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Album Art Gallery Part 6: 1974

I've always loved album artworks. I see them as its own art form, separate (though sometimes related) to the music contained within them. So even if many album cover lists exist already in Sputnik, I wanted to start my own series showcasing the ones that caught my attention, wether it is because I think they are beautiful as works of art, interesting in concept or simply because I think they look "cool" regardless of a deeper value. This is part 6 and, as always, recs are welcomed
110cc
Sheet Music


One of my favorites ever. The optical effect is genius
2Area
Caution Radiation Area
3Deep Purple
Stormbringer


My favorite Deep Purple artwork, very epic and captures pretty well the vibe of the title track
4Gentle Giant
The Power and the Glory
5Miles Davis
Big Fun
6Steely Dan
Pretzel Logic
7UFO
Phenomenon


One of Hipgnosis best. As always with them the composition is top tier and the way it manages to tell a story in such a simple image is a landmark of their style
8Tangerine Dream
Phaedra
9Arti e Mestieri
Tilt
10Pharoah Sanders
Elevation


While Elevation shows great execution on complex artwork, Love in us All does the same but on a simple one
11Pharoah Sanders
Love In Us All
12Mountain
Twin Peaks
13Pavlov's Dog
Pampered Menial


What a massive unit of a doggy that is
14Kansas
Kansas
15Eloy
Floating


This surrealist and alien looking picture with a great use of warm-cold palettes fits perfectly with Eloy's spacey atmosphere
16Big Star
Radio City
17Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson
Winter In America
18Moose Loose
Elgen Er Los
19Sui Generis
Pequeñas anécdotas sobre las instituciones


Each of these six images could work as instantly classic covers. Does that mean that using the six of them at the same time makes this one six times more of a classic cover? Maybe
20Weather Report
Mysterious Traveller
21Uno
Uno (1974)


...and decades before photoshop
22King Crimson
Red


As I've said on other parts, I'm not a fan of band members pics used as album covers since they seem a pretty lazy approach most of the time, but the final outcome on this one's classic
23Little Feat
Feats Don't Fail Me Now
24Budgie
In for the Kill!
25Gong
You


Colors, space, religious architecture. Certainly a celebration of Gong's cosmic style
26Roxy Music
Country Life
27Birth Control
Live
28Yonin Bayashi
Ishoku-Sokuhatsu


One of the coolest ever. It is so surreal and manages to be stupidly silly yet pretty creepy at the same time. Needless to say that few artworks get embedded into your head as easily as this one
29Yes
Relayer


Another Roger Dean classic
30Robert Wyatt
Rock Bottom
31Queen
Queen II


The same said about Red applies here. Truly a timeless image
32Lou Reed
Rock 'n' Roll Animal
33Blue Oyster Cult
Secret Treaties
34Fela Kuti
Confusion


A mix of cubist anatomy with the vivid coloration of african art that depicts african social/racial issues is not something you see everyday
35Camel
Mirage
36Billy Cobham
Spectrum


Looks like Minecraft art
37Harmonia
Musik von Harmonia


Random objects are, in my opinion, an easy way to create an iconic artwork that gets stuck into your head. Now, why cleaning fluid? Who knows, it looks cool
38Funkadelic
Standing on the Verge of Getting It On
39Invisible
Invisible


Beautiful one. I like the idea of twisting the stereotypical concept of a landscape in artwork by showing it from the reflection of a simple puddle. The black and white palette really adds to it imo
40Neil Young
On the Beach
41Robin Trower
Bridge of Sighs
42Betty Davis
They Say I'm Different


Iconic pose that might be Betty Davis' most iconic picture
43Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Not Fragile
44Jackson Browne
Late for the Sky


Pretty simple composition and its basic black/blue palette produce a pretty effective result
45Batsumi
Batsumi
46Unicorn (UK)
Blue Pine Trees


Metal poles used to represent sunlight striking through the trees. Pretty creative
47Triumvirat
Illusions On A Double Dimple
48Pink Floyd
A Nice Pair


Just like with Sui Generis, each of these nine images could work as top tier artwork material
49Stevie Wonder
Fulfillingness' First Finale
50Hawkwind
Hall of the Mountain Grill


Love this one, the composition creates a great sensation of scale and is an excellent example of epic sci-fi artwork
51Genesis
The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway


Cool breaking of the 4th wall
52Strawbs
Hero and Heroine
53The Residents
Meet the Residents


Just like I said on a previous part when talking about We're Only in it for the Money, I find it truly remarkable when a parody styled artwork manages to have its own identity and becomes quintessential regardless of the original artwork. This is another great example of that
54Satin Whale
Desert Places
55Scorpions
Fly to the Rainbow


People hate this one. Indeed it is cheesy and weird, I don't know what the hell it is supposed to be but I really love it. It is silly but in a charming way and there's an aura of outworldy mystery surrounding it
56Quella Vecchia Locanda
Il tempo della gioia
57Judas Priest
Rocka Rolla


Pretty much the same that was said about Musik von Harmonia can be said about this one
58Sparks
Kimono My House
59Sparks
Propaganda


Reminds me a lot of Hipgnosis' style which makes it an instant classic for me. The clean composition is great
60Hatfield And The North
Hatfield and the North


The perspective and poor lightning on the houses below give a pretty ominous feeling to the coming clouds filled with renaissance styled barbarism
61Bad Company
Straight Shooter


The perspective/composition gives a pretty dynamic feeling which works very well
62Mikel Laboa
Bat-Hiru
63Henry Cow
Unrest


The second in a series of three classic... you guessed it! socks!
64Kraftwerk
Autobahn


I like both cars and infrastructure so this checks many boxes, plus it really became an iconic one
65Supertramp
Crime of the Century


Simple in execution but very interesting in concept. Crime of the Century's cover represents excellently Supertramp's ever present dark side that lies hidden under their happy and catchy sound
66The Pretty Things
Silk Torpedo


Thanks sputnik
67McCoy Tyner
Sama Layuca
68Grateful Dead
From the Mars Hotel
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