JP Patino Izquierdo

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Album Art Gallery Part 4: 1972

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 4 and, as always, recs are welcomed
1Blue Oyster Cult
Blue Öyster Cult

I love this one. Surreal, enigmatic and eerie, with an ominous feeling to it. It checks almost all of my boxes
3The Allman Brothers Band
Eat a Peach

It's a peach! :D. I also like pink/baby blue coloring
4Dr. John
Dr. John's Gumbo
5Lo Borges
Lo Borges

Both Lo Borges and Clube da Esquina do a nice work at showcasing in a straightforward yet iconic way the message behind the music of said albums: The brazilian people
6Milton Nascimento and Lo Borges
Clube da Esquina
7Todd Rundgren
8Gentle Giant
9Gentle Giant
Three Friends
10JW Farquhar
The Formal Female

Beautiful one. The colors and landscape produce a soothing feeling that gets immediatly twisted by that amorphous figure (a great take on the album's title). A great case of surreal artwork and why I love them
11Little Feat
Sailin' Shoes

A goofy looking swinging cake and a snail. Mick Jagger is also in there, because why not
Space Shanty
13Mom's Apple Pie
Mom's Apple Pie

Perfectly executed innuendo
14The Rolling Stones
Exile on Main St.

This has been done a thousand times. It's almost an effortless attempt at an album cover, yet why is it that in this case it feels that it really achieves a quintessential status? Perhaps it is the exclamation mark? Maybe the fact that "Neu" is a really easy word to remember? In the end, the most surprising thing of all is that they achieved this a second time with Neu! 75, even if that would've been seen a second attempt at lazyness if any other band had done it
17Czeslaw Niemen
Vol. 1

It certainly achieves the idea of a mundane, almost cookie-cutter image with its portray of 50's housewives. The same can be said about Fumble
20Black Widow

I don't know if it actually tries to portray an image of dementia or something similar but that's what it achieves for me
Hard Attack
22Frank Zappa
Lady Lake

While it follows a style that would become a little bit too common on decades to come (specially for power metal bands). I think Lady Lake executes the concept pretty well. It is an excellent painting
A Tab in the Ocean
Music Of Another Present Era

The colors in this one are really cool
27Ornette Coleman
Science Fiction

There is something mysteryous and ominous about this one that I really dig
28Return to Forever
Return to Forever

Fantastic shot and composition. Its simplicity adds to a feeling of freedom and liberation.
29Premiata Forneria Marconi
Storia di un minuto
30Premiata Forneria Marconi
Per un amico
31Wendy Carlos
Walter Carlos' Clockwork Orange
32Mal Waldron And Terumasa Hino
Reminicent Suite

This one achieves the same effect as Return to Forever's debut for me, but the unnatural green color and the fact that it is hundreds of birds instead of just one, give a different scale to the concept, one in which liberation almost feels rupturist and menacing
33Uriah Heep
Demons and Wizards
34Uriah Heep
The Magician's Birthday
35Frank Zappa
The Grand Wazoo

Lots of details to enjoy on this "musical war"
36Jethro Tull
Thick as a Brick

I'm not sure if Thick as a Brick was the first "newspaper like album cover", I doubt it, but in any case as I've said on previous parts, it is always cool when you can get lost reading/looking at the details in an LP cover
37Herbie Hancock

Simple and quite literal. A good example of a "normal" photo that works well as an album cover
Ege Bamyasi

A timeless one. Instantly recognizable and iconic
41Quella Vecchia Locanda
Quella vecchia locanda

Perfect mix of cold and warm
42Roxy Music
Roxy Music
43Jerusalem (UK)

The unadorned brushwork mixed with the almost two-dimensional looking yet striking and dramatic pose make for a very epic artwork that will stay in your head

Gives me a feeling similar to that of Formal Female but in a much more "in your face" way
45Duke Ellington
Latin American Suite

Great composition
47Pink Floyd
Obscured by Clouds
48String Driven Thing
String Driven Thing

Probably my favorite Budgie artwork. It has a simple yet well executed composition and the end result of the fighter jet/bird skull mish mash is actually pretty cool looking
50Mythos (GER)
51Le Orme
Uomo di pezza

Reminds me of a great mix between european styles of the first half of the XX century and that classic Fernando Botero vibe
52Kevin Ayers

One of those cases in which I'm not sure what Hipgnosis tried to achieve, but it certainly looks stylish. It looks uncanny and alien like many of my favorites by them
55Twenty Sixty Six and Then
56War (USA)
The World Is a Ghetto

Many details, eyecatching, instantly classic and a good representation of the album's message. Everything about this one's great
57Weather Report
I Sing The Body Electric
58Moving Gelatine Plates
The World of Genius Hans

I think this is where the idea for NoMeansNo's Wrong might have come from. While the animal headed "thing" looks better in this one, I'd say the black and white effect for Wrong works better
59Jerry Garcia
60Luiz Bonfa

I think this one would've benefited from a frameless approach but it still looks awesome
62Sounds of Liberation
Sounds of Liberation
63Pescado Rabioso

Chaotic, with tinges of both biological and mechanical concepts. It looks awesome
64Jane (DE)
65Monty Python
Monty Python's Previous Record
66The Edgar Winter Group
They Only Come Out At Night

Not really a "pretty" cover, but I find some kind of corny magic to it
67The Nice
Autumn '67 - Spring '68
68Tangerine Dream

I'm not sure if it is a painting or a real picture of a solar eclipse. In any case it is one of the better depictions of one I've seen. The solar waves and the mix of orange and blue are fantastic

LP sleeves with weird shapes are always cool and this one feels pretty ingenious
70McCoy Tyner
71Franco Battiato

A simple and creative way to reflect the album's title
72Mellow Candle
Swaddling Songs
73Marcos Valle
Vento Sul
74Terry Callier
What Color is Love?

It conveys the message/vibe of the album pretty well: Intimacy and cotidianity
75Wishbone Ash

An instantly identifiable, ageless image that has become synonym with Wishbone Ash and their sound
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