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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.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_pD2gICH-e...fo+da+Morte.jpg
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Old 03-04-2013, 09:57 AM   #3
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Alum as just as good as the music.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sunnypsyop.jpg
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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"

Awesome....
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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

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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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Old 03-20-2013, 07:09 PM   #15
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dark side of the moon. so simple, yet never boring
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:52 AM   #16
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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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