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2014 Album Cover Poll - Results

Post by acroamor » Sun Aug 10, 2014 7:07 pm

Hello everyone! After all of the delays, I'm excited to start rolling out the results for the 2014 AMF Album Cover Poll. In total, we had 504 different albums listed from years stretching from the early 50s all the way to this most recent July. Starting with the 100-51, your favorite album covers of all time were:

99. The Pogues - Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash - 107 points - 2 votes
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99. Sky Ferreira - Night Time, My Time - 107 points - 2 votes
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99. Glenn Branca - Ascension - 107 points - 2 votes
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96. Soundgarden - Superunknown - 109 points - 2 votes
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96. Jimi Hendrix - Axis: Bold as Love - 109 points - 2 votes
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96. Bob Dylan and The Band - The Basement Tapes - 109 points - 2 votes
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94. Faust - Faust - 111 points - 2 votes
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94. Gorillaz - Demon Days - 111 points - 2 votes
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93. Van Morrison - Astral Weeks - 112 points - 2 votes
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90. Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique - 113 points - 2 votes
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90. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication - 113 points - 2 votes
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90. Sonny Rollins - Vol. 2 - 113 points - 2 votes
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89. Andy Stott - Luxury Problems - 115 points - 2 votes
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87. Tangerine Dream - Zeit - 116 points - 2 votes
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87. Tricky - Blowback - 116 points - 2 votes
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85. Funkadelic - One Nation Under a Groove - 117 points - 2 votes
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85. Joni Mitchell - Both Sides Now - 117 points - 2 votes
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84. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible - 118 points - 2 votes
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83. Joni Mitchell - Blue - 120 points - 2 votes
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82. Sigur Rós - Valtari - 124 points - 2 votes
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81. Sigur Rós - Agaetis Byrjun - 126 points - 2 votes
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80. John Lennon - Plastic Ono Band - 127 points - 2 votes
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79. Buena Vista Social Club - 127 points - 3 votes
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78. Bob Dylan - Bringing It All Back Home - 128 points - 2 votes
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77. Bob Dylan - The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan - 128 points - 3 votes
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75. Joni Mitchell - Hejira - 129 points - 2 votes
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75. Deafheaven - Sunbather - 129 points - 2 votes
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74. Slint - Spiderland - 130 points - 3 votes
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73. Talking Heads - Remain in Light - 131 points - 2 votes
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72. R.E.M. - Murmur - 131 points - 3 votes
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71. The Boxer Rebellion - Promises - 132 points - 2 votes
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69. Bruce Springsteen - Born in the U.S.A. - 134 points - 2 votes
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69. Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band - Trout Mask Replica - 134 points - 2 votes
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68. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin - 134 points - 3 votes
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67. Miles Davis - Kind of Blue - 135 points - 2 votes
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64. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - 135 points - 3 votes
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64. The Avalanches - Since I Left You - 135 points - 3 votes
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64. Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes - 135 points - 3 votes
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63. Nick Drake - Pink Moon - 138 points - 2 votes
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61. The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots - 139 points - 2 votes
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61. Radiohead - In Rainbows - 139 points - 2 votes
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60. My Bloody Valetine - Loveless - 139 points - 3 votes
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59. The Beatles - With the Beatles - 140 points - 2 votes
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58. The Ohio Players - Honey - 142 points - 2 votes
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57. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend - 142 points - 3 votes
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55. DJ Shadow - Endtroducing... - 145 points - 3 votes
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55. Frank Sinatra - In The Wee Small Hours - 145 points - 3 votes
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54. Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon - 148 points - 3 votes
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53. David Bowie - Low - 151 points - 4 votes
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51. Tom Waits - Rain Dogs - 152 points - 3 votes
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51. Pulp - This is Hardcore - 152 points - 3 votes
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Tomorrow, I'll be rolling out 50-21 and then the top 20 will be out Tuesday!
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Re: 2014 Album Cover Poll - Results

Post by Nick » Sun Aug 10, 2014 7:10 pm

It's great to see these results! I'm shocked that "The Dark Side of the Moon" is so low!

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Re: 2014 Album Cover Poll - Results

Post by BleuPanda » Sun Aug 10, 2014 7:19 pm

^Seconded.

But I probably should have participated in the list making.

