jpg
4) Portal of I - Ne Obliviscaris - http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-i5agp-IeZ...al%2BOf%2BI.jpg
5) A Determinism Of Morality - Rosetta - http://www.cavityrecords.com/site/w...h-Res-Cover.jpg
6) (This is probably my all time favorite) Lateralus - Tool - http://files.myopera.com/VulcanI2av...ver%20front.jpg
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Old 03-04-2013, 06:12 PM   #7
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Personally I love most of Storm Thorgeson's artwok with Floyd.

A few I enjoy, I'll add more later.
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Old 03-04-2013, 06:18 PM   #8
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Oh, and for some reason the album in your OP reminded me of Zeke.

and maybe one more for good measure

"Pain or damage don't end the world nor despair, nor fuckin' beatings. The world ends when you're dead, until then you have more punishment in store. Stand it like a man, and give some back."
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:03 PM   #9
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californication by rhcp. Such a cool cover
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Old 03-05-2013, 04:42 AM   #10
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Aenima - Tool
Facelift - Alice in Chains
Animals - Pink Floyd
Dark Side Of the Moon - Pink Floyd (Simple but elegant)
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Old 03-05-2013, 07:26 AM   #11
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Anything by Iron Maiden is always good. I liked how they picked a mascot and used him on every album cover. Neat concept, neat artwork.
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Old 03-15-2013, 11:49 AM   #12
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The Velvet Underground and Nico.
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dark side of the moon. so simple, yet never boring
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Old 03-26-2013, 01:39 PM   #17
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Metallica - The Black Album

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Old 03-29-2013, 03:30 PM   #18
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10) The Scorpions – “In Trance” (nudity, provocation and censorship)
9) Deep Purple – “The Battle Rages On” (I love dragons)
8) Iron Maiden – “Number of The Beast” (classic one)
7) Rammstein – “Liebe is full Alle Da” (very romantic-period photo)
6) Ghinzu – “Blow” (the trash one with the head in the hand, not the French one)
5) Nightwish - “Oceanborn” (allegories and nature presence)
4) Wolfmother - “Wolfmother” (another Epic one)
3) H.I.M. – “Love Metal” (the logo is a strong idea and there is a lot of detail with arabesques)
2) Rhapsody (of Fire) – “Symphony of Enchanted Lands II” (I love dragons again, deep picture with a lot of plans)
1) Gnidrolog – “Lady Lake” (I love the swan, I love the hand and the tension in a quiet picture)
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