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LP/Album Artwork; A Lost Art :(  
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40071 posts, RR: 74
Posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 10209 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.







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User currently offlineNJTurnpike From United States of America, joined May 2000, 580 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 10197 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  Big grin 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.














User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 10187 times:

And don't forget Dark Side of the Moon from Pink Floyd. The posters included decorated probably every single college dorm room for over a decade.

Charles


User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 10180 times:

My daughter found out I had ELO and "Mr. Blue Sky" on CD and now she won't stop listening to it. I agree..."damn, VW commercials." A recently released movie is also using it; I can't recall which one.


"Shaddap you!"
User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 10170 times:

"A Listening Experience"?

Yeha, I know that when I was listening to an album, looking at the album artwork made it sound much better.  Sleepy


User currently offlineMbmbos From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2616 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 10160 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.


User currently offlineSleekjet From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2049 posts, RR: 22
Reply 6, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 10160 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.


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User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 7, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 10170 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:



Cheers

Dan  Smile


User currently offlineSeb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11801 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 10169 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.


Life in the wall is a drag.
User currently offline747-451 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 2417 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 10153 times:

Supa....


I don't have a pic, but how could you forget the cars and Candy-O (lips and rack that dont quit!)


http://www.superseventies.com/ac8candyo.html

http://www.superseventies.com/cars.html

see this site for fantastic covers!



and some of their other covers that pay homage to things like the 71 Duster 340..


CD covers are so small today; they couldn't even fit Bette Middler's copious bussoms on one now!


chris


User currently offline4holer From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 3047 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 10144 times:

chris,

Got all the Cars covers here, and bigger!
http://www.geocities.com/ray_hill.geo/Cars/BigCovers.htm

I always liked the Queen covers as well.

The only band I know that puts any serious thought into it now is Tool.



Ghosts appear and fade away.....................
User currently offline747-451 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 2417 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 10132 times:

4holer...

Awesome, totally awesome!

747-451


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40071 posts, RR: 74
Reply 12, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 10136 times:

Cfalk:
I about to add Dark Side Of The Moon but I was tired and ready for bed.



747-451:
Oh yes I recognized that when that LP first came out.  Smokin cool



Seb146:
Breakfast In America is a great album and is a musical masterpiece!  Smokin cool


EGGD:
Those are some pretty interesting covers you have there. Are they death metal bands?


Mbmbos:
That's a good idea. However I think the record labels would only promote top acts that way.  Sad



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User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 13, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 10128 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  Big grin.


User currently offline777YYC From Canada, joined May 2000, 744 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 10125 times:

I bought my favourite album of all time, Van Halen - Fair Warning on vinyl just for the artwork. It was well worth the $5.50 I paid at the used record store even though I already had the album on CD.



Extreme II: Pornograffiti is also one that has an amazing art concept that would look great on vinyl.



User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40071 posts, RR: 74
Reply 15, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 10106 times:

777YYC:
What year was Extreme II: Pornograffiti released? Chances are it does exist on LP.



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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 10102 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:









User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40071 posts, RR: 74
Reply 17, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 10086 times:

Uriah Heep had some great covers.




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User currently offline777YYC From Canada, joined May 2000, 744 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 10085 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.

 Smile


User currently offlineAndreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 31
Reply 19, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 10073 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:
http://www.europamusic.co.uk/Vinyls/Rockmetal%20ef.htm

..and it's not even expensive!!

...and another great cover: Led Zep: Physical graffitti..and a superbrilliant album, too!



I know it's only VfB but I like it!
User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 10080 times:

I agree with Superfly..it's a lost art.
There have been a couple 'retrospectives' at various Modern Art Museums that incorporated album covers in the collection...

It's a shame to see the generic photographs and line art on todays CD's. I guess all the creativity is spent (lost) on the videos....


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40071 posts, RR: 74
Reply 21, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 10081 times:

Andreas:
 Embarrassment 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.


Greg:
I'll try to check out some of those museums.









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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40071 posts, RR: 74
Reply 22, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 10062 times:

747-451:
Do you think that members of 'The Cars' are Mopar fans?

That 1971 Duster 340 is kind of a unique muscle car and isn't as ordinary as Mustangs and Cameros.
I think that a Duster was used in the 'You Might Think' video.






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User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 10062 times:

SF...it's actually mostly poster are but has some cover art as well.
Let me see if I have the name of the exhibition.


User currently offlineAvt007 From Canada, joined Jul 2000, 2132 posts, RR: 5
Reply 24, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 10051 times:

Roger Dean did the art for Yes, Uriah Heep, and others. Years ago I saw a coffee table book of his work-impressive!

25 Post contains images Superfly : Avt007: I've seen a Roger Dean calender once. He is a genius. I can tell he does shrooms.
26 Post contains links 747-451 : Artful covers can include tasteful photography.. http://www.superseventies.com/heart2.html Heart's "Little Queen" was a cool take on the middle ages..
27 Post contains images Superfly : 747-451: Oh man I totally agree! Last year I spend 2 hours on the net trying to find a large version of that cover. I should take my 'Little Queen' LP
28 EIPremier : Santana had some very striking album covers. Of the ones I have, Santana 3 is my favorite, with Abraxas a close second. And of course, there's Blind F
29 GDB : I once had a rare edition of The Strangles 'Raven' album, with 3D artwork. But I've never seen the original 3D photo of the Rolling Stones ill-fated S
30 Post contains links GDB : Their Satanic Majesties Request; http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B000003BEV.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg Let The Freak Flag Fly; http://images.amazon.com/images/
31 Post contains images Superfly : EIPremier: My favorite Santana cover is 'Moonflower' (1977). GBD: He man, thanks for the links. That's some neat stuff.
32 Post contains links Superfly : Can you believe this website is taking used LP covers, putting them in to frames and selling them for $50.00 (US)? http://elteaonline.com/images/Santa
33 Post contains images Superfly : Let's not forget this album cover.
34 NoUFO : Btw: I remember the 'good ol' days' when concert tickets didn't look all the same. Nowadays it's only a scrap of paper coming out of a thermo printer
35 Post contains images Superfly : NoUFO: Some of the local bands have some artistic tickets. Some use hologram designs.
37 Superfly : Whoa Sophiemaltese who is that?
38 XFSUgimpLB41X : Check out Snapcase's Progression Through Unlearning.. always liked that artwork, as well as their other cd's ..cant remember who does it, but works ve
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