Album Cover Art

A look into the sometimes lost art of Album Cover Art

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1971 Jimmy McGriff Black Pearl

Posted by talesinthesun on December 11, 2008

1971-jimmy-mcgriff-black-pearlScrolling through some websites and books and bam this album hit me.  Jimmy Cliff’s Black Pearl was a live recording from the Golden Slipper in Newark NJ.  McGriff played the organ from age 6 on until his death in May 2008.  Along the way he recorded over 30 albums between 1963 and 1998.

While McGriff may be a good musician I did not pick this album for that reason.  I picked it simply for the brilliant attention grabbing art of John Van Hamersveld.  Van Hamerveld was better known for his Rolling Stones, Steve Miller , Greatful Dead and The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour album.  Van Hamersveld also was the creator of memorable posters for JImi Hendrix, Kiss, Cream etc.  While this is the first I have posted of his art it will by no means be the last.  You may not see the albums seen normally by him but you will see great art.


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1971 The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers

Posted by talesinthesun on December 7, 2008

1971-rolling-stones-sticky-fingersAfter about 20 posts I assume it is time for an album associated with pop artist, Andy Warhol.  Warhol did many many covers including those for The Velvet Underground and Nico who he produced as well.  Warhol designed the cover with an operating zipper.  The zipper in turn was scratching the record inside until Craig Braun rededigned the package with cardboard underneath as well as a zipper that only opened half way.  THe openned zipper revealed underwear of course.

Warhol  is widely known for his painting of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presely and the Campbell’s Soup label.  More information can be found at The Warhol Museum, The Warhol Foundation and Warhols.

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Guy Peellaert 1934-2008

Posted by talesinthesun on November 25, 2008


Guy Peellaert 1934-2008

As I wrote yesterday Guy Peelaert passed away November 17th in Paris.  Peellaert was an painter, illistrator, graphic artist and photographer whose work as seen around the world.  Much more has been written in the following blog

His most famous album cover was realeased in one version than quickly changed to the second version. The following is the art and final album that remained released. Follwing also is his Rolling Stones cover of It’s Only Rock and Roll.



1974 Rolling Stones It's Only Rock and Roll

1974 Rolling Stones It

More great works can be seen in his Rock Dreams book created with Nik Cohn.

Superstar Bob

Superstar Bob

Peellaert was also known for his movie posters with Taxi Driver possible being the most famous.


His last work was the art direction of Pravda, la Survireuse.

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