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    Interesting article with one of the designers from Hipgnosis discussing covers from among others LZ, PF and BS, and of course DDDDC! https://www.rollings...
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    Didn't show my favorite:



    Appropriate music too:

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    Great article... the golden age of covers.

    Interesting how the one guys says the Young brothers and didn't get it, and went with another cover. He must mean the original cover but unless I'm missing something, it sounds like he's got the chronology wrong and thinks the Aussie cover followed it.

    I do think there's a good chance that Mal and Ang were not "high concept" guys with visuals.

    But you cannae fuckin' beat those 70s covers.
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    On a related note, god, how the covers went from classic to shitty in a hurry. I mean with AC/DC. Though the comment could apply to music in general. Nah, they went extra shit with our fave band...

    Compare Powerage to Razors Edge visually. It's a fucking dive off a cliff into an ocean of dollars and turd.
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    The DDDDC international cover is the weirdest AC/DC cover ever, totally out of sync with the band. Mal must have had absolutely no choice at all. Suck it up Mal or we don’t release it! I’d rather the insert pics of the Marquee were on the front cover than the sht it ended up.
    • AC/DC rock music: nimeta
    • Feb 9th 2019
     
    Can you imagine how much dope much have been smoked in the Hipgnosis offices during the 1970's ??? :)
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    My favorite cover by him is Black Sabbath's Technical Ecstasy. Robotic sex. There's technically porn (robotic) on the cover and it was allowed to be seen in record shops without censorship. Clever....very clever.
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      AC/DC rock music: bonlives
    • Feb 9th 2019 edited
     
    Posted By: Bedlam_in_TorontoCompare Powerage to Razors Edge visually. It's a fucking dive off a cliff into an ocean of dollars and turd.
    You really think so? I vividly recall as an 8 year old being fascinated by the almost menacing visual of Angus on WMW and later the destructive visual of the blown up TV on BUYV. Those covers hooked me. TRE I recall thinking was pretty clever.

    I’d say Ballbreaker was the first sign of a disconnect between the songs and the cover, the band becoming a bit of a parody of itself and a more “that’ll do” approach. Black Ice just looks awful, made worse by the insulting 4 colour approach which was a cynical ploy to target the most loyal of its fans, and ROB is just plain gimmicky - lenticular stuff was big 3 decades ago, and I’ve seen no evidence of it making a comeback.
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    Two worst DC covers are FOTW and SUL. The international dirty deeds cover is cool as fuck. I especially love the pink logo font.
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    A bit harsh on ROB no? It wasn’t lenticular for nothing - it was a play on the title of the album. More effort put into that than the lyrics of BI.

    Worst cover is definitely SUL though.
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    Posted By: WarMachine73The DDDDC international cover is the weirdest AC/DC cover ever, totally out of sync with the band. Mal must have had absolutely no choice at all. Suck it up Mal or we don’t release it! I’d rather the insert pics of the Marquee were on the front cover than the sht it ended up.


    I love it and did at a young teen when it was released. It has a sense of menace and a suggestion that everyone is potentially an enemy. Smart as fuck.

    It's unfortunate that some of the fanbase doesn't share that feeling. And I suspect Ang and Mal weren't big on it either. Fucking genius lads with sound, but — to me — not so much with the visuals. Or words, as time later confirmed.

    Those Zep and Floyd covers are way better than the literal and uninspired covers we got after a while. IMHO.
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    Great that you had that feeling of a link between cover and the music. Still get those suprising feelings now with AC/DC. First new AC/DC album that came out after I got into them was BUYV and I was pretty disappointed. Then last year I was flying to Dubai and they had an hour rock show on repeat loop and some sin for nuthin came on it. I’d never really liked the song and was surprised they played it but after 31 years and 30000 ft up, I connected with it. Menacing riff and love the solo. Lyrics are good as well. Its the first song I play on that album now and Heatseeker was always my 10/10 song on that album for me. That’s why everyone has their own AC/DC favourite - because of point in time life and emotional connections with their music. Re album covers, for me, it was Angus on back of international LTBR, IYWB and HTH where I used to listen to the music and look at those covers as a teen. I just didn’t get DDDDC cover.
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      AC/DC rock music: drillbag
    • Feb 12th 2019
     
    Posted By: SpellboundA bit harsh on ROB no? It wasn’t lenticular for nothing - it was a play on the title of the album. More effort put into that than the lyrics of BI.

    Worst cover is definitely SUL though.


    awww, don't put shit on junior!!!
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    Posted By: Bedlam_in_Toronto
    Posted By: WarMachine73The DDDDC international cover is the weirdest AC/DC cover ever, totally out of sync with the band. Mal must have had absolutely no choice at all. Suck it up Mal or we don’t release it! I’d rather the insert pics of the Marquee were on the front cover than the sht it ended up.


    I love it and did at a young teen when it was released. It has a sense of menace and a suggestion that everyone is potentially an enemy. Smart as fuck.

