Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon has been voted greatest album cover in a poll by Future Publishing’s musicians’ website, MusicRadar – with both the Floyd and the Beatles having two covers in the top 10:
- Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon (see Pink Floyd’s 1974 tour comic)
- Nirvana – Nevermind
- The Beatles – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
- The Clash – London Calling
- Rage Against The Machine – Rage Against the Machine
- Iron Maiden – The Number of the Beast
- The Beatles – The White Album
- Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures
- King Crimson – In the Court of the Crimson King
- Pink Floyd – Animals
There’s neat link here with London Callingbeing the title of Barry Miles’s book on London underground movements, which has some great stuff on the early Floyd concerts. Also, Peter Blake, Sgt Pepper‘s cover artist with Jann Haworth, was inspired to use military uniforms by the shop I Was Lord Kitchener’s Valet, which in turn was inspired by Alfred Leete’s Kitchener cover from London Opinion magazine in 1914.
Strange, though, that the list gives no credit to the artists who did the covers – and where’s Led Zep’s Houses of the Holy???!!!