As I wrote in the blogpost Record Store Daythe rise of digital music almost extinguished the vinyl and with that one of the greatest canvasses of art – the record sleeve. Originally a record cover was just as the name describes it; a protective cover for the fragile record, but it soon evolved into a space for artistic expression. It very often became as important as the music itself. Art, as we all know, is very subjective. I will here provide you with my lists of epic album covers.
Yesterday I went shopping, buddy, down to the mall, looking for something pretty I could hang on my wall
The first is a list of my top 10 Bruce Springsteen album covers. Secondly I will add a list of epic album sleeves from albums that I found in my own collection of vinyls and also mention covers that are considered art in articles I’ve read. I hope when you’ve read it that you will add your favourites in the comment section below or on social media, where I’ll share this entry.
My top 10 Bruce Springsteen album covers
- The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle, 1973 (Columbia Records) photo: David Gahr
- Born To Run, 1975 (Columbia Records) photo: Eric Meola
- Darkness on the Edge of Town, 1978 (Columbia Records) photo: Frank Stefanko
- The River, 1980 (Columbia Records) cover art: Frank Stefanko, Jimmy Wachtel
- Greetings from Asbury Park N.J., 1973 (Columbia Records) cover art: John Berg
- Nebraska, 1982 (Columbia Records) photo: David Kennedy
- The Promise, 2010 (Columbia Records)
- Devils & Dust, 2005 (Columbia Records) cover art: Danny Clinch
- Magic, 2007 (Columbia Records)
- Born in the USA, 1984 (Columbia Records) photo: Annie Leibovitz
Though the cover of Born To Run is considered one of the most iconic Bruce Springsteen album covers ever together with Born in the USA in the articles I’ve read, none of them reached my no 1 spot. Generelly speakning Bruce Springsteen’s album covers are highly appreciated, especially the older ones. Springsteen has frequently seen fit to keep his cover art simple but classy. I, personally think that Working on a Dream, The ghost of Tom Joad and Tunnel of Love are his least appealing album covers.
Epic album covers from my collection
- Prince Purple Rain, 1984 (Warner Bros)
- Little Steven Revolution, 1989 (RCA) cover art: Dino Danelli
- N.W.A Straight Outta Compton, (Ruthless Records) photo: Eric Poppleton
- Rod Stewart Atlantic Crossing, (Riva, Warner Bros) cover art: Peter Lloyd
- Chicago Chicago 18, 1984 (Full Moon/Warner Bros) cover art: Maria Sano
- Toto Farenheit, 1986 (Columbia Records) photo: Michael Going, Jim Shea
- Bob Marley & the Wailers Uprising, 1980 (Tuff Gong/Island) cover art: Adrian Boot, Neville Garrick
- Cutting Crew Broadcast, 1986 (Virgin/Siren) cover art: Bill Smith Studio
- Dr Hook, A Little Bit More, 1975 (EMI) cover art: Ted Mayer
- Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast, 1982 (EMI) cover art: Derek Riggs
These are the best album covers I found in my collection of vinyls (stored in a large chest). If I had made only one list quite many of the Springsteen album covers mentioned above would have made the list.
I’ve read a few articles and here are some other iconic album covers:
The coolest album designs ever created could easily get up on your wall as well as on your turntable. Check, for example, out BruceBud Eelco’s excellent idea of a making a Springsteen wall.
If you don’t want to be so excessive, it’s enough with a few frames to display your favourite pieces of art.