Personally, Innuendo has always been my favourite album cover. Not just of Queen... but any band or artist. I know it's an old Grandville sketch that's been coloured in (Juggler Of Universes), but it's such a striking image. The artwork on the back and for subsequent single releases are all great too.
The Works and NOTW album covers would be up there for me also.
What about you guys?
not The Works, surely? - that's an extremely unremarkable album cover
from the queen catalog: Queen II (a truly iconic cover), Innuendo, NOTW and The Cross - Mad Bad & Dangerous to know.
as regards other bands easily, far and away one of the best Beatles - Abbey Rd
closely followed by a couple of Yes albums, Rainbow - Rising, Thin Lizzy - Black Rose, Zep - Physical Graffiti, Floyd - DSOTM,
And one just for a perfect description of it's own album title - Status Quo - If You Can't Stand The Heat....
Good topic! I was pondering starting a thread on this topic a while ago, but never got around to it.....
My favorites......#1 has gotta be Queen II.......simple, memorable, iconic.....I even love the font of the 'Queen logo'...........
Also.....Opera/Races (I lump those two together, cus its basically the same thing, just different colors), for pretty much the same reasons....Hot Space is a good one too...........
Least favorite.............A Kind Of Magic.......too darn cartoony!
I think I could almost put Rainbow in my most AND least favorite lists at the same time............I like the picture of Freddie....and I even like the purple (kinda reminds me of the 1st album!).......but that cheesy 70s-ish font bugs me...........
Too bad that Queen never had a cover done by Roger Dean........that coulda been interesting!
Innuendo. (It's slightly different than the Grandeville)
Then of course the Frank Kelly Freas NEWS OF THE WORLD album.
(Both having been done before their notions of artwork came into things)
ORIGINAL artwork: MADE IN HEAVEN. ... It's beautiful.
A Kind Of Magic was cool. I used to adore the silliness of it. Maybe it was done for commercial appeal like many things were targeted in the 1980's (towards children)
Same artwork on the single... only without the cool spattered paint
News of the World's is unforgettable and creative - I'd say that takes the top spot for me.
The photo used for Queen I is awesome too, Queen II's even more so.
A sort of related question - was the photo used for the cover of Queen II iconic or appreciated at all in itself? Or did it only come to be recognised when it was recreated for the Bohemian Rhapsody film clip?
I like Queen II, The Miracle, Greatest Hits, Made In Heaven, A Kind of Magic, Greatest Hits II and Queen Forever album covers. I don't really like NOTW, ANATO, ADATR covers. Jazz cover is the one I almost hate.
My Queen favorites:
News of the World
Made in Heaven
Who Wants to Live Forever
A Kind of Magic
Im Going Slightly Mad
If I had to choose, my all time number 1 would be a tie between:
*Q II - When I was a kid I remember I found it so enigmatic!
*NOTW - I found very creepy and disturbing watching the guys being killed by a giant robot!
*Live Magic/Killers: It may be just me but I could "feel the energy" of a concert coming from the cover. (I was 12, guys, dont make fun of me!)
*MIH: I remember when I saw the cover, I was working on a record store, as soon as I saw it, I felt a weird nostalgia and sadness...
The band with the WORST album covers, in my opinion, is Riot. Not even crappy punk, ultra super undergroung black metal or weird japanese bands come close to Riot. They are the kings of the worst album covers!
My have is Queen II (which is also my favourite album of all time).
It's just so iconic.
I feel Queen put out some wonderful album covers right up until Made In Heaven. I thought they were all very creative in different ways and eye-catching.
Some of the compilation covers in the past 10 years or so could have been a lot better.
They're pretty darn basic, but I always liked the Greatest Hits (92 Hollywood Records version) and Classic Queen/Greatest Hits II artwork............the classic logo, cool-looking font (I seem to have this font fetish...lol)..........there ya go! Last person mentioned the SHA cover.............ugh, thats probably one of my LEAST favorites.........
I wouldn't even begin to laugh at your listing of Live Killers.
It's definitely one of *my* personal favorites. Vibrant and powerful.
Not only do I think it's one of *Queen's* best album covers...I would go as far as saying it is one of the best album covers from *anybody*.