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Re: Worst looking CD/LP artwork
« Reply #2980 on: October 12, 2017, 08:32:07 PM »

But if you want a dislikeable cover,  Sabata did this which I call  plain ugly.


That actually looks cool  :)

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« Reply #2983 on: October 12, 2017, 09:37:03 PM »
Ahh....I needed this laugh tonight ;D Fun to see this thread come back!

I was just browsing some Stockhausen on Amazon and came upon a doozie:


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Re: Worst looking CD/LP artwork
« Reply #2984 on: October 13, 2017, 01:14:12 AM »
Another rather hideous cover:



This is either an advertisement for the next installment of 300 or a cheap porno film with a title like Una noche de lluvia en Tarragona (A Rainy Night in Tarragona). Either way, it sucks and is quite distasteful.

Can't say I have a problem with it. I can see 300 in the face. I can't see any sign of porno.
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Re: Worst looking CD/LP artwork
« Reply #2985 on: October 13, 2017, 03:08:58 AM »
Funny stuff! ;D

I don't know why they think this cover is one of the best. At first I thought it was part of the worst. What's a burning number have to do with the Eroica?

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« Reply #2986 on: October 13, 2017, 06:26:49 AM »
I don't think it's that bad. If cheesecake is allowed, so is beefcake.  Maybe they were hoping people would get confused and buy it thinking it was a pop album, but no worse. I do dislike that thing they did with the TH in the title.
 
But if you want a dislikeable cover,  Sabata did this which I call  plain ugly.


The idea is to give the lie to the preconceived idea that being/listening to a countertenor = sissy. In that sense it addresses the issue very squarely. And, per se, this particular cover is not much different than any "man stuff" magazine cover. It does make me curious to see the album's contents.

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Re: Worst looking CD/LP artwork
« Reply #2987 on: October 13, 2017, 06:42:33 AM »
The idea is to give the lie to the preconceived idea that being/listening to a countertenor = sissy. In that sense it addresses the issue very squarely. And, per se, this particular cover is not much different than any "man stuff" magazine cover. It does make me curious to see the album's contents.

Here you go:

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Re: Worst looking CD/LP artwork
« Reply #2988 on: October 13, 2017, 11:01:26 AM »
A swell programme, I say !

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Re: Worst looking CD/LP artwork
« Reply #2989 on: October 13, 2017, 11:14:23 AM »
Ahh....I needed this laugh tonight ;D Fun to see this thread come back!

I was just browsing some Stockhausen on Amazon and came upon a doozie:



Well, KHS gets the blame for that. The cover is simply a faithful representation of the piece, which is the one in which the composer gave detailed instructions on how the instrumentalist should prance around the stage while performing the music. You can find it on YouTube, along with the piece in which two musicians are supposed to prance about while in animal costume. (I have forgotten the name of the piece.)

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Re: Worst looking CD/LP artwork
« Reply #2990 on: October 13, 2017, 01:36:14 PM »
I don't think it's that bad. If cheesecake is allowed, so is beefcake.  Maybe they were hoping people would get confused and buy it thinking it was a pop album, but no worse. I do dislike that thing they did with the TH in the title.
 
But if you want a dislikeable cover,  Sabata did this which I call  plain ugly.


Apart from the horrid barely-there colour scheme (that slightly bilious yellowish tinge on a black-and-white photo – Ugh), I'm not keen on the title.

Bad Guys.

That's probably the most simplistic classical music album title I've ever seen. Maybe his next album can be called Sing Good.

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Re: Worst looking CD/LP artwork
« Reply #2991 on: October 13, 2017, 02:47:41 PM »
Apart from the horrid barely-there colour scheme (that slightly bilious yellowish tinge on a black-and-white photo – Ugh), I'm not keen on the title.

Bad Guys.

That's probably the most simplistic classical music album title I've ever seen. Maybe his next album can be called Sing Good.

You do understand that operas have villains?
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« Reply #2992 on: October 13, 2017, 03:18:01 PM »
You do understand that operas have villains?

Yes, but aren't the villains in opera supposed to be much more than "bad guys", where they're called much more descriptive names like brutes, cads, ne'er-do-wells, nefarious individuals, evil personified etc.?

It's the first time I've seen them called bad guys on an album cover. It took me by surprise. The album is called "Bad Guys". Why not call it "Baddies"? Then his next album could focus on operatic heroes and be called "Goodies".

For me, it's like calling a lieder album "Nice Songs". Or calling an album by a soprano "Loud Lady".

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Re: Worst looking CD/LP artwork
« Reply #2993 on: October 13, 2017, 03:54:31 PM »
Yes, but aren't the villains in opera supposed to be much more than "bad guys", where they're called much more descriptive names like brutes, cads, ne'er-do-wells, nefarious individuals, evil personified etc.?

It's the first time I've seen them called bad guys on an album cover. It took me by surprise. The album is called "Bad Guys". Why not call it "Baddies"? Then his next album could focus on operatic heroes and be called "Goodies".

For me, it's like calling a lieder album "Nice Songs". Or calling an album by a soprano "Loud Lady".
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Re: Worst looking CD/LP artwork
« Reply #2994 on: October 13, 2017, 04:05:43 PM »
Or


What is it with brooding dudes in black-and-white photos?

Here's another one (although he's a bit more "sensitive" than "brooding" here):



And another one:



Admittedly, that's the same chap from the Bad Guys album, but still... What is it with brooding dudes in black-and-white photos?
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Re: Worst looking CD/LP artwork
« Reply #2995 on: October 13, 2017, 04:50:43 PM »
Because black-and-white creates a moody atmosphere.
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Re: Worst looking CD/LP artwork
« Reply #2996 on: October 13, 2017, 05:23:58 PM »
Yes, but aren't the villains in opera supposed to be much more than "bad guys", where they're called much more descriptive names like brutes, cads, ne'er-do-wells, nefarious individuals, evil personified etc.?

It's the first time I've seen them called bad guys on an album cover. It took me by surprise. The album is called "Bad Guys". Why not call it "Baddies"? Then his next album could focus on operatic heroes and be called "Goodies".

For me, it's like calling a lieder album "Nice Songs". Or calling an album by a soprano "Loud Lady".

Lol ;D

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Re: Worst looking CD/LP artwork
« Reply #2997 on: October 13, 2017, 07:08:00 PM »
I don't know why they think this cover is one of the best. At first I thought it was part of the worst. What's a burning number have to do with the Eroica?



Same here (to the part in bold). :P
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« Reply #2998 on: October 13, 2017, 10:05:07 PM »
Same here (to the part in bold). :P

I had several of those recordings on LP and remember the covers fondly.









I generally like the use of the physical numbers, although it is not always clear to me what the individual embodiments of the numbers have to do with the character of the symphonies. Why is 6 plexiglass, and why is 7 in the water?

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Re: Worst looking CD/LP artwork
« Reply #2999 on: October 13, 2017, 10:40:17 PM »
The 6th is probably referring to water (the storm, and scene by the brook), so not meant to be very material otherwise, and visual  thinking being less developed at the time of the cover production, before digitalized options.

The 7th is indeed more enigmatic I think, maybe it´s meant to be just a symbolic rendering of forms/surfaces in movement ... there´s a swan-like effect too, however ...

Of course, the 5th on a pedestal is probably due to the symphony´s generally iconic status, and the 9th is 'heavenly' and transcendental etc.
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