Do It Yourself was issued in at least 32 different wall paper sleeves and was designed by the great Barney Bubbles. Many great covers here, but The Police’s “Ghost in the Machine” should have been included. i’m thinking of ACDC’s back in black, come on, it’s hardly a great cover. Shame. The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses Picture: Radio X C’mon – it devaluates this list! Led Zeppelin 111, Grand Funk – E Pluribus Funk a nd Survivors, Alice Cooper Schools Out and Billion Dollar Babies, “A Taste of Honey” by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. How can you have missed Bebop Deluxe Axe Victim. Not one Moody Blues album cover….unfrickinbelievable!!! 100 Pics Album Covers levels answers and cheats to help you beat all 100 levels of the Album Covers pack. As a Personal request, I’d say that Roy Harper’s “Lifemask”, with its split centre -and-fold-back Definitely’s got a place amongst the 100 most Unique Record-Covers. Discover the worst album covers of all time. absolutely amazed that After The Goldrush isn’t on here. Your email address will not be published. The red velvet cover, with gold embossed lettering, served notice that Odessa was going to be unique and beautiful, which it was. Nevermind. Animal Tracks by The Animaks Sigur Ros all. Luscious embossed gatefold featuring Edmund Landseer’s celebrated depiction of Scottish Highland ‘Low Life’. C'mon, this is an easy one. hilarious drawing of a bunch of hairy guys supposed to be the beach boys, i think, tho i have no idea who is who! Neil Young on the beach. Coldplay. How can Steppenwolf 7 not be in the list? Classic. (So has the Interpretation Of Classical Works.). Alice Cooper: From The Inside Nick Haeffner – The Great Indoors It was an art-school friend of Jimmy Page’s who created this mythic cover by superimposing the bandmembers over a famous shot of WWI German fighter pilot the “Red Baron” and his crew. Hatfield & The North – The Rotters Club Osibisa ? Jeff Beck – Blow By Blow The somber, shadowed photo featured on both the US and UK album version of Meet The Beatles! Wings – “Venus And Mars” Steely Dan’s Aja cover is a mysterious minimalist image with a striking slash of red and white fabric on black background, partial profile of an Asian woman and brush stroke typography of the title which suggests Japanese calligraphy, all of which is a play on Aja/Asia. Some real turkeys crept in there so I’ll correct you on a few you blatantly missed , The Stranglers – Rattus Norvegicus Your having a laugh………Not all but some of the sleeves chosen very poor in artistic design. I’m talking about the image chosen for Meat Loaf’s Bat Out Of Hell album. I have trouble in doing the top 500, imagine top 100… – Close to the Edge by Yes TOUGH CHOICES! The Notorious B.I.G., 'Ready to Die' (1994) The innocence of a baby-sized Biggie on the cover of his … Really???? Any of the First 3 Waterboys album covers. Definitely Stand Up with the woodcut popup gatefold. Put your book knowledge to the test with this literary quiz! or endless summer, their comp from 74 that put them back on top of the world! A rare case where a parody (of the above Elvis cover) becomes a work of art in itself. come on, nobody noticed? This image appears in the gallery: QUIZ: Guess The Artwork. What is it wit all the Beatles albums???? Okay, so it was a little graphic and provocative, but as the single most controversial thing The Beatles ever did (and the most expensive for an original), the cover of Yesterday and Today surely earns a place on a list of the greatest album covers. how about moby grape’s wow! Charles Lloyd – Geeta, I miss LP vinyl artwork. The fact that it looked remarkably low budget only made it funkier. Playing Possum – Carly Simon Put the notorious bathroom cover together with the engraved invitation on the US replacement, and you’ve got the yin and the yang of The Rolling Stones at the time. Pixelated Album Covers. Blown Pig,pigs head,headphones,sunglasses,a smoke,hilarious. It’s simply a great illustrated picture of Jeff in 70’s hippie attire with his Les Paul guitar! Rate 5 stars Rate 4 stars Rate 3 stars Rate 2 stars Rate 1 star . It wasn’t just the banned cover, but the freshness of the young girl, the invoking up the future with the rocket-like model, and the underage girl who appeared in place of her older sister, and with her parent’s consent. You don’t necessarily get a thing of rare beauty when you load a cover with as many fold-out panels and elaborate paintings as an 11-inch disc can hold, but Santana certainly did in this case, thanks to famed Japanese designer Tadanori Yokoo. The designer also wrote one of the album’s most vivid lyrics on “Tales of Brave Ulysses.”