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Ticket Giveaway: Bryan Ferry
June 9, 2011 | 11:15AM

I will freely admit that “The Best of Roxy Music” has been one of my go-to compilations in life. From “Avalon” to “Jealous Guy” to “More Than This” to “Virginia Plain” to “Slave to Love”, they’ve made some of the most heart-wrenching yet insanely stylish music ever. Hell, I want to watch videos for all of them RIGHT NOW.

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Post white tuxedos and artsy glam, Bryan Ferry embarked on a fascinating solo career of his own, ranging in everything from smooth synth covers of “Sympathy for the devil” to working with Jonny Marr on “The Right Stuff” to “Dylanesque” and more. Essentially, he is the most essential, iconoclastic person you could still see live and probably love it.

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He comes to Strathmore in October, and TICKETS GO ON SALE TOMORROW @ 10AM. BUT! We’re offering you a chance to win them before you can buy them, since we love you like that.

To enter to win, and inspired by Bryan’s many inspired album cover choices (SEE BELOW), leave us a comment telling us WHAT IS THE GREATEST ALBUM COVER EVER MADE (copying and pasting the image url into the comments for visual aiding is encouraged). GOOOOOO!

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  • John Foster says:

    Can we do album covers that reference previous album covers, and start with The Clash “London Calling” and Elvis Presley “s/t” and go from there? Post for next week…

  • Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway says:

    http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51nL%2B2gbBZL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

    This enigmatic cover caught my attention well before I ever heard the music contained within. I would pick it up and wonder what music could possibly live up to such strangely wonderful imagery. I eventually took the plunge and bought the album and took the journey that would lead me to one of my top five albums of all time. The music was as strange and haunting as the cover, a tale of a young man’s adventures in Gotham City gone Oz. I was glued to my headphones for all four sides. It completely blew my 16 year old mind and to this day, I relish every return trip. Hipgnosis did the cover art for Lamb. They were the best, as any Pink Floyd fan will tell you.

  • Chuck says:

    The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway was mine. I put the album title where my name was supposed to go by mistake. Oops!

  • Madmission says:

    This subject is close to my heart. I am a child of the ’70′s just becoming aware of music during the heyday of album cover art. With four older brothers to turn me on to what would be the beginning of my long love affair with music, it is hard to put into words the beauty of browsing the incensed filled record store run by my local hippies (the incense was a cover I’m sure) and finding that one perfect album that would change my life. Sliding off the crinkly shrink wrap and unfolding the sleeve, I would spend hours going over the cover, the artwork, the lyrics, the liner notes trying to decipher any secret message the artist may have encoded. Placing it on the turntable with needle to groove, I would listen from beginning to end just as the band had intended. Albums from that time usually told a story (think Pink Floyd “Dark Side of the Moon”) so starting in the middle didn’t work. Sadly, the beauty of it all seems to have been lost with single downloads and now the death of the CD.

    I’m going out on a limb with my choice. The Beatles’ “White Album.” Although I love the artwork of Roger Dean and his many YES covers, King Crimson and Zeppelin, I think the “White Album” wins me over because of its restraint. Any creative person, who can put out an album cover that is “white” is ballsy. I like to think that there is so much color inside the music that art on the cover would be too much for us to take. It also leaves interpretation up to the listener without influencing us with the artist’s imagination. Clever in its simplicity. Yep, that’s my pick.

  • Tim Gallagher says:

    It has to be Beatles St. Peppers,they were already putting out cool album covers.But this one laid the ground work for other bands to do the same,expand horizons with album covers.

  • Dena says:

    I almost went with http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_VswKK4ErKSY/TMhz9uAKumI/AAAAAAAAIO4/-tZZTMz4hbo/s1600/The+Cars+-+The+Cars+%281978%29.jpg, which has a picture of a The Cars album. It portrays a beautiful woman, just like a Roxy Music cover. I’ve read that Roxy Music inspired some of The Cars’ music, too. But, anyhow, that is not my entry! Let’s say that’s second place for me.

    This is my entry: Photobucket

    It’s a The Dandy Warhols’ album entitled, “Welcome to the Monkey House.” The name of the band, alone, should signal that this band is artsy. As for the cover, it’s simple, but good.

  • Whistlepig says:

    P.I.L. – Album!

    [IMG]http://www.albumartexchange.us/assets_c/2010/01/public-album-thumb-400×400-3044.jpg[IMG]

  • John Foster says:

    With that Dandy Warhols referencing The Velvet Underground sleeve, I think we actually have a post in the making…

    I loved the PiL campaign! (Not to mention Steve Vai putting in his finest fretwork on the record.) Each piece got a different generic name. They even had advertisements that simply said “ad” on them. It was the full realization of what Flipper had started with “Generic Flipper,” which came first.

