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With the rise of the Internet and digital music came a generation that learned to pick and choose from a nearly endless supply of songs online, which is great, but something was lost in the transition. In the very old days, we'd buy LP albums and kick back and listen to them at home. The whole album. Over and over again, until we connected to the album as a body of work. There was a commitment to the music on the part of the listener, and we deeply identified with certain bands and become lifelong fans, whereas today, people just seem to sample music, without getting invested in it.

One big part of the experience was the album art and liner notes, which are still provided today with CDs, but it's not the same as viewing it while holding that huge album cover in your hands.

So, with the long winded intro out of the way, here are the rules of this thread; Provide a picture of a classic album cover, and perhaps include a sound clip of one song on the album. Please limit to one song though, no matter how great the whole album is. I'll start with.....

This one....
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And the cut from the album....


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My favorite artist of the vinyl era was and is Frank Frazetta. If you've never heard of him, google it. His art was very influential to me as an artist and I strove to do work as good as his. Alas, I'm no Frazetta.

Being a Frazetta fan, I was drawn to Molly Hatchet as they featured Frazetta's work exclusively in their early days.


Probably my favorite ever from them was the album Flirtin' with Disaster. As you rightly point out, back in those days, you paid dearly for an album. Then, when you put it on your turn table, you let it play until it was time to flip it over.

Then you listened to the 'B' side until it too played all the way through. They you did it all over again. As you rightly put it, we connected with the music or we didn't. Mostly, we did as I remember because it was not cheap to buy an album.

IIRC, it was something like $10-$15 for an LP back then. In the 80s I was only making something like $4 an hour which was actually above minimum wage. That made me "invested" as you put it. It was real bummer when you paid out the equivalent of 4 hours worth of work for an album and it sucked....or only had a single good song on it.

Word got around real quick too, if the album didn't live up to the expectation that there would be multiple good songs on it. Then sales would die down and the artist in question didn't achieve their desired record sales.

Here then, is the cover to Molly Hatchet's Flirtin' with Disaster album:


And the title song, "Flirtin' with Disaster"
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My second favorite artist of the time was a guy named Heinlein. He did album art for Scorpions on their 1982 album Blackout.



Not that Scorpions needed superb album art to get my interest up, it certainly was a bonus. I mean, typically if the album art was great, the album was too....though not always.

Anyway, the songs on the Blackout album have been played on radio stations around the world for the last 3 decades. My favorite song was actually on the 'B' side of this album and is called "China White". As that song was co-opted by some wrestler in the WWF or WWE or whatever it is called today, my second favorite song on that album is "No one like You" so here's a youtube of that:
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I'm having a hard time picking one.




But I'm getting it narrowed down.

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The legendary Janis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company
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The cut...

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I guess I'll just do the obvious and go in chronological order. I like the deep cuts, the ones the radio stations are scared to play. For those who are not dedicated LED HEADS, my goal here is to show a side of Zeppelin you didn't know existed.

From their debut album, shortly after changing their name from The New Yardbirds to Led Zeppelin.
Side 2 track 5:


On a side note. I'm having problems getting the proper video to go with their live album ( The Sound track to the movie "The Song Remains The Same"). When that becomes available, I will have to jump it in out of order. To get it while the getting is good, if only for a temporary basis.
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I'll see your dead and raise you another......no need for a cut; everyone memorized them all years ago anyway.


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Led Zeppelin II

On Zeppelin II, although it is a single album, the cover opens like a double album.
And the art work carries on.

Side 2, track5:

Edit: That is the cover in the video, but the colors are wrong. Refer to picture in post #5 for correct colors.
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I'll see your dead and raise you another......no need for a cut; everyone memorized them all years ago anyway.



I have a feeling we'll end up posting the whole catalog of Grateful Dead album covers because every one was really good. And there's a lot of them.

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Led Zeppelin II

On Zeppelin II, although it is a single album, the cover opens like a double album.
And the art work carries on.

