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19 Influential Album Covers
  by:  |  Feb 20, 2012

Last updated on December 20th, 2019 at 12:59 pm

As a huge music fan, I’m somewhat of a hoarder of old vinyl and CDs. I have a room in my apartment which is dedicated to my music collection, and I have no shame in saying that they are my prized possessions. But on the same token, I am not completely adverse to digital formats. Sure, you get a great sound quality a lot of the time, but one thing you don’t get with digital is the artwork.

For me, the artwork is often more prominent than the music itself. I’ll hold my hands up to buying music in the past purely because I loved the design on the sleeve. I’m sure I own a whole bunch of records that I’ve never even listened to, but the artwork caught my attention enough for me to buy it.

Today, so much music is only released digitally and the artwork can only be appreciated on the screen of your iPod or computer screen. It doesn’t have anywhere near the same impact on me that traditional, printed sleeves do. I need to touch and smell the print to truly appreciate the talent that has gone behind the design.

There have been some truly outstanding album covers over the years – too many to even think about, yet there are some that stood out in particular for me. When flicking through my vast collection of vinyl and CDs, as soon as I decide to look for these albums, all I have to do is skim through and the colours and design of the sleeve will jump out at me immediately. They are instantly recognisable.

I managed to whittle my favourite album covers of all time to just 19, and I’d like to share them with you in this post. Of course, this is an extremely personal selection, but I hope you appreciate them just as much as I do.

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Pepe Deluxe – Beatitude

album cover 1 - pepe deluxe beatitude

Lemon Jelly – lemonjelly.ky

album cover 2 - lemon jelly ky

Kid Koala – Some of My Best Friends are DJs

album cover 3 - kid koala some of my best friends are djs

Unkle – Psyence Fiction

album cover 4 - unkle psyence fiction

Kraftwerk – Tour de France

album cover 5 - kraftwerk tour de france

Death in Vegas – The Contino Sessions

album cover 6 - death in vegas the contino sessions

Chemical Brothers – We are the Night

album cover 6 - chemical brothers we are the night

T. Rex – Electric Warrior

album cover 7 - t rex electric warrior

Matthew Dear – ASA Breed

album cover 8 - matthew dar asa breed

Primal Scream – Screamadelica

album cover 9 - primal scream screamadelica

Aphex Twin – Drukqs

album cover 10 - aphex twin drukqs

(Chk Chk Chk) – Hello? Is This Thing On?

album cover 11 - chk chk chk hello is this thing on

Justice – † (Cross)

album cover 12 - justice cross

Air – Premiers Symptomes

album cover 13 - air premiers symptomes

Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavillion

album cover 14 - animal collective merriweather post pavillion

Boards of Canada – Music Has the Right to Children

album cover 15 - boards of canada music has the right to children

Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures

album cover 16 - joy division unknown pleasures

Led Zeppelin – Houses of the Holy

album cover 17 - led zeppelin houses of the holy

Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon

album cover 18 - pink floyd dark side of the moon

Orbital – The Altogether

album cover 19 - orbital the altogethers

 

About the Author

This post was written by Barry Magennis, a lover of graphic design and specialist in recruitment for graphic design jobs in the United Kingdom.

 

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