Hand Drawn Album Covers

Joni Mitchell – Clouds

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  Clouds is the second studio album from Joni Mitchell. Originally from Canada, born Roberta Joan Anderson, she rose to prominence through the early folk scene and gained fame on Reprise Records living among the Laurel Canyon scene. Stephen Stills crops up playing guitar on this one, released in 1969. The most famous track is…

Prodigy – Music For The Jilted Generation

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  Second studio album from The Prodigy, Music For The Jilted Generation saw them taking their rave blueprint and getting the beats in. Ahead of their genre busting Fat Of The Land smasher which followed, the ground work is definitely put down on this one. Released in 1994 Liam Howlett and company banged a bus…

Propellerheads – Decksandrumsandrockandroll

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  It’s big beat elite with The Propellerheads 1998 outing Decksandrumsandrockandroll. The dynamic duo of Will White and Alex Gifford hit the big time with their mix of large beats, knowing nods to pop culture and big guest collaborators like Shirley Bassey and David Arnold on the Bond theme re-jig of  ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret…

Tom Waits – Blue Valentine

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  1978 saw the release of the Tom Waits album Blue Valentine. Wrapped in a sleeve containing scenes at a late night filling station, the cover depicts a downcast Tom, whilst elsewhere he’s cavorting with Rickie Lee Jones. One image also sees Chuck E Weiss of Jones’ own tune ‘Chuck E’s in Love‘. The album…

Fugazi – In On The Kill Taker

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  ‘In On The Kill Taker‘ was the third full length album from Fugazi and was released in June 1993. Formed around the Washington DC area from the remnants of punk hardcore pioneers Minor Threat, Ian MacKaye, Guy Picciotto, Joe Lally and Brendan Canty were already a name band at this time. Famed for their…

Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath

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  The bells chiming at the start of the eponymous début from Birmingham’s Black Sabbath, indicate the start of Heavy Metal as a genre. Released in 1970 Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward and Tony Iommi opened a portal to a dark world. Although often thought to be full of occult references the heavy doom…

Ice T – Original Gangster

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Oh yeah, I’m back motherf***er, Ice-T, 1991 fool, Told you, you should’ve killed me last year! And so it begins, kind of an apology from me, at Hand Drawn Album Covers for being quiet over the last few months. What can I say, It’s been Winter, and what a way to welcome you back with…

Neutral Milk Hotel – In The Aeroplane Over the Sea

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Folk Pop of the lo-fi variety doesn’t come much greater than this lot’s second album from 1998. Neutral Milk Hotel released ‘In The Aeroplane Over the Sea‘ to initial mixed reviews. The indie press loved it, with Pitchfork lauding much praise, but the more mainstream world didn’t really know what to make of Jeff Mangum…

Tom Waits – Mule Variations

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Mr Tom Waits steps right up with his 1999 album Mule Variations. It was his twelfth studio album and his first on the Anti label and was widely regarded as a classic on release, taking the organised chaos of Bone Machine mixed with his unique takes on backwood blues, hints of beatnik-ness and masterful songwriting.…

Fatboy Slim – You’ve Come A Long Way Baby

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Norman Cook’s second full length under the Fatboy Slim guise, released in 1998, ‘You’ve Come A Long Way Baby’ was preceeded by the single ‘The Rockafeller Skank‘ and the album also featured the smash ‘Praise You‘ featuring the famous Spike Jonze video. The Ex-Housemartin has had numerous projects and alter egos including Pizzaman, Cheeky Boy,…