Try the book "Blue Note the Album Cover Art", all album sized. If you like classic jazz it's great.
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The eerie and spooky artwork of H.R. Giger appears on or in many of my favorite albums. Some of his stuff is very creepy yet has intense "drawing power". The interior of his house looks just as freaky. I'm sure others will come to mind, but his stuff INSTANTLY came to mind, especially some of the mid-period Celtic Frost stuff. Sean
My favorite album cover art would have to be the photographic art work on all of the Ohio Player's albums. These were the most erotic photos to grace an album cover. You would buy the album just for the cover alone. It was almost an added bonus that the Ohio Player's were one of the best Funk Bands that ever existed.
I am presently setting up a woodshop. The dimensions are 32x50. The wall height is 10' with a vaulted ceiling peaking at 17'. The floor is concrete, the walls are drywall. There is a loft at 8' high in the back that is 32'x 30, also insulated and sheetrocked. There will be a pair of garage doors on the east end. I would like to assemble a nice mid-fi system to listen to as I work. The amp I will use is a Bryston. The major reason is I like the sound as well as the advantage of the warranty. I would like opinions on a decent pre amp and speakers. The CD player is a Rotel 991. Should I use monitors or floorstanders? Two or four speakers? I listen to music at a moderate level. Not real loud. Mostly rock and roll and jazz. I've listened to the Thiel CS 1.5 and tne B&W N 805. I would just like some input as I am not a real serious audiophile but exhibit signs of the virus. Advice and opinion will be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Most Progressive Rock albums from the late 60's and early 70's and even now.Art and Prog music went together.Yes,King Crimson,ELP,Ange,Eloy,Anglagard[90's]King Crimson Lovers Anglagard is the bomb!!],Nectar,many Italian Bands and on and on.Not to mention Psych bands.I have quite a few framed the artwork is so good.Another + for vinyl is the size compared to small renditions of the art on cd's.
I guess I have it bad...I admit to actually collecting and using album covers as art on my walls in my listening room. There is a great book, "The Ultimate Album Cover Album", by Roger Dean and David Howells, Prentice Hall, 1987. ISBN# 0-13-935750-5. This work provides an interesting history of album cover art and many photos.
Blind Faith (1969)
Houses of the Holy-Led Zeppelin
Dark Side of the Moon-Pink Floyd
Playing Possum-Carly Simon
Joni Mitchell-Dod Eat Dog (Geffen)
Bruce Springsteen-Born in The USA
BTW, I also hang favorite laser disc covers in a home theatre room.
Favorite is a tough one, but a standout among those on permanent exhibition in my mind's eye is the Greatful Dead's "Blues for Allah". The long robed, sunglassed, grey haired skeleton playing a violin seems so at home upon his
perch that his natural ease counters the bizzare image.
For those fans of the great Stanley Mouse, master of many "dead" paintings, check out the limited issue series of plates (yes, plates, 7 in all) from the Bradford Exchange. Very cool and auspicious quality.
Best Zen cover, Poco's "Legend"
These covers describe perfectly the contend
Alphataurus, 1973 triple fold out
Yessongs, 1973 4-piece fold out cover by Roger Dean
Demons and Wizards & The Magician´s Birthday, both 1972 by Roger Dean are his finest
Tales from Topographic Oceans, 1973 his 4th best
Relayer, 1974 his worst, grey and dull like music it contains except wonderful "Soon" section
Greenslade, both 1973 also by Roger Dean
Look at Yourself by Uriah Heep, 1971
Very ´eavy.... Very ´umble by Uriah Heep, 1970
Deep Purple in Rock, 1970
Trespass by Genesis, 1970
Benefit by Jethro Tull, 1971
Aqualung by Jethro Tull, 1971
Valentyne Suite by Colosseum, 1969 the 1st on Vertigo Label
Colosseum Live, 1971
Pictures at an Exhibition & Tarkus by ELP, 1971
Pink Floyd´s Hipgnosis covers, all great
Tormato by Yes, 1978 Hipgnosis´ most clever cover
Twin Peaks Mountain Live, 1974
Harakka Bialoipokku by Pekka Pohjola, 1974
Uomo di pezza by Le Orme, 1972
Blue Öyster Cult, 1972 -75
The Sensational Alex Harvey Band´s cartoon covers, 1974-75
Boston covers, 1976-86
Point of Know Return by Kansas, 1977 their finest album
Infinity by Journey, 1978 their best album
Obsession by UFO, 1978 their best album
Asia, 1982-83 by Roger Dean at his best (again)
Queen's "News Of The World" cover has a cool story behind it
Queen commissioned artist Frank Kelly Freas who drew the October 1953 cover of "Astounding Science Fiction" to rework the image painting the dead band members in the robots hand. I created my avatar with it..I always though it was an oddly interesting image.