Top Ten Thursday: Best Album Covers

Houses of the Holy, Led Zeppelin,  Full Album COver

Album covers are an interesting thing. Some artists choose to not put a lot of time into them and just throw any old picture of themselves on there (Bob Dylan). Others try and go for the shock factor by being wildly offensive (Death Grips), while others either hire an artist or come up with a concept themselves. Storm Thorgerson was a graphic design artist responsible for some of the most legendary album covers of all time, including ones for Led Zeppelin, The Muse, Mars Volta, Black Sabbath, Peter Gabriel and most all of Pink Floyd’s album covers (yes, including the infamous prism cover for Dark Side of the Moon) as well as many more. Sadly, Storm passed away last week, and in his honor we bring you the following list. And no, our #1 has nothing to do with the fact that Storm designed it, we just love it that much. This list was fun because there are so many album covers we loved and wanted to include, but also hard because there are many albums we left off but wanted to include. I guess we will just have to do a sequel to this one some day. Onto the list:

10. The Strokes – Is This It
Is This It, the stokes, Album Cover
One of the sexiest album covers of all time was actually banned in America soon after the albums release. Stupid American censorship laws really know how to put a damper on a good thing.
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Top Ten Thursday: Top Ten Posthumous Albums

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With the posthumous release this week of Jimi Hendrix’s People, Hell and Angels, which admittedly none of us has really dug into yet, we decided to explore the strange wonderful world of albums released after an artist’s death.  Most of these artists died untimely deaths, but the albums on this list range from those completed (or nearly completed) while the artist was still alive to those compiled from unreleased catalogs years after.  These albums also vary between solo artists dying to just a singular (but irreplaceable) member of a band dying.  For our purposes, we decided to leave out live albums, because that would be opening an entire barrel of monkeys that we simply didn’t want to deal with.  Enjoy, and as always let us know what we excluded, missed, or exactly how stupid we are.

10. Johnny Cash – American V:  A Hundred Highways

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V may not be the finest of Johnny Cash’s American recordings, but it is still a fine album by the greatest country artist of all time.  Cash also holds the distinction as the only member of this list who lived his life to natural completion.  Highlights include “Four Strong Winds”, “God’s Gonna Cut You Down”, and “Help Me”.
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Top Ten Thursday: Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Fun

In the theme of Wes’ M83 review (which is itself a double LP), we decided to list the Top Ten double LP’s this week. You may notice the lack of modern albums on this list; and well, we just had to mostly cater to the classics for once. I must say that choosing this list contained much spirited debate, particularly on who ended up number one. The decision for number one consisted of 3 distinct choices, and then much lobbying and back-stabbing, until the final decision was reached. Todd was particularly awful, and if Eagle Eye Cherry had a double album, he would assuredly have gotten “eagle-eyed” again like last week. On to the list.

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