    It's unfortunate that some of the fanbase doesn't share that feeling. And I suspect Ang and Mal weren't big on it either. Fucking genius lads with sound, but — to me — not so much with the visuals. Or words, as time later confirmed.

    Those Zep and Floyd covers are way better than the literal and uninspired covers we got after a while. IMHO.


    Totally agree - its sense of menace is sordid and real (and particularly fits the anything-for-a-price lyrics of the title track) whereas Angus with horns or wires coming out of his arms is only really menacing if you're five.
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      AC/DC rock music: Briany
    • Feb 13th 2019
     
    Posted By: Bedlam_in_Toronto

    Compare Powerage to Razors Edge visually. It's a fucking dive off a cliff into an ocean of dollars and turd.


    I think the music on the album really makes the cover. By that I mean that the substance of a thing gives weight to the presentation. It's why The Beatles are never really regarded as that band with the daft pun name.

    By itself, the cover of Powerage is OTT and kind of hammy, but the music on it represents the band's peak for some, so the cover morphs into iconography that represents that.
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    Posted By: Briany
    I think the music on the album really makes the cover. By that I mean that the substance of a thing gives weight to the presentation. It's why The Beatles are never really regarded as that band with the daft pun name.

    By itself, the cover of Powerage is OTT and kind of hammy, but the music on it represents the band's peak for some, so the cover morphs into iconography that represents that.


    i agree to some extent, although your theory doesn't always apply: "March Or Die" is one of Motörhead's finest albums and a worthy follow up to "1916". MOD has a really ugly cover and 1916 a classy one. Therefore everyone regards 1916 as a latter day classic and MOD as not exactly a turd, but close to it. Whereas in reality both albums are about equally great.
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    Posted By: Briany
    Posted By: Bedlam_in_Toronto

    Compare Powerage to Razors Edge visually. It's a fucking dive off a cliff into an ocean of dollars and turd.


    I think the music on the album really makes the cover. By that I mean that the substance of a thing gives weight to the presentation. It's why The Beatles are never really regarded as that band with the daft pun name.

    By itself, the cover of Powerage is OTT and kind of hammy, but the music on it represents the band's peak for some, so the cover morphs into iconography that represents that.


    Agree that "The Beatles" is a stupid name but the music behind it makes people forget that.

    Disagree that Powerage is a "hammy cover" — while not being subtle and yes, perhaps "OTT," I think it's pretty clever and totally encapsulates the bands manic and youthful energy. And it's not a cliche. I've never seen an image like it before, or after, I think.
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      AC/DC rock music: azel
    • Feb 14th 2019
     
    Posted By: Bedlam_in_Toronto
    Posted By: Briany
    Posted By: Bedlam_in_Toronto

    Compare Powerage to Razors Edge visually. It's a fucking dive off a cliff into an ocean of dollars and turd.


    I think the music on the album really makes the cover. By that I mean that the substance of a thing gives weight to the presentation. It's why The Beatles are never really regarded as that band with the daft pun name.

    By itself, the cover of Powerage is OTT and kind of hammy, but the music on it represents the band's peak for some, so the cover morphs into iconography that represents that.


    Agree that "The Beatles" is a stupid name but the music behind it makes people forget that.

    Disagree that Powerage is a "hammy cover" — while not being subtle and yes, perhaps "OTT," I think it's pretty clever and totally encapsulates the bands manic and youthful energy. And it's not a cliche. I've never seen an image like it before, or after, I think.


    I bang on too much about the golden era and all that, but the Powerage cover was perfect for the time. Angus was a massive enigma at the time. The manic schoolboy guitar player that never stood still and the band were really starting to grab people by the nuts on the live circuit. That cover just added fuel to the flames of it all, and then the IYWB cover properly sealed the deal!
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    BIB, FTATR & FOTS - definitely less is more in the album cover stakes.
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    I quite like March or Die’s cover.

    Album sucks though imo.
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    Posted By: beanofireBIB, FTATR & FOTS - definitely less is more in the album cover stakes.


    I like the understatement of those covers (especially the first two) but the early AC/DC covers are iconic for me. Even IYWB — while I can see critics bashing it, it just oozes energy — along with the blood — and the focus being off is just brilliant.

    For me, the covers got shit with BUYV: no over-the-top manic energy, no interesting visuals we've never seen before, no understated class... just cliches and third rate PhotoShop design.
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    I would say the last 2 we're the worst of the worst, in terms of design. Black Ice looks too modern and clean. Very photo shopped and sterile...

    Rock Or Bust was just a bit lame with the way the logo appeared to be a chewed up piece of cardboard. The pics of Ang's SG and Mal's Gretsch were fantastic, just never loved the front art work.
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    Posted By: nitroangus23For me, the covers got shit with BUYV


    Sorry mate, but the covers got shit starting with your avatar. ;)