Iconic album covers you should know about
Do you remember the time, long before digitalization took over the world, when you were to pick your albums mainly based on the cover? Covers play a large role in albums, nearly just as much as the tracks themselves. It is the first connection between you and the album and this would convey a strong visual message and hints of what you were going to discover within the tracks.
Discover below a selection of the most iconic album covers and what you should know about them.
The Beatles – Abbey Road (1969)
The Beatles are probably the most famous music group in the world. Everyone knows The Beatles; everyone knows this iconic photo of them crossing Abbey Road, shot by photographer Iain Macmillan. It’s the first album cover that was released without the group’s name or album title appearing on it. This photo has been carefully overanalysed by the group’s fans and Abbey Road is one of the most popular attractions in London. Fun fact: the iconic cover photo was shot in 10 minutes.
David Bowie – Aladdin Sane (1973)
Although this is not the album that made him famous, the cover is probably the most iconic one. What do you picture when you hear the name David Bowie? Do you think of him with the iconic red and blue lightning bolt crossing half of his face, marking the artist’s transition from Ziggy to his schizophrenic Aladdin Sane. David Bowie confessed later on that the choice of this new persona was inspired by his brother who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. The art of this cover was a collaboration with the famous photographer Brian Duffy and make-up artist Pierre Laroche and managed to get its way right into pop culture. Fun fact: Bowie’s lightning bold was inspired from a logo on a rice cooker.
Nirvana – Nevermind (1991)
No need to introduce this iconic cover of grunge music. The underwater photo shows a baby swimming towards a one dollar bill that is hung on the end of a hook. The cover art denounces the freedom and innocence in any one of us that is taken away by consumerism and materialistic society. Fun fact: Kurt Cobain had the initial idea of an underwater birth for the cover art.
the notorious BIG – ready to die (1994)
Iconic cover of the album that marked the debut of B.I.G. It represents an innocent baby in total opposition of the album’s name: ready to die. That was the whole point of the cover, to narrate his own life from the beginning to the mournful end. Fun fact: the baby on the cover was actually not the rapper himself but a baby model.
Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)
The fifth album cover of Kanye West was created with the desire of being controversial and provocative, and is an accurate and interesting representation of the album name. The result of a collaboration with the artist George Condo, the cover is depicting Kanye laid on a blue couch, straddled by a naked white woman, armless, with wings and a tail which is supposed to represent Kanye’s Phoenix. This cover was banned right after its release, according to Kanye himself. The album has five other covers from the same collaboration. Fun fact: Condo admitted that Kanye wanted the cover to be censored.
If going back through these iconic covers made you nostalgic and in the mood for some good music vibes, then, look forward to DJ Aazar’s performance at Arkham on July 8th. French DJ and producer, also member of the French collective Point Point, Aazar started his own debut in 2014, releasing hit track on hit track, he quickly arises himself as one of the top producers in the game. The Parisian DJ has made his place through Spotify’s TOP 50 most viral tracks and has several collaborations on his credits, including DJ Snake.
As a foretaste of what awaits for you at Arkham, on July 8th:
UZ x Aazar – Shake
Aazar - Gyal
And… That’s it!