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Tom Waits : Rain Dogs
Minutemen : Double nickles on a dime
Radiohead : Kid A
Neutral Milk Hotel : In an aeroplane over the sea
Miles Davis: Bitches brew
Nick Drake - Pink Moon
Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run
The Beatles - Abbey Road
Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
Bob Dylan - nashville skyline, Bringing it all Back Home
Robert Wyatt - Shleep
Pink Floyd - The Dark Side Of The Moon
Buena Vista Social Club - Buena Vista Social Club
John Lennon - Plastic Ono Band
Miles Davis - Bitches Brew
The Beatles - Revolver
Love - Forever Changes
Prince - Sign 'O' the Times
Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band - Trout Mask Replica
Madonna- Like a Prayer
Funkadelic- Maggot Brain
King Crimson- In the Court of the Crimson King
Herb Alpert & Tijuana Brass - "Whipped cream & other delights"
Todd Rundgren - "A wizard, a true star"
Spiritualized - "Ladies and gentlemen we are floating in space"
Mr.Bungle - "Disco volante"
Suede - "Dog man star"
Without looking through records, one of the few pieces of album art that really sticks in my mind is Vintage Violence by John Cale.
Also Charles Mingus' "The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady"
I forgot to mention Massive Attacks MEZZANINE. Its kool
If I gave this considerable thought, I could probably come up with a bunch. But in a few minutes here at work, here are a few personal favorites that come to mind.
The Pixies - Trompe Le Monde
Pavement - Slanted and Enchanted
Osibisa - Welcome Home (this includes the back of the vinyl release)
Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
Roxy Music - Country Life (Their skankyness is part of the attraction)
I agree the Santed and enchanted cover art is really neat.
I like The Clash's London Calling best.
Rip off of ELVIS PRESLEY - ELVIS PRESLEY
1. ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM “Wave”
2. PINK FLOYD “Wish You Were Here”
3. THE ROLLING STONES “Sticky Fingers”
4. JOY DIVISION “Closer”
5. BIG BROTHER & THE HOLDING COMPANY “Cheap Thrills”
6. MILES DAVIS “Bitches Brew”
7. BOB DYLAN “Bringing It All Back Home”
8. THE BEATLES “With The Beatles”
9. SONNY ROLLINS “Vol. 2”
10. PETER GABRIEL “Peter Gabriel III”
11. LA BUENA VIDA “Soidemersol”
12. ART BLAKEY “A Night at Birdland”
13. PASCAL COMELADE “El primitivismo”
14. BJÖRK “Vespertine”
15. RADIOHEAD “Kid A”
16. PIXIES “Doolittle”
17. KING CRIMSON “In the Court of the Crimson King”
18. PULP “This Is Hardcore”
19. DURAN DURAN “Rio”
20. BRIAN ENO “Another Green World”
Rate Your Music is a goldmine for cover art. Just go here, here or especially here, the last one ordered by cover designers. By the way, the best Spanish cover designer is Javier Aramburu, also singer also of Family.
I was actually thinking of creating a thread similar to this. The album cover that I thought about when I thought about creating the thread was Slint's Spiderland - Just four young white boys from KY making music; Aghan Whigs - Gentlemen; and REM - Murmur; But I'd vote for Spiderland as the best of all time.
Kevin, what so good about the cover of “Double Nickels on the Dime”? Is there any hidden message I can’t see? Or is it, as it seems, a photograph of someone driving his car?
Don't get me wrong, Kevin, I don’t want to offend nobody. I simply can’t get it.
Regarding the Minutemen cover art, it doesn't make sense until you know what the album title/art is referring to. At the time, they were making fun of Sammy Hagar's "I Can't Drive 55" and that's what the title is in reference to - Double Nickels (in other words, 55) on the Dime." I can't remember what the "on the Dime" part means, because I usually think of "stop on a dime" or something like that. But anyway, the picture is of Mike Watt driving at exactly 55mph.
Double Nickels on the Dime used to be trucker code for 55 mph. 'On the dime' refers to the fact that the number 55 is on a metal, circular road sign. Since the speed limit on U.S. highways is no longer just 55 mph, the term doesn't mean anything, but it's kind of an interesting historical footnote.
lol...I definately didnt put all that thought into it. But my reason for loving the cover art is quite simple really. The Cover seems very sterile and void of any modern emotion. It seems like a 50's postcard. the music itself is so punkrock it just brings a smile to my face. It'd be like finding a perfectly baked apple pie on the cover of RADIOHEAD OK COMPUTER