Musicians Know That Ears Have Eyes
Music and art go hand in hand. And the best way to get a potential buyer’s attention is with an eye catching album cover. We all know you can’t just judge a book by it’s cover but it doesn’t hurt to give CD and LP covers a spin based off a beautiful piece of art.
Below we present several excellent examples of beautiful, creative and impressive album covers that will certainly inspire you to head down to the local record shop and start browsing through records and labels. We have tried to address various cover designs and present both CD covers and LP covers, however some excellent album covers are definitely missing. Please let us know about them in the comments to the post!
Here we are showing a few…
Sam’s Town – The Killers. Cover art is by Anton Corbijn and features model and singer Felice LaZae.
Dikers – Casi nunca llueve
Morphine – Cure For Pain / Album cover by Morphine
Hertzainak – Zuzenean 19-01-91
Tom Waits – Rain Dogs. The cover photograph is one of a series taken by the Swedish photographer Anders Petersen at Café Lehmitz (a café near the Hamburg red-light boulevard Reeperbahn) in the late 1960s. The man and woman depicted on the cover are called Rose and Lily.
The Smiths. The group’s cover artwork had a distinctive visual style and often featured images of film and pop stars, usually in duotone. Design was by Morrissey and Rough Trade art coordinator Jo Slee.
Eddie Vedder – Ukulele Songs. The cover art features a photograph of the sculptural work “The Lost Correspondent” by Jason deCaires Taylor. The sculpture is underwater with many others at a dive site called Moliniere Bay – Underwater Sculpture Park, Grenada.
Zain – XXI Mendeko Piratak
Apocalyptica – End of Me / Cover art by Apocalyptica
Beatles – Tribute to Kiss
The Strokes – Is this It.. Cover art by Colin Lane
Willis Drummond – A ala B / Cover art by Ramon M.Zabalegi + Inaki Rifaterra + Nagore Legorreta
The Clash – London Calling. Cover art of an infuriated Paul Simonon, smashing his bass. By Pennie Smith
Korn – Untouchables
Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures / Cover art by Peter Saville
Breathe – Crossing The Delaware
Eskorbuto – Maldito Pais
Blondie – Rock Bird
The Killers – Mr Brightside
U2 – War
Matthew Ryan: In The Dusk of Everything
Pearl Jam – Rearview Mirror
Battles – Mirrored
Squarepusher – Ufabulum
Bloom – Beach House
Radiohead – OK Computer / Cover art is a collage of images and text created by Stanley Donwood and Yorke, credited under the pseudonym “The White Chocolate Farm.” The jazz fusion of Miles Davis and political writings of Noam Chomsky influenced OK Computer.
INXS Platinium – Greatest Hits
Ratatat – LP4
The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers. Artwork was conceived by Andy Warhol, photography was by Billy Name and design by Craig Braun.
Nirvana – Nevermind. Cover art by Robbert Fisher.
Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti
Pink Floyd – Tree Of Half Life. Cover art by Storm Thorgerson