Side 2, track5:
https://youtu.be/pAib8a0dU

Edit: That is the cover in the video, but the colors are wrong. Refer to picture in post #5 for correct colors.
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My favorite artist of the vinyl era was and is Frank Frazetta. If you've never heard of him, google it. His art was very influential to me as an artist and I strove to do work as good as his. Alas, I'm no Frazetta.

Being a Frazetta fan, I was drawn to Molly Hatchet as they featured Frazetta's work exclusively in their early days.


Probably my favorite ever from them was the album Flirtin' with Disaster. As you rightly point out, back in those days, you paid dearly for an album. Then, when you put it on your turn table, you let it play until it was time to flip it over.

Then you listened to the 'B' side until it too played all the way through. They you did it all over again. As you rightly put it, we connected with the music or we didn't. Mostly, we did as I remember because it was not cheap to buy an album.

IIRC, it was something like $10-$15 for an LP back then. In the 80s I was only making something like $4 an hour which was actually above minimum wage. That made me "invested" as you put it. It was real bummer when you paid out the equivalent of 4 hours worth of work for an album and it sucked....or only had a single good song on it.

Word got around real quick too, if the album didn't live up to the expectation that there would be multiple good songs on it. Then sales would die down and the artist in question didn't achieve their desired record sales.

Here then, is the cover to Molly Hatchet's Flirtin' with Disaster album:


And the title song, "Flirtin' with Disaster"
https://youtu.be/MOhGgRgRsmo
I had a buddy who was seriously into Frank Frazetta and tried to emulate his style. That guy was and is a huge artistic influence.
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Another one of many Dead covers to come LOL!
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..and the cut (talk about a deep cut), with the fabulous "Pigpen", Ron McKernan, on vocal and harmonica. Another member of the "27 club", gone far too soon.

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An interesting little aside here...
About two years ago I was doing some work in some older guy's house, can't even remember his name. Well, I noticed he spent a decent amount of time photographing some kind of art work in his back yard. When I checked it out I saw that the art work was vintage concert posters from the 1960s, dozens and dozens of them. He had collected them back in his youth and told me he was photographing them because was about to put them up for auction. I got to chatting with him and he told me he had lived in the Haight in the mid '60s. For those who don't know, this refers to a section of San Francisco which was the epicenter of the hippie culture. It was also where the Grateful Dead lived at the time. I asked him if he had met them, and he told me he was friends with Pigpen! He told me that Pigpen drove a bakery truck part time, and added "We all knew that Pigpen always had donuts".
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Anyone better include the Beatles “Yesterday and Today”.
Screw the album, the cover...the horror, oh no.... O_o
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Led Zeppelin III

Zeppelin's third album art involves action. We'll have to go to video.


Side 1 track 5

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Led Zeppelin III

Zeppelin's third album art involves action. We'll have to go to video.
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Big thumbs up on that.
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Led Zeppelin IV

Led Zeppelin IV
AKA The Unknown Album
The Symbols Album
And probably other names I'm not mentioning. It is an untitled album. With no mention of the band or members any where on the cover. Nor on the inside sleeve, except for Jimmy Page being credited as a producer.

With Zeppelin IV came the first appearance of "the hermit"
https://www.bing.com/images/search?v...ectedIndex=104



Side 1 Track3
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One seriously talented guy here (with one of the best senses of humor in rock and roll)




\/ One of his best known songs \/



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One seriously talented guy here with one of the best senses of humor in rock and roll.

Agreed.
But.... https://youtu.be/_CRWKTguxNQ
Have to give credit for the cover
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\/ One of his best known songs \/



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Agreed.
But.... https://youtu.be/_CRWKTguxNQ
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Houses of the holy

Led Zeppelin's first titled album.
No title on the cover, or any words. Only on the inside sleeve.

Side 2 track 3
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The legendary Janis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company

R Crumb art work is instantly recognizable (to an older generation, at least)
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