Worst looking CD/LP artwork

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Pohjolas Daughter

Quote from: Todd on August 18, 2022, 05:20:24 AM
One of the least bad from the series, at least that I have seen, is a nice Czech chamber music disc:



Discogs cites 53 titles, with images for 43 of them: https://www.discogs.com/label/499373-Artistes-R%C3%A9pertoires
That one is o.k.

I had to look up Laurent Korcia as I had not heard of him before now.  The other two are favorites of mine.

Interesting that they used LK for the cover--particularly as his recordings make up the least of the 2-CD set.  I suspect that this was due to him being a French artist (and then currently the only living one of the three) and that it was put out by BMG France has something to do with it.  :)

PD

Todd

Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on August 18, 2022, 05:58:42 AMInteresting that they used LK for the cover--particularly as his recordings make up the least of the 2-CD set.  I suspect that this was due to him being a French artist (and then currently the only living one of the three) and that it was put out by BMG France has something to do with it.

He was a hot property at the time and got the almost instant reissue to sell a few more copies. 
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Peter Power Pop

Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on August 18, 2022, 05:10:09 AM
I recognized the style right away and thought of a Rudolf Firkusny cover that I had seen before online.  Didn't find that one right away, but I did run across this equally odd one:



PD

Ye gods, that's hideous.

Peter Power Pop


Pohjolas Daughter

Quote from: Todd on August 18, 2022, 06:06:04 AM
He was a hot property at the time and got the almost instant reissue to sell a few more copies.
Ah, that further helps to explain things.  :)

PD

Irons

Quote from: Todd on August 18, 2022, 05:20:24 AM
One of the least bad from the series, at least that I have seen, is a nice Czech chamber music disc:



Discogs cites 53 titles, with images for 43 of them: https://www.discogs.com/label/499373-Artistes-R%C3%A9pertoires

He looks like Renaldo.
You must have a very good opinion of yourself to write a symphony - John Ireland.

Pohjolas Daughter

Quote from: Irons on August 19, 2022, 07:48:10 AM
He looks like Renaldo.
He does bear a striking resemblance to him, doesn't he?  ;D

PD


SimonNZ

Reminds me of that portrait of Churchill that Lady Churchill destroyed.

geralmar

An asteroid about to destroy the earth?



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Jo498

It's certainly funny. Not sure about the connection. Maybe the artist remembered the symphony still as the fifth, therefore Dvorak in a pentagon and the dodecahedron...
As has been stated before, both the "flower power design" in the late 60s and 70s and the new technology and computer graphics? of the 1980s generated some odd covers a and the step from genius to madness seemed small.
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- Blaise Pascal

Pohjolas Daughter

Quote from: Jo498 on September 17, 2022, 11:10:43 PM
It's certainly funny. Not sure about the connection. Maybe the artist remembered the symphony still as the fifth, therefore Dvorak in a pentagon and the dodecahedron...
As has been stated before, both the "flower power design" in the late 60s and 70s and the new technology and computer graphics? of the 1980s generated some odd covers a and the step from genius to madness seemed small.
:laugh:  :D

It looks to me like it's supposed to be a futuristic-looking cover.  Makes me think of spaceships and unknown vehicles/things (vs. a meteorite) myself.

PD

MusicTurner

#4173
Maybe-maybe visually inspired by say the 'Tron' movie (1982) ... at least it's in a popular style of that time. The LP is from 1983.

Cf also the Karajan DG DDD LP series (1985) ...

geralmar

#4174
Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on September 18, 2022, 04:54:08 AM
:laugh:  :D

It looks to me like it's supposed to be a futuristic-looking cover.  Makes me think of spaceships and unknown vehicles/things (vs. a meteorite) myself.

PD

Also, to me a bit unsettling.  The two red columns on the right make me think of the World Trade Center towers.  On the left their destruction.  The record jacket is from 1982.






Symphonic Addict

Fortunately the awful cover art wasn't an impediment to hear an interesting early String Quartet in B minor:

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Madiel

Quote from: Symphonic Addict on September 29, 2022, 09:21:41 PM
Fortunately the awful cover art wasn't an impediment to hear an interesting early String Quartet in B minor:



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Pohjolas Daughter

Quote from: Madiel on September 29, 2022, 09:49:17 PM
Who knew that all those blurry photographs I took could have been the basis for art.
:laugh:  :)  Reminds me, I have a *bunch that I need to delete off of my phone and computer.  ::)

*And a number of various red-tailed hawks....very distant ones which I took in my early enthusiasm of them (including some with finger/thumb blocking part of the image).  :-[

PD

Peter Power Pop

#4178
Seeing double:




JBS

Quadruple actually



Okay, 3.5 times since his hand is positioned differently in Los Angeles. Maybe it cramped up from being in a traffic jam on the freeway.

I'd presume they meant it as a visual unifier for the series. But using the same photo or. series of photos from the same shoot seems rather common.

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