Worst looking CD/LP artwork

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Peter Power Pop

Quote from: KevinP on January 23, 2024, 06:50:04 PMTrying to find something good in that cover is quite the challenge.

At least it has the word "beautiful" in the title, no matter how weird it is being there.

AnotherSpin


KevinP



My only issue is the cropping.

(And slightly annoyed by the man's short pants for no clear reason.)

JBS

Image courtesy of @Que and @Florestan



The problem with this cover afflicts a number of CDs devoted to Bach and other 18th century composers.

Can't they find an image showing people from the 18th century? They could only find images of 17th century people?

Curiously it never seems to occur in the reverse direction: 17th century music with an 18th century image. Nor do I ever remember the 18th and 19th century being mixed up.

It's just composers of c 1750 who get cover art of c 1650.

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Peter Power Pop


Peter Power Pop

#4806
Seen over at the "What are you listening 2 now?" thread:



I initially thought it wasn't a real cover. But it is.

DavidW


JBS

TBH this cover is worse. That man clearly doesn't like what he's hearing.R-16684788-1609250713-2142.jpg

Hollywood Beach Broadwalk

T. D.

Chick Corea had some fugly album covers. IIRC I posted his Friends (with mini-Smurf figures) far upthread.


T. D.

Quote from: Peter Power Pop on February 11, 2024, 05:27:37 PMSeen over at the "What are you listening 2 now?" thread:



Ugly indeed.
Funny, isn't Urania a cheapo PD label? Odd that they'd spend money on a cover photo but given that they did, not surprising that it's crap.

JBS

Quote from: T. D. on February 19, 2024, 04:04:18 PMChick Corea had some fugly album covers. IIRC I posted his Friends (with mini-Smurf figures) far upthread.



Faux Art Nouveau was in vogue in the 70s/80s. So this (unlike the Smurfs cover) was just being trendy.

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Madiel

Quote from: Peter Power Pop on February 19, 2024, 12:48:54 PMSeen over at the "What you listening 2 now?" thread:



I initially thought it wasn't a real cover. But it is.

Meh. I don't LOVE it but it doesn't offend my eyes like some of the others on the same page.
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Peter Power Pop

Apparently, that's Georg Solti:


pjme

#4814
Quote from: JBS on February 19, 2024, 03:55:00 PMTBH this cover is worse. That man clearly doesn't like what he's hearing.R-16684788-1609250713-2142.jpg
It is a fragment from a painting by Hieronymus Bosch, Christ mocked. I've no idea why this was chosen. quick and cheap design... :o ??


Pohjolas Daughter

Quote from: T. D. on February 19, 2024, 04:13:57 PMUgly indeed.
Funny, isn't Urania a cheapo PD label? Odd that they'd spend money on a cover photo but given that they did, not surprising that it's crap.
I beg your pardon!

 ;)

PD

pjme

#4816
Quote from: Peter Power Pop on February 19, 2024, 12:48:54 PMI initially thought it wasn't a real cover. But it is.
Discogs tells us clearly that the photograph is by Ilvio Gallo

http://www.ilviogallo.it/

"The photographer Ilvio Gallo, with his peculiar way of investigating reality by distorting the images....."  ;)


Jo498

Quote from: JBS on February 09, 2024, 04:58:17 PMImage courtesy of @Que and @Florestan



The problem with this cover afflicts a number of CDs devoted to Bach and other 18th century composers.

Can't they find an image showing people from the 18th century? They could only find images of 17th century people?

Curiously it never seems to occur in the reverse direction: 17th century music with an 18th century image. Nor do I ever remember the 18th and 19th century being mixed up.

It's just composers of c 1750 who get cover art of c 1650.

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Not with pictures of musicians but for Passions or other sacred music they will often use pictures from the 15th-17th century for Bach, Handel etc covers. However, I don't find the latter practice that offensive. The idea behind this is probably that late medieval/renaissance visual art is in a way "classical" for these particular subjects as high baroque sacred music is.
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- Blaise Pascal

T. D.

#4818
Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on February 20, 2024, 11:27:24 AMI beg your pardon!

 ;)

PD

No slight intended, of course.  ;D
You surely know, but to avoid any possible misunderstanding I meant "Public Domain" label, sometimes aka pirates. The people who specialize in royalty-free releases of air checks, digital rips or needle-drops of old LPs, etc.

Pohjolas Daughter

Quote from: T. D. on February 21, 2024, 05:56:31 AMNo slight intended, of course.  ;D
You surely know, but to avoid any possible misunderstanding I meant "Public Domain" label, sometimes aka pirates. The people who specialize in royalty-free releases of air checks, digital rips or needle-drops of old LPs, etc.
The PD didn't click yesterday [neurotransmitters misfired]; however, I did know that they have released older historical recordings (upon googling, apparently some new recordings too?).  And yes, those can require doing some research on the labels to try and find out which recordings sound decent (or which ones were over-processed, etc.) and try and get a sense whether or not someone swiped someone else's hard work, time and credit.

Pohjolas Daughter