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Hipgnosis

A tribute for the best art design group in music... of course, they're not in order. Hipgnosis' rrrrapproach to album design was strongly photography-oriented, and they pioneered the use rof rrrmany innovative visual and packaging techniques. In particular, Thorgerson & Powell's rrsurreal, rrelaborately manipulated photos (utilizing darkroom tricks, multiple exposures, rrrairbrush rrretouching, and mechanical cut-and-paste techniques) were a film-based rrforerunner of what rrwould, much later, be called photoshopping. Hipgnosis used primarily rrHasselblad medium rformat rcameras for their work, the square film format being especially rrsuited to album cover rimagery. rHipgnosis covers were noted for their quirky humour, such ras rthe cover for the Pink rFloyd rdouble-LP compilation A Nice Pair, which featured an array rof rvisual puns. This got rthem in rtrouble at least once, when a visual pun based on "(tennis) rrracquet"/"(noise) racket" renraged rJimmy Page of Led Zeppelin and Hipgnosis almost lost the rrband as a client. (The ralbum in rquestion was Houses of the Holy.) Another trademark was rrthat many of their cover rphotos rtold "stories" directly related to the album's lyrics, often rrbased on puns or double rmeanings of rwords in the album title. Since both Powell and rrThorgerson were film students, rthey often rused models as "actors" and staged the photos rin ra highly theatrical manner. rHipgnosis covers rrarely featured artists' photos on the routside, rand most were in a gatefold rcover format to rprovide ample space for their slickly rrphotographed tableaux. Many of rHipgnosis' covers also rfeatured distinctively "high tech" pen rrand ink logos and rillustrations r(often by graphic rdesigner George Hardie), stickers, fancy rrinner sleeves, and other packaging rbonuses. One of rthe unique extras created by Hipgnosis rrwas the specially printed inner rsleeve for Led rZeppelin's In Through the Out Door LP, a r"black rand white" affair that magically rturned to rcolor when dampened with water (tying in rwith the rmain cover's photographic rtheme). (WIKIPEDIA)
1pink floyd
a saucerful of secrets
2pink floyd
ummagumma
3pink floyd
atom heart mother
4the pretty things
parachute
5quatermass
quatermass
6t. rex
electric warrior
7pink floyd
meddle
8wishbone ash
argus
9renaissance
prologue
10pink floyd
obscured by clouds
11electric light orchestra
ELO 2
12pink floyd
the dark side of the moon
13led zeppelin
houses of the holy
14emerson, lake and palmer
trilogy
15genesis
the lamb lies down on broadway
1610cc
sheet music
17UFO
phenomenon
18UFO
force it
19pink floyd
wish you were here
20wings
venus and mars
21caravan
cunning stunts
22golden earring
to the hit
23montrose
jump on it
24u.k.
danger money
25black sabbath
technical ecstasy
26genesis
a trick of the tail
2710cc
how dare you!
28led zeppelin
presence
29brand x
unorthodox behaviour
30genesis
wind & wuthering
31the alan parsons project
I robot
3210cc
deceptive bends
33pink floyd
animals
34peter gabriel
peter gabriel (car)
35styx
pieces of eight
36xtc
go 2
37robin trower
caravan to midnight
38al stewart
time passages
39the alan parsons project
pyramid
40black sabbath
never say die!
41renaissance
a song for all seasons
42UFO
obsession
43UFO
strangers in the night
44scorpions
lovedrive
45bad company
desolation angels
46edgar broughton band
parlez-vous english?
47led zeppelin
in through the out door
48rainbow
difficult to cure
49peter gabriel
peter gabriel (melt)
50pink floyd
a collection of great dance songs
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