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Post by GucciLittlePiggy » Sun Aug 10, 2014 7:22 pm

The list looks great so far. I also wish I would've participated in the poll, but my computer always had trouble loading the thread. Many of the covers I've seen so far likely would have made it into my list, with Dark Side of the Moon coming in pretty high (maybe #1). Sorry Nick... I should've participated...
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Re: 2014 Album Cover Poll - Results

Post by acroamor » Tue Aug 12, 2014 3:55 am

50. Bob Dylan - Blonde on Blonde - 155 points - 3 votes
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49. Prefab Sprout - Andromeda Heights - 156 points - 3 votes
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48. J Dilla - Donuts - 157 points - 3 votes
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47. A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory - 161 points - 3 votes
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45. U2 - War - 164 points - 3 votes
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45. Johnny Cash - American Recordings - 164 points - 3 votes
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44. Lou Reed - Transformer - 165 points - 3 votes
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43. Vampire Weekend - Contra - 166 points - 3 votes
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41. Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea - 168 points - 4 votes
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41. The Beatles - The Beatles (White Album) - 168 points - 4 votes
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40. Todd Terje - It's Album Time - 170 points - 3 votes
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38. Love - Forever Changes - 172 points - 3 votes
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38. Radiohead - OK Computer - 172 points - 3 votes
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37. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, M.A.A.D. city - 172 points - 4 votes
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36. Dexys Midnight Runners - Searching for the Young Soul Rebels - 173 points - 3 votes
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35. Pink Floyd - Animals - 175 points - 4 votes
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34. Weezer - Pinkerton - 176 points - 3 votes
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33. Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel (1980) - 183 points - 4 votes
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32. Nirvana - Nevermind - 185 points - 3 votes
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31. The Who - The Who Sell Out - 185 points - 4 votes
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30. The Roots - Things Fall Apart - 195 points - 3 votes
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29. Antonio Carlos Jobim - Wave - 197 points - 3 votes
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28. Swans - The Seer - 198 points - 4 votes
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27. Bjork - Vespertine - 211 points - 4 votes
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26. Primal Scream - Screamadelica - 215 points - 4 votes
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25. Milton Nascimento & Lo Borges - Clube da Esquina - 219 points - 4 votes
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23. Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures - 234 points - 4 votes
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23. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes - 234 points - 4 votes
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22. The Smiths - The Queen is Dead - 242 points - 4 votes
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21. The Beach Boys - Surf's Up - 244 points - 4 votes
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Re: 2014 Album Cover Poll - Results

Post by acroamor » Tue Aug 12, 2014 4:51 pm

Alright, and now for your final twenty, featuring a lot of Beatles, a few surprises, and an incredibly close call for 1st place:

20. Blur - Parklife - 244 points - 5 votes
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19. Bjork - Homogenic - 246 points - 4 votes
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18. The Zombies - Odessey and Oracle - 246 points - 5 votes
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17. The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers - 247 points - 4 votes
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16. Beck - Odelay - 262 points - 5 votes
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15. Pixies - Doolittle - 267 points - 4 votes
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14. Patti Smith - Horses - 273 points - 5 votes
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13. Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run - 292 points - 5 votes
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12. The Strokes - Is This It? - 299 points - 7 votes
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11. The Who - Who's Next - 304 points - 5 votes
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10. The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico - 367 points - 7 votes
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9. Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here - 379 points - 7 votes
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8. Joy Division - Closer - 383 points - 6 votes
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7. Radiohead - Kid A - 398 points - 7 votes
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6. The Beatles - Abbey Road - 404 points - 7 votes
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5. The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - 455 points - 7 votes
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4. The Beatles - Revolver - 464 points - 7 votes
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3. King Crimson - In The Court of the Crimson King - 466 points - 9 votes
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2. Miles Davis - Bitches Brew - 469 points - 7 votes
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And your 2014 champion, voted your favorite album cover of all-time, is:

1. The Clash - London Calling - 470 points - 8 votes
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Post by Luke JR68 » Tue Aug 12, 2014 6:49 pm

It's nice to see that *In the Court of the Crimson King* did so well, that probably would have been my number 1 had I submitted a list :D

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Post by Bruce » Tue Aug 12, 2014 6:49 pm

Luke JR68 wrote:It's nice to see that *In the Court of the Crimson King* did so well, that probably would have been my number 1 had I submitted a list :D
Great cover.

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Post by Henrik » Tue Aug 12, 2014 7:18 pm

I'm locking this topic while I move posts to the new Arguings thread.

