Bringing in the sleeves
Hmmm. Record-jacket art, eh? Okay, I'll play.
Most recognizable (by general public) album cover:
Probably Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon; after all, it did spend something like fifteen years on the charts, and I read somewhere that one out of every 20 persons under 50 in this country owns a copy. I'm no longer under 50, but I still have my LP (and, for traveling purposes, the CD). And the hair stands up on the back of my neck when those infernal clocks go off in "Time," even now.
Personal favorite album cover:
I think perhaps It's a Beautiful Day: I never quite get tired of looking at it, and the LP itself still gets spun now and again to me, at least, it sounds better than the CD, even after thirty-seven years and the occasional click. (The original session tapes, I am told, are tucked away at Sony somewhere, and allegedly a lovely remastering job was done, but nothing ever came of it.)
Sexiest album cover:
I had to think about this one for a moment, and when I did, I realized it had to be a gatefold. For those who don't recognize it, which should be most of you, this is Mauriat Magic by Paul Mauriat and His Orchestra; this is the album which followed Blooming Hits, whence came the lilting "Love Is Blue." Magic had one smallish single "Même si tu revenais," with the arbitrary English title "Love in Every Room" and a rather revealing (for 1968, anyway) Victor Skrebneski photo. Then again, it doesn't reveal that much.
Top Ten album covers of all time (personal favorites):
Besides the three above, in no particular order:
- The Rolling Stones, Their Satanic Majesties Request (that weird lenticular thing)
- The Mothers of Invention, Weasels Ripped My Flesh
- Judy Collins, Wildflowers
- The Beatles, The Beatles (a.k.a. The White Album)
- The Who, Who's Next
- Joni Mitchell, Ladies of the Canyon
- Jethro Tull, Thick as a Brick (the fake newspaper)
And at any moment I'm sure I can think of ten or twenty others which deserve to be up here.
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