10 HANDY ALBUM COVERS

A corny title, certainly. Yet possibly better than the second choice: 10 DIGITALLY ENHANCED LP COVERS.

But what variety! New Age electronica, a krautrock classic, fusion, prog, an ex-Beatle, stains, dirt, x-rays and soap.

Enjoy the covers, share faves, wonder about the music…

Passport Ataraxia

Hannson Bo - LotR

Kitaro - Oasis

Airto - Fingers

Dead Can Dance - Labyrinth

Faust - Faust

James, Bob - Hands Down

Harrison, George - Living in the Material

Beck, Jeff - You had it coming

UK - Danger Money

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THE ALBUMS

Passport – Ataraxia [Atlantic, 1977]

Bo Hansson – Lord of the Rings [Charisma, 1972]

Kitaro – Oasis [Polydor, 1979]

Airto – Fingers [CTI, 1973]

Dead Can Dance – Into the Labyrinth [4AD, 1993]

Faust – Faust [Polydor, 1971]

Bob James – Hands Down [Tappan Zee, 1982]

George Harrison – Living in the Material World [Parlophone, 1973]

Jeff Beck – You had it coming [Epic, 2001]

UK – Danger Money [E.G., 1979]

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BONUS

Several hand-some copies of the Faust album.

The album originally came on clear vinyl in a clear plastic sleeve carrying the x-ray and included a clear plastic square containing the lyrics,  an impressively transparent piece of 1971 design. And yes, we have three copies.

Faust - Faust x 3

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41 comments

  1. I was hoping for Kiss – The Elder 🙂

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    1. …which would have fitted very well indeed. Unfortunately the only Kiss I have is ‘Dressed to kill’ (said over shoulder as he runs away fearfully).

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  2. A few others that come to mind are Dead Kennedys-Plastic Surgery Disasters, Eric Clapton-Slowhand, Genesis-Invisible Touch, Green Day-American Idiot, Metallica- St. Anger, Pantera-Vulgar Display of Power, Pearl Jam-Ten, Styx-Crystal Ball, System of a Down-S/T. I have most on my list, but none on yours. I will have to change that.

    P.S. Sweet clear vinyl.

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    1. Yep. Like the ‘Cars’ themed posts, there are plentiful LP covers with hands featuring. This lot came entirely from the VC collection. Noting your comment suggests that our collections do not overlap much – I have two on your list!

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      1. Give it time, they may overlap some day.

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  3. I don’t know if I’ll be the only one to find all these big hand images grouped together a little discomforting, although seen individually I probably wouldn’t mind. An interesting juxtaposition.
    Anyway, I’ll be boring and say my fave is the George Harrison one, with the runner-up as the Bo Hansson album, being an old proggie.

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    1. I love being an old proggie – you’re welcome here my friend!
      Yes, there is something disquieting about the sequence. In fact, I was searching for a meta-response in the choice and ordering so appreciate your comment.

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  4. The physician in me can’t help pointing out that the person whose hands grace the cover of the Jeff Beck album has a pretty impressive case of clubbing, an abnormality of the fingertips and nail beds associated with a number of chronic diseases, usually the heart and/or lungs. Of the fingers we see, it’s most prominent on his right fore- and middle finger and his left fourth finger.

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    1. Yikes! Guess you could say that he ‘has it coming’!

      Any other pathology on view?

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  5. Arlee Bird · · Reply

    I don’t recall ever having seen any of these album covers. Interesting album art theme.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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    1. This lot all came from the collection, so I can vouch for their existence. 😉
      Glad you enjoyed the theme, and thanks for visiting.

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  6. I love the fact that someone thought hand washing would make for a great album cover. Perhaps someone with some issues about cleanliness … ?

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    1. … And where does the Danger Money come in? Slipping on the soap? How Rock and Roll!

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      1. Enough questions there to warrant a ‘behind the music’ style documentary, right?

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  7. amazing to find ten album covers with hands but none of them are playing any instruments

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    1. Neat observation!

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      1. oh, that was an accident ? I haven’t looked but there must be more showing hands with instruments than without ?

