I have always loved the artistic and unusual album covers from some of those 70's albums. Over the years (from the early 1970's) my brother, sister and myself have acquired quite a collection of LP's that I am hoping some day will be worth quite a bit. I am just guessing but over the years we probably have collected about 1,000 albums and this excludes our CD collection and 45's.
I remember that there were some album covers that I loved to draw. I would spend time drawing these album covers on tracing paper and then coloring them in to match the actual album cover - my faves were Rare Earth and Kiss's Love Gun. Both are ranked in my top 10.
The Kiss album covers were always my favorite from Love Gun, to Destroyer to Double Platinum and to the solo album covers of each of the band members - they were so colorful and artsy (well at that time I considered them artsy heheheheh!).
But times have changed - CD covers now are sometimes just - well - let's say they lack the luster of albums pass.
As far as I can remember these are my fave album covers. They really are my personal faves and most of them are on the list based on the experience they have given me and of course - my love for rock N' roll baby.
10. Bat Out of Hell - Meatloaf
This album cover tricked me a bit. At that time I was very religious and this album was really scary to me....so I was expecting some hard rock/metal music. But then when I played this album - it was like - OMG - it's so dramatic and seemed larger than life - "Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad" - classic rock.
9. Destroyer - Kiss
I just loved this band - they were such a big part of me growing up. I was really a Kiss fanatic - I had the wig, make-up, posters, comics, dolls - you name it. And I knew all of their songs - I just loved this band.
This album cover was just so much fun - they seemed like super heroes to me.
8. Houses of the Holy - Led Zeppelin
Something about this album cover is dark and it's almost as if it's a different world. It does leave some thought to one's imagination. I remember this album from our collection and looking at it and thinking - WTF....
7. On the Radio - Donna Summer
When my brother was getting married, my sister decided that she would wear a dress just like this one that Donna is wearing on the album cover - floral pattern and all. Well - it looked great and hey - it was the 80's then!
6. One World - Rare Earth
I really don't know why I loved drawing this album cover over and over - maybe it was the simplicity; or maybe I loved the way the hair was drawn or maybe the color. But I really like this album.
5. Boston - Boston
Boston baby - the music on this album is completely awesome. "More Than A Feeling" is actually my favourite rock song ever. Now back to the album cover - colorful, different and had great visual appeal. Plus I was into Star Wars and anything with some spaceship on it had me sold.
4. Love Drive - Scorpions
Loved this - being young and impressionable anything with some forbidden parts borne had me sold. This cover is kinda kinky and left alot to my imagination. This album has one of my favorite rock ballads on it - "Holiday".
3. Love Gun - Kiss
I loved this album cover - I spent so much time tracing and coloring the pictures I had drawn. I also had a Love Gun puzzle.
2. Born in The USA - Bruce Springsteen
1. Candy - O - The Cars
I always loved the raw sexiness of this album cover. Off the top of my head - the model on this picture was actually painted by Alberto Vargas who did work for Playboy. The initial painting had shown some pubic hair of the model but was later "brushed" out for the fear that it would be too controversial for the US market. Co-incidentally, the name of the actual model is "Candy".
I always said that I would love to have this picture on my living room wall - it is really a great conversation piece.
Well peeps - there you go. Hope you enjoy!