Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Geniuses of Album Cover Art I: Storm Thorgerson

This is the first in a series of posts on great album artists on Rock Revival.

Let's start with Storm Thorgerson, the man who designed one of the most recognisable album covers of all time, Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon.

Storm was a key member of the graphic art group, Hipgnosis, consisting of Storm Thorgerson, Aubrey Powell, and later, Peter Christopherson. Flick through your record collection and you will see heaps of their work; 10cc, Alan Parsons, Bad Company, Black Sabbath, Wings, ELO, all were clients of Hipgnosis.

Many of Storm's solo designs rely on surrealistic photography, with objects placed in vast spaces, out of context, providing a bizarre and beautiful effect.

"I like photography because it is a reality medium, unlike drawing which is unreal. I like to mess with bend reality. Some of my works beg the question of is it real or not?

Here are some of my favourites

Biffy Clyro: Saturday Superhouse (Single)

The Cranberries: Bury the Hatchett

Muse: Buterflies and Hurricanes (Single)

Phish: Slip, Stitch and Pass

Alan Parsons: On Air

The Mars Volta: The Widow (Single)

Umphries McGhee: The Bottom Half

Biffy Clyro: Folding Stars (Single)

Images: Courtesy 14th Floor/Capitol/Mushroom/Elektra/Digital/MCA/SCI Fidelity

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