Gibson’s list of 10 Iconic Album Covers reminds us of perhaps the best thing about vinyl.
Here’s the list:
The Beatles, Abbey Road
The Clash, London Callling
Green Day, Dookie
Guns N’ Roses, Appetite for Destruction
Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin
Michael Jackson, Thriller
Pearl Jam, Ten
Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon
OK, I know CD’s ruled by the time Pearl Jam, Nirvana and Green Day came along, but you get my point. Album art – and it was art – had such a bigger impact when the real estate was, well, bigger.
Great album covers don’t just inform or appeal, they make a statement. So all of the ones on the list are deserving. As the article says, whittling it down to a list of only 10 is a tall order. Sgt. Pepper, Rubber Soul or With the Beatles were also super icons, and Zep 4 easily rivals Zep 1, but let’s not quibble. Great album art made great albums even better, providing another way to enjoy, to savour, to immerse oneself.
I know we have videos and websites and tweets and all that, but it’s not the same as a 12-x12 piece of cardboard you can hold in your hands. It’s not as personal.