Best album with the worst cover?

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FuengiFuengi Frets: 2471
Must be some corkers in this category? 

For my nomination I give you The Trials of Van Occupanther by Midlake, it must have taken them several seconds to arrange this. 


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  • RickLucasRickLucas Frets: 104
    Smell the glove.
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  • merlinmerlin Frets: 4027
    Fuengi said:
    Must be some corkers in this category? 

    For my nomination I give you The Trials of Van Occupanther by Midlake, it must have taken them several seconds to arrange this. 


    Looks like "Tony Blair. Which Project?"
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  • FuengiFuengi Frets: 2471
    merlin said:
    Fuengi said:
    Must be some corkers in this category? 

    For my nomination I give you The Trials of Van Occupanther by Midlake, it must have taken them several seconds to arrange this. 


    Looks like "Tony Blair. Which Project?"
    As bad as that cover is, the album is good. 
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  • phil_bphil_b Frets: 1892
    edited May 8
     https://images.app.goo.gl/b37Eo4VhnYUd8uX58 

    Has to be the beach boys Pet sounds






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  • DrCorneliusDrCornelius Frets: 3368
    Blind Faith 

    To this day I can’t work out why that was approved 
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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 10190
    edited May 8
    Not the very best album or the very worst cover, but the first thing I thought of.

    (A lot of albums on Shrapnel Records had bad covers but good contents!)

    Fifth Angel  Fifth Angel 1986 Vinyl - Discogs
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  • BlueingreenBlueingreen Frets: 1675
    The Electric Ladyland cover with the naked women (with the implication they might be groupies) was pretty naff even at the time, and would be completely beyond the pale now.
    “One of the greatest advantages of the totalitarian elites of the twenties and thirties was to turn any statement of fact into a question of motive.”
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  • Moe_ZambeekMoe_Zambeek Frets: 2658
    Fuengi said:
    Must be some corkers in this category? 

    For my nomination I give you The Trials of Van Occupanther by Midlake, it must have taken them several seconds to arrange this. 


    Maybe they only had an hour, so they took the cover photo leaving half an hour to write the one good song on the album?  =)  ;)
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  • FuengiFuengi Frets: 2471
    Fuengi said:
    Must be some corkers in this category? 

    For my nomination I give you The Trials of Van Occupanther by Midlake, it must have taken them several seconds to arrange this. 


    Maybe they only had an hour, so they took the cover photo leaving half an hour to write the one good song on the album?  =)  ;)
    Oh, that's extraordinarily unfair.  :)
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  • GrunfeldGrunfeld Frets: 3582
    This is actually making me remember vinyl with a kind of nostalgia. 
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  • axisusaxisus Frets: 19382
    Genesis Foxtrot has one of my fave ever pieces of music in Suppers ready, but the cover artwork was hideous - amateur, naive, zero understanding of perspective, looks like it was done by a 12 year old who isn't even taking art.

    Having said that, I wouldn't want it with any other cover ...


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  • FuengiFuengi Frets: 2471
    axisus said:
    Genesis Foxtrot has one of my fave ever pieces of music in Suppers ready, but the cover artwork was hideous - amateur, naive, zero understanding of perspective, looks like it was done by a 12 year old who isn't even taking art.

    Having said that, I wouldn't want it with any other cover ...


    Genesis covers were dreadful, that was the low point. 
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  • GrangousierGrangousier Frets: 1269
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  • blobbblobb Frets: 1634
    httpwwwcloudsandclocksnetimmaginiSoftHeap_adjpg

    Hugh Hopper (ex Soft Machine)
    Elton Dean (ex Soft Machine)
    Alan Gowan
    Pip Pyle

    Canterbury / Jazz Rock Supergroup Soft HEAP, see what they did there? Very clever and  a great album.

    That cover though ..........









    Feelin' Reelin' & Squeelin'
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  • GrumpyrockerGrumpyrocker Frets: 2085
    Another vote for Blind Faith. 

    Also The Scorpion's Virgin Killers for a similar reason. 

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  • NickLNickL Frets: 120
    The original cover of Appetite for Destruction has to be another contender. Maybe the record company did it deliberately to try and get it banned and generate some publicity.
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  • TeyeplayerTeyeplayer Frets: 1701
    Fuengi said:
    Fuengi said:
    Must be some corkers in this category? 

    For my nomination I give you The Trials of Van Occupanther by Midlake, it must have taken them several seconds to arrange this. 


