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Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by amagras, Nov 10, 2017.

  1. ocean

    ocean Most Honored Senior Member

    Apr 14, 2015
    In a house

  2. 1bluzman

    1bluzman Strat-Talk Member

    Oct 17, 2016
    southern Oregon
    Always loved this cover & the record also !

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  3. Stratoholic

    Stratoholic Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 30, 2010
    Pretty much any cover made by Hipgnosis, but "In Through The Out Door" is pretty special. First off there was 6 covers, and the album came in a brown paper wrapper, so you didn't know which one you were buying.
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    Then, if you pull the inner sleeve out, and wipe it down with a more than damp cloth, it goes from black and white to watercolors, like this:
    Led Zeppelin and Hipgnosis didn't tell anyone about the secret water activated ink.

  4. vid1900

    vid1900 Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 25, 2016
    This is Spinal Tap (1984)

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  5. vid1900

    vid1900 Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 25, 2016
    Way back in the 90s, my girlfriend's girlfriend used to HATE this cover, so I would always put the disc in the front of the stack when she came over.

    Without fail, at some point when we were not looking, she would move it to the back, or put another disc in front of it.

    One day it vanished completely from our apartment, so I always assumed she had thrown it away.

    Recently, I found it on vinyl so I had to buy it, if only to amuse myself.


  6. aiabx

    aiabx Strat-Talker

    Nov 27, 2013
    Wow. That is really black. How much more black could this be?
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  7. trapdoor2

    trapdoor2 Strat-Talk Member

    Oct 25, 2017
    Nawth Alabama
    For a long time, this was considered the worst album cover ever. That plaid jacket is the stuff of nightmares...but the Vega Vox banjo is worth a couple grand at least. Yes, I have the album...buried somewhere dark.


    I had this one on a quadraphonic 8-track...Wakeman doesn't get much love these days.


    But I think this one was my favorite at the time. I had it nailed up on my wall in my room (alongside the obligitory Lamborghini Countach poster).


    Forgot about this one...

    Last edited: Nov 14, 2017 at 12:28 PM

  8. gwjensen

    gwjensen Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    I think these two really capture the feeling of the music inside...



  9. Mississippi_Kid

    Mississippi_Kid Senior Stratmaster

    Jun 20, 2016
    The Hinterlands, USA
    None. None more black.
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  10. BuckNekkid

    BuckNekkid Strat-Talker

    Nov 28, 2016
    Virginia, USA
    Ah, artwork by H. R. Giger, probably best known for his set design on the original ALIEN movie. I had thought about this one, but since I don't own the album, I'm glad someone else does.
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  11. BuckNekkid

    BuckNekkid Strat-Talker

    Nov 28, 2016
    Virginia, USA
    The Giger cover (he did others) reminded me of this one. When the cover is viewed in standard 12x12, it's not much. But when unfolded, becomes quite the eye chart!


  12. BuckNekkid

    BuckNekkid Strat-Talker

    Nov 28, 2016
    Virginia, USA
    This is one hard album cover to find. Even harder to find the album these days. Early Steve Miller Band (a stunning "Mercury Blues" and the all-instrumental "Superbyrd" ), Quicksilver Messenger Service (Buffy Ste. Marie's "Codine" and "Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You") as well as Mother Earth ("Revolution" the title track). There were other performers (Country Joe & the Fish) who did not appear on the vinyl record, but made it to the CD re-release. The album cover was derived from the movie poster.



  13. Highway Star

    Highway Star Strat-Talk Member

    As a total guitar geek this cover express what rock is all about. To kick ass. Always liked this cover.





  14. BallisticSquid

    BallisticSquid Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 12, 2016
    I new about the cover differences, but not the water colored ink. I should give that a try on my copy.

    In the CD box set of all of the albums, they included disc sleeves for each cover so you could choose which one to use. Seemed a bit silly, but cool to see all of the variations.

    The Police had variations on the Synchronicity album. Same with Abacab by Genesis.