Tuesday, June 25, 2013

My 50 Favorite Rock Album Covers: #46-50


After coming across a few articles on the best rock album covers of all time, I got the idea to create a list of my own.  I decided to make it my favorite 50 rock album covers, completely subjective.  I’m not claiming that this is some objectively-determined list where I compared the album covers to some uniform set of criteria.  I just like them. I’ve liked them since I first saw them.  They’re the ones I like the most.  That’s it.

I am wondering, however, if this might lead to you readers posting a favorite cover or two of your own in the comments as I reveal my list.  That seems like it could be cool.
So here we go, like most “Best of” lists, I’ll start at the bottom and work my way to the top.  Here they are, my 50th through 46th favorite rock album covers of all time.

Collin’s Favorite 50 Rock Album Covers of All Time

#50: The Subways – Young for Eternity




There’s something simple and pure about this cover that I dig.  I suppose it fits that this was the kickass debut by 3 young Brits, an LP of straight-up, no-frills rock n’ roll.

#49: Nine Inch Nails – Broken




I heard somewhere that Trent Reznor kicked this record out quick to fulfill his multi-album contract with the now out-of-business TVT  Records, because by that time, he just flat-out hated them.  Maybe the flames represent his burning anger at TVT?  Well, let’s face it, Trent seemed to be angry about a great many things back then.

#48: Sonic Youth – Bad Moon Rising




I primarily love this cover because of the visuals, but it doesn’t hurt that they had the balls to name one of their albums exactly the same as one of the best-known Creedence Clearwater Revival tunes ever.  Although it was not the name of a CCR album – that song appeared on their Green River album.

#47: Metallica – Master of Puppets




My roommate and second cousin Dave turned me on to this record, and it kicked my heavy metal phase into high gear.  

#46: Yes – 90125




The art on this cover has an elegant simplicity that I’ve always appreciated.  And I’m really into primary colors, so I love the bright yellow and blue along with the hot pink and gray.  Very 1980’s, but in a classy way.

SOON TO COME: #41-45.  Have a favorite album cover?  I wanna see - post it in a comment!

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