Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39450 posts, RR: 76 Posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 8850 times:
Now that people are buying CDs and downloading music, album artwork is somehow lost. An album used to be more than just the music, but a listening experience. Some LPs came with posters, iron-ons for t-shirts and some time puzzles, action figures and spaceships to assemble.
Now music is pre-packaged into soulless plastic jewel cases or just downloaded via internet.
There is something special about opening up a gatefold LP and putting the record on the turntable and entering a world that the artist is sharing with the listener.
Can anyone here identify with what I am talking about?
This Electric Light Orchestra LP 'Out Of The Blue' (1977) came with a cardboard spaceship that you assemble along with a poster and ads.
Earth Wind & Fire always had very interesting artwork. This is from there 1977 LP 'All & All'
Jethro Tull's 'Thick As A Brick' LP (1972) came with a 20 page newspaper to go along with the story of the album.
One of my all time favorite LP cover is RUSH- 'Caress Of Steel' (1975)
Boston - 'Don't Look Back' (1978)
I have the picture disc of this LP.
NJTurnpike From United States of America, joined May 2000, 580 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 8838 times:
(and Mr Blue Sky's been in my head all morning...damn VW advertisements)
I agree, definitely. There was something to be said for gatefold LPs, and your post reminded me of digging through my parents' record collection. Not sure whether I share your taste in album art, but it can still be appreciated For me, the glory days are the late 70s to the mid 80s, just before the real explosion of CDs and jewel cases which effectively consigned artwork to the dustbin. Peter Saville and Ben Kelly remain my favourites.
Mbmbos From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2575 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 8801 times:
I totally agree. Liner notes are getting lost in the shuffle too.
This is a bit off of the subject, but:
I've always thought that tissue manufacturers could support starving artists by doing limited prints on their boxes. Kleenex, after all, puts decorative posies or stamps or old world maps on their boxes. Why not do limited runs of interesting art pieces? I know it would increase the cost, but heck, I'd pay a bit more for my tissues if I knew I had something interesting to look at and that a few cents went to help out a struggling artist.
Sleekjet From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2045 posts, RR: 23 Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 8801 times:
I was a child in the '50's and '60's and my father would bring home Guy Lombardo and Sammy Kaye albums. Somehow I became a fan of those bands. I would study the album cover while listening, trying to figure out the personalities of the guys in the band whose pictures were on the cover.
EGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 37 Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 8811 times:
I agree to a point, but isn't it the same with everything? What about flying in the 60's/70's, that was nearly an artform, now you can be shipped across europe (or the US) via. the cheapest most customer-unfriendly way possible (aka Ryanair).
anyways, we still have underground music that still has the related artwork:
Seb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 10775 posts, RR: 16 Reply 8, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 8810 times:
My favorite album cover has to be Breakfast in America by Supertramp. I picked that up when I was in college. The broadcasting department was being shut down and they were getting rid of all of their albums. I have seen BIA on CD in the stores but the cover is just not the same.
EGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 37 Reply 13, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 8769 times:
Superfly - Lol no, Iced Earth is a power metal band from the good ole US of A. The album was released 3 years ago and Iced Earth always have the related Artwork with their albums (which is always stunning). The most impressive artwork i've seen was on the Demon's & Wizards CD (Iced Earth and Blind Guardian), almost looked real it was so good...
There are loads of bands with really cool artwork, I love em to bits .
Srbmod From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 17294 posts, RR: 51 Reply 16, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 8743 times:
What sucks about CDs is that the covers don't translate well onto the LP covers (you can blow a picture up only so much), and vice versa (nothing like a classic album cover being shrunk so small you can't even read the album title). With more and more CD covers being done on the computer, the artistic quality has been replaced. Someone with a little bit of artistic talent can do a cover these days. Back in the heyday of the LP, album covers were for the most part, a listener's link to the band, there wasn't an MTV showing the band's latest video, and this was how one connected to the band. It seems like nowadays, the amount of time that goes into a cover these days seems like about 10 minutes. Some great album covers from the old days:
777YYC From Canada, joined May 2000, 744 posts, RR: 7 Reply 18, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 8726 times:
It came out in 1990, so I'm sure it's around on LP somewhere, athough it would take two records to hold the whole thing. There's a whole bunch more concept artwork in the CD booklet as well that would look great in the LP format.
Andreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 33 Reply 19, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 8714 times:
btw: I fully agree with you on Tool..though I don't like the music. When I watch their videos, it's like forgetting I don't really like that sound but instead get caught in the pics. I guess Tool is what you could describe as a real multimedia-band!
Superfly: Take a look:
..and it's not even expensive!!
...and another great cover: Led Zep: Physical graffitti..and a superbrilliant album, too!
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39450 posts, RR: 76 Reply 21, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 8722 times:
How could I forget Led Zep.?!?!
They have awesome covers!
I have all of there LPs. 'III' and In 'Through The Outdoor' are pretty interesting covers but my favorite cover is 'Physical Graffitti'.
I like the artwork on the Tool CDs but there music is so, so.
Oh and thanks for the links.
I'll try to check out some of those museums.