CoolSleeves : My Favourite Album Covers

Nirvana – Nevermind

One look at this cover and you totally get it. It’s a baby under water, swimming towards a dollar bill on a fish line. It’s an obvious reference to materialism and a capitalist regime. The recording company, Geffen, wanted to blur out the baby’s penis. Cobain put his foot down saying “If you’re offended by this, you must be a closet pedophile”.



The Beatles – Revolver

This cover was illustrated by the Beatles’ close friend Klaus Voormann. It features excellent sketches of the Fab Four along with a collage of photos in the middle.




The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

The cover is full of cultural and political references. The band is wearing matador suits in bright colors. They are surrounded by cardboard cutouts of celebrities like Bob Dylan, Marilyn Monroe, Sigmund Freud, Aleister Crowley, Edgar Allan Poe, Karl Marx, Oscar Wilde, William S. Burroughs, Marlon Brando, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, and Lenny Bruce.



The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground and Nico

The excellent rendition of a banana on this cover was done by Andy Warhol, the famous American artist who led the pop-art movement. Initial copies of the album featured a flesh coloured banana, visible after peeling off the skin.



The Beatles – Abbey Road

This is one of the most imitated covers of all time. Fans love to have their pictures taken on the shown zebra crossing. The shot was set up and completed in about 10 minutes. Paul McCartney (2nd from left) is barefoot.




Beirut – Gulag Orkestar

The album is beautiful and magnificent, full of rich Turkish/Eastern European sounds. The photograph on the cover is somehow very personal and touching. Legend has it that Zach Condon used a torn photograph he found at a library in Leipzig, Germany.



Bob Dylan – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan

The cover features a 21 year old Dylan with his girlfriend at the time, Suze Rotolo. I like it because of the warmth it conveys, and Bob’s expression.





3 responses to “CoolSleeves : My Favourite Album Covers

  1. Hey! How about Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon ? The light passing through the prism to form a spectrum did give a different image in our minds!

  2. good choice. but i stand by my list. The prism is just not enough!

  3. Some good choices! I like the Beirut one which I had never seen before, if I’m honest. The Dylan one is great too. Simple, effective and touching. Love the hunched shoulders.

    Voormann’s Revolver cover is quite possibly their greatest. Its black and white mixture of muddled collage and stark simple drwaings (the four faces) is the perfect sleeve for the groundbreaking LP within. Fab stuff!

    Have you seen Klaus’ modern paintings of the band back in their Reeperbahn Germany days? They’re rockin’!!!

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