Wednesday, November 11th 2009
Iconic Album Artwork
Is album artwork as important now as it was 40+ years ago? I want to share with you some iconic album covers from the last 40 years and look at why covers from recent years do seem as important.
The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band released in 1967.
Nirvanas Nevermind released in 1991.
The Beatles Abbey Road released in 1969. This has iconic cover has been copied many times and causes disruption to the road with people trying to recreate the cover.
Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon released in 1973.
Joy Divisions Unknown Pleasures released in 1979.
It seems rather strange that none of these album covers come from recent years – is this because the album cover is becoming less important to artists now?
When Hard Fi released their second album ‘Once Upon A Time in the West’ they had no cover art.
Their single Suburban Nights featured an album cover again with just words stating ‘Expensive black and white photo of the band not available’ They are mocking other album covers and the importance of album covers. Their thinking may have been that if people like thier music they will buy the song or album no matter what the cover or band looks like.
This previous blog posts asks ‘If the album cover is dead?’
Posted by Sally on Wednesday 11th of November 2009 at 10:27am