Some of our friends are telling us how the iTunes Cover Flow feature has reignited their interest in album art (and been the root of countless hours spent in pursuit of obscure album images). And we still still love looking at ‘em, even if frameworthy works-of-art are ultimately rendered as a quarter-inch icon on our Nanos.
As y’all know, with The Information, Beck shifted the onus of cover creation to the fans because, as he tells MTV, he wanted to “turn the controls over to the people who buy the music” (and also because it was a “relief” not to “slave over cover choices” as in the past). What a slacker! Anyway, we pulled together some of the covers he told MTV were his all-time faves.
Rubber Soul (1965) and Revolver (1966)
France Gall’s Baby Pop (1966)
Os Mutantes’ Os Mutantes (1968) and Mutantes
Captain Beefheart’s Trout Mask Replica (1969)
The Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers (1971)
Toncho Pilatos’ Toncho Pilatos (1971)
Pool-Pah’s The Flasher Soundtrack (1973)
David Bowie’s Low (1977)
It’s a great list, but after finding out that Sticky Fingers is padding with VU’s banana, we’ll never be able to look at it without a chortle. Any album covers from ’06 making your all-time list? If you have a link to a jpeg, paste it in the comments so all of us can sit in judgment of your taste.