16 Sweet 1970s Album Covers

In case you missed it, you’ve got to check out Jennifer Moline’s post about 1970s graphic design on Inspiredology.com. She shares cool ads, logos and posters all with that funky ’70s je-ne-sais qua.

For more ’70s design inspiration, I turned to the world of music. Back in the ’70s, bands still released records and those huge album covers were like blank canvasses waiting for masterpieces of illustration, photography, typography and design.

There’s just something about old album art to keep you inspired. Some of the covers resemble surrealist paintings, while some use photography and type in punky new ways. Many of the covers are making a political statement as well. Check out this selection of  16 sweet album covers from the ’70s:

Miles Davis, “Bitches Brew.”[Image source]

The Rolling Stones, “Exile on Main Street.” [Image source]

The Velvet Underground, “Loaded.” [Image Source]

The Tramps, “Disco Inferno.” [Image Source]

Marvin Gaye, “I Want You.” [Image Source]

Devo, “Are We Not Men?” [Image Source]

London Symphony Orchestra/Chamber Choir, “Tommy.” [Image Source]


T. Rex, “Electric Warrior.” [Image Source]

Led Zeppelin, “Physical Graffiti.” [Image Source]

Rush, “Hemispheres.” [Image Source]

Sex Pistols, “Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex Pistols.” [Image Source]

Stevie Wonder, “Innervisions.” [Image Source]

The Talking Heads, “More Songs About Buildings and Food.” [Image Source]

The Doors, “L.A. Woman.” [Image Source]

Pink Floyd, “Wish You Were Here.” [Image Source]

The Ohio Players, “Honey.” [Image Source]

If this post whet your appetite for more 1970s album goodness, check out Pitchfork.com’s Staff List of the Top 100 albums from the 1970s. Do you think I missed any awesome covers? Leave your favorites in the comments.

3 Responses to 16 Sweet 1970s Album Covers

  1. Andy November 23, 2010 at 8:21 am #

    Bitches brew by far

  2. Britt November 23, 2010 at 8:30 am #

    I already got some additional suggestions via Facebook of strange 70s album covers. (Thanks Andy!)-

    1- http://img1.nnm.ru/5/8/b/1/7/58b17f6695107c9bf27f97e10a3d651a_full.jpg

    2- http://www.recordsale.org/cdpix/h/herbie_hancock-thrust(1).jpg

    3- http://w…ww.jazz.com/assets/2008/1/4/albumcoverMilesDavis-Live-Evil.jpg?1199435159

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