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Album Art Gallery Part 5: 1973

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 5 and, as always, recs are welcomed

On paper a peace dove dropping bombs may sounds a little bit on your face but the result looks actually pretty cool, even if a little bit comical
2Captain Beyond
Sufficiently Breathless
Selling England by the Pound
4Henry Cow
Leg End

The first of what would become three classic socks!
5Jethro Tull
A Passion Play
6David Bowie
Aladdin Sane

A photograph iconic enough to become synonym with Bowie himself and with XXth century popular music in general
7Paul Bley
Open, to Love
Remember the Future
9Pink Fairies
Kings of Oblivion

Love this one, it is silly but it has a lot of character. I suppose it is similar to what Fleetwood Mac's Mystery to Me produces
10The Creation
Creation '66-'67

A great example of Hipgnosis being the masters of composition
11The Who
12Capability Brown
Flying Teapot

Cool cartoonish depiction of such an interesting concept as is Russell's flying teapot
15Don Ellis

Reminds me of Return to Forever but in an even more simple execution while retaining its great structure
Future Legends

Pointillism is an incredible impressionist technique that manages to create really striking images. It surprises me that is hasn't been used more often for album artwork
L'Apocalypse Des Animaux
18Stevie Wonder
19Museo Rosenbach
20Cecil Taylor

Thanks sputnik
Out of Our Hands

Great use of colors. The inventiveness behind the execution of the concept really amazes me
Faust IV
23Black Sabbath
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
24Alice Cooper
Billion Dollar Babies

Clever idea to turn the album sleeve into a wallet

The mix of colored and black/white palettes only adds to the already surreal image of a locomotive in the middle of a prairie surrounded by kids
26Emerson, Lake and Palmer
Brain Salad Surgery

H.R. Giger at his best
27Grateful Dead
Wake of the Flood
Space Ritual

The concept of psychedelic artwork has certainly been done tons of times by 1973 but the execution of the cover for one of the best live albums in rock is really among the greatest in that style
29John Martyn
Solid Air
30The Mothers of Invention
Over-Nite Sensation

Nice mix of references to the band and sex in general, expressed in a surrealist style reminiscent of Dalí
31Steely Dan
Countdown to Ecstasy
32Allan Clarke
33Al Stewart
Past, Present and Future

The fact that Hipgnosis could even achieve these kind of effects decades before photoshop and computer imagery is amazing on its own and evidence of the huge influence they would have on artistic photography in general
34Elis Regina
Elis (1973)

Really dig the cold surreal atmosphere that it creates
36Far Out
Far Out
Arbeit Macht Frei
38Blue Oyster Cult
Tyranny and Mutation

Following a similar pattern to the band's debut with its heavy use of black and white, Tyranny and Mutation has a slightly hypnotizing effect for obvious reasons
For Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night
40Electric Light Orchestra

The tiny ELO satellite captures the vastness of universe pretty well, specially when looking at the full picture
Loud 'n' Proud
42Pescado Rabioso

This one might take the spot for the weirdest shaped LP ever
43Gene Clark

The original one, the one in here is a reissue. Will try to change it but we all know how sputnik deals with editing artworks
44Edu Lobo
Edu Lobo
45Herbie Hancock

Another great example of Mati Klarwein's iconic work
46Herbie Hancock
Head Hunters

Cool african mask that almost looks alien
47Pappo's Blues
Volumen III
48Pink Floyd
The Dark Side of the Moon

49Todd Rundgren
A Wizard, A True Star

The colors, the geometrical shapes, Rundgren's image and even the shape of the LP sleeve all fit his vibe pretty well
Never Turn Your Back on a Friend

Roger Dean didn't need outworldy images to achieve one of his classic covers
51Roxy Music
For Your Pleasure
52Samla Mammas Manna
53Tom Ze
Todos os Olhos
54Manfred Mann's Earth Band

Eye catching one this is. I remember when I first checked this album getting the feeling of this being a classic album cover while in reality the album isn't even that popular among prog enthusiasts. I suppose that shows how instantly recognizable this one manages to get
55Le Orme
Felona e Sorona
56Klaus Schulze

The alternate version, not this one
57John Coltrane
Concert in Japan
58The Kinks
The Great Lost Kinks Album

Surreal, slightly creepy and captivating. Excellent one all around
Memphis Unlimited
60Joe Farrell
Moon Germs

Cool use of geometry
Abbiamo tutti un blues da piangere
62Led Zeppelin
Houses of the Holy

One of Hipgnosis most recognizable covers, its mix of colors and the children make of an already surreal looking place such as Giant's Causeway one that looks even more out of this world
63The Doobie Brothers
The Captain and Me
64Curved Air
Air Cut

The groove effect creates a simple yet trippy image
From Books and Dreams

Certainly a little bit silly but I think it is a great mix of good composition, originality and iconic imagery that result in a timeless artwork
Vietato Ai Minori Di Diciotto Anni
68Sun Ra
Discipline 27-II

The composition, the pose and the use of purple turn a simple shot into a timeless image
70Hall and Oates
Abandoned Luncheonette
71Fleetwood Mac
Mystery to Me

I've seen this one as an example of a bad artwork, can't see why. It clearly is kinda ridiculous but great nevertheless
72Fela Kuti
Mekanïk Destruktïẁ Kommandöh

A simple cover of the band's logo in orange would turn into the quintessential zeuhl album artwork
74Robin Trower
Twice Removed From Yesterday

Great 3D effect
75Monty Python
The Monty Python Matching Tie and Handkerchief
76Fripp and Eno
No Pussyfooting

The effect this one achieves represents pretty well the styles of both Fripp and Eno
77Mike Oldfield
Tubular Bells
78Joe Henderson
Joe Henderson in Japan
79Steeleye Span
A Parcel of Rogues
80Keith Jarrett
Fort Yawuh
81King Crimson
Larks' Tongues in Aspic

Simple design that has become timeless
82Miles Davis
Black Beauty

Cool distorted effect and use of colors
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