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PostPosted: Thu August 2nd, 2018, 10:33 GMT 
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I was prompted to start this after replying to the topics 'Your Favourite Five Album Covers' and 'Five album covers that you don't like'. In general it appears that if I like the artwork then I like the product enclosed and if I don't like the artwork then I'm a bit indifferent about the music. Of course there are exceptions and here's a couple of mine.

I like the Tempest album very much but don't go a bundle on the artwork. Same could be said for Oh Mercy, I really like the record but I'm not that keen on the artwork. Same with The Times They Are A-Changin'

Modern Times - I like the artwork but it's not a favourite album of mine.


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PostPosted: Thu August 2nd, 2018, 13:04 GMT 
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I have all his albums but have no idea what half the album covers look like anymore. With the "cloud" and putting CDs in cover sleeves, I totally blanked on the Desire album artwork for example when it was discussed. Had to go look it up.


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PostPosted: Thu August 2nd, 2018, 13:24 GMT 
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Street Legal is a great front cover with a dreadful back cover. The album itself strikes me as one of the few albums where Bob was trying to make a "Bob Dylan" album. Not a favourite.


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PostPosted: Thu August 2nd, 2018, 13:34 GMT 
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Street Legal is a front cover I know well. One of my favorite albums. I was in high school, what can I say? I have no idea what the back cover looks like though. I think I first bought it as an 8 track.


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PostPosted: Thu August 2nd, 2018, 13:41 GMT 
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The biggest discrepancy for me has to be Blood on the Tracks. It's my favorite album of all time, and the cover is - blah. Not his worst certainly (the bar is SO low), but pretty lame.

Modern Times is up there too. And Oh Mercy. And New Morning.

The opposite is harder, because he has few great album covers and few terrible albums. The Down in the Groove cover is simple and classy, I suppose. While the music…


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PostPosted: Thu August 2nd, 2018, 13:45 GMT 
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"Dylan" which I think came out in 1973 is kind of a cool cover if my memory serves me well. Not such a great album but I confess to liking Mr. Bojangles quite a bit.

I agree, Down in the Groove has a classy cover but isn't a very good album. Notwithstanding the great Silvio. :roll:


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PostPosted: Thu August 2nd, 2018, 13:47 GMT 
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Street Legal back cover


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PostPosted: Thu August 2nd, 2018, 13:51 GMT 
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Street Legal back cover



I see why I remembered to forget. Dreadful back, but at least 3-4 great songs on there.


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PostPosted: Thu August 2nd, 2018, 14:48 GMT 
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For me Street Legal is an average sort of album marketed in a sleeve that doesn't set the world alight. Therefore, I think the music and the artwork complement each other quite well! I also agree with the previous comment about Down In The Groove - quite a good cover that papers over a pretty poor album.


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PostPosted: Thu August 2nd, 2018, 15:05 GMT 
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The Street Legal cover does seem to be saying, "My partners in crime hit me up for nickels and dimes...."

So yes, the cover fits the album. I may see it in a more positive light.


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PostPosted: Thu August 2nd, 2018, 15:10 GMT 

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With BotT, I like the front, but not the back.


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PostPosted: Thu August 2nd, 2018, 15:37 GMT 

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My favourite cover is for The Essential Bob Dylan — a compilation. Don’t know why, but it for me it really works!


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PostPosted: Thu August 2nd, 2018, 15:39 GMT 
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The cover of the Essential Bob Dylan works for me, the problem is many of the tracks are nonessential. Too much great stuff isn't on the album.


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PostPosted: Thu August 2nd, 2018, 17:49 GMT 
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The first album. I like the album. The bland cover with the baby-ish looking Bob in close up in his goofy Huck Finn cap is a turn off.


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PostPosted: Thu August 2nd, 2018, 18:03 GMT 
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I'd have to go with BOTT also. Stone cold CLASSIC music but the cover sucks!!

