Karen: The art on album covers has often been as notable as the music inside. Some album covers instantly draw you in, and grab your attention.There are plenty of famous images -who can forget the covers to Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, or the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's, or Sticky Fingers by the Stones? All are iconic images. And what would the 70s have been like without all those trippy album covers by Roger Dean? But today I just want to hear about some of your favorite album covers, ones that you particularly like, or bring back certain memories. Feel free to toss out names of whoever you like. I encourage you to provide links if possible! I'll get the ball rolling with a few that I've always enjoyed.
Karen: The Beatles' first album cover has a wonderful simplicity to it. Featuring the faces of all four band members with one side in shadow, it has a very dramatic effect, and creates a memorable image. It's also been copied and spoofed many times. One of my favorite versions is shown below, Meet The Franks. I don't know who the author of that graphic is but I think it's hilarious.
|Meet the Beatles -The Beatles|
|Ummagumma -Pink Floyd|
Karen: Pink Floyd has had a number of great album covers, but I've always liked the one on Ummagumma, with the repeated image -although actually, the image is different in each inset, with the band members changing positions in each one.
|Lust for Life-Iggy Pop|
Karen: Ah, James Osterman, or Iggy, as he's popularly known. I love this cover because he looks as if he's sincerely happy to be here, yet just a wee bit unhinged, so you really don't know what to expect from him. It's an uncomfortable feeling. It goes so well with the music on the album, where desperation oozes from every track.
Karen: All right -your turn.