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        1. Not really. These album cover posts are approaching the LPs from an art rather than a music perspective. Hence I was after a range of hands being hands (rather than simply on guitar necks) and an interesting sequence of covers.
          And there really are lots and lots of hands. Am thinking about a Part 2!

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  8. Aaah! Danger Money. One of my favorite albums of all time. Bought in on cassette when I first came to South Africa.
    And the Jeff Beck offering also spot on.

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    1. On ya, Ark! UK get slagged off in prog circles, unfairly I reckon. Jobson is an under-rated talent IMO.

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      1. The album is a marvelous stand-out example of its genre.
        One of the very few rock albums that has no guitar that I adore!
        I have never tired of listening to it.

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  9. I don’t have of these, and haven’t seen many of them before. I’d quite like to check out UK. Liked Jobson during his brief Tull period.

    I’d throw in Priest’s British Steel, Rainbow Rising as some good Metal handjo… efforts. I’m sure I could come up with more if I wasn’t pretending to work!

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    1. I’m sure you could too, Scott. Scorpions, for e.g.?

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      1. Haha was their bubblegum involved? Overkill had a good one with a middle finger-raising hand and a rude title! How about Horslips ‘The Tain’? Know that one? Nice big hand on the front of that!

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        1. No, I meant Lonesome Crow you cheeky person.
          That Horslips is brilliant! I feel a Part 2: Reader’s Choice post coming on (well, it worked for the car theme, didn’t it?).

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        2. Oops I forgot about Lonesome Crow. I think it had a couple of different covers. That can be my excuse. Bring on part 2!

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  10. Enjoyed this theme Bruce!

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    1. Cheers, Geoff. 🙂

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  11. That Van Leer one freaks the living sh*te out of me – make it go away!

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    1. What, you don’t like tentacles growing out of necks? Wimp!

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  12. Although (technically) the cover is not a photo or illustration of a hand, the six-fingered handprint on Todd Rundgren’s “Nearly Human” LP (1989) immediately came to mind as I read your post.
    It was an amazing collection of songs — each recorded live in the studio with a variety of musicians.

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    1. Nice one. Will include it in Part 2 next week!

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  13. Accept: Blood of the Nations.
    Robin Trower/Jack Bruce: Truce

    Pray don’t include Dead Kennedys in Pt.2 — that one just, er, seems wrong, even in its meant-to-be-wrong-and-that’s-the-point context.

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    1. Got the Trower/Bruce – short-listed for part two. As both of the other suggestions leave me feeling decidedly queasy, they probably won’t make the cut.
      PS. Check out Bobby Womack ‘The bravest man in the universe’ and tell me if it’s just me that finds it as disturbing in its own way as the Dead Ks.

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  14. Dude, double jointed parlor trick vs. abrasive commentary on man’s disregard for human suffering? Almost as nonsensical as mindlessly comparing torch-bearing, pissed off serfs to fad-following, anti-capitalist revolutionaries … just sayin’.

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    1. Or even simply, “Ouch!”

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  15. I found one! http://cdn.discogs.com/Sf5yIIhU4jss3nJwPQADHnaU8qQ=/fit-in/600×597/filters:strip_icc():format(jpeg):mode_rgb():quality(96)/discogs-images/R-1861785-1265687940.jpeg.jpg

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    1. Well ferreted out, Sir! The back of a “Weird Al” Yankovic album, unless I’m mistaken.

      (Part 2 will be along next Tuesday)

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  16. […] an idea to death, we present part two of the album-covers-adorned-with-hands series (Part One is here). Again, these were chosen for variety but hopefully with a pleasing flow and some sort of unity […]

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  17. […] influenced by some sort of hangover from the ‘Hands on album covers’ posts (here and again here), I picked up this CD for a couple of dollars at a local Op Shop (Charity/Thrift as […]

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  18. […] In any case, Bruce found enough examples (22) to bring us two detailed articles – https://vinylconnection.com.au/2015/09/01/10-handy-album-covers/ and https://vinylconnection.com.au/2015/09/15/12-more-handy-album-covers/ with the second […]

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