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Good Album Covers.

Okay, trying to make izzie happy and bring some proper topics back in here.
I have that thing with album covers and cool booklets and beautiful special editions and stuff, I absolutley love it. I always think that a good cover/booklet can just be another aspect of making a real piece of art out of an album. The more I am disappointet when I see booklets like rat's infestation who are just put together heratless in photoshop, don't even feature lyrics and are just awful. I think esp. in hardrock/Metal many covers are terrible. But what do you think? do you care about that at all? or do you think it's only something for strange collectore who can't put up with the mp3 age?
Discuss and post your favourite exemples if you have some current/smile

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I think good covers are important, for me the lyrics are the most important thing I guees. A good example for a good album artwork is this one: Vinder - Vertigo its from the German Metal band "Vinder", for their concept album called "Vertigo". The whole album tells the story of Vincent O'leary. And to make it more visual, thee cd comes with a 20 pages strong comic attached (you have to click on "Buch lesen" to view the comic). I think that is very cool and the illustrator must be very talented.



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My favourite cover ever (no big surprise this comes from me, haha):
http://www.crashdiet.org/components/com_agora/img/members/6217/Cinderella---Night-Songs---Front-2-2.jpg
Just plain perfect.

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Woho woho woho!!!! current/big_smile

I agree, it's a big decider if I buy a record that I am doubtful to, if it has got a nice cover.

My top three covers of all time are:

Iron Maiden - Live After Death
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_fU7D7e1tS1U/S57FWmTq_1I/AAAAAAAAEkw/fMJ7i24vZnE/s400/Live+After+Death.jpg

David Bowie - Diamond Dogs
http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcROPvAXTQp5F9S7RV_lEggqVxt4g61Zjap-z8Mfuy-ZbKATW1EYcw&t=1

Dio - Holy Diver
http://grnba.com/iiyama/html/SatanSign/dio_satan_sign.jpg
I'm thinking of a few others that I'm gonna post in a while aswell...

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Great thread :3
Some of the Artwork by the Birthday Massacre is among my favourites :3.
http://www.crashdiet.org/components/com_agora/img/members/6663/Pins--Needles.jpeg

I also dislike booklets that don't have lyrics in or look like they've been hashed together really quickly without thought/theme. But yeah, definitely think that the artwork for albums is important. I hate having ugly ones in my iTunes, hehe
I really love Vinyl sleeves, too. They sort of have a different feel about them to CD booklets, hehe.

Sort of on topic, my Dad showed me this wicked little Pink floyd box set that he bought, where they'd released a mini-versions of their vinyls in CD format, but with everything perfectly scaled down. Each CD had an exact replica of its original LP sleeve and stuff, and even the ones that came with patches and posters included them, just scaled down. I thought it was pretty badass. http://www.minilps.net/pink-floyd/oh-by … micd-11228

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P. fizzy Suxx wrote:

I think good covers are important, for me the lyrics are the most important thing I guees. A good example for a good album artwork is this one: Vinder - Vertigo its from the German Metal band "Vinder", for their concept album called "Vertigo". The whole album tells the story of Vincent O'leary. And to make it more visual, thee cd comes with a 20 pages strong comic attached (you have to click on "Buch lesen" to view the comic). I think that is very cool and the illustrator must be very talented.



btw: its from my beloved girlfriend current/tongue

Wow that's pretty awesome!! That's what I'm talking about, A CD with a comic, it hardly could get any better.
I personally don't like that Manga style, and I think the way the lettering is done isn't that good, but i read that text sayimg she was only 17 and it's really awesome. I hope I get the chance to do something aswell someday!! Say greating to your girl and congratz current/smile

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P. fizzy Suxx wrote:

I think good covers are important, for me the lyrics are the most important thing I guees. A good example for a good album artwork is this one: Vinder - Vertigo its from the German Metal band "Vinder", for their concept album called "Vertigo". The whole album tells the story of Vincent O'leary. And to make it more visual, thee cd comes with a 20 pages strong comic attached (you have to click on "Buch lesen" to view the comic). I think that is very cool and the illustrator must be very talented.



btw: its from my beloved girlfriend current/tongue

Wow that's pretty awesome!! That's what I'm talking about, A CD with a comic, it hardly could get any better.
I personally don't like that Manga style, and I think the way the lettering is done isn't that good, but i read that text sayimg she was only 17 and it's really awesome. I hope I get the chance to do something aswell someday!! Say greating to your girl and congratz current/smile

hehe great you like it! greetings back current/smile

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current/smile
Now I just made this long post about posting my own favourites, but of course for some reason the forum messed it up and while i normally copy long posts I ofcourse forgot it this time, so now you have to wait until tomorrow for my high qualified ranting current/tongue

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Great, I've just written a really long post here and there was an error current/roll. Everything lost so not sure when I'll force myself to do it again current/neutral.

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Seems like you get the error when you are including multiple image links (at least that's what happend to me). Try writing your posts without them, and then edit them in afterward, that should work... This bug is so annoying....