. Select a genre and a sub-genre, let the winners of the fight decide which artists should be included in that genre/sub-genre and THEN pick the top 100 album covers for each might be a way to be a bit more fair all around, but it would still leave so many deserving visual artists out of the final mix it would be pointless. Oh, I forgot to note that all covers done by Neon Park for all Little Feat albums. Just to name a few. Can’t believe no-one’s mentioned it yet- Cat Stevens tea for the tillerman and/or teaser and the firecat. Bob Dylan’s ‘Self Portrait’ is among the 100 best covers of all time? Until the arrival of Elvis, entertainers had typically been restrained and on best behaviour while on stage. Bow Wow Wow should be off. Peter Blake’s pop-art assemblage on Sgt. And what about Neutral Milk Hotel’s In the Aeroplane Over the Sea? – Highway to Hell by AC/DC. A nod to how Thelonious Monk must’ve felt as a pioneering jazz artist, Underground casts the pianist as a French Resistance fighter in WWII. You should know better to dare put together a list like this and call it Greatest….no one is ever happy or appreciates the work put into it. – Overnight Sensation by Frank Zappa Between the rappers’ Gucci-style outfits and the piles of money in the background, the cover for Eric B. and Rakim’s sophomore album Paid in Full said it all about going bigtime in 1987 and is considered one of the greatest album covers in hip-hop. YES – RELAYER – my favourite! If You Can Remember The Names Of These Albums From Just The Album Art, We're Going To Be Seriously Flabbergasted. The more commonly known US cover is nice enough but makes it look like a conventional singer-songwriter album and Kate Bush is anything but. They had some of the best album cover art How could I forget? This shimmering image is undeniably beautiful, yet you never know just what it means…just like their music. Rodney Matthews did a superb job especially on my personal favourite ‘On a Storyteller’s Night’, but there are many more worthy of inclusion in this list.. jethro tull a passion play. Grateful Dead’s “Blues for Allah” is one of my favorites!! Interesting to look over the ones here thanks! Thank You for such a wonderful list even though you overlooked some of my personal favourites. Carly Simon’s “No Secrets”, Carly Simon… seriously? The design-centric 4AD label did some of its finest work on for the Cocteau Twins. The first Santana Shine (1998) 292. The Police’s Ghost in the Machine’s minimalist digital portrait of the band members. What about the Mom’s Apple Pie album? For each cover there is a question and the answer to each follows the set of questions. Santana – debut (lion) No Uriah Heep? Pepper’s changed album covers forever, and kept many of us occupied for weeks trying to identify everybody at the ceremony. Guess The Album Cover. Rolling Stones’ original “Beggars Banquet” Cover is Missing. But how could they leave off the album of one of the most iconic and longest playing bands of the late 20th century with perhaps their most identifiable icon on it,s cover,The Grateful Dead,s “Steal your face”? One of the best covers ever! http://www.sakisgouzonis.com. Also with no picture. There are a lot great suggestions, but my list would have included Blind Faith, The Who By Numbers, Alice Cooper’s Schools Out, Iron Maiden Killers, Dio, Iggy Pop Raw Power, Ted Nugent Cat Scratch Fever, Leon Russell Live, Cream Wheels of Fire. Their debut album pictured Oasis in the world’s coolest crash pad, showing every band of the era how it ought to be living. Thanks to NatBateman for this suggestion. Roxygen Music “Siren” Bad Company – Straight Shooter Yardbirds – “Roger The Engineer” Popular Quizzes Today. The Beatles Rubber Soul,Sgt Pepper… Led Zeppelin 3, In Through