Announcing the 2017 Inductees into the Album Cover Hall of Fame!
Since officially launching the site in 2012, we’ve inducted five classes of Inductees based on the results from the group’s yearly surveys (the initial three classes focused on nominees who began their careers as album cover artists between the years 1960 – 1975, 1976 – 1990 and from 1991 – present, while the last two year’s voting was open to reviewing the portfolios of producers active any time since 1960). Hundreds of additional biographies were added for consideration by the esteemed panel of writers, curators of galleries (retail and online) that focus on album cover imagery, art/design museum curators and music marketing experts.
As I mentioned previously, this year’s Class is the third one that allowed for the consideration of any talent not previously inducted into the ACHOF. The people under consideration this year are people who BEGAN their careers in the field at any time during the period the ACHOF focuses its attention on –1960 – present. As you can figure, this was a very long list, but after a research, nominating and voting process that began in September and ended in mid-November with our final vote, the ACHOF Voting Panel has selected a list of individuals and companies that very clearly represent the best examples of a large number of talented men, women and teams who’ve cumulatively created and published a huge portfolio of memorable album cover images and record packages.
Unique to this year’s voting was the fact that there were two people – Art Director/Designer Craig Butler and Art Director/Illustrator Geoff Halpin – who were inducted in two categories (how multi-talented of them!). Also, we had a tie in the “Musical Acts with a long-standing commitment to great Album Cover imagery” category, with Earth, Wind & Fire and R.E.M. both getting the same number of votes, so we’re pleased to add both to our list of inductees this year.
So now, without any further delay, we’d like to extend our congratulations to this year’s class of inductees – we’re proud to be able to add their names to those previously inducted into the Album Cover Hall of Fame!
We’ve divided the Inductees into their respective categories so that you, the fans, can get to know each winner individually and within their group of peers. Please note that some names may be seen in more than one category, as it is that certain individuals serve in more than one role in a project. Inductees are listed alphabetically and include a short list of some of their best-known album art credits:
New inductees in the “Album Cover Photographer” Category (whose first credits took place sometime after January, 1960) –
Richard E. Aaron – Notable album cover art examples – Peter Frampton – Frampton Comes Alive!; Kool & The Gang – Everybody’s Dancin’; Melba Moore – Dancin’ With Melba; Bee Gees – Tomorrow The World; Ray Charles – In Concert With The Edmonton Symphony; Scorpions – Gold; John McLaughlin – The Essential John McLaughlin; Southside Johnny – 1978 Live in Boston
You can learn more about Richard’s at his website – http://www.rockpix.com
George DuBose – Notable album cover credits include – The Go-Gos – Beauty & The Beat; The Ramones – Brain Drain, Ramones Mania, Too Tough To Die, Subterranean Jungle, Mondo Bizarro and Loud,Fast Ramones: Their Toughest Hits; The B-52s – The B-52s (debut); Big Daddy Kane – Long Live the Kane; Sly & Robbie – Silent Assassin; Masters of Reality – Flak n Flight; Marianne Faithful – Blazing Away; Melissa Etheridge – Melissa Etheridge; Run-DMC – King of Rock and Together Forever: Greatest Hits; Biz Markie – Goin’ Off; Atlantic Starr – All In The Name Of Love; Kid Creole & The Coconuts – Tropical Gangsters
More information on this artist is available at http://www.george-dubose.com/
Ross Halfin – notable album cover credits include – Metallica – Metallica, Garage Inc. and Master of Puppets; Paradise Lost – One Second; Loudon Wainwright III – BBC Sessions; 50 Cent – 21 Questions; Black Sabbath – Greatest Hits: 1970-1978; The Who – Live At The Isle of Wight Festival (1970); Led Zeppelin – Early Days: The Best of Led Zeppelin Vol. 1, Early Days & Latter Days, Vols. 1 & 2 and How The West Was Won; Thin Lizzy – Waiting For An Alibi: The Collection; Rory Gallagher – Stage Struck; Iron Maiden – 2 Minutes To Midnight
More information on this artist is available on his web site – http://www.rosshalfin.com
