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Topic: Minimalist Artwork
Posted By: Larkstongue41
Subject: Minimalist Artwork
Date 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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Posted By: mechanicalflattery
Date 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






Posted By: Kepler62
Date Posted: September 01 2017 at 11:34
Omega Omega album cover


Posted By: Logan
Date 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.



Yep, I thought right.

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Posted By: Magnum Vaeltaja
Date 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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Posted By: Barbu
Date Posted: September 01 2017 at 13:08


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Posted By: Kepler62
Date Posted: September 01 2017 at 13:15
King Crimson Beat album cover


Posted By: ALotOfBottle
Date 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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Posted By: Cosmiclawnmower
Date Posted: September 01 2017 at 14:46
Far out 1973
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Posted By: tboyd1802
Date Posted: September 01 2017 at 16:30




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Posted By: CosmicVibration
Date Posted: September 01 2017 at 17:05


Posted By: Magnum Vaeltaja
Date Posted: September 01 2017 at 17:07
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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Posted By: Man With Hat
Date 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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Posted By: twosteves
Date Posted: September 01 2017 at 18:35
lot's of great art work hereBig smile


Posted By: questionsneverknown
Date 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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Posted By: Vompatti
Date Posted: September 02 2017 at 12:02


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Posted By: Kepler62
Date Posted: September 02 2017 at 18:34


Posted By: octopus-4
Date Posted: September 05 2017 at 01:26
Edgar Froese Aqua album cover

Edgar Froese Epsilon In Malaysian Pale album cover

Edgar Froese Macula Transfer album cover


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Posted By: Cristi
Date Posted: September 05 2017 at 05:11


Posted By: progrockdeepcuts
Date Posted: September 05 2017 at 16:08
Great thread, always loved the minimalist esthetic.


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Posted By: Kepler62
Date Posted: September 05 2017 at 17:40
Robert Fripp The League Of Gentlemen album cover


Posted By: Rednight
Date Posted: September 12 2017 at 13:37
Celeste's Principe Di Un Giorno.

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Posted By: BaldJean
Date Posted: September 12 2017 at 16:54

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Posted By: Cosmiclawnmower
Date Posted: September 14 2017 at 14:16
Zofff.. "The finest purveyors of kosmische heaviness on the planet right now"
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Posted By: BarryGlibb
Date Posted: September 15 2017 at 00:49


Posted By: ProfPanglos
Date Posted: September 18 2017 at 13:29
I always felt that Hipgnosis and ECM Records held top positions for best album artwork.


Posted By: Tuzvihar
Date Posted: September 18 2017 at 15:11
http://www.progarchives.com/progressive_rock_discography_covers/675/cover_43432117102008.jpg

http://www.progarchives.com/progressive_rock_discography_covers/675/cover_2452117102008.jpg

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Posted By: Tuzvihar
Date Posted: September 18 2017 at 15:14
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http://www.chaputa.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Chaputa-Velvet-underground-White-Light-LP.png


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Posted By: Tuzvihar
Date Posted: September 18 2017 at 15:24
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Posted By: Magnum Vaeltaja
Date Posted: September 23 2017 at 19:50
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