    The banana reminded me. The Greatest Album Cover of all-time might just be another Warhol design. The Rolling Stones “Sticky Fingers” compete with working zipper. In practice, it actually worked on a number of levels, as the bulging crotch would rub against the record in front of it in the racks and ruin it.

  • Valley Girlie Boy says:

    Hands down: Frank Zappa/Ship arriving too late to save a drowning witch

    Simple, clean, compelling.

    http://www.progarchives.com/progressive_rock_discography_covers/1023/cover_5647426112010.jpg

  • Jenn_of_DC says:

    Gotta love Nick Drake’s Pink Moon. Beautiful, what can I say? It’s Drake and Salvador Dali and Arthur C. Clarke all rolled into one! Lushness.

  • Jenn-of-DC says:

    Gotta love Nick Drake’s Pink Moon. Beautiful, what can I say? It’s Drake and Salvador Dali and Arthur C. Clarke all rolled into one! Lushness.

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/3c/NickDrakePinkMoon.jpg

  • Todlangweilig says:

    Best album cover ever
    Simple, yet a powerful, thought-provoking statement.

  • Todlangweilig says:

    Sorry, forgot to include that the hand above is the cover for System of a Down’s self-titled album.

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  • JumpinJohnny says:

    I think the SIgur Ros album “Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust” is plenty free-spirited and edgy:

    http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/73/19/6351c060ada037832f1ca110.L._AA300_.jpg

  • JumpinJohnny says:

    Rage Against the Machine’s eponymous album is painful to look at. The cover features a photo of Thích Quảng Đức, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, burning himself to death in Saigon in 1963.

    http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/612mHCcRQIL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

  • Ian says:

    If you hold up the Great White North album jacket while you listen to it, it’s just like watching the show, eh?

    But in all seriousness, the best album cover is the one with the naked lady. You know, THAT one. (All of them)

    …and Sgt. Peppers, because how much more iconic can you get, until the White Album, or Abbey Road, or the naked John/Yoko album (I know, technically I already covered that one. So to speak.)

  • Rickl says:

    Kiss – Rock and Roll Over

  • william alberque says:

    Meh, you didn’t even feature the best Roxy Music album cover:
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_nSuPj1LEQDA/SiTD3Ry2mLI/AAAAAAAABRY/n_5PIxFqY8Q/s1600/roxy%2Bmusic%2Bfor%2Byour%2Bpleasure%2Bfront%2B%26%2Bback%2Bcover.JPG

    And the gatefold interior (FUCK YEAH BRIAN ENO!):
    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_nSuPj1LEQDA/SiTDwT9tmmI/AAAAAAAABRQ/l6QL5WzgvVg/s1600-h/roxy+music+for+your+pleasure+gatefold.JPG

    And to the commenters, good lord, please STFU. Much as I used to love Vaughn Oliver, you shall crumble before the majesty of Peter Saville:

    Section 25 – Always Now (Front )
    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZHZs58s5cn0/TduCHVP0W0I/AAAAAAAACDU/i7mgkWTHwqg/s1600/Section+25.jpeg
    (Back, open)
    http://www.cerysmaticfactory.info/images/fact45c-1024.jpg

    And, of course, OMD’s Dazzle Ships with the die-cut sleeve and color insert to mimic time zones on the inside (can’t explain, really, you have to open it yourself).
    http://www.omd-messages.co.uk/gallery/cabinet_sd.jpg

    OMD’s S/T album, again, die-cut so when you pull the inner sleeve out, the colors all shift. On display at the Victoria and Albert as the pinnacle of album art design:
    http://www.omd-messages.co.uk/gallery/die_sd.jpg
    http://www.omd-messages.co.uk/gallery/die_sh.jpg

    Some more Saville genius:

    Roxy Music, More Than This 7″ (the flip side is beautiful as well):
    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_4BO-nX-j9B0/TEmTm8sOn5I/AAAAAAAAZXE/PzJ8i9gTtiM/s640/Roxy-Music-More-Than-This-42539%5B1%5D.jpg

    OMD – Joan of Arc 12″
    http://www.omdweb.com/compiled/Compiled/images/joa12w.jpg

    OMD – Maid of Orleans 12″ (silver foil cover)
    http://www.omdweb.com/compiled/Compiled/images/moo12glassw.jpg

    OMD – Maid of Orleans 12″ (limited version with embossed and silver foil cover)
    http://www.omdweb.com/compiled/Compiled/images/moo12coinw.jpg

  • svetlana Svetlana says:

    william-i had to leave some stuff out, my examples are more of a nudge…

  • James Ensor says:

    Television’s Marquee Moon — It tells you everything you need to know about the next 45 minutes you will spend listening to this album.

    http://www.culturebully.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/television-marquee-moon-cd-cover-album-art.jpg

    Also, my favorite Bryan Ferry album and cover is In Your Mind

    http://img.noiset.com/images/album/bryan-ferry-in-your-mind-cover-17765.jpeg

    REPRESENT.