Bob looks like a bloated smurf! :shock:


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PostPosted: Thu August 2nd, 2018, 18:10 GMT 
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Look at the cover of BOTT as being more of a psychic than a literal rendering. I think it's an excellent cover, the color scheme , everything, for the music on the record.


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PostPosted: Thu August 2nd, 2018, 18:41 GMT 
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Ain't Talkin' wrote:
Look at the cover of BOTT as being more of a psychic than a literal rendering. I think it's an excellent cover, the color scheme , everything, for the music on the record.

Agreed, I don't understand all the people saying it's a horrible cover. Perfect album, perfect cover for it.


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PostPosted: Thu August 2nd, 2018, 20:02 GMT 
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I love "Dylan", but the cover isn't as good as the music. The album is, in my opinion, even better than New Morning or Planet Waves, but Columbia could have designed a better cover. They put the colors of the flag of the Second Spanish Republic in Bob (plus one color)! Just compare:

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And the same thing happens to me with Shot of Love, Bootleg Series 5, Knocked Out Loaded, Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid, all the 50th Anniversary Collections and Another Side Of Bob Dylan : I consider them great albums with bad covers or with covers not as good as the music inside.

And in the opposite: I don't like Saved, but the covers of that album (both versions) are very good...so inspiring!


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PostPosted: Thu August 2nd, 2018, 22:26 GMT 
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Can I find one person here who likes the Shot of Love cover? :)

It's so bad that's it's great.


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PostPosted: Fri August 3rd, 2018, 06:26 GMT 
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Narrow Way wrote:
Can I find one person here who likes the Shot of Love cover? :)

It's so bad that's it's great.


I like it! It reminds me of some old comic book.


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PostPosted: Fri August 3rd, 2018, 18:57 GMT 
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SirDogg wrote:
Narrow Way wrote:
Can I find one person here who likes the Shot of Love cover? :)

It's so bad that's it's great.


I like it! It reminds me of some old comic book.

I like it very much! Seems to me like a Lichtenstein painting.

And to answer the initial topic question:
- I do like Budokan but Dylan looks fat on the cover picture,
- the World Gone Wrong cover is fantastic but I'm not that fan of the contents.


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PostPosted: Fri August 3rd, 2018, 20:19 GMT 
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Narrow Way wrote:
The cover of the Essential Bob Dylan works for me, the problem is many of the tracks are nonessential. Too much great stuff isn't on the album.

If we are bringing in compilations, live albums and The Bootleg Series then I've got a few more thoughts.
My favourite cover for a compilation album has to be the original cover for the UK release of Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits. Furthermore, I think the content is possibly the best of any of Dylan's compilation albums. Too many 'career spanning' compilation albums include a load of the forgetable stuff from the 1980's.
From the Bootleg Series I think the worst of all the covers is the last one - for Trouble No More (Vol 13) - Everything about it is pretty awful but I have to say that the content defies the packaging. I only bought the 2 disc version as I'm not a great fan of Dylan's Gospel period - but I have to admit that I've played the album as much as any of the Bootleg Series. A real shame about the cover though. BS Vols 1-3 has great artwork and the content is brilliant. Full marks for both!


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PostPosted: Fri August 3rd, 2018, 20:28 GMT 
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Never did like the cover of Bootleg Series Volume 1-3. Not from the first day I saw it. It's too cramped. Doesn't show much of his face except his nostril. Maybe that was the point, I dunno...

But there are lots of better pics of him in the studio.


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PostPosted: Fri August 3rd, 2018, 23:14 GMT 
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It's so bad that's it's great.[/quote]

I like it! It reminds me of some old comic book.[/quote]
I like it very much! Seems to me like a Lichtenstein painting.




Our love of the Shot Of Love cover ranges from a 1970s cereal box (mine), to a comic book of yesteryear, to a Lichenstein painting. :P


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PostPosted: Sun September 9th, 2018, 07:47 GMT 
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...and if the artwork that has been loaded on ER for More Blood, More Tracks is correct, then I'm afraid I'm not a fan but hopefully the content will be so good that it doesn't matter!


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