Don Hunstein – Notable examples of album cover work – Bob Dylan – Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan; Blood Sweat & Tears – More Than Ever; Al Kooper – You Never Know Who Your Friends Are…; Cryan’ Shames – Scratch The Sky; Johnny Cash – Love; Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water
More information is available on Mr. Hunstein’s web site at – http://www.donhunstein.com/
Trevor Key – notable album cover credits include – Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells and Platinum; Sex Pistols – The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle and Flogging A Dead Horse; OMD – Organisation, Sugar Tax and Genetic Engineering; New Order – Fine Time, Low-Life and Technique; Peter Gabriel – So; X Ray Spex – Germ Free Adolescents; Phil Collins – Hello I Must Be Going, …But Seriously, Both Sides and Take A Look At Me Now…; Mandalaband – Mandalaband; Can – Unlimited Edition; Keith Hudson – Too Expensive; Section 25 – From The Hip; Jethro Tull – Bursting Out
More information on this artist can be found via this fan site – http://www.abouttrevorkey.com
New inductees in the “Album Cover Illustrator/Typographer” Category (whose first credits took place sometime after January, 1960) –
Geoff Halpin – Notable album cover work examples – Nutz – Nutz; Badfinger – Wish You Were Here; Vangelis – Heaven & Hell; Elton John – Captain Fantastic… (lettering); Paul McCartney – Wings Over America (lettering); Boomtown Rats – Boomtown Rats; Squeeze – Cool For Cats
David Juniper – Notable album cover work includes – Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II; Quantum Jump – Quantum Jump; UFO – Wild, The Willing and the Innocent, Mechanix, Making Contact and Chrysalis Years; Thinkman – Life is a Full Time Occupation
More on this artist is available at http://www.davidjuniper.com/
Victor Moscoso – Notable album cover credits include – Herbie Hancock – Head Hunters; Jerry Garcia – Garcia and Run For The Roses; Steve Miller – Children Of The Future; The Sopwith Camel – The Sopwith Camel; Bob Weir – Bobby & The Midnights; Willie McBlind – Find My Way Back Home and Bad Thing; Colours – Love Heals: The Complete Recordings; Jed Davis – The Cutting Room Floor
More information available at – http://www.victormoscoso.com/
Shusei Nagaoka – notable album cover credits include – Electric Light Orchestra – Out of the Blue; Earth, Wind & Fire – Helios, Gratitude, Raise!, All ‘N All and The Best of Earth Wind & Fire Vol. 1; Deep Purple – When We Rock We Rock and When We Roll We Roll; Pure Prairie League – Can’t Hold Back; Jefferson Starship – Spitfire; Parlet – Pleasure Principle; Shalamar – Uptown Festival and Disco Gardens; Maze – Inspiration and Joy & Pain; Kitaro – Oasis
More information on this artist is available on his web site at http://www.shusei-nagaoka.com/english/index.html
John Pasche – Notable album covers include – Art of Noise – Re-works of Art of Noise, In Visible Silence and In No Sense? Nonsense!; Budgie – In For The Kill; Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack; Bay City Rollers – Once Upon A Star; UFO – Wild, The Willing and the Innocent, Mechanix, Making Contact and Misdemeanor; Jethro Tull – Under Wraps; Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers
For more information on this artist, please visit his web site at http://www.johnpasche.com
New inductees in the “Album Cover Designer” Category (whose first credits took place sometime after January, 1960) –
Craig Butler – (also part of the Institute For Better Vision design firm) notable album cover credits include – The Byrds – Sweet Heart of the Rodeo and Dr. Byrd & Mr. Hyde; David Byrne – Double Dip; Frank Zappa – 200 Motels (Soundtrack); Alice Coltrane – PTAH The El Daoud; The Beach Boys – Friends; Lou Reed – Touch Reed; Various Artists – Motown Smash Hits; Jessie, Wolff & Whings – Jessie, Wolff & Whings; Poco – Pickin’ Up The Pieces
More information on this artist is available on his web site at http://www.snyderbutler.com
