Superfly
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LP/Album Artwork; A Lost Art :(

Tue Jan 14, 2003 9:55 pm

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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Tue Jan 14, 2003 10:24 pm

(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.












 
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Tue Jan 14, 2003 10:51 pm

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.

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Wed Jan 15, 2003 12:00 am

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.
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Wed Jan 15, 2003 12:43 am

"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
 
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Wed Jan 15, 2003 12:49 am

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.
 
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Wed Jan 15, 2003 1:12 am

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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Wed Jan 15, 2003 1:12 am

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:



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Wed Jan 15, 2003 4:14 am

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.
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Wed Jan 15, 2003 4:59 am

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!


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Wed Jan 15, 2003 5:23 am

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.
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Wed Jan 15, 2003 5:31 am

4holer...

Awesome, totally awesome!

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RE: LP/Album Artwork; A Lost Art :(

Wed Jan 15, 2003 7:54 am

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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Wed Jan 15, 2003 7:57 am

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.
 
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RE: LP/Album Artwork; A Lost Art :(

Wed Jan 15, 2003 8:33 am

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.

 
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Thu Jan 16, 2003 4:54 am

777YYC:
What year was Extreme II: Pornograffiti released? Chances are it does exist on LP.
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Thu Jan 16, 2003 6:02 am

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:







 
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Thu Jan 16, 2003 3:50 pm

Uriah Heep had some great covers.

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Thu Jan 16, 2003 4:33 pm

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.

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4holer...great Website!

Thu Jan 16, 2003 5:51 pm

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!
 
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RE: LP/Album Artwork; A Lost Art :(

Thu Jan 16, 2003 11:19 pm

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....
 
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Fri Jan 17, 2003 1:58 am

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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Fri Jan 17, 2003 7:30 pm

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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Sat Jan 18, 2003 6:29 am

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.
 
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Sat Jan 18, 2003 8:40 am

Roger Dean did the art for Yes, Uriah Heep, and others. Years ago I saw a coffee table book of his work-impressive!
 
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Sat Jan 18, 2003 9:55 am

Avt007:
I've seen a Roger Dean calender once. He is a genius. I can tell he does shrooms.  Big grin Big grin
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Sat Jan 18, 2003 10:15 am

Artful covers can include tasteful photography..


http://www.superseventies.com/heart2.html

Heart's "Little Queen" was a cool take on the middle ages...

To bad for the little pic...
 
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Sat Jan 18, 2003 11:27 am

747-451:
Oh man I totally agree!  Big thumbs up
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 cover in to my friends job and have him scan that cover in. They have a 6 ft. wide scanner that scans in large photos.


Ann Wilson used to be one of the most sexy women in rock. Too bad that she too big even for my taste (300lbs+)  Sad.

You should get the 'Dog & Butterfly LP.
Very nice gatefold shot of the band. Ann and Nancy both look great.  Smokin cool
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Sat Jan 18, 2003 7:49 pm

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 Faith.
 
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Sun Jan 19, 2003 1:54 am

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 Sgt. Pepper rip off 'Their Satanic Majesties Request' album.

There have been some good CD based artwork, the 1997 Tranquility Bass album 'Let The Freak Flag Fly' was an unashamed 60's pyschedelia inspired piece.

Interesting to note that New Order's mega selling EP, 'Blue Monday' actually lost money despite the sales, due to the expense of the artwork.
Less well known, but still a money loser, was the Spritualized album 'Pure Phase' from 1995, this was a plain, but luminous cover.

The next album by Spritualized, 'Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space' had a limited edition CD cover, done in the style of pharmaceutical packaging, even down to the liner notes, for example on the back it says 'For aural administration only'.
'Use only as directed by a physician (see enclosed leaflet)'
'Each tablet contains 70 min'
'Store in a dry place. Protect from light. Keep out of reach of children.'
The leaflet inside continues this theme.

I've a Japanese import CD of the 1994 Blur album 'Parklife', it looks almost identical to the standard album, with the close up of the two racing Greyhounds, but when you press a button the dogs eyes light up, and when you open it up, it barks!

I've also got a CD of the Small Faces 1968 album, 'Ogdens Nut Gone Flake', which is a metal tobacco tin.

So CD's can have good artwork, with some imagination.

Now I've got to find some pics of these records!
 
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Mon Jan 20, 2003 5:13 am

EIPremier:
My favorite Santana cover is 'Moonflower' (1977).









GBD:
He man, thanks for the links. That's some neat stuff.
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Wed Jan 22, 2003 5:22 pm

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/Santana_Moonflower.jpg

That is insane!

I've seen most of these LPs in used record store bins for only $1.
Why spend $50.00 to have it in a frame?
That is just stupid!
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Thu Feb 06, 2003 3:54 pm

Let's not forget this album cover. Big grin

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Thu Feb 06, 2003 8:04 pm

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 even if its Peter Gabriel or The Rolling Stones you want to see.

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Fri Feb 07, 2003 4:52 am

NoUFO:
Some of the local bands have some artistic tickets. Some use hologram designs.  Smokin cool
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Fri Feb 07, 2003 2:36 pm

 
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Fri Feb 07, 2003 2:43 pm

Whoa Sophiemaltese who is that?
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RE: LP/Album Artwork; A Lost Art :(

Fri Feb 07, 2003 3:30 pm

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 very nicely.
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