15 “Strange” But Unique Album Covers From Progressive Rock

15 “Strange” But Unique Album Covers From Progressive Rock
  • 21 June 2010
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Progressive Rock is a genre that (still) wants to give a new highly artistic dimension at the rock music.

It evolved in the late 1960s and early 1970s and in the mid-1970s had a great success in Britain and America.
Many bands shown their technical skill and ability to compose music making albums with a great expressive power and an absolutely particular structure for the songs.
This steady and almost maniacal research of an elegant artistic expression lets us stunning songs and great music, but also unique (and maybe “strange”) album covers. Below you’ll see 15 examples.

Area – Arbeit Macht Frei (Cramps – 1973 – Italian Prog Rock)

Area - Arbeit Macht Frei
Selected Track: Arbeit Macht Frei (click to listen on YouTube)

Biglietto per l’Inferno (Trident Records – 1974 – Italian Prog Rock)

Biglietto per l'Inferno
Selected Track: Confessione (click to listen on YouTube)

Genesis – Nursery Crime (Charisma, Atlantic Records – 1971)

Genesis - Nursery Crime
Selected Track: The Musical Box (Belgian TV – Six Hours Live) (click to listen on YouTube)

I Giganti – Terra in Bocca (RiFi, Akarma – 1971 – Italian Prog Rock)

I Giganti - Terra in Bocca
Selected Track: Largo iniziale (Intro) (click to listen on YouTube)

Jethro Tull – Aqualung (Chrysalis Records – 1971)

Jethro Tull - Aqualung
Selected Track: My God (Live) (click to listen on YouTube)

Jethro Tull – Thick as a Brick (Chrysalis Records – 1972)

Jethro Tull - Thick as a Brick
Selected Track: Thick as a Brick (Live at Madison Square Garden Version, 1978) (click to listen on YouTube)

King Crimson – In The Court Of The Crimson King (Island Records – 1969)

King Crimson - In The Court Of The Crimson King
Selected Track: Epitaph including March for no Reason and Tomorrow and Tomorrow (click to listen on YouTube)

Le Orme – Uomo di pezza (Philips – 1972 – Italian Prog Rock)

Le Orme - Uomo di pezza
Selected Track: Figure di Cartone (click to listen on YouTube)

Pholas Dactylus – Concerto delle Menti (Magma – 1974 – Italian Prog Rock)

Pholas Dactylus - Concerto delle Menti
Selected Track: Concerto delle Menti Parte Prima (I) (click to listen on YouTube)

The Moody Blues – In Search of the Lost Chord (Deram Records – 1968)

The Moody Blues - In Search of the Lost Chord
Selected Track: Ride my See-Saw (click to listen on YouTube)

Yes – Fragile (Atlantic Records – 1971)

Yes - Fragile
Selected Track: South Side Of The Sky (Live) (click to listen on YouTube)

Yes – Tormato (Atlantic Records – 1978)

Yes - Tormato
Selected Track: Don’t Kill the Whale (Live at Wembley 1978) (click to listen on YouTube)

Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon (Harvest Records – 1973)

Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon
Selected Track: Money (click to listen on YouTube)

Marillion – Script for a Jester’s Tear (EMI Records, Capitol Records – 1983)

Matching Mole - Matching Mole's Little Red Record
Selected Track: Ride my See-Saw (click to listen on YouTube)

Matching Mole – Matching Mole’s Little Red Record (CBS – 1972)

Matching Mole - Matching Mole's Little Red Record
Selected Tracks: Flora Fidgit and Smoke Signal (click to listen on YouTube)

Author: Piervincenzo Madeo

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12 Comments

  1. rockscout

    WOW! Fantastic round-up. I love Pholas Dactylus cover and music from Japan.

  2. Antonio

    I love the cover of “the dark side of the moon” is amazing.
    :)

  3. B. Joe

    Fantastic. It’s a back to the past to inspire. Script for a Jester

  4. szek

    Script for a Jester`s Tear and In the Court of the Crimson King are 2 of my favorite albums, and their covers are great too!

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    Nice. I’d never seen that Area album cover before. It rules! I’m pretty sure there is a pretty rad Goblin cover out there as well, I can’t remember the name of it. Or.. what about Focus?

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