  • i says:

    PETER SAVILLE.

  • ysin says:

    The Mothers of Invention’s cover of “We’re Only In It For The Money”, the great anti-Sgt. Peppers cover.

    I can’t seem to paste the images here, but here is a link: http://www.amazon.com/Were-Only-Money-Frank-Zappa/dp/B0000009RX/ref=sr_1_3?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1307969586&sr=1-3

  • Jesse Young says:

    BORN TO RUN (1975). (http://earmusic.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Born-To-Run.jpg)

    If you want elegant iconography, it’s hard to beat this. Springsteen and his beat-to-hell Fender Esquire, leaning impishly on Clarence Clemon’s shoulder (who can been seen on the wrap-around rear cover). It’s simple, it’s earnest, it’s classic. It’s more than just a nice image, too, because Springsteen visually embodies the characters he sings about on the album — the scruffy, wide-eyed losers, gunning their muscle cars and dreaming of escape and romance all other other things that seem essential when you’re 24 and stranded in North Jersey in the mid-70s.

    Also, this album gets my vote for best font choice. The clean, unpretentious look of the title bespeaks a presentational confidence (and lack of arty pretension) that totally suits the album’s sweep. Also, the small details are great: the Elvis fan club button, Bruce’s tattered tank top…the dude looks like he came out of the birth canal in that jacket.

    Is this the hippest choice? No. But it’s the best.

  • John Foster says:

    This is wildly subjective (and I reserve the right to change my mind several times over the course of the day.) If it is Greatest Album Cover for Designers, it has to Peter Saville’s iconic sleeve for New Order’s “Blue Monday.” Perhaps the floppy disk inspiration is a little dated but few could argue it’s cutting edge relevance at the time, and direct correlation to the music within. All of the track information (including title and catalog number) is communicated by the color bars on the right-hand side. This can be deciphered using the code and color wheel on the reverse of the following “Power, Corruption and Lies” sleeve. (Itself, a brilliant inside nod to designers.)

    The sleeve has launched countless legends. It is believed to be the best selling 12″ of all-time. In classic Saville/Factory Records style, the numerous die-cuts and production tricks meant that it cost more to produce than it sold for, so the label lost money with each sale. There are piles of stories of the band themselves folding sleeves (though, the main story is Peter Hook and others spent the evenings watching porn as Sumner did most of the work.)

    That doesn’t even start to consider the incredible music on the disc itself, as the track was a turning point for the band and UK culture in general. It is also one of the longest songs to ever chart at over 7 minutes of glorious post disco.

    (Special design nerd tie-in: Seville is the designer behind many of the wonderful Roxy Music sleeves.)

    (Additional note – if anyone picks a photo-based sleeve that isn’t by Hipgnosis, well, you don’t know a thing about album cover art.)

  • John Foster says:

    Everyone knows I am dying to comment on Born to Run (even though it does what it was supposed to do – introduce Springsteen as the “new” wave of rock and roll, thus the black and white photo and thin font selection during an age of visual bombast for those artists – just fine) right?

    Is this Svet’s way of prodding me into bringing back Judging A Cover By Its Cover?

  • rick hawthorne says:

    Very tough to nail it to one, but a couple of bands throughout their days have never dissappointed with cover art. In the case of the chameleons, it was the guitarist Reg who drew all of the covers. Really cool stuff. Talk Talk another one. Consistantly top knotch.

    Talk Talk -London 1986

  • HYPER~bALLAD says:

    There are so many album covers I find fascinating. And yet, deciding on one in particular was not as difficult as expected. Cornelius’ album cover for Fantasma satisfies so many visual pleasures. It’s very simple, but also very stylized, and the way the album title appears in smoke is just amazing. I also love that it’s only the two colors of orange and white, making it seem all the more surreal and wonderful.

    http://img.maniadb.com/images/album/112/112175_1_f.jpg

    honorable mentions include: http://bit.ly/jpflPk , http://bit.ly/j9eGeX, all of the belle & sebastian albums, daft pun. k’s discovery, and http://bit.ly/kbW44P

  • Kevin says:

    It’s a tie:

    London Calling – The Clash

    Rubber Soul – The Beatles

    Sticky Fingers – Rolling Stones

  • John Foster says:

    That Cornelius cover is by Dr. Alderete (who will be profiled in my upcoming book – plug plug plug New Masters of Poster Design: Volume Two.) More importantly, if you check out his stuff you will notice a certain local poster designer has ripped him off liberally, and with heartbreaking frequency.

  • Funkhouse9 says:

    To me it’s Led Zeppelin’s eponymous first album. The Hindenburg image on the cover obviously and easily provides imagery to the idea behind the band’s name. The image is compelling and has an emotional impact.

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/05/LedZeppelinLedZeppelinalbumcover.jpg