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Best Album Art of All Time - Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Album cover art is often considered to be one of the “extincted” fields in modern graphics design. In times when digital copies are cheaper and quicker to get, album covers have somehow lost their importance as less and less customers actually buy CDs and LPs in the stores. That’s a pity because album covers can be extremely expressive and convey the message of the album in a number of creative ways. This post attempts to prove exactly that.

 

In this world of digital music, album art is in danger of becoming extinct.

 

It wasn't that long ago that buying a record was about buying the whole package - from the disc itself to the meticulously created artwork. It all added up to a complete work of art that made the music almost tactile, and it's something that is gradually and tragically disappearing from the world.

 

Album cover art is often considered to be one of the “extincted” fields in modern graphics design. In times when digital copies are cheaper and quicker to get, album covers have somehow lost their importance as less and less customers actually buy CDs and LPs in the stores. That’s a pity because album covers can be extremely expressive and convey the message of the album in a number of creative ways. This post attempts to prove exactly that.

 

We celebrate the greatest of album art - from the ridiculous to the sublime - and pay tribute to the albums that are as visually iconic as they are musically.

 

Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was The Beatles' eighth studio album and was released in 1967.

 

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Sir Peter Blake and Jann Haworth designed all the original artwork for the album, including its cover featuring a collage of famous figures including Marilyn Monroe, Lenny Bruce and WC Fields.

 

Peter Blake Born in Dartford, Kent, he was educated at the Gravesend Technical College school of Art, and the Royal College of Art.

 

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Perhaps the best known album cover of all time, The Beatles, standing in front of a floral garden and donned in day-glo colored suits, are surrounded by wax statues of themselves, cardboard cutouts of over seventy celebrities, and a Shirley Temple doll in the right edge of the shot, wearing a Rolling Stones sweater. The famous shot is about as eye catching and detail rich as album art gets.

 

"Sergeant Pepper['s Lonely Hearts Club Band had a huge impact on the cultural landscape - it was the first concept album, when music, story, image and studio expertise all came together,"

 

According to Blake, the original concept was to create a scene that showed the Sgt. Pepper band performing in a park. This gradually evolved into its final form, which as seen, shows the Beatles as the Sgt. Pepper band surrounded by a large group of their heroes rendered as lifesized cut-out figures.

 

Also included were wax-work figures of the Beatles as they appeared in the early '60s, borrowed from Madame Tussauds. In keeping with the park concept, the foreground of the scene is a floral display displaying the word "Beatles" spelt out in flowers. There are also several affectations from the Beatles' homes including small statues belonging to Lennon and Harrison, a small portable TV set and a trophy. A young delivery boy who provided the flowers for the photo session was allowed to contribute a guitar made of yellow hyacinths.

 

It has long been rumoured that some of the plants in the arrangement were cannabis plants. At the edge of the scene is a Shirley Temple doll wearing a sweater in homage to the Rolling Stones (who would return the tribute by having the Beatles hidden in the cover of their own Their Satanic Majesties Request LP later that year).

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Uploaded on February 21, 2015