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Last Post 15 Jun 2004 10:33 AM by Binokular. 11 Replies.
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15 Jun 2004 10:33 AM
    Not to be confused with the other "covers" thread running on the boards, this one is about actual physical record covers that keep your CDs/Vinyl safe and probably influenced your decision to buy the record in the first place. So when comes to album covers who is your favourite artist/designer/photographer? Obviously for me being a New Order fan, Peter Saville springs to mind, but I've become quite a fan of Julian Opie having just discovered his website (http://www.julianopie.com/). He designed the "best of Blur" album cover and also the cover for Saint Ettiennes "Sound of Water". I'm not very knowledgeable about art, so I probably can't describe what I like about his work very well. I just like the way he uses simple images to suggest more detail, and give an impression of three dimensions, a bit like that 80s arcade game Pole Position! He just seems to understand how the brain interprets images and is able to provide enough suggestion so that you "see" what he is trying to capture. His cartoon like portraits seem to capture the essential traits and little details and quirks without actually being very detailed. Anyway, over to ye, who is your favourite?
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    15 Jun 2004 07:23 PM
    Ahh yes, Julian Opie. How can he go wrong with a moniker like Jules. Saw the original in London last November, blew my mind, so a big ten four on that buddy. Ehh lets see, Annie Lebovitz - 'Born In The Usa' (The Boss) Spencer Drake / Warring Abbot - 'New York' (Lou Reed) Larry Moyer - 'Freakin At The Freakers Ball' (Shel Silverstein) Anton Corbjin - 'American recordings I-IV' (John R. Cash) Anything on The Blue Note label The Creative Partnership - 'Notting Hill Soundtrack' (Have to explain this one. Ehh, I've always had the hots for Julia Roberts and...she should be having MY baby !) Nicky Lindeman / Chris Austopchuk / Merri Cyr / David Garr - 'Grace' (Jeff Buckley). Lets face it, we all want to look THAT cool !
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    16 Jun 2004 12:27 AM
    Flaming Lips: OH MY GAWD!!!!...It's the Flaming Lips: http://qsysue.tagplazen.org/images/gawd-cov1.gif http://qsysue.tagplazen.org/images/gawd-cov2.gif The only album I ever bought based on the album cover alone, knowing nothing about the band, was New Model Army's No Rest For the Wicked. (When I was a teen.) They became one of my favorite bands. http://image.allmusic.com/00/amg/cov200/dre600/e684/e684892vyll.jpg
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    16 Jun 2004 07:34 AM
    I always liked the Oasis record sleaves from circa 1994ish. The singles covers like 'Live Forever', 'Supersonic' and 'Whatever'. And the 'Definitely, Maybe' album sleave. My god, they looked like the coolest people ever on that cover. Off the top of my head I think it was some company called Microdot who did the artwork.
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    16 Jun 2004 09:27 AM
    I love all the 4AD covers - the pixies, red house painters etc. The guy who does alot of them is Simon Larbalestier http://www.simon-larbalestier.co.uk Check out his site, if you like photography you'll love this guy. I also love the lambchop album covers - Nixon is great.
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    17 Jun 2004 04:06 PM
    Not an area I'm overly familiar with, but from what I do know Jim FitzPatrick (Thin Lizzy's best album IMO, "Rosin Dubh"). The image carries alot of weight, as far as I have been told, the ancient Irish poets who were prohibited from writing political material regarding the struggle against invasion, so instead Ireland is referred to as a field, and old woman, or a Black Rose. Pretty cool. Axl Rose has it tatoo'd on his arm I think. Doubt he's aware of the historical significance though. Plus Jim Fitzpatrick gave the world that Che Guevara picture without copyright so RATM could get loads of free designs for t-shirts.
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    18 Jun 2004 08:16 AM
    Wow Lucera, I never knew the Che Guevara poster was designed by an Irish artist. Thats pretty amazing. Even if, like me, you don't take an interest in politics, that image has become pretty iconic. Its right up there with Andy Warhols stuff for being instantly recognisable even by people like myself, whose knowledge of art is pretty limited. A perfect example of a meme if there ever was one. I gotta agree with you about the Blue Note covers Jules, Its rare that a label comes up with a design language for all their releases that still allows for each releases' indivduality rather than have a completely different look for each recording artist signed to the label. Factory Records were pretty good in that respect as well with stuff like the "Colour Wheel" idea.
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    28 Jul 2004 07:11 AM
    did anyone think that the sysyem of a down album,"steal this album",was extremely lacking on the creativity side?Theres no sleeve and the front cover just has "steal this abum" scrawled accross it in marker like a burned c.d!-GAS!!!!!
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    28 Jul 2004 07:37 AM
    I just thought it was funny, but yeah, the "make it look like a home burned CD-R" look is becoming something of a cliche.
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    28 Jul 2004 08:11 AM
    Roesy does all the artwork on his albums which is pretty cool. Alot of the photography on the Dylan albums is classy aswell. I like simple covers though, something along the lines of Beth Orton's 'Daybreaker' or PJ Harvey's 'Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea'.
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    28 Jul 2004 08:44 AM
    Gar, you'll probably hate me for posting this, but check it out, The Beth Orton "Daybreaker" vs Trey Anastasio: http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/watw/02-09/cover-art-cop.shtml
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    28 Jul 2004 09:29 AM
    That's fair enough but is only that journalist's opinion. Don't hate ya for it, glad you put the link up. I still like the album cover though.
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