the Outdoor Deep Purple in Rock, Stormbringer Jethro Tull Stand Up, Thick As A Brick Peter Gabriel 2, Joy Division Closer, Cocteau Twins Treasure, Dead Can Dance Within the Realm of a Dying Sun Therapy? As an aside,did I miss the Greatful Dead’s Iconic “Skull and Roses” ? And how about the single album by Blind Faith? should be in the top 10 You included the original/European cover Jimi Hendrix’ Electric Ladyland, which Hendrix hated. But, the topic of conversation is ‘album covers’ – not the quality/enjoyability of music on the album itself. The one for Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player was just right, drawing from his soon-to-be-legendary love of movies. All were released between 1980 and 1989. I’d include Budgie’s Bandolier, he first Captain Beyond album in 3D, Nazareth’s No Mean City and Lucifer Friend’s first album. C’mon Iron Maiden: Killers and KISS: Rock and Roll Over are the greatest cover arts of all time! AC/DC and Meatloaf, Talking Heads, Elvis, Bob Dylan Asia, Most Pink Floyds LOOK AT THE COVERS ON THESE BABES Hot Rats, Zappa Wazoo, We’re Only in it for the Money, and Freak Out by Zappa, most Grateful Dead covers Eno, Another Green World and check The Chocolate Watchband. just because of his name, the rarity, and therefore their collectibility… Absolutely Steve. I grew up shopping in the vinyl era, and there were so many great covers then. JMO. What about some of the Moody Blues albums? It was creativity to the nth degree, man! That came to mind immediately. I think I’ll suggest A few really worthy ones. And a great album too. I do like the Beatles but unfortunately they are rammed down peoples throats. Freewheel By Bob Dylan My bad. Read some good books about them. Gone Fishin – Flipper Dire Straits – Brothers in Arms? It started with Double J … Depeche Mode – Violator Great graphics on that one. Maybe even Synchronicity or Zenyette Mondetta. One has to consider “The Prodigy – Fat of the land” surely? – Animals by Pink Floyd Taste – On The Boards Kate Bush – Lionheart And, Guitars that destroyed the world. Robert Palmer – Sneakin’ Sally Through The Alley Tbh a fair few of these are not even close to being top 500 never mind ‘100”. Nazareth,,,any of them but especially No Mean City ! Leaves a lot to debate on. Absolutely right! Talking Heads’ The Name of This Band is Talking Heads is a double live album with the quartet on one album/cover and the 11 piece band on the second album/cover. Check this out – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMLNeSbtVN0, you neglected the all time best album cover ever (at least for college age males such as myself in the early 70’s): Thursday 01 October 2015 18:55. The album cover that started it all the most iconic Herb Alpert and the Tiajuana Brass the one with the naked girl covered in whipped cream , WTF how could this not be included really, That was my first thought too. Seriously???? Wishbone Ash’s “Argus” and Uriah Heep’s “Demons and Wizards” should be here. Not one Iron Maiden album? Genesis-Nursery Cryme. PJ Harvey – To Bring You My Love Time to judge a book by its cover! Play Album Cover quizzes on Sporcle, the world's largest quiz community. 7 months ago. Every fan did an immediate double-take when they saw Bowie’s act of self-sabotage here. Mountain – Nantucket Sleighride Jefferson Airplane’s Long John Silver hails from the golden age of elaborate album covers. The cover depicts one of the greatest rock guitarists in his prime! Nazareth: Hair of the Dog hands down the best album cover of all time. Rush’s greatest album covers expressed both their grand concepts and their cerebral sense of humor. Blue Oyster Cult – Agents Of Fortune Which of course leads us to…. Well, I don’t agree. Madonna. You omitted both Argus & New England by Wishbone Ash. I still like that first Grateful Dead album cover too! I forgot City To City (Jerry Rafferty). Some Ramones’ fans will get very angry! Black Flag’s trailblazing punk-metal wouldn’t have been the same without Pettibon’s grisly comic images, though in this case, not quite as grisly as the album itself. Are they so great? It is difficult because it might be 101 on the list, but it should be up there, and arguably better than some in the top 100 I would say (1/7.4 billion isn’t much of an opinion I know) sorry the rest of you geezers…, I forgot to mention, Def Leppard, High and dry, this ought to be on this list, And come to think of it, Def Leppard. 