What's the most iconic LP Cover ever made?
There's a wide choice, tell me your in the comments!
You should not judge a book from the cover, that's a great truth. Same goes for music albums, but some LP covers had become so famous and iconic to be immediately recognizable. Paints and photos that are proper pieces of art, and enclose the inner meaning of the whole musical opera they contain in such a perfect way. But what's your favourite? Which LP cover do you like the most? Following, a short selection of mines, randomly put down.
The Clash - London Calling (1979)
One of the most powerful music's photos, taken by Pennie Smith at the Palladium Concert Hall in New York city. The photographer managed to take this shoot at the end of the show, when Paul Simonon, unpleased by the band's performance destroyed his bass guitar on stage. A dynamic picture that captured perfectly the essence of punk rock.
The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
Compared to the cover of Abbey Road, showing the Fab Four on the most famous zebra crossing... In the world, the cover of Sgt. Pepper's lonely hearts club band it is less famous but more worthy of a closer look. The Beatles are portrayed with a bunch of famous people, making natural the "who is who" thought. Hidden objects and obscure characters like Aleister Crowley, make this cover unique and original.
The Rolling Stones - Sticky fingers (1971)
The Stones like to tease, literally, publishing an album that shows a tight pair of jeans, that their fan can unzip for real. The design and concept is an idea of Andy Warhol. The model for the photo is not Mick Jagger as many initially supposed but Joe Dallesandro an italo American actor that started his career in Wharol's movies.
David Bowie - Aladdin Sane (1973)
Aladdin Sane isn't the most successful album of David Bowie, but it indeed has the most iconic cover on his discography. The overly famous photo of the artist that everyone knows and of that everyone thinks about when the name of Bowie pops off in a conversation. Flaming red hair, pale skin and the red and blue lightening bolt crossing David's face, a photo (by Brian Duffy) that has become the most representative of this polyhedric artist.
Nirvana - Nevermind (1991)
A toddler swimming in a pool, trying to grab a baith of one dollar. Nirvana's takes on society shows immediately on the cover of their most successful album, that throw the band from Seattle in the Olympus of music and on the consuming process that fame is. The baby boy is Spencer Elden, the son of a friend of the photographer, Kirk Weddle. The record label was initially worried by the fact that the baby was completely naked, and had an alternative cover for the album ready. Cobain said that he wouldn't have accepted compromises, other than a sticker covering the baby's penis and stated: ""If you're offended by this, you must be a closet pedophile."
I can legit keep going and list at least another twenty album covers or so, like Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA", or half discography of Pink Floyd, starting from the cow on "Atom heart mother", Jethro Tull's "Aqualung", Metallica Master of Puppets and so on, but I'll leave the word to you...