This week, we dedicate our FUSIK blog to you vinyl heads out there…..you analog babies that go crate digging hours and hours in dusty warehouses and the tiny record shops that have the right mix. Albums have become the new “old school” hip thing for a couple years now, and everyone in this band loves it! Albums are packages of art that are meant to grab you and explain, without words, what music and concept lies within…..before music videos….before MP3 downloads and annoying blogs…? Without further adieu, here’s some of our favorite album covers of all time.
1. Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd (1973)
This image, an actual picture of a prism taken by album artist Storm Thorgerson, has become embedded in music culture on all parts of the globe. Simple, dark, inspiring….it is an instant eye grabber for its natural beauty (who doesn’t like some color in their life??) and an instant brain tease as to what music was within the album…and WHAT an album it is! As mysterious and colorful as this very prism….see you on the dark side, my friends. :)
2. Malo, Evolution (1973)
Every time I pull this LP from the shelf I spend some time looking at this cover art. The indigenous people of Mexico, the volcano spiting the color in the sky and so much more. That’s not even the half of it, the art continues on the back cover creating a Gatefold of pure art.
3. Bitches Brew, Miles Davis (1970)
I like this cover a lot because of its afrocentric black power message. There are a bunch of great colors and psychedelic aspects that appeal to me as well. The cover tells its own story. The music is phenomenal too!
4. Led Zeppelin III, Led Zeppelin (1970)
One of my favorite Zeppelin albums! Zeppelin III’s eclectic cover was innovative in that it could be altered by spinning the “volvelles” behind the cover. A “volvelles” is a card disc with different pictures on it. The cover has holes in it and when you spin the disc, the cover changes. Much like it’s cover, the music on this album represents a transitional period in Led Zeppelin’s music. All and all…it’s an amazing record!
Listen “Immigrant Song”
5. Axis: Bold as Love, The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1967)
This memorable album cover is based on a famous Hindu painting, Viraat Purushan-Vishnuroopam. You can see Jimi and the rest of the Experience super imposed in the middle of this super colorful record. Very cool!
Listen “Bold as Love”
Well, those are some of our favorite album covers. Leave a comment below and tell us some of your favorites!