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Best / Worst Album Covers
31 January 2013
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Best (in no particular order): Revolver, Sgt. Pepper, Rubber Soul, With the Beatles, Abbey Road

Worst: Magical Mystery Tour, Yellow Submarine, Help!

 

I like all of the album covers, but those last 3 are just a little weaker than all the rest.

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31 January 2013
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Favorites: With the Beatles, A Hard Day's Night, Please Please Me, Beatles for Sale, Yellow Submarine

Hard to be pick least favorites. I know it's blasphemy, but I'm not a fan of most of their album covers beyond the above five. Help feels like they started doing semaphore, toked up, and forgot about it. I don't like the distortion or the font on Rubber Soul. The collages on Revolver disturb me. Magical Mystery Tour feels like a photo from a school play. Sgt. Pepper's just always looks like a chaotic, unappealing mess to me, and all parodies/homages only makes the memory of it even worse. Abbey Road has bearded John and bearded George, so I. just. can't.

Thank goodness I wasn't their art director. I would have been fired, lol.

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31 January 2013
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Egroeg Evoli said
My favorite Beatles album cover is the White Album's cover. I know that might seem a bit strange, but I like it because it's so plain. You'd get the impression that the music would be plain, too, but it's anything but plain. The cover is like a mask for the collection of wonderfully diverse music that is the White Album.

My second favorite is the cover of the Blue (and possibly Red; I don't know, I don't have it) Album because they're looking down while standing on the balcony when they're older, and inside there's the same picture, but it's of the younger Beatles. I don't know if this is what it looks like in the UK or anywhere besides the US, and I have the CD, not the record (was there even a record?). But I like whatever version I have.

By the way, I don't know if John knew this at the time, but the word "album" is, without having to alter any spelling, a Latin word that means literally "white" and specifically meant to modify some neuter noun.  Latin like a lot of languages had three cases -- neuter, masculine and feminine, usually with -um, -us and -a endings, respectively.  So here, it would be album/albus/alba.  The adjective "album" probably became a noun (like a book or album of pages or photographs for example) to denote a "blank" notebook or journal ("blank" also meaning "white" originally).

Most English words derived from Latin have altered the spelling, but a few retain the original -- like "album" or "magnum" or "tractor" or "doctor" or "agenda" or "item", etc.)

 

 

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31 January 2013
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To me, there's simply no question in my mind.  It has to be:

Meanwhile, my favorite cover of all time is:

 

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31 January 2013
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Oh YES! Love black&White Album covers and that Santana debut's fantastic, one of my favourites. Multiple images!

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1 February 2013
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vonbontee said
Oh YES! Love black&White Album covers and that Santana debut's fantastic, one of my favourites. Multiple images!

Yeah -- a lion's nose that's also an African turban, for example.

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1 February 2013
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Funny Paper said

vonbontee said
Oh YES! Love black&White Album covers and that Santana debut's fantastic, one of my favourites. Multiple images!

Yeah -- a lion's nose that's also an African turban, for example.

 

And also the woman hidden in the lions face/mane

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1 February 2013
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Can only really think of various artists covers. NME put together a great cover of Sgt. Pepper in 1988 called Sgt. Pepper Knew My Father. It gave Billy Bragg his only Number One, on the back of Wet Wet Wet. Mojo and Uncut Magazines has put together some great exclusively recorded various artists Beatles albums, including things like The White Album, Revolver and Abbey Road. Booker T and the MGs did a great job with their mainly instrumental McLemore Avenue (though doesn't really follow the tracklisting and doesn't include everything). The worst I've ever heard was Laibach's 1988 take on Let It Be – which they didn't even bother to include the title track.

EDIT: Oh, crap! Just looked above. Got this "Best/Worst Album Covers" thing all wrong. Sorry!

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1 February 2013
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Haha, what a hilarious misunderstanding on your part! :)

With regards to mja6758's misinterpretation, there's also George Benson's The Other Side of Abbey Road, from 1970. (I've never heard it myself.)

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3 February 2013
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Funny Paper said

Egroeg Evoli said
My favorite Beatles album cover is the White Album's cover. I know that might seem a bit strange, but I like it because it's so plain. You'd get the impression that the music would be plain, too, but it's anything but plain. The cover is like a mask for the collection of wonderfully diverse music that is the White Album.