1. In this case, the interlocking geometric shapes are a visual answer to the album’s innovative time signatures. One of many great Stiff Records album covers, this caught Ian Dury’s personality and stood in stark contrast to the elaborate sleeves on the market at that time. Big Machine. An iconic cover – and album …. these are the top 100?…What about Jimi Hendrix…Electric Ladyland…or…. Billion Dollar Babies, Breakfast in America is one of my all time favorite albums that I can listen to over and over. You guys must have never seen TLC’S FANMAIL CD COVER IN 3D! 28 points. yessongs, blind faith, bustin` out. Uriah Heep: Demons and Wizards and The Magician’s Birthday Axis:Bold As Love – Jimi Hendrix, A good compilation but with some notable omissions: (here’s only a few) Roger Dean’s fantasy paintings became as much a part of prog-rock iconography as the music. I have planned my holidays around his tour dates. what a joke! Almost every tool album, save for Opiate (which was an EP anyway) and Lateralus (the title is on the album jacket, but not on the actual booklet). ", Into Shadows Act II: Through Horned Shadows Glimpse, And You'll Follow the Winds' Rush 'Till Their Breath Dwells, The Black Album / Come On Feel the Dandy Warhols, My Face Is on Fire / Trails of Colour Dissolve, Ballad of the Band / I Didn't Mean to Hurt You. I think Adam Ant (and the Ants) should be included as well. Everything is subjective but… whipped cream, santana 1 and Blind Faith are iconic. The Who – “The Who Sell Out” "A Rush Of Blood To The Head". Columbia Records art director John Berg was responsible for iconic covers like Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits and Bruce Springsteen’s Born To Run, but this was likely one of his more expensive: They built an entire set, complete with costumed extras, to create Monk’s arresting album cover. The two covers tell you everything you need to know about the band’s duality and the sound of each album in the set. Robin Trower’s BRIDGE OF SIGH’S, Come on people ? The list is too P.C. BTO – Not Fragile Sorry Guv, the first Platinum album was In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida by Iron Butterfly. Wendy Waldman – Strange Company With all four bandmembers together in a bathtub, the cover said more about The Mamas & The Papas than what was probably intended. The Jam – All Mod Cons and Sound Affects, The Style Council – Our Favourite Shop, Paul Weller Stanley Road, The Stranglers Rattus Norvegicus should all be on the list, but all far too ‘English’ for this list, Santana’s first album, Deja Vu, Blue Oyster Cult such as Extraterrestrial or Agents of Fortune, Primal Scream – Screamadelica Erm, didn’t the Velvet Underground release White Light White Heat (the black album!) Bauhaus – The Sky’s Gone Out No mention by anyone of Family! Meanwhile, his debut allowed him to look like the crazed hillbilly everyone’s parents feared he was. Agreed! Ian Dury New Boots and Panties Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass — Whipped Cream and Other Delights. While everyone of these are worthy, there are so many that could be included that a top 100 best covers list seems woefully inadequate. The image for The Ramones debut album is incorrect, it is an image that has someone had a non-Ramone cut and pasted onto the cover. Some good covers in there but all subjective and hard to disconnect with the music the covers represent. Anyone still interested in this old thread? Current 93 Earth Covers Earth (1988) 112: 112. The cover of The Ramone’s 1976 self-titled debut is pure punk rock in all its black-and-white grittiness. Bridge of Sighs – Robin Trower by stereo_love Plays Quiz not verified by Sporcle . Sigur Rós – Ágætis Byrjun Another Hipgnosis job, the cover for XTC’s Go 2 boasts a dense block of typed copy that taunts and messes with the album buyer’s head. ACCEPT – Balls to the Wall, MESSAGE – FROM BOOKS AND DREAMS ? The best Electric Ladyland cover was the one with all the nude girls on it…..I still have my copy of it, they