#1
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/_/32767839/We+Should+Have+Gone+To+University+wshgtu.jpg
#4
Just researched that painting a bit.

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

Awesome....
#5
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.

Have fun!
#6
#7
Personally I love most of Storm Thorgeson's artwok with Floyd.







A few I enjoy, I'll add more later.
"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."
#8
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."
#10
Aenima - Tool
Facelift - Alice in Chains
Animals - Pink Floyd
Dark Side Of the Moon - Pink Floyd (Simple but elegant)
#11
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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#16
F#$k her Gently by Tenacious D, Dueling Banjos, really builds dexterity, Nothing Else Matters



#18
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)
#21
Live - Throwing Copper

I guess I've always preffered paintings, they seem less trendy.



"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."
#23
Fleetwood Mac - Rumours

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