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Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by amagras, Nov 10, 2017.
Always loved this cover & the record also !
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.
1. 2. 3.
4. 5. 6.
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.
This is Spinal Tap (1984)
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.
Wow. That is really black. How much more black could this be?
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...
I think these two really capture the feeling of the music inside...
None. None more black.
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.
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!
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.
As a total guitar geek this cover express what rock is all about. To kick ass. Always liked this cover.
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.