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  1. Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

    Kansas – Leftoverture

    It was mom & dad’s album, but I used to stare at the art on that…

    Also, ELO had fun covers.Report

  2. Avatar aaron david says:

    ‘Nuff said:


  3. Avatar Michael Cain says:

    Most any Roger Dean album cover art, eg, for Yes or Osibisa.Report

    • Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

      +1 for Yes album covers

      I also have to give Iron Maiden props. Their guy who did all the Eddie covers and artwork had an eye for detail that still keeps me looking at those covers.Report

  4. Avatar Doctor Jay says:

    Well, I just found this, which is a takeoff on Whipped Cream & Other Delights (which you referenced in the title). I listened the hell out of that album once upon a time, and I’m going to listen to a lot more of Audrey Ochoa, I think:


  5. Avatar Chris Walton says:

    Agreed with the other commentators re: Judas Priest and Yes.

    A few favorites, in no particular order, across several genres, no regard given to the quality of the music inside:

    Journey, “Infinity” through “Frontiers”
    Billy Joel, “Glass Houses”
    The Rolling Stones, “Some Girls” (original LP with the cutouts for the faces)
    Curtis Mayfield, “Curtis”
    Isaac Hayes, “Black Moses” (original LP fold-out)
    Kraftwerk, “Trans-Europe Express” through “Electric Cafe”
    U2, “War”
    The Clash, “London Calling”
    Led Zeppelin, “Houses of the Holy”

    Strangely enough, I put Kraftwerk and Kiss are right up there with the Beatles in terms of successfully turning photos of the band members into lasting icons. I think that most album covers based on band photographs are awful, particularly after a few decades have elapsed.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird says:

      “Guys, guys, guys. Here’s our idea for the album cover. It’s going to have us on it… but we’re going to be shirtless.” “BRILLIANT!”Report

    • Avatar aaron david says:

      ” I think that most album covers based on band photographs are awful, particularly after a few decades have elapsed.”

      It can work sometimes, but you better have a good photographer, like Maplethorpe:


  6. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    Let me contribute this:

    Earth Wind & Fire: All ‘n All (1977)Report

  7. Avatar dragonfrog says:

    Dang, now I’m going to have to do some crate digging.

    Here’s some gooders off the top of my head…

    Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Ummagumma
    Miles Davis – Bitches Brew
    King Crimson – LizardReport

    • Avatar Slade the Leveller says:

      DSotM is recognized by everyone! It’s iconic. Animals, to me, is the coolest Floyd cover. It truly conveys the brooding atmosphere of the album. Floyd paid attention to the artwork they used, and it really showed throughout its career.

      For covers with the bands faces on them, The Doors’ first really tells the tale. Pretty boy Jim Morrison bigger than life, then the out of focus ones.Report

    • Avatar Pinky says:

      Wish You Were Here is a great one. The image of The Wall is remarkably effective as both an album cover and a stage setting.Report

  8. Who’s Next is the best album cover ever.Report

  9. Avatar Pinky says:

    Rush – Exit Stage Left (front and back for full effect)
    Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young – So Far (cover art by Joni Mitchell)
    The Cars – Candy-O (not as big a seller as their first album, but the iconic cover that most people associate with the band)Report

  10. Avatar Will H. says:

    A Space Ritual by Hawkwind.
    Folded out here.
    The other side.

    As far as Kiss goes, I remember the Love Gun poster being all over the place, but Destroyer had a much better cover.Report