Unusual Album Covers

By yr130962 yr130962
updated 9 months ago

Here I've tried to collect the most unusual record sleeves. It's not just a cardboard cover (even with a good art), but non standard design solution. It could be die-cut cover or opening as envelope or foldout into a large poster or wrapped in a paper bag, plastic or metal housing, round, octagonal, with a stand-up figures etc. etc. If I've missed something just let me know.

  1. Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Clear Spot

    20 For Sale from $7.00

    Bagged in clear plastic sleeve with embossed 'Clear Spot' logo on the flap.
    This flap tucks into a clear horizontal band across the face of the wallet.
    The disc is backed by a printed black on white insert. Insert is back-to-back glued white card, with radius corners at bottom. Vinyl not in protective paper sleeve. [Some retail outlets may have included one at their own discretion]

  2. The Alan Parsons Project - Stereotomy

    31 For Sale from $4.00

    AL9-8384 with the outer translucent plastic sleeve that creates the stereo effect depending on which side of the cover is facing either the red or blue side.

  3. Curved Air - Second Album

    57 For Sale from $3.88

    The sleeve of Curved Air's Second Album was several layers thick (5 in front of the record, and 1 behind it), each a different colour, with a smaller 1/4 circle shape cut out of each layer as they went down, giving a rainbow effect. And then you could unfold the entire sleeve, resulting in a single piece of card 2' x 3' with pictures and info on it.

  4. The Mamas & The Papas - The Papas & The Mamas

    32 For Sale from $2.10

    Released As Gatefold With Front Cover Split To Allow Movement Of Each Section

  5. The Wailers* - Catch A Fire

    12 For Sale from $49.99

    Reissue with the same sleeve cut in the shape of a hinged 'Zippo' lighter.

  6. Gentle Giant - Octopus

    19 For Sale from $3.76

    Released in a die-cut jar cover with a lyrics inner sleeve

  7. The Who - Live At Leeds

    59 For Sale from $5.37

    Gatefold Sleeve housing the following inserts

    Photo of the band
    Poster for Marquee gigs
    Letter from John Burgess at EMI records
    Gig cancellation letter from Barry Perkins at Kings Agency
    Lyrics to 'My Generation'
    List of 'High Numbers' gigs and earnings
    Earnings list for Malcolm Rose (New Action Ltd.)
    Photo from behind the drums at Woodstock with writing on reverse
    Contract for the bands Woodstock performance
    Delivery note for smoke generators
    Marquee club box office sheet
    County Court Notice for the outstanding the return of musical instruments
    Label states Crackling Noises O.K. Do Not correct!

  8. PiL* - Metal Box

    48 For Sale from $51.72

    Packaged in a 12" film can-style metal box. Sides are labelled Metal 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6 on the info sheet and Metal 1-A, Metal 1-B, Metal 1-C, Metal 1-D, Metal 1-E and Metal 1-F on the record labels.

    Includes an A5 size sheet with tracklist and line-up.

    Side B ends with a locked groove which repeats the last few seconds of "Swan Lake" endlessly until the needle is lifted from the record.

  9. Small Faces - Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake

    13 For Sale from $70.00

    Released in a circular sleeve that folds open into five panels

  10. John Lennon And Yoko Ono* - Unfinished Music No. 1. Two Virgins

    14 For Sale from $90.99

    The album came in a brown paper sleeve to obscure the nude cover. Original pressings were also sealed with a white circular sticker. This can often be used to distinguish an original from a bootleg pressing, as it was a heavily bootlegged release.

  11. The Soft Machine* - The Soft Machine

    41 For Sale from $28.74

    Front cover: cut-out sleeve with rotating clockwork insert

  12. Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Brain Salad Surgery

    50 For Sale from $5.59

    In the original LP release, the front cover was split in half down the centre, except for the circular screen section (which was attached to the right half). Opening the halves revealed a painting of the complete face: a human female, with "alien" hair and multiple scars, including the infinity symbol and a scar from a frontal lobotomy. The two images of the woman are very similar, but the outer image (in the circle) contains what appears to be the top of a phallus below her chin, arising from the "ELP" column below (the second painting originally had the complete phallus, but this was removed at the insistence of the record company[9]). The back cover was solid black with the album title in plain white lettering.

  13. Alice Cooper - Muscle Of Love

    74 For Sale from $1.99

    Comes in a cardboard box instead of a jacket. Front cover has 'Attention: This carton contains one (1) Alice Cooper Muscle Of Love - Fragile' written on it in fuschia ink. Back cover has 'Do Not Bend - Avoid Excessive Heat - Phonograph Record' written on it, along with tracklisting next to a silhouette of a nude woman, and mfg/distr. info titled 'Contents', all written in fuschia ink. Spine has information as normal, also in fuschia ink.

    Record comes in a picture sleeve alongside a paper foldout poster of the "Institute of Nude Wrestling" with impossible to fold instructions. Come of the credit info is written upside down. Tracklisting on poster differs from labels and record.

  14. Free - Free Live

    61 For Sale from $3.25

    Released with envelope cover.

  15. Carpenters - Carpenters

    188 For Sale from $0.47

    Released with envelope cover.

  16. Bonzo Dog Band* - Tadpoles

    16 For Sale from $5.75

    Die-cut cover revealing eyes & musical notations in the heads of band members that visually interacts as the insert is removed. Insert printed Red & Ultramarine line & half-tone on a thick card 2-sided cover insert (that features nine Liberty/UA releases on the back, in Black & White half-tone, under the title "Heavy").

  17. The Rolling Stones - Their Satanic Majesties Request

    35 For Sale from $17.24

    Released in a gatefold cover with a 3D image on front and a special ''psychedelic'' printed inner sleeve.

  18. Jefferson Airplane - Long John Silver

    143 For Sale from $1.00

    The cover jacket has some perforated cuts, which, when folded, turns the cover into a cigar/stash box; a photograph on the inside cover then gives the impression of a cigar box filled with marijuana.
    The inner record sleeve has photography of cigars, labeled "JA" on one side, and the song lyrics and album credits on the other side.

  19. Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies

    51 For Sale from $6.49

    Release comes with gatefold sleeve with a "dollar bill" and inner sleeve with lyrics.

  20. Alice Cooper - School's Out

    96 For Sale from $1.00

    Early jacket's have fold open desktop with (pink, white, yellow or blue) panties attached around vinyl. Back cover does not have song titles listed. Later issues include titles on back cover.

  21. Alice Cooper (2) - From The Inside

    21 For Sale from $7.79

    Released with a printed inner lyrics-sleeve
    Gimmick gatefold has opening doors front, back and inside

  22. Grand Funk* - Shinin' On

    152 For Sale from $1.99

    With 3d glasses on sleeve and with 3d cover and 3d poster inside!

  23. Grand Funk* - We're An American Band

    132 For Sale from $2.25

    The first 100,000 copies of the album were released in gold vinyl and foiled or matte golden gatefold cover. Also included in original release was a set of four round stickers with band and album name.

  24. Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti

    96 For Sale from $16.87

    The cover has die-cut windows on the building. The inner sleeve depict various objects and people on each window.