What is the single greatest album cover of all time? Why did you pick it?

The Vinyl Record Day website recently ran a poll to determine the top ten album covers of all time. What is your pick for the single greatest cover, whether it be for an LP, CD, or high-rez audio disc?

What is the single greatest album cover of all time? Why did you pick it?
Here it is
90% (97 votes)
Don't have one
10% (11 votes)
Total votes: 108

Rico C's picture

Pepper. First listen wasted me, nothing like it before or since.

Mark D.'s picture

Tasty by Good Rats. It features an animated big fat rat sitting in a pile of garbage.

Richie Duroseau's picture

The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan LP, and, just behind it, Bringing It All back Home and Highway 61 Revisited.

Bubba in SF's picture

This should have been on the list instead of Led Zeppli,: Molly Hatchet: Flirtin with Disaster.

Steve's picture

Allman Brothers: Eat a Peach

Dave Bennett's picture

Joe Jackson: Look Sharp

Paul J.  Stiles, Mtn.View, CA's picture

Album cover? What does it sound like? I think it is what the Beatles White Album cover was intended to be. Before the censors got control.

robert elliott's picture

Malo: Malo, with its picture of an Aztec warrior holding a princess from an original painting on display at art museum in Mexico City.

mark's picture

Velvet Underground & Nico

dayton's picture

The Beatles: The Beatles—what audacity!

Joel G's picture

Hipgnosis did a lot of cover art in the '70s and '80. They were often weird juxtapostions of ideas put into images, such as an inflated pig suspended between the smokestacks of a power station for Pink Floyd's Animals. They did Led Zepplin's Houses of the Holy and Peter Gabriel 3 (melting face). I like most of the work was done by Hipgnosis and you can see a sample at: http://www.sound.jp/hipgnosis/yapwall/yhip.html But my top vote would have to be the Scorpions' Lovedrive. It features a couple seated in the back seat of a sedan. The "clean cut" man, dressed in a suit, is looking down at what appears to be chewing/bubble gum strung from his hand to the woman's breast while she looks impassively straight ahead.

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Jim G's picture

I'd pick Lonesome Echo by Jackie Gleason with the Salvadore Dali cover

Anonymous's picture

YES Relayer.

DAB, Pacific Palisades, CA's picture

Sargeant Pepper, of course.

Brian's picture

Tons of great album covers out there. John Zorn's Torture Garden is the best I have in my collection.

erich's picture

The first album by Led Zeppelin.

Jackie's picture

I think the greatest album cover is The Beatles' Revolver.

Al Earz's picture

The Moody Blues: A Question of Balance

toobstir's picture

Does anyone remember Mom's Apple Pie, an LP from the early 70's? Wow!

Robert's picture

Tales From Topographic Oceans - Yes www.rogerdean.com/upclose/topographic.htm

KJ's picture

1) Pixies: Surfer Rosa 2) Jimi Hendrix Experience: Electric lady land 3) Rolling Stones: Sicky fingers (with zipper)

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Timothy O.  Driskel's picture

Jimi Hendrix: Axis, Bold As Love. Not only was the album a testament that Jimi could sing, the cover could keep one busy for hours finding all the fine detail it contained!

heyitsjw@earthlink.net's picture

Look no further than the Black Crow's Amorica. The reason is self-explanatory.

Robert Dulaney's picture

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band set the standard for modern album art. It will always be my favorite cover.

Stephen Curling's picture

Although I don't have a "favorite" cover, I would like to point out that my Hamster Dance CD cover has one of those pictures that change depending on the angle at you hold it.

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Charlie Gordon's picture

Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon

Dale Bumann's picture

Midnight Oil's Red Sails In The Sunset. No band members or a title on the front, just a colorful shot of Sydney after an asteroid hit.