    Maybe they only had an hour, so they took the cover photo leaving half an hour to write the one good song on the album?  =)  ;)
    Oh, that's extraordinarily unfair.  :)
    On the one other good song. ;)
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 55198
    Steve Vai's Flex-Able - original cover. Just looks like it was drawn by a schoolboy.

    https://www.vai.com/site-images/aas/VAI_flexablepink_SML.jpg

    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone." - Walt Kowalski

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  • ColsCols Frets: 3136
    Beyond a doubt, Black Sabbath - Paranoid.  A terrible album cover in its own right which looks like it was shot on a budget of 50p, but doubly jarring compared to the evocative brilliance of the debut album cover.
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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 11689
    Cols said:
    Beyond a doubt, Black Sabbath - Paranoid.  A terrible album cover in its own right which looks like it was shot on a budget of 50p, but doubly jarring compared to the evocative brilliance of the debut album cover.
    IIRC the album was originally going to be called War Pigs which does at least make some sense of the cover. And probably was shot on a budget of 50p, most bands would spend more time on demos than Sabbath did on that album. 

    Their Born Again regularly makes it to worst album art lists. By no means their finest hour but not entirely terrible either so deserved something better than a lino print done by a ten year old. 
    Inhale away Jackson Jeffrey Jackson. 
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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 10190
    Their Born Again regularly makes it to worst album art lists. By no means their finest hour but not entirely terrible either so deserved something better than a lino print done by a ten year old. 
    Artwork by former Kerrang! art director and late-night TV presenter Steve "Krusher" Joule, if I remember correctly.
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  • NeillNeill Frets: 858
    It's maybe a marmite thing but I can't stand the 'Stones "Sticky Fingers" artwork.  I don't think it's aged well but I always thought it was crass anyway.

    Mind you, apart from Brown Sugar the music isn't that great (ducks to avoid flying objects).
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 55198
    Cols said:
    Beyond a doubt, Black Sabbath - Paranoid.  A terrible album cover in its own right which looks like it was shot on a budget of 50p, but doubly jarring compared to the evocative brilliance of the debut album cover.
    I think it's a great cover, which accidentally almost represents the album title in some ways.

    Master Of Reality is a terrible cover though... that really does look like it was done on a budget of about 5p.

    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone." - Walt Kowalski

    "Just because I don't care, doesn't mean I don't understand." - Homer Simpson

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  • yockyyocky Frets: 416
    Scorpions - Lovedrive is pretty terrible considering who is responsible for it
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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 10190
    yocky said:
    Scorpions - Lovedrive is pretty terrible considering who is responsible for it
    Scorpions had a whole string of crass album covers, though, it was almost a trademark... at least on Lovedrive and Animal Magnetism the standard of photography was better.

    I still like those covers.  I think they were "of their time" even though it may not be socially acceptable to say so.
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  • ReverendReverend Frets: 2563
    Philly_Q said:
    Their Born Again regularly makes it to worst album art lists. By no means their finest hour but not entirely terrible either so deserved something better than a lino print done by a ten year old. 
    Artwork by former Kerrang! art director and late-night TV presenter Steve "Krusher" Joule, if I remember correctly.
    Yeah, it seems he really didn't want the job and sent in something he thought would get rejected. 
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  • fobfob Frets: 1106

    I remember seeing the cover when I bought a reissue and it was included for completeness. I thought it was tasteless and, frankly, a bad image - it had been stretched out slightly which made them all look a little odd. I was relieved when I found out that Hendrix hated it too.
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 55198
    fob said:

    I remember seeing the cover when I bought a reissue and it was included for completeness. I thought it was tasteless and, frankly, a bad image - it had been stretched out slightly which made them all look a little odd. I was relieved when I found out that Hendrix hated it too.
    I quite like it, even though by modern standards it's pretty sexist and in poor taste. It does capture the vibe of its time quite well, including the slight photo-distortion... it's like a pushing-the-boundaries Rubber Soul.

    I had an original vinyl copy years ago... sold it when I cleared out all my vinyl. Of course it's now worth about ten times what I got for it.

    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone." - Walt Kowalski

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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 10190
    ICBM said:
    fob said:

    I remember seeing the cover when I bought a reissue and it was included for completeness. I thought it was tasteless and, frankly, a bad image - it had been stretched out slightly which made them all look a little odd. I was relieved when I found out that Hendrix hated it too.
    I quite like it, even though by modern standards it's pretty sexist and in poor taste. It does capture the vibe of its time quite well, including the slight photo-distortion... it's like a pushing-the-boundaries Rubber Soul.

    I had an original vinyl copy years ago... sold it when I cleared out all my vinyl. Of course it's now worth about ten times what I got for it.
    Yeah, to me it's the cover I saw in the record shops when I was a kid and it's the "right" cover, whether Hendrix liked it or not!  It annoyed me when Experience Hendrix didn't use the picture when they did their first batch of "authentic" reissues.
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  • HAL9000HAL9000 Frets: 6894
    edited May 9
    The Fleetwood Mac dog and dustbin album where the graffiti has so obviously been added to the picture at a later date...



    Not awful, but it just annoys me.
    I play guitar because I enjoy it rather than because I’m any good at it
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