PORTRAIT PLAYOFF, ROUND 2

Welcome to Round 2 of the Album Cover Portrait Playoff.

If you missed Round 1, check it out here.

Pick whichever cover/portrait you prefer, focussing on the art rather than the artist, on the visuals rather than the music. In the comments section, list your ‘winner’ for each of the eight matches.

Feel free to include comments or reasons for your choices. They were a fun part of Round 1.

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MATCH 9 – Lennon vs John Lennon - elton

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MATCH 10 – Page vs Numan

Page - Numan

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MATCH 11 – Mayall vs Martyn

Mayall Martyn

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MATCH 12 – Mann vs Quatro

Mann Quatro

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MATCH 13 – Mitchell vs lang

Mitchell kd lang

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MATCH 14 – Zappa vs Case

Zappa - Case

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MATCH 15 – Jackson vs Garrett

joe jackson - peter garrett

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MATCH 16 –  King vs Lauper

carol king - lauper

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28 comments

  1. Jeez! Can’t believe you’re actually making us work!

    On portraits alone I go for Elton, Page, Martyn, Mann, Mitchell, Zappa, Garrett, Lauper.

    that Herbie Mann cover … thank God it isn’t a bigger record, is all I can say!

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  2. I’ll go:
    9 – Lennon
    10 – Numan
    11 – Mayall
    12 – Quatro
    13 – Lang
    14 – Case
    15 – Jackson
    16 – tough call, I’ll go King

    fun!

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  3. I like the idea but I am too tired to list all my favs – there must be an easier way.

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      1. ok – I tried it that way – did you get them?

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        1. Yep! So far you are the only vote for Herbie Mann!

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  4. 9–Tough choice, but I’ll go with Lennon, because of the puff of cloud cushioning the album name and artist
    10–Jimmy Page, great shot of a wizard with his instrument
    11–Mayall: the texture!
    12–Quatro, but it’s not so much a vote for him as one against the Herbie Mann cover….it looks too much like porn!
    13–Joni, beret over cowboy-style topper
    14–Zappa; love the letters of his name perched on the staff at the bottom
    15–Jackson; great retro look
    16–Carole King, by a landslide…such an evocative cover.

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  5. 9. Elton (darker & moodier)
    10. Page (I like both albums & covers, but I saw Page at a club on that tour and it’s a cool cover for the late-’80s)
    11. Martyn (this was a close one, but it reminded me of the great title track so that won me over)
    12. Quatro (because it’s not a sweaty shirtless Mann)
    13. Joni (I like how you pit two great Canadian female artists against each other here; both good covers but Joni’s is more iconic)
    14. Zappa (because this was one of two records that got me into Zappa in high school)
    15. Jackson (one of my favorite albums by one of my favorite artists and an homage to a great jazz album…no contest here…plus this tour was the first time I saw Joe in concert)
    16. King (because I prefer muted to bright & garish; “it’s too late” for me to change my mind about this one)

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  6. […] This is Round 1, the top half of the draw. The bottom half is here. […]

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  7. Paolo M. · · Reply

    lennon
    page
    martyn
    mann
    lang
    zappa
    jackson
    lauper

    and zappa and jackson on top, i’d say, hehe

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  8. Lennon

    Numan

    Mayall

    Quatro

    Mitchell

    Zappa

    Jackson

    King

    Brilliant set of post here. This is the sort of game I can get into. I’ve always been intrigued with album art, whether I like what’s inside the sleeve or not.

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  9. Righto! Here goes …

    9. Elton (there’s something about that cover that’s just ace. And I did buy that one on the strength of the cover!)
    10. Page (always liked that cover)
    11. Mayall
    12. Mann (that’s just too dreadfully awesome / awesomely dreadful a cover)
    13. Joni
    14. Zappa (I like that he seems to be unhappy at the taker of the photo – perhaps saying “say cheese” or suchlike)
    15. Jackson
    16. King (I’ve always thought it’s such a ‘cosy’ cover)

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  10. John, E. (the shadows)

    Numan (the glow)

    Mayall (but I really didn’t like either of these)

    Quatro (but really an anti-Mann vote)

    Mitchell (travel/dream imagery)

    Zappa (color scheme)

    Jackson (great composition)

    Lauper (if shirtless Herbie Mann were doing this klutzy dance pose, he might’ve gotten my vote)

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  11. Weighing in with a tie-breaker selection…
    John (moody)
    Page (movement)
    Martyn (grass and decapitation together – no contest)
    Quatro (marginally less chest hair)
    Mitchell (the road’s her middle name)
    Zappa (line ball)
    Garrett (scary energy!)
    Lauper (she bops)

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  12. So, the results…

    JOHN def Lennon (5-4) Slightly surprising win for Reg Dwight over his fancied opponent

    PAGE def Numan (6-3) Jimmy’s ju-ju beats Gary Nu-nu

    MAYALL def Martyn (5-4) John’s Roots edge out John’s selfie (Martyn took the photos himself)

    QUATRO def MANN (6-3) Herbie’s undoubted sex appeal just wasn’t enough

    MITCHELL def lang (7-2) A timely burst of positive energy going Joni’s way

    ZAPPA def Case (8-1) Gotta wonder about Franks (oc)cult powers

    JACKSON def Garrett (7-2) Clearly not enough Aussies participated!

    KING def Lauper (5-4) Three of the four female matches were really close. Here, Carol lifts the trophy

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    1. Jackson vs Garrett?

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      1. Obviously the suspense is killing me!

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        1. The Tournament Referee has, of course, been locked in a room and force fed 72 hours of Billy Joel.
          And you have earned loads of VC bonus points for your sharp line calls.

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  13. The original plan was to create a ‘finals’ round, but I think we’ll leave it here.

    Thanks to all who visited (Round 1 had 50+ views; Round 2, 30+) and especially those who joined in with choices and comments.

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