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    Posted: September 01 2017 at 10:26
I notice a strange pattern when I look at the cover of what I might consider to be my 3 favourite albums.







You see all 3 covers are pretty simple. A small centered logo with much of the background left unoccupied. Quite a contrast to a lot of extravagant Prog album covers a la Roger Dean. 

What are some other examples of great albums with this style of simple artwork?


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote mechanicalflattery Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 01 2017 at 11:09
A couple of well-known post-rock albums, the former having probably one of my favorite pieces of cover art




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Omega Omega album cover
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Logan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 01 2017 at 11:40
Prog lounge or not, I think that someone will mention the Beatles' White album and even Spinal Tap's Black album.



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Magnum Vaeltaja Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 01 2017 at 12:40
Good topic! I usually tend to favour more detailed album covers, so it was actually a little difficult for me to find examples that fit, but I ended up coming up with a few that work if you don't mind a bit of writing on them.



Alas - S/T - Not what I'd necessarily call a "great" album, as per your original post, but it's a pretty decent ELP-like Argentinian release.



Arco Iris - Agitor Lucens V - Okay, this one I'd definitely consider a great album. And I think the cover still somewhat fits what you're describing.



Arco Iris - Arco Iris - More of a straightforward folk rock album than Agitor (if I remember correctly), but the cover is definitely minimalist enough to fit here.



Magma - MDK



Nucleus - Elastic Rock


Some of the covers from the Grateful Dead's Europe '72 series also use the same sort of design.



And let's not forget about the most famous example of all time!
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King Crimson Beat album cover
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ALotOfBottle Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 01 2017 at 13:24
Great thread!

Don't know if I'm really hitting the nail on the head with my picks, but here are a few covers I consider "minimalist."

https://www.debaser.it/files/2016%2f44801.jpg

http://www.hardrockheavymetal.com/jacketcd/e/egg1.jpg

https://ro69-bucket.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/text_image/image/246367/width:750/resize_image.jpg

http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/6161/1605/1600/DV-O2.jpg

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https://ronkanefiles.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/faust-iv_new.jpg

https://www.music-bazaar.com/album-images/vol3/173/173879/1050729-big/Grosses-Wasser-cover.jpg

And the last two that I'm not really sure about, but it won't hurt putting them here, I guess.

https://fanart.tv/fanart/music/5193ce6b-a315-4c50-ae49-54e69ffbc988/albumcover/fifth-55f5f98a5dea7.jpg

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61bAotqiD6L._SL1225_.jpg


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Here are a few more. I haven't actually listened to any of these, but the album covers definitely fit.



Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures



Tesseract - Altered State



Gary Burton Quartet - Picture This



Metronomy - The English Riviera



This Town Needs Guns - S/T
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Man With Hat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 01 2017 at 17:30
I feel like a fair number of releases on the Rune Grammaphon label would fit.

Especially Supersilent. 
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lot's of great art work hereBig smile
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote questionsneverknown Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 02 2017 at 11:22
You could easily include here every cover from the ECM label, which has been defined by a haunting, minimalist aesthetic.
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Edgar Froese Aqua album cover

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Edgar Froese Macula Transfer album cover
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Great thread, always loved the minimalist esthetic.
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