Even with vinyl making a comeback, we'll likely never see the creativity that came to define classic album covers of the 1960s, 70s and early 80s. Here are seven of our favourites - and the stories behind their creation.
Whether it was the innovation of Andy Warhol on The Rolling Stone's Sticky Fingers or the simple cut and paste method used for a pair of Beatles albums, there was always something new that made that first listen that much sweeter.
Here, seven of the most incredible album covers and the stories behind their creation.
Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here (1975)
The idea for Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here album cover came from designer team Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey Powell.
After a discussion with the band about the insincerity of the music business—a central theme in the album—Storm came up with what Powell called a "mad" idea.
"There was a great expression at that time, 'Man, I've been burnt,' like ripped off," Powell recalled in a piece he wrote for The Rolling Stone. "Storm said to me, "Why don't we set something on fire? What about two businessmen shaking hands, and one of them is on fire."
After agreeing on the idea, Powell commissioned Hollywood stuntman, Ronnie Rondell, who agreed to be set on fire a number of times.
The shoot took place on the Warner Bros. back lot, where Rondell wore a business suit over a flame retardant suit.
The iconic photo that would make it on the cover was taken on the 15th and final shot, which just happened to be the most dangerous of them all.
"On the 15th time, a gust of wind caught up and blew the fire straight into his face," Powell wrote. "Immediately, his team jumped on him, sprayed him with extinguishing foam and saved his life. He just got up from that and said, 'That's it. I'm never doing this again.' But I had it in the can."
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