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Nostalgic Record Covers

Even though I'm a CD collector now, I miss the days when buying a record meant more than just the music itself.

I loved the fact that a lot of effort was put into the covers, back in them good ol' days.

Of course, compared to CD, it's larger and easier to read (also for them deliberate clues).

Who didn't turn their "Boston" cover upside down?

Remember the band "Angel". The band must of paid big bucks for the artist responsible for their logo. You wouldn't believe what "Angel" reads upside down.

A nude woman (not on front cover) is on Pink Floyd's "Wish you were here".

Of course, Sgt. Pepper's. Probably the most studied album cover of all time. Of the many "Paul is dead" clues found throughout the whole album, the one I saw was quite startling. I've only seen this mentioned once, and it was in a newspaper, not a book. If you note "Lonely Hearts" on the bass drum, see how all the letters are in sync except the letter "A". Also, the "A" seems more like a dagger-shaped arrow, pointing directly at ... who else, Paul!

Maybe I should have posted this under "Articles". Of course, it would be an expanded view.
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1/22/2001 5:20 PM

Tim Floto (6151) wrote:

Stone's On Her Majesty's Satanic Request with all that 3d stuff was pretty trippy.

Tim



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1/22/2001 6:12 PM

Anthony Holden (9426) wrote:

That album cover was a sentiment to "Sgt. Pepper's", especially since the Beatles had the Doll's sweater read "Welcome the Rolling Stones".

Also on the cover of "On Her Majesty's ..." , you'll see all of the Beatles. You practically need a magnifying glass to find 2 of them.

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1/22/2001 6:07 PM

Vernon Horne (1134) wrote:

Led Zeppelin III - with the spinning wheel.

Aerosmith's Toys In The Attic - amazing things when viewed during a chemically altered state (it was a long time ago!)

Kiss' Destroyer - Simple, but made a strong impact.

Led Zeppelin IV (whatever you want to call it) - again, for it's simplicity.

Vernon

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1/22/2001 6:14 PM

Richard Templeton (136) wrote:

yeah ive started colecting lp's just for the covers, i dont even have a record player. Soon as I find a copy of beggers banquet with the gatefold photo on the inside its going up on my wall next to atom heart mother.
richard

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1/23/2001 2:23 AM

Howard Owens (3129) wrote:

My Aim is True -- Elvis Costello. With words in the little boxes that read "Elvis is King." You could never duplicate that in any meaningful way on a CD cover.

I spent hours of my youth staring at the Sgt. Pepper cover.

Can't say I ever looked at the Boston cover upside down.

One thing you also don't get on CDs, little messages on the inner ring of the vinyl. Have you ever looked? Some funny things written there. Usually a message from somebody at the pressing plant, but sometimes messages from the band.

And if this sort of thing makes you nostolgic, you really should see both "High Fidelity" and "Almost Famous."

Dr. 33 1/3




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1/23/2001 7:02 PM

Anthony Holden (9426) wrote:

Someone once shown me the vinyl of Styx's "Paradise Theatre" under a glare and saw a holograph (can't remember what it was). I never thought of looking on vinyl until then. Unfortunately, I never got to see anything else other than code numbers on the return groove.

As far as the Boston cover, maybe you should check it out sometime. It's too bad the CD has to be so miniscule (and I'm not exaggerating).

I wasn't brought up on Costello's style at that time. But his voice is still good singing with Burt B. I still think it was cool of Elvis C. doing that switch of songs on Saturday Night Live years ago.

Zappa's "Overnite Sensation" was the first time I saw (grotesque) sex on a record cover. I forgot to mention that one.



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1/23/2001 9:30 PM

Howard Owens (3129) wrote:

Well, you see, Boston came out. I bought the record, being the little AM top-40 pansy waste I was at the time. Then Elvis Costello came out. And it wasn't long before Boston was in the trash bin, especially after I discovered more music of a substantial nature -- the Talking Heads, the Clash, etc. But it was Elvis that spoke to my soul. He was singing songs that related to my life. That's when I was 16, 17 and your typical high school nerd, dork, socially disaffected youth.

H.



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1/23/2001 9:41 PM

Mark Gordon (3061) wrote:

Harvey Mandel's album 'Cristo Redentor'...an obscure record full of great music, and the strangest cover I ever saw on an lp...a lady friend and I once stared at it for six hours straight trying to figure it out...of course, that was in the 70s, and I'm sure we did the same thing with an oak tree.

Mark



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1/24/2001 12:13 AM

Anthony Holden (9426) wrote:

Hey Howard (I'm serious and not making joke),

Where I'm from, a pansy IS a school nerd, dork, etc. I lost your meaning there.

Anyway, some words in other countries carry so different meanings ... like if you called me "Buddy" , you've pretty well of called me a "A***ole". However, not everyone feels that way up here.

Okay, I'll check out that Elvis Costello cover.



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1/24/2001 12:30 AM

Howard Owens (3129) wrote:

Where I come from a pansy is a lightweight.

A dork or nerd is socially clueless (a dork possibly being intellectually challenged as well and a nerd being, usually, a brain).

H.



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1/24/2001 11:34 PM

Rob Bartelt (535) wrote:

He meant to say "panty waist."

-Rob "King of Archaic Putdowns"

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