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Non Profit Vinyl Record Day has just released the results of their Internet poll on the Top Album Covers of All Time.
Find out what whipped cream and the Beatles have in common.
A fun and interesting read.
Clever and rather poignant commentary on today's society. Still as effective today as it was back when it was released.
with his 'harem'; totally titillating (insert pun here) as a teen-
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...done by cartoonist Robert Crumb, creator of Zap Comix. Crumb had a fetish for puffy nipples, as do I :-), and his erotic caricatures of a braless Janis showed them prominently.
The article claims that there were only 500,000 copies of "Whipped Cream" sold. That number has to be wrong. I have personally seen that many copies of the album while flipping the vinyl racks at Seattle area thrift stores.
Perhaps, I am exagerating a wee bit.
SYF is my fave, that's for sure. terrapin is up there too. most of the other great ones i've seen are dark:
danzig: danzig, black aria (great dark art, aria is great stuff though)
misfits: die die my darling (obviously not one for the ladies)
celtic frost: to mega therion (scared my parents w/ this one)
slayer: god hates us all (kinda self explanatory)
yes, most of these covers are disturbed. so is most art, and most artists.
Other than having the coolest and most gutteral "grunt" in all of metal, this is an LP cover that that could easily be used as "proof" that "rock music is evil". Frost also used other artwork by H.R. Giger on their covers and inside the LP jackets. Giger is just plain "scary". You should see the inside of his house. The walls and furniture are just like his paintings i.e. it looks like the devil himself lives there.
Can you imagine if you could get H.R. Giger to do the sets for a movie that Clive Barker ( Hellraiser ) would write and direct??? Both are capable of phenomenally dark and twisted imagery. It would be so mind-blowingly disturbing that you would have to watch it several times in a row : ) Sean
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I think my favorite cover is Kansas', "Point of Know Return" Surprised that wasnt in there somewhere.
it has something to do with the music and musical tastes.....
It was just filled with prog-rock. Was the demographic of those polled white men over 50? (Not that there's anything wrong with that).
Why wasn't the Beatles White Album on the list? :-)
I was surprised to see the Clash in there....
But where was Sordid Humor?
1. Joy Division, - Closer
2. Portishead, - Dummy
3. Peter Gabriel, - 3
4. Gang of Four, - Land of the Free
5. Brian Eno, - Another Green World
6. Fragile State, - debut
7. Costes, - Estage 3.
8. Sordid Humor, - Tony Don't
9. Spinal Tap, - This is Spinal Tap
10. Public Image, - Metal Can/2nd Edition
I'll relay a couple of interesting Mesa Boogie/Santana stories for ya///
99% of Santana's album covers are VERY artistic. I'm sure there are other unique album covers out there but I still find Santana's always hard to beat:-)
FWIW, Al Stewart's 'Year Of The Cat' album cover is also very cool!,
I was alaways kinda' partial to the "Little Feat" covers but from what I've seen at that website I may be somewhat alone.
Sarchasm - The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the recipient who doesn't get it.
Velvet Underground and Nico Andy Warhol......
Actually, it's on the cover of mine. Perhaps I have the special pedophile edition.
If I may be so bold as to answer.
I was under the impression that beauty, in all its forms, was sheerly that and utterly that -- perfection. The subject matter is in a sense trivial because it expresses a concept embodied in a moment. Before we get into Platonic versus Aristotelian philososhy, I think it would be good to draw back a moment and revisit the frame of reference -- album covers.
This exchange has become silly because we lend import to it that it doesn't deserve. The album cover was a statement at the time, nothing more and nothing else.
life would be so much nicer without self appointed PC police. Thanks for so nicely putting this in perspective.
Because they missed my favorite. "Too Stuffed to Jump" by the Amazing Rhythm Aces, complete with a very stuffed frog on the front.
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