When I first had the innovative idea of writing about the 50 best album covers (according to my opinion of course) I decided not to include, on purpose, covers that maybe an old lady in Kirgizstan knows. So I want you to know that covers like Velvet Underground’s (probably the best band ever) with Andy Warhol’s banana, Nirvana’s “Nevermind”, Rolling Stone’s “Sticky Fingers” or Clash’s “London Calling” are not included either because if you don’t know them it means that you have absolutely no idea about music, so better close this tab, or that you can easily find them by a Google search in any other similar list out there. If you are patient enough you can read all 3 parts of this article, today I’m going to write about the first 15. I would like to mention as well that the covers don’t follow any logical order, to make it clearer it’s a random list that I made myself, just a random night. So here we go my friends:
Bob Dylan – Self Portrait
OK, that’s probably a self-portrait that you could find on Unicef cards, maybe the kids who are making those cards are more talented in painting than Bob Dylan. In this cover, Dylan tries to do a portrait of himself but he manages to convince everybody that his talent in painting is exactly the opposite of his talent in composing music. However, the cover deserves a place in the list, just because Dylan was not a coward, and he proved us that even my nephew could make a better self-portrait of him.
The west coast pop art experimental band – The west coast pop art experimental band part one
A fully psychedelic cover from one of the most underestimated bands of all time. And with the best name ever. The kind of drugs were the guys taking during the recording of this album is totally depicted on the cover…
Nancy Sinatra – Sugar
Before all those pop stars of the 2000’s were walking around with mini-hot-shorts and huge plastic tits, there was Nancy Sinatra, one of the best-looking and talented women that ever messed with music on Earth. For those you have no idea about how she looked like when she was young, here you go. Just imagine that this cover was released on 1967, pretty innovative for that time I think…
Steppenwolf – Monster
Thank God those guys recorded “Born to be wild” and we have at least a contact with Steppenwolf’s music (surprisingly enough, just a few know more about this amazing band). An awesome band with politically correct lyrics. You have to buy a vinyl copy of it and sniff every single artistic detail of its artistic magic.
The 13th floor elevators – The psychedelic sounds of 13th floor elevators
A record that can easily explode your head and the cover itself is a turning point for psychedelic movement. By far the best thing that this movement has showed us so far. Everything goes around Roky Erickson though. Psychedelic garage rock at its best.
Mad River – Mad River
For sure thousands of metal bands based on the artwork of this cover, you can tell it from the logo till the colors of it. I can easily think of a couple of bands which just copied it and lots of others which used it as a pattern. Nice record and an even nicer cover.
The Moody Blues – In search of the lost chord dream
We should be ashamed as human beings because we know Moody Blues just because they released “Nights in white satin”. I mean I didn’t expect more from a country where Lana Del Rey and Lady Gaga are superstars. But OK, that’s another story. So, taking this cover as a starting point, try to listen more to Moody Blues. AND FORGET ABOUT THE FUCKING BALLAD THAT I MENTIONED ABOVE! Moody Blues have better tracks and you will figure it out by yourself.
The Byrds – Mr. tambourine man
Maybe the best band photo on a record cover. A trick that lots of bands copied from “The Byrds”. Dylan is singing the homonym song, my advice would be that if you haven’t listened to this song, better commit suicide, so the world could be a better place.
The incredible string band – The 5000 spirits
Another cover that proves that drugs are not bad. It was John Peel’s favorite record and that means a lot. You can just buy it for the cover, or you could download it and listen to it forever. Couple of years ago I missed the chance to go to a Robin Williamson’s gig in Greece, I’m still flirting with committing suicide myself.
The Rolling Stones- Their satanic majesties request
The darkest and most mysterious album of Rolling stones. It could be replaced by Beatles’ “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” but besides the fact that I’m bored of seeing it everywhere, the Stones are way better than those pussies.
Captain Beefheart and the magic band – Shiny beast
Another cover that reminds me of Unicef Christmas cards, but as you have noticed I kind of like those covers. Anyway, the painting belongs to this GIANT called Don Van Villet (Captain Beefheart) so it has a special meaning on its own.
Crosby Stills Nash and Young – So far
Tom Waits often makes fun of their name (Crosby Steals the Cash instead of Crosby Stills and Nash), and he didn’t mention Neil Young because he was not a real member of this band, and of course Neil Young is Neil Young, you cannot make fun of him anyways. So besides the fact that Tom Waits makes fun of them, they are an important chapter in neo-country music. This cover is designed by Joni Mitchell, a small detail that makes the difference.
Big Brother and the Holding Company – Cheap thrills
The best cover ever for one of the most kick-ass records ever. Enough said.
The Beatles – Revolver
In the very beginning I was planning not to include any Beatles’ cover in the list that I was making, just because I wanted to oppose the other 8.720.109.969.887.995.356.861.974.329.097.643 lists with the same topic that they are out there and they have on their top 10 at least 3 of Beatles’ covers. It the end I decided not to behave like an asshole and add at least one in my list (to be honest I could easily add more), so the lucky one was Revolver. I think it’s worth it.
Blind Faith- Blind Faith
Forbidden for almost two decades in the States (I still cannot understand why), this cover is one of the hot topics s among those mentally-retarded record lovers, who have nothing to do but jerking off in front of a PC on a random Thursday night at 3 in the morning. Like me. It was shocking without any doubt back at those times, but still, it’s nothing more than a half-naked girl holding a toy, it’s not the rape of Mother Teresa by a wild gang of murderers. The only thing that I could say against it, it’s that the girl should be prettier.