Album art is incredibly important to both the artist and their fans for a variety of reasons. The art that is used is often evocative of the direction the artist is taking with a particular album, as well as an indicator of the concept and theme that lie at the core of the music. The cover art, whether simple or complex, is often what is most remembered about the album of itself, which is why certain covers, such as Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon or The Beatles’ Abbey Road, are iconic and timeless.
Implications - The significance of album art has inspired a series of innovations and subsequent works of art from other artists and inventors. From skateboard decks to purses, sneakers and album art makeovers, the cultural impact of these artworks is a signifier for the strength of the marriage between music and art.
40 Amazing Album Art Innovations
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Gothic Album Artwork
Quirky Musician Portraits
8-Bit Album Makeovers
Cassette Tape Artwork
Mix 'n' Match Album Covers