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    Quote Originally Posted by Harpospoke View Post
    This is the one that popped into my head. It's supposed to be one of the all time great albums...and the cover is this bad:
    Supposed to be? It is but I know...you hate everything baby boomers laud.

    Tbf though, it was still 1966 and it was The Beach Boys. They were coming off Summer Days (And Summer Nights) the year before.



    They were still viewed as not "dangerous" I suppose, by fans and the record company whose idea it was to shoot the cover at The San Diego Zoo.

    "Love remembers that Capitol's working title for the album was Our Freaky Friends, and that the label planned the cover shoot at the zoo, with the animals representing the group's "freaky friends".  In May, the San Diego Union reported that the group "came down from Hollywood to take a cover picture for their forthcoming album Our Freaky Friends. ... Zoo officials were not keen about having their beloved beasts connected with the title of the album, but gave in when the Beach Boys explained that animals are an 'in' thing with teenagers. And that the Beach Boys were rushing to beat the rock and roll group called The Animals." Asher remembered: "[Brian] had some proofs of the pictures they'd done at the zoo, and he told me they were thinking of calling the album Pet Sounds. I thought it was a goofy name for an album – I thought it trivialized what we had accomplished." Until arriving to the photo shoot, Jardine thought that "pet" referred to slang for making out ("petting"). Jardine also expressed disappointment with the chosen cover, believing it was "crazy" to go to the zoo, that "the art department screwed up pretty badly on that one ... [I] wanted a more sensitive and enlightening cover." Author Peter Doggett writes that the design was at odds with the increasingly sophisticated cover portraits used on releases by artists such as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan over 1965–67. He highlights it as "a warning of what could happen when music and image parted company: songs of high romanticism, an album cover of stark banality."


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    Quote Originally Posted by RRvh1 View Post
    Steve Vai's 'Flexible' always struck me as silly, even though an indie release at the time, if I recall?

    Yngwie's 'Trilogy' struck me the same way for some reason.
    And for a VH connection, let's just say that the original Mark Stone logo was VERY rightly replaced with the wings, and later rings ones!
    I love the Trilogy album cover. That was the first draw to me. Who knew I'd be a hardcore Yngwie fan for the next decade that started all because of an album cover?

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    Quote Originally Posted by It's Mike View Post
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    I thought he was referring to the Beastiality album cover.
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    Quote Originally Posted by billy007 View Post
    what is it you find bad about it?
    Pretty much all of it. The photo looks like something from one of their family photo albums. The concept of them at a petting zoo is just odd. Part of the cover is taken up by that old school green banner with all the song titles listed. Looks extremely dated. Especially compared to the Beatles covers of that time period.



    Finding bad album covers is easy in the 60s of course, but other acts at least had a better effort than that.









    Quote Originally Posted by CaboChris View Post
    Supposed to be? It is but I know...you hate everything baby boomers laud.
    I worded it badly (again).

    I love the Beach Boys songs I have heard. (Especially "Don't Worry Baby" and "Good Vibrations") But I haven't heard all of Pet Sounds so I can't very well claim it's a great album. So I was just going off reputation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harpospoke View Post
    Pretty much all of it. The photo looks like something from one of their family photo albums. The concept of them at a petting zoo is just odd. Part of the cover is taken up by that old school green banner with all the song titles listed. Looks extremely dated. Especially compared to the Beatles covers of that time period.



    Finding bad album covers is easy in the 60s of course, but other acts at least had a better effort than that.











    I worded it badly (again).

    I love the Beach Boys songs I have heard. (Especially "Don't Worry Baby" and "Good Vibrations") But I haven't heard all of Pet Sounds so I can't very well claim it's a great album. So I was just going off reputation.
    A lot of the attention it gets is because of the music itself, but I think it's also revered in music circles for (along with some middle Beatles and early Who albums) breaking all sorts of barriers in production and instrumentation and pushing rock beyond the simpler "danceable jingle" it had been until then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harpospoke View Post
    Pretty much all of it. The photo looks like something from one of their family photo albums. The concept of them at a petting zoo is just odd. Part of the cover is taken up by that old school green banner with all the song titles listed. Looks extremely dated. Especially compared to the Beatles covers of that time period.


    I wouldn't call it a great album cover, but it's of its time, and I wouldn't compare it just to the Beatles' album covers, but instead to the Beatles' Capitol album covers:









    just seems to be a Capitol thing

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    Quote Originally Posted by billy007 View Post
    I wouldn't call it a great album cover, but it's of its time, and I wouldn't compare it just to the Beatles' album covers, but instead to the Beatles' Capitol album covers:









    just seems to be a Capitol thing
    Yeah, album covers were horrible back then. But Pet Sounds stands out to me due to its standing. Those you posted are never brought up in conversations. Seems like other famous albums managed to do better than that. Any time there is an article about "greatest albums" and Pet Sounds shows up.....it's like "eek!" with that cover alongside other famous album covers.

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    I can't post it here, but it's a pretty famous album cover with the pre teen naked girl on the front holding an airplane? Blind Faith or something like that?

    That goes into the "WTF were you thinking" list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    I can't post it here, but it's a pretty famous album cover with the pre teen naked girl on the front holding an airplane? Blind Faith or something like that?

    That goes into the "WTF were you thinking" list.
    Yep, Blind Faith with Clapton, Steve Winwood, and Ginger Baker. Clapton and Baker's first project after Cream ended. Good album, typical 60s era cover that makes you go

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    I've always hated this cover since I was little.

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    This one cracked me up when it came out in '85. I saw them play in Denver around that time. Never a fan.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Wruff_ajax View Post
    This one cracked me up when it came out in '85. I saw them play in Denver around that time. Never a fan.



    lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    I can't post it here, but it's a pretty famous album cover with the pre teen naked girl on the front holding an airplane? Blind Faith or something like that?

    That goes into the "WTF were you thinking" list.
    Yeah, I referenced that one and Virgin Killer on the first page.

 

 

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