were on the front and back of the album. by Dan Dalton. The abstraction of the Talking Heads’ beautiful, moving-parts cover for their 1983 record Speaking in Tongues couldn’t have better represented the music within. ), JJ Cale Shades and so many others…. Elvis Presley: Elvis Presley (1956) Two simple words: “Elvis” and “Presley” (the latter barely hiding … My fave! If The Beatles could do a double “White Album,” the Bee Gees could do a fuzzy red one. If there are that many Elvis fans, we will, of course, need 15 Elvises. Missing: Vs. – Pearl Jam; Workingman’s Dead – Grateful Dead; Live at Fillmore East – Allman Bros.; Loaded – The Velvet Underground; Destroyer – Kiss; The Bends – Radiohead; Blood on the Tracks – Bob Dylan; Marquee Moon – Television; Pet Sounds – Beach Boys; Rage Against the Machine – RATM; Harvest – Neil Young; This reminds me of the Guerrilla Girls campaign “Do women have to be naked to get into the Met?”. Band – Eat a Peach Sporting a photo of JS Bach with a Moog synthesizer, Wendy Carlos’ pioneering electronic album Switched-On Bach was unlike anything people had seen (or heard) before in 1968. How’s that for a diverse list? No they are not. It’s not the original Ramones co Too many dumb (actually sad) choices to call out. Example: ANYTHING by either Storm Thorgerson, Hipgnosis or Roger Dean as an album cover deserves consideration. or Reggae artists: No mention of Family! Troublegum Paul McCartney Press to Play. BOTH ARE ICONIC AND VERY RECOGNIZABLE!! Metallica’s trademark mix of shock value and social commentary had few better expressions than this image of a modern take on Lady Justice for their 1988 album …And Justice For All. Next time shoot for 250 and you,d still better prepare for some flack. Neil Young – After the Goldrush. The Who – Quadrophenia One really missing is Deep Purple In rock. Eno – Here come the warm jets. Besides that, I’d argue that there are a few more albums and artists definitely in 100s not mentioned: “Electric Ladyland” (Hendrix), “The Trooper” (Iron Maiden), “Mothership” (Led Zeppelin), “American Idiot” (Green Day), “The Eminem Show” (Eminem), “All Eyez on me” (2Pac), and “Straight Outta Compton”(NWA), “Hybrid Theory” (Linkin Park), “Enema of the State” (Blink182), “Seal II” (Seal), “Queen II” (Queen), “God Save the Queen” (Sex Pistols), “Destroyer” (Kiss), “The 20/20 Experience” (J. Timberlake), “The End” (Black Eyed Peas), “Demon Days” (Gorillaz)… jeez, I could make my own list. Didn’t see ELO Out of the Blue or Discovery, both very lush pieces of artwork. Current 93 Crooked … http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/4c/Rock_and_Rolling_with_Fats.jpg. ELO-Discovery, anything by Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, or Megadeth, Huey Lewis & the News-Sports (since Born To Run made the list), Police-pick an album cover, KISS-many to choose from, RATT-Out Of The Cellar, INXS-Kick, Duran Duran-Rio, Red Hot Chili Peppers-Blood Sugar Sex Magik, David Lee Roth-Skyscraper, Scorpions-pick an album cover, Quiet Riot-Metal Health, and a couple hundred others that I can’t think of at the moment. … Sticky Fingers and Banana covers are among the most recognizable. Guess The Album Cover. – Spirits in the Material World by The Police Most of Pink Floyd’s covers would be in the running for a list of the greatest album covers, but this burst of Hipgnosis imagination featuring four versions of the same photo (except that the band rotates one position in each) matched their sense of surrealism. No Peter Saville or Vaughan Oliver works? George Harrison – Wonderwall Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band, "Born Into Trouble as the Sparks Fly Upward. It’s probably responsible for more teenage boys wanting to join the high school band and more trumpet sales than any other single event. All the 3 inches of Blood covers are missing Kiss Alive 1 captured the raw live energy deffo should have been there. "Deja Entendu". U2 – Achtung Baby Be-Bop Deluxe – Sunburst Finish Humble Pie “Rock On”. BTO’s “Not Fragile” Some good ones did get missed as pointed out in here. Where is Mahogany Rush.Maxoom, 10 CC. Thin Lizzy: Jailbreak No Molly Hatchet covers? 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