David Costa – notable album cover credits include – Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Blue Moves, A Single Man, Reg Strikes Back and The One; George Harrison – All Things Must Pass (re-release) and Cloud Nine; ELO – Secret Messages; Traveling Wilburys – Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 and Vol. 3; Jimi Hendrix – The Ultimate Experience (box set); Phil Collins – Dance Into The Light and Hits; The Who – Then & Now; Cream – The Very Best of Cream; Eric Clapton – From The Cradle, 24 Nights and Pilgrim; The Beatles – Let It Be…Naked and The Capitol Albums, Vol. 1; Steve Winwood – The Finer Things; Genesis – Turn It On Again: The Hits; Mark Knopfler – Golden Heart; Cat Stevens – The Very Best of Cat Stevens
More information available at – http://www.whereforeart.com/
Hugh Gilmour – Notable album covers include – Tony Iommi – Fused; Whitesnake – Live at Donnington and Good To Be Bad; Glenn Hughes – This Time Around; Hawkwind – Live ’74; Motorhead – Stone Deaf Forever! andProtect The Innocent; The Bonzo Dog Band – New Tricks; Marillon – This Strange Engine; Bruce Dickinson – Tyranny of Souls, Anthology and Alive; The Strangles – Sessions; Black Sabbath – Greatest Hits
More information available at http://www.gilmourdesign.co.uk
Carl Glover – notable album cover credits include – Marillion – Somewhere Else, Radiation 2013, Anoraknophobia, Marbles and Happiness Is The Road, Vols. 1 & 2 ; Porcupine Tree – On The Sunday Of Life, Deadwing, Stupid Dream, The Incident and Warszawa; The Pretty Things – Psychedelic Years: 1966 – 1970; Blackfield – Blackfield II; Ian Anderson – Homo Erraticus; Gentle Giant – Octopus and In A Glass House; Steven Wilson – Insurgencies, Grace For Drowning, Get All You Deserve and 4-1/2; North Star – Curved Air
More information on this artist is available on his website at http://www.alephstudio.co.uk/
Geoff Halpin – Notable album cover work examples – Nutz – Nutz; Badfinger – Wish You Were Here; Vangelis – Heaven & Hell; Elton John – Captain Fantastic… (lettering); Paul McCartney – Wings Over America (lettering); The Boomtown Rats – The Boomtown Rats; Squeeze – Cool For Cats; Mike & The Mechanics – Mike & The Mechanics; Squeeze – Six Of One and Cool For Cats; Be Bop Deluxe – Drastic Plastic; City Boy – Young Men Gone West; Dire Straits – Communique’
More information is available at http://www.geoffhalpindesign.com/
New inductees in the “Album Cover Art Director” Category (whose first credits took place sometime after January, 1960) –
Gary Burden – notable album cover credits include – The Mamas & The Papas – Papas & The Mamas; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Crosby, Stills & Nash, Deja Vu and 4-Way Street; Neil Young – After The Gold Rush, Decade, On The Beach and Storytone; The Eagles – Desperado, On The Border and One of These Nights; Steppenwolf – Steppenwolf and The Second; The Doors – Morrison Hotel; Joni Mitchell – Blue; America – Homecoming and Holiday; Dan Fogelberg – Souvenirs; Jackson Browne – The Pretender; My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges and Circuital; Conor Oberst – Conor Oberst and One Of My Kind; Rickie Lee Jones – The Devil You Know;
More information available at – http://garyburdenforrtwerk.com/biography
Craig Butler – notable album cover credits include – The Byrds – Sweet Heart of the Rodeo; David Byrne – Double Dip; Frank Zappa – 200 Motels (Soundtrack); Alice Coltrane – PTAH The El Daoud; The Beach Boys – Friends; Various Artists – Motown Smash Hits; Jessie, Wolff & Whings – Jessie, Wolff & Whings; Poco – Pickin’ Up The Pieces
More information on this artist is available on his web site at http://www.snyderbutler.com/index.php
Art Chantry – notable album cover credits include – Soundgarden – Louder Than Love and The Classic Album Selection; Love Battery – Dayglo, Far Gone and Between The Eyes; The Reverend Horton Heat – Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em; Mono Men – Wrecker!, Ten Cool Ones and Sin & Tonic; Mudhoney – Blinding Sun; The Presidents of the United States of America – The Presidents of the United States of America; The X-Rays – Double Godzilla with Cheese; Man Or Astro-Man? – Live Transmissions From Uranus; The Beatles – Beatles Tapes, Vol. 3 and Vol. 4; The Mooney Suzuki – People Get Ready; Southern Culture On The Skids – Countrypolitan Favorites
More information on this artist is available on his web site – http://www.artchantry.com/
