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    Posted: February 17 2015 at 14:46
We all know that prog often is accompanied by great cover art that fits the mood and atmosphere of the record. But what happens when the music is actually fine but the art just looks ridicolous and tasteless? Feel free to post examples of this. (I'd actually welcome to hear albums I've totally dismissed because of the cover art).

My example: Black Sabbath - Paranoid
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Littlecarrots Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 17 2015 at 15:22
I don't know if I'd call it terrible exactly, but The Division Bell's cover art it's definitely too creepy for the beautiful music Pink Floyd made. Still, the back cover was even worse:


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Originally posted by paragraph7 paragraph7 wrote:

We all know that prog often is accompanied by great cover art that fits the mood and atmosphere of the record. But what happens when the music is actually fine but the art just looks ridicolous and tasteless? Feel free to post examples of this. (I'd actually welcome to hear albums I've totally dismissed because of the cover art).

My example: Black Sabbath - Paranoid
The Paranoid cover is quite stupid, but I think Yes' Going for the One is the worst of any super groups (you have Roger Dean do all your covers, and the one you don't has some guy's ass on it? Bzzuh?). That, or maybe Love Beach.
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote paragraph7 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 17 2015 at 15:43
Originally posted by The Dark Elf The Dark Elf wrote:

The Paranoid cover is quite stupid, but I think Yes' Going for the One is the worst of any super groups (you have Roger Dean do all your covers, and the one you don't has some guy's ass on it? Bzzuh?). That, or maybe Love Beach.


How fares the stuff on Love Beach btw? That's one particular record I steered away from because of the rather mega-cheesy cover art.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote SteveG Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 17 2015 at 15:49
Originally posted by Littlecarrots Littlecarrots wrote:

I don't know if I'd call it terrible exactly, but The Division Bell's cover art it's definitely too creepy for the beautiful music Pink Floyd made. Still, the back cover was even worse:


WtF, I thought you said great music with bad cover art?
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Indeed.
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I was shocked by the music here, amazing material to say the least, one of the better albums of the 90's IMO...but the cover...ohh gosh...


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote The Dark Elf Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 17 2015 at 16:31
Originally posted by paragraph7 paragraph7 wrote:

Originally posted by The Dark Elf The Dark Elf wrote:

The Paranoid cover is quite stupid, but I think Yes' Going for the One is the worst of any super groups (you have Roger Dean do all your covers, and the one you don't has some guy's ass on it? Bzzuh?). That, or maybe Love Beach.


How fares the stuff on Love Beach btw? That's one particular record I steered away from because of the rather mega-cheesy cover art.
 
The cover mirrors the music. I thought the album was as mediocre as the polyester shirts ELP were wearing.
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Originally posted by apps79 apps79 wrote:

I was shocked by the music here, amazing material to say the least, one of the better albums of the 90's IMO...but the cover...ohh gosh...




hahah. ALways loved that one.

The winner however...and undefeated champion for however many year runnings.. as worst, scariest.. most f**ked up album cover.... and will be for ALL time is still this one though...



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Every Soft Machine album.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mascodagama Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 17 2015 at 17:59
Originally posted by paragraph7 paragraph7 wrote:

We all know that prog often is accompanied by great cover art that fits the mood and atmosphere of the record. But what happens when the music is actually fine but the art just looks ridicolous and tasteless? Feel free to post examples of this. (I'd actually welcome to hear albums I've totally dismissed because of the cover art).

My example: Black Sabbath - Paranoid


If you were going to pick one Sabbath album then surely Sabotage?? My God those CLOTHES. Only in the seventies...

Great record though.

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Originally posted by Xonty Xonty wrote:

Every Soft Machine album.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Michael678 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 17 2015 at 18:23
Originally posted by Xonty Xonty wrote:

Every Soft Machine album.

you mean just the covers, right?
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Originally posted by Michael678 Michael678 wrote:

Originally posted by Xonty Xonty wrote:

Every Soft Machine album.

you mean just the covers, right?
Bundles wasn't all that bad (compared to the rest).
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote AreYouHuman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 17 2015 at 18:46

Jimmie Spheeris – “Ports of the Heart.”  From the same gifted artist whose first album “Isle of View” had one of the best fantasy-art covers ever came this atrocity which totally destroyed the almost mystic aura surrounding him.  What was he thinking?

 

http://www.allmusic.com/album/ports-of-the-heart-mw0000069642



Edited by AreYouHuman - February 17 2015 at 18:48
Caption: We tend to take ourselves a little too seriously.

Silly human race! Yes is for everybody!
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King Crimson's cover art went down hill after the first four albums. 
Larks' Tongues is barely passable and from Starless on their covers are extremely plain.
They're not terrible (OP) but plain. They're design rather than artwork.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Horizons Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 17 2015 at 19:15
Originally posted by Xonty Xonty wrote:

Every Soft Machine album.

Pretty much this haha. Though their debut is cool. 
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