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04.17.22 Album Art Gallery: '59 to '6912.15.21
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Album Art Gallery: '59 to '69

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 list should be the shorter one of the series and, at the same time, the one spanning the biggest amount of years since before the 70's artwork wasn't usually seen as something worth of putting much effort into, being mostly modern paintings in jazz records and colorful pictures in psychedelic albums the ones that dominated and stood out throughout the decade. Obviously, I'm always looking for artwork recs!
1Charles Mingus
Mingus Ah Um

1959. Both Mingus Ah Um and Dave Brubeck's Time Out feature paintings by S. Neil Fujita which showcase great modernist paintings with cubist elements to them. Jazz records from the late 50's and early 60's usually had artworks of this style
2The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Time Out
3Eric Dolphy
Outward Bound

1960. I really like this slightly distorted painted of a seemingly disembodied Eric Dolphy head by painter Prophet Jennings
4Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas

Christmas albums certainly aren't the first ones to come to mind when thinking about interesting album covers but I really like this goofy, colorful horse
5Gerry Mulligan and Ben Webster
Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster

Tried to fix the artwork. Didn't work. Love you Sputnik
6John Lee Hooker
7Eric Dolphy
Out There

1961. I prefer this Prophet Jennings' painting over the one on Outward Bound. I really dig its eerie and otherwordly dadaist atmosphere
8The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Time Further Out

Joan MirĂ³ really deserves his spot as one of the great painters of the 20th century with his dreamlike surrealist work
9James Brown
Live At The Apollo

10Gerry Mulligan
Night Lights

I love cities skylines (including the video game lol), but if you add an almost cubist style to it with the colors and "crude" window lines this artwork has, then you will certainly grab my attention
11Kenny Burrell and John Coltrane
Kenny Burrell and John Coltrane
12Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto

13John Coltrane
Coltrane's Sound
14Gil Evans
The Individualism of Gil Evans

While it is a victim of the typical "too much focus on the text of the cover" that jazz records back then used to have this is, nevertheless, a pretty cool modernist sculpture
15The Beatles

1965. Kinda funny that it doesn't actually spell help. I'm not usually a fan of band member shots, but this one really managed to become iconic
16The 13th Floor Elevators
The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators

17Baden Powell
Tristeza On Guitar
18The Beatles

Interesting approach to make in black and white a collage that certainly seems like it should've been done on the typical colorful themes of the era. The eyes are really impactful even so if they are in a slightly creepy way
19 Sun Ra
The Lady with the Golden Stockings

Seems like this one isn't in the database(?). Unexpected
20Donald Byrd
Free Form

I'm not sure if this one is a painting or a photograph but I really like it
21Antonio Carlos Jobim

1967. I love this shot, and both its green and red variants add a great atmosphere to it
22The Beatles
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Artworks filled with small details or references that make you spend a lot of time looking at them are great
23The Doors
Strange Days

One of my favorite album covers of the 60's. I love the way it brings a "surreal into the mundane" style
Forever Changes
25The Moody Blues
Days of Future Passed

The colors in this one create a mood that feels both cold and warm at the same time, fitting pretty nicely into the albums' music
26Procol Harum
Procol Harum

The black and white color scheme only adds to the already detailed yet simple image
27Thelonious Monk
Straight, No Chaser
28The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground & Nico

Not much else can be said about this classic by Andy Warhol. I suppose it really is one of the oldest examples I can think of of an album artwork seen as an art piece of its own, which might have been pretty influential in the years to come as this idea started to grow from the 70's onwards
29The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Electric Ladyland

1968. The original artwork for Electric Ladyland is one of the first cases I can think of such a massive release having that controversial of an artwork as it took the album's title in a literal way with its nudity depiction
30The Beatles
The Beatles

I like minimalist artworks which is something some people really hate. It really is impressive that this one became such a classic despite being almost completely empty
31Archie Shepp
The Way Ahead
32The Band
Music from Big Pink
33Big Brother And The Holding Company
Cheap Thrills

I really enjoy comic like artworks as they manage to contain interesting details and even their own little stories. But if it is one that's also made by the legendary Robert Crumb, then that only makes it better
34The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
The Crazy World of Arthur Brown

