Monday, December 14, 2015

Rock Covers – 35 of The Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Album Covers of All Time

Album art is indelibly linked to our collective musical memories; when you think of your favorite albums, you picture the covers. Many photographers, illustrators, and art directors have become celebrities from their album artworks—the best examples of which will go down in history as permanent fixtures in popular culture.

Here, TIME magazine selected 35 from more than 750 remarkable album covers from colossal and cool book, Rock Covers, authors Robbie Busch and Jonathan Kirby acknowledge that there might well be “better or differently focused collections” of rock covers out there in the world.

1. Elvis Presley – Elvis Presley (1956)

RCA Victor; photo -- William V. "Red" Robertson

2. Lou Reed Transformer (1972)

RCA Victor; design -- Ernst Thormahlen; photo -- Mick Rock

3. Nirvana – Nevermind (1991)

DGC; art director -- Robert Fisher; photo -- Kirk Weddle (cover), Kurdt Kobain (money photo)

4. The Beatles – Revolver (1966)

Parlophone; art -- Klaus Voormann; design -- Klaus Voormann; photo -- Robert Whitaker

5. The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)

Parlophone; art director -- Robert Fraser; design -- Mc Productions and Apple staged by Peter Blake, Jann Haworth; photo -- Michael Cooper

6. The Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols (1977)

Virgin; art director -- Malcolm Mclaren; design -- Jamie Reid

7. Janis Joplin & the Full Tilt Boogie Band – Pearl (1971)

Columbia; cover design -- Camouflage Productions: Barry Feinstein, Tom Wilkes; photo -- Barry Feinstein, Tom Wilkes

8. T. Rex – Electric Warrior (1971)

Reprise; design -- June Child (concept), Hipgnosis; photo -- Spud Murphy

9. New Order – Power, Corruption & Lies (1983)

Factory; art -- Henri Fantin-Latour; design -- Peter Saville

10. Them – Here Comes The Night (1965)

Parrot Records

11. Primal Scream – Screamadelica (1991)

Creation; art -- Paul Cannell; design -- ES(P)

12. The Shaggs – Philosophy of the World (1969)

Third World Recordings

13. Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps – Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps (1957)

Capitol

14. Patti Smith – Horses (1975)

Arista; design -- Bob Heimall; photo -- Robert Mapplethorpe

15. King Crimson – In the Court of the Crimson King (1969)

Island Records; art by Barry Godber

16. The Clash – London Calling (1979)

CBS; design -- Ray Lowry; photo -- Pennie Smith

17. Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin (1969)

Atlantic; design -- George Hardie

18. Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II (1969)

Atlantic; art -- David Juniper; design -- David Juniper

19. The Surfaris – The Surfaris Play (1963)

Decca
20. Bruce Springsteen – Nebraska (1982)

Columbia; art director -- Andrea Klein; photo -- David Michael Kennedy

21. Sonic Youth – Sister (1987)

SST Records

22. The Rolling Stones – Exile on Main St. (1972)

Rolling Stones Records; design -- John Van Hamersveld; photo -- Robert Frank

23. The Rolling Stones – Some Girls (1978)

Rolling Stones Records; art -- Hubert Kretzschmar; design -- Peter Corriston

24. The Replacements – Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out The Trash (1981)

Twin/Tone; design -- Bruce C. Allen; photo -- Greg Helgeson

25. Pixies – Doolittle (1989)

4AD; design -- Vaughan Oliver/ V23; photo -- Simon Larbalestier

26. David Bowie – Hunky Dory (1971)

RCA; art director -- George Underwood; art -- Terry Pastor; photo -- Brian Ward

27. Blondie – Blondie (1976)

Private Stock; design -- David Perl; photo -- Shig Ikeida

28. Kiss – Destroyer (1976)

Casablanca; art -- Ken Kelly

29. Elvis Costello – My Aim is True (1977)

Stiff; art director -- Barney Bubbles, Jake Riviera; photo -- Keith Morris

30. Cream – Disraeli Gears (1967)

Reaction; art -- Martin Sharp; photo -- Robert Whitaker, Jim Marshall (additional photography)

31. Bad Brains – Bad Brains (1982)

Roir; art -- Mir, Jay Jones, Donnell Gibson; photo -- Laura Levine

32. Ike & Tina Turner – Dynamite! (1963)

Sue Records

33. AC/DC – For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) (1981)

Atlantic

34. Big Brother & the Holding Company – Cheap Thrills (1968)

Columbia; art -- Robert Crumb

35. The Mothers of Invention – We’re Only in it for the Money (1968)

Verve; ad -- Cal Schenkel; photo -- Jerry Schatzberg

(Photos: courtesy of TASCHEN)

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