Gail Marowitz – notable album cover credits include – Aimee Mann – Whatever, The Forgotten Arm (Grammy), Charmer and @#%&*! Smilers (both Grammy noms); Paula Cole – Harbinger; Tears For Fears – Raoul & The Kings Of Spain; George Clinton & The P-Funk All-Stars – T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M.; Ric Ocasek – Troubilizing; Aerosmith – Nine Lives and Rockin’ The Joint; Jeff Buckley – Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk; Shawn Mullins – Beneath The Velvet Sun; John Mayer – Any Given Thursday; Evanescence – The Open Door; Seether – Finding Beauty In Negative Spaces; Lynyrd Skynyrd – God & Guns and Last Of A Dyin’ Breed; Nickelback – Here And Now; The Both – The Both; Patti Smith – Trampin’; James Taylor – October Road
More information on this artist is available on her web site at – http://www.thevisualstrategist.com
Tony Wright – notable album cover work includes – Traffic – Low Spark of High Heeled Boys and Shootout at The Fantasy Factory; Bob Marley – Natty Dread; Steve Winwood – Arc of A Diver; Black Uhuru – Sensimilla; Gryphon – Raindance; B-52s – High Fidelity; John Martyn – One World; Sly and Robbie – Rhythm Killers; Bob Dylan – Saved;Marianne Faithfull – A Child’s Adventure; Stomu Yamashita’s Go – Live From Paris; Chic – Take It Off; Ian Gillan Band – Scarabus; Gary Windo – Deep Water; Suicide – Suicide; Ramones – Too Tough To Die and Subterranean Jungle
More information available at – http://www.tonywright-art.com/
New Inductees in the “Record Labels that Support Great Album Art ” Category (whose first credits took place sometime after January, 1960) – In as much as “pop” music in the early days of the Pop/Rock era included musical acts that easily crossed-over from jazz, R&B, country, folk and Rock & Roll to deliver music in many styles to a public hungry for their records, record companies were not eager to be classified and chose to make sure that their cover designs would appeal to a fairly broad audience.
However, many musical artists sought to team with like-minded art directors to create packaging for music that would best-represent their own feelings about how they’d like the buying public to perceive them and their music. Once shown to be effective marketing tools, trend-setting album cover design was embraced by certain record labels, who then – as a prelude to the big-budget video productions of the 1980s and 90s – put significant resources behind these promotional packages. It is the labels that showed this type of forethought that we look to honor in this category.
Merge – Superchunk, Arcade Fire, Spoon, She & Him, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Suburbs, Teenage Fanclub – http://www.mergerecords.com/
Polydor/Polygram – ABBA, Bee Gees, Blind Faith, Eric Clapton, ELO, Jimi Hendrix, The Moody Blues, The Rolling Stones, Cat Stevens, Traffic, U2 – http://www.polydor.co.uk/
Stax/Volt – Otis Redding, Booker T. & The MGs, Rufus & Carla Thomas, The Bar-Kays, Isaac Hayes, Sam & Dave – https://www.staxrecords.com/
New Inductees in the ” Musical Acts with a long-standing commitment to great Album Cover imagery” Category (whose first credits took place sometime after January, 1960) –
Of course, without the patronage of musical acts and their record labels, there would be no great album cover art, but there were some acts that “got it” better than others and used their cover imagery to both help set the mood for the music packaged inside and build a deeper bond with their fans and potential fans. At times, a great album cover image could be a powerful enticement to shoppers browsing the racks at their favorite record store, whereas some fans of a band viewed them as “rewards” given to those who’d waited patiently for an act’s next release.
With the strong connection evident between the visual and aural arts, it only seems natural that musicians would find kindred spirits in the men and women tasked to produce the images for their recorded music.
Please note – I’ve included links to each act’s discography on the Allmusic.com web site as this site provides album art imagery for each release (thumbnails which expand when you roll-over them with your cursor).
Earth, Wind & Fire (Tie) – http://www.allmusic.com/artist/earth-wind-fire-mn0000135273/discography
R.E.M. (Tie) – http://www.allmusic.com/artist/rem-mn0000325459/discography
Questions about this announcement should be directed to Mike Goldstein, Curator/Editor, AlbumCoverHallofFame.com – firstname.lastname@example.org Chicago, IL, USA
More information about the voting process/methodology used to determine this year’s Class of Inductees can be found on our voting information page.
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