It really encompases Arthur Brown and his music
35Deep Purple
The Book of Taliesyn
36John Fahey
The Yellow Princess
37The Mothers of Invention
We're Only in It for the Money

It's pretty cool that a parody cover manages to get a cult status that makes it stand out on its own, apart from the one it originally mocked, though some may argue that's expected from Zappa
38The Millennium

Love how it manages to stay so simple yet it manages to showcase the influence of colorful and detailed artworks of the era. I really dig the window like framing as well
39Simon and Garfunkel

I honestly tend to dislike band member album covers since they seem like a boring and generic way to present an album. But this one managed to become so iconic that it is probably the first image that comes to people's minds when they think of this legendary duo. What's to it that made it stand out? I don't know if I could tell really
40Pink Floyd
A Saucerful of Secrets
41The Pretty Things
S.F. Sorrow
42Silver Apples
Silver Apples

Besides being an obvious reference to the band's name, I also enjoy the idea of the apples as an object of life surrounded by the silver lining, showcasing the mix between the band's psychedelic style and their colder early electronic sounds
43The Rolling Stones
Beggars Banquet

The original one of course. I hate the censored version as I do with most censored artworks
44Terry Riley
In C
45The Zombies
Odessey and Oracle

1969. There is a weird feeling of melancholy and tragicomedy that attracts me to this classic cover
47The Beatles
Abbey Road

Monster Movie
49The Kinks
Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)
50Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band
Trout Mask Replica

I don't know if I can call this one "pretty" but it really summarizes the band's weird style while at the same time becoming a classic
51Grand Funk Railroad
Grand Funk

I love the way that font stresses the shit out of my eyes
52High Tide
Sea Shanties

Seems like something the legendary Kentaro Miura might have drawn if Berserk had a pirates arc
53King Crimson
In the Court of the Crimson King

Just like with Velvet Underground, there isn't much new that can be said about one of the most important album covers out there. It is tense and slightly disturbing, with colors and an expression that does justice to concepts such as fear, anger and stress but at the same time there is a weird beauty that attracts to it
55Fairport Convention
What We Did on Our Holidays
56Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin

This picture of the tragic demise of the Hindenburg is one of my favorite historical pictures of all time. The angle of the photo, its scale, the cultural and historical significance behind it. A quintessential photograph that managed to become a classic a second time, now thanks to one of the most popular bands in rock

The lion is made out of people! :D
58Frank Zappa
Hot Rats
59Miles Davis
In a Silent Way

I think the same I said about Bookends applies to this one. Turtle necks are awesome btw
60Blind Faith
Blind Faith

One of the most controversial artworks ever. I included this one because, unlike Virgin Killer which would create a similar controversy a few years later, Blind Faith's is much more ambiguous in its proposition

While Virgin Killer has an obvious sexual innuendo behind it, Blind Faith lays more into a gray area that creates questions such as: Can nudity be art? Is nudity always bad? Is a naked minor automatically a degenerate's picture or are the ones offended by it the ones with the actual dirty minds searching for phallic objects and sexual intentions which aren't there?

On one hand Siedemann's artistical concept for the picture lacks any kind of sexual undertone, but it is also true that the girl got paid in money instead of the "pony" her sister promised. If anything, it is a cover that creates debate (instead of pure hate like Virgin Killer's) which is something that's normal in art but certainly not in album artworks. I really do like the airplane sculpture in any case
61Scott Walker
Scott 3

I love the colors on this one
62Victor Jara
Pongo en tus manos abiertas...

The hands of a working man really encapsulate the sound of one of the most important and influential figures in folk and protest music such as Victor Jara. As he "puts his music into your open hands", it does represent pretty well the social weight behind Jara's lyrics
63The Who

I have a thing for grid/diamond patterns
64Deep Purple
Deep Purple

In my opinion this one is a way better version of the concept behind whatever it is that Lorde's Solar Power tried to do
66Fleetwood Mac
Then Play On
67Gal Costa
68The Rolling Stones
Let It Bleed

It reminds me of the style that a few years later Hipgnosis would make so popular and, as the creators of many of my favorite artworks ever, I can't help but like anything similar to that vibe
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