My second favorite is the cover of the Blue (and possibly Red; I don't know, I don't have it) Album because they're looking down while standing on the balcony when they're older, and inside there's the same picture, but it's of the younger Beatles. I don't know if this is what it looks like in the UK or anywhere besides the US, and I have the CD, not the record (was there even a record?). But I like whatever version I have.

By the way, I don't know if John knew this at the time, but the word "album" is, without having to alter any spelling, a Latin word that means literally "white" and specifically meant to modify some neuter noun.  Latin like a lot of languages had three cases -- neuter, masculine and feminine, usually with -um, -us and -a endings, respectively.  So here, it would be album/albus/alba.  The adjective "album" probably became a noun (like a book or album of pages or photographs for example) to denote a "blank" notebook or journal ("blank" also meaning "white" originally).

Most English words derived from Latin have altered the spelling, but a few retain the original -- like "album" or "magnum" or "tractor" or "doctor" or "agenda" or "item", etc.)

 

I used to follow Latin at school, but I didn't know this! It's certainly interesting and funny.

4 February 2013
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I forgot to mention Linde, that the title "the White Album" would be redundant!  It's like saying "the White White thing" -- at least from the standpoint of the Latin meaning.

 

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8 February 2014
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I'm amazed no one has mentioned Two Virgins, which is surely the most notorious album cover of all time by any recording artist.

8 February 2014
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tulane said
I'm amazed no one has mentioned Two Virgins, which is surely the most notorious album cover of all time by any recording artist.

I think we're all trying to banish that from the memory bank hence the exclusion.

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8 February 2014
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This forum has its very own Two Virgins smiley.two-virgins  

 

I wonder if this post should be age-restricted.

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8 February 2014
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9 February 2014
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meanmistermustard said
This forum has its very own Two Virgins smiley.two-virgins  

 

I wonder if this post should be age-restricted.

Luckily I don't think we have any posters that might be shocked by that, and ask their parents some akward questions… Though who knows who the mysterious ''guests'' are….?

I think I'm in the minority by actually liking that cover. Well, I say like. I mean, I wouldn't want to stare at it for too long, but I like being open. We all have genitals, and yet we insist on not mentioning it. Why?

 

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fabfouremily said

meanmistermustard said
This forum has its very own Two Virgins smiley.two-virgins  

 

I wonder if this post should be age-restricted.

Luckily I don't think we have any posters that might be shocked by that, and ask their parents some akward questions… Though who knows who the mysterious ''guests'' are….?

I think I'm in the minority by actually liking that cover. Well, I say like. I mean, I wouldn't want to stare at it for too long, but I like being open. We all have genitals, and yet we insist on not mentioning it. Why?

 

Because we are prudes who like to talk about everything and anything bar sex and certain parts of the human body. Some tribes and peoples are happy to walk around butt naked all day, never giving it any thought. 

Scarily its deemed more acceptable by some to show someone's brain getting beaten out of their head than a 3 second clip of a willy.

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9 February 2014
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Scarily its deemed more acceptable by some to show someone's brain getting beaten out of their head than a 3 second clip of a willy.

That's what I don't get. It seems to me that parents are quite laidback about exposing their kids to violence, and yet they want to keep the facts of life from them for as long as possible…. Should it not be the other way around?

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9 February 2014
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fabfouremily said
Scarily its deemed more acceptable by some to show someone's brain getting beaten out of their head than a 3 second clip of a willy.

That's what I don't get. It seems to me that parents are quite laidback about exposing their kids to violence, and yet they want to keep the facts of life from them for as long as possible…. Should it not be the other way around?

I mean, look how hard Kurt Cobain had to fight to get the Nevermind cover approved. And that's become one of the most iconic covers of all time. 

Back on topic, Abbey Road is easily my favorite, probably followed by Please Please MeI love the simplistic, yet iconic nature of them.

Never been a huge fan of the Sgt. Pepper's cover, it's too busy. 

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favs- Rubber Soul (just looks so cool.  I loved Paul's story on the origin of it), revolver, pepper, and Abbey Road.

 

of those 4, my favorite varies.  just like with everything else from the GOAT band.

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