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I love Aerosmith covers, simply because they are unique like the band
but of course Iron Maiden and Megadeth have to be mentioned for their art works (apart from the original killing is my business cover, I feel sorry for Dave, the record company screwed that up bad)

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Iron Maiden have sum of the best album covers, Killers, Live After Death and Number of the Beast are great!
But I think that Marilyn Manson's "Holy Wood" is my favorite album cover atm.
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izzie wrote:

Seems like you get the error when you are including multiple image links (at least that's what happend to me). Try writing your posts without them, and then edit them in afterward, that should work... This bug is so annoying....

That's possible, next time I'll do like you say, thanks for help! current/smile And for a change I don't really like Iron Maiden covers 'cause there's a similar theme all the time named Eddie current/tongue. Yes, some are great but I don't like when a band repeats something all over to not disappoint fans current/wink.

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My favourite album cover is probably Rest In Sleaze.
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_QYXfyWqcykg/S8bjJE2YAGI/AAAAAAAAB1U/R3UxAO_yWtI/s1600/Crashdiet+RestInSleaze.jpg
even before I heard a single note by these guys I liked the cover, because I love the colours and the kinda dirty attitude to it.

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I like these ones :3
http://www.crashdiet.org/components/com_agora/img/members/7252/The-Distillers.jpg
The Distillers-The Distillers

http://www.crashdiet.org/components/com_agora/img/members/7252/The-Other.jpg
The Other-New Blood

... and I also like the Cover of Generation Wild (:

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In my opinion the best from Crashdiet are RIS & The Unattractive Revolution.

Although I'm not fan of Apocalyptica (too boring for my taste current/tongue) I do like their album cover:
http://www.crashdiet.org/components/com_agora/img/members/7546/Apocalyptica---7th-Symphony.jpg

This one is also great:
http://www.crashdiet.org/components/com_agora/img/members/7546/epica---design-your-universe-artwork.jpg

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Okay, here are my favourites. Covers and one piece inside of a booklet. The funny thing is, for the most covers I really really like, I don't even like the usic so much. I'm not a led Zep fan at all, I even cant stake Emerson Lake and plamer, and Misfits and Murderdoll are bands I like alot but aren't even in my tp 10.
I think the perfect cover is yet to be made. the biggest problem for designers seems to be to combine picture and text. either the pic is great and then the text ruins it (that actually is the case with RIS imo, still a good cover tho, goes for the awesome eddie Iron maiden covers aswell) or it's only text and not pretty and all in all... Londodn calling actually is a total fail but ... it's London Calling.

http://www.crashdiet.org/components/com_agora/img/members/4256/28032011-1059_Crashdiet-RestInSleaze.jpghttp://www.crashdiet.org/components/com_agora/img/members/4256/Crashdïet---Generation-Wild-Front.jpghttp://www.crashdiet.org/components/com_agora/img/members/4256/Emerson-Lake--Palmer---Brain-Salad-Surgery-by-HR-Giger.jpeghttp://www.crashdiet.org/components/com_agora/img/members/4256/Led-Zeppelin---Mothership.jpeghttp://www.crashdiet.org/components/com_agora/img/members/4256/Murderdolls---Woman-and-Children-Last.jpeghttp://www.crashdiet.org/components/com_agora/img/members/4256/Stay-Brutal---Sampler-I-don-t-like-xD.jpeghttp://www.crashdiet.org/components/com_agora/img/members/4256/The-Misfits---Horror-Business-EP.jpeghttp://www.crashdiet.org/components/com_agora/img/members/4256/The-Clash---London-Calling.jpeghttp://www.crashdiet.org/components/com_agora/img/members/4256/Illustration-inside-the-Black-Parade-by-James-Jean.jpeg

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OK, let's try this again current/smile. This time I'll save my message before sending but I don't feel like writing a long post now anyway current/tongue. Of course album cover is an important thing to me. It's another piece of art besides music and lyrics. I like when it fits with the songs and when there's a connection between album cover and lyrics. There are many great covers but here are those that came to my mind immediately. Let's take Ride The Lightning, Master Of Puppets and ...And Justice For All by Metallica (obvious choices, I know current/big_smile). Covers are superb, same with wonderful music and amazing lyrics. It all makes sense and you can find some kind of theme and concept of the album by just looking at the cover. That's what I mentioned earlier. Also the colors and just everything is perfect. Everything is on the right place. And what makes it even better is that those are not some cheesy metal covers but a fine piece of art.

http://www.crashdiet.org/components/com_agora/img/members/6752/Ride-The-Lightning.jpg

http://www.crashdiet.org/components/com_agora/img/members/6752/Master-Of-Puppets.jpg

http://www.crashdiet.org/components/com_agora/img/members/6752/.jpg

There are more I really like so maybe I'll post 'em sometime soon. Also, take a look at "behind the scenes" thing of making a Garage Inc. booklet full of interesting informations and pictures: here (scroll down a bit).

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