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Post by BleuPanda » Tue Aug 12, 2014 7:42 pm

Vampire Weekend's Contra is such a mystifying cover to me. It's like a cheap 80s Polaroid equivalent of the Mona Lisa. What does that expression mean? There's so much to be read into that look.

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Post by PlasticRam » Tue Aug 12, 2014 7:47 pm

Thanks for the work acroamor! Pretty funny that those three Beatles albums are often in the top 10 very much like that, though usually it's just standard greatest albums lists.
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Post by Henrik » Tue Aug 12, 2014 7:50 pm

Very interesting and entertaining list!

There are several covers on the list where I just don't see "it", but let me instead list my favorites on the list.

1. London Calling
2. Bitches Brew
3. In The Court of the Crimson King
(Superb top 3!)
6. Abbey Road
9. Wish You Were Here
16. Odelay
29. Wave
31. The Who Sell Out
40. It's Album Time
45. American Recordings
53. Low
57. Vampire Weekend (>Contra)
61. Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
61. Violent Femmes
71. Promises (fantastic!!!)
79. Buena Vista Social Club
80. Agaetis Byrjun
82. Blue
89. Californication
92. Astral Weeks
98. Night Time, My Time

I should have participated in this poll! In fact I began working on a list.
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Post by Henrik » Tue Aug 12, 2014 8:18 pm

It's never too late I hope, so here are a few extraordinary album covers from albums I have never listened to.

Arthur Lenox - Lenox Avenue Breakdown
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Merzbow - Uzu Me Ku
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Dead in the Dirt - The Blind Hole
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A few more favorites at https://rateyourmusic.com/list/frazze/f ... um_covers/
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Post by acroamor » Tue Aug 12, 2014 8:41 pm

Well it appears I made a mistake in the tabulations - there was one album that I accidentally did not list due to a formatting error on my part. That album was:

80. John Lennon - Plastic Ono Band - 127 points - 2 votes
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And the final list will be updated to show that.

And here's an artist-by-artist breakdown of the top 20 artists in this poll including only those artists who placed more than one album in the top 503 (sorry Joe Strummer, you can't win everything).

1. The Beatles: 1871
2. Pink Floyd: 936
3. Radiohead: 791
4. Miles Davis: 699
5. Joy Divison: 617
6. Joni Mitchell: 614
7. Bob Dylan: 589
8. Bjork: 578
9. The Who: 544
10. David Bowie: 472
11. The Rolling Stones: 440
12. The Velvet Underground: 434
13. The Beach Boys: 433
14. Bruce Springsteen: 426
15. Patti Smith: 411
16. Kanye West: 406
17. Beck: 341
18. Pixies: 310
19. Vampire Weekend: 308
20. Tom Waits: 295

Interesting to see how the artists rank up here. The Beatles obviously ran away with the poll (as they should) but I was glad to see Pink Floyd also ranked highly. There are a few cases here of artists with a lot of albums in the 100-200 range getting a huge boost, because they produced a number of albums that a few people liked intensely but none with mass appeal. Examples include Joni Mitchell, Led Zeppelin, Kanye West, and the beautiful and talented Patti Smith.

All artists with two or more albums:

Andy Stott: 216
Animal Collective: 115
Aphex Twin: 218
Arcade Fire: 227
Beastie Boys: 175
Beck: 341
Belle and Sebastian: 124
Bjork: 578
Bob Dylan: 589
Bruce Springsteen: 426
Carly Simon: 105
Daft Punk: 130
David Bowie: 472
Death Grips: 141
Editors: 79
Elvis Costello: 175
Elvis Presley: 110
Funkadelic: 192
Goldfrapp: 77
Gomez: 143 (all from Michel's list, incidentally)
Gorillaz: 206
Green Day: 136
Herbie Hancock: 116
Jimi Hendrix: 170
John Coltrane: 77
Joni Mitchell: 614
Joy Divison: 617
Kanye West: 406
Kate Bush: 233
Kraftwerk: 153
Led Zeppelin: 292
Massive Attack: 90
Miles Davis: 699
Neil Young: 190
Nirvana: 268
Pascal Comelade: 133
Patti Smith: 411
Peter Gabriel: 219
Pink Floyd: 936
Pixies: 310
PJ Harvey: 125
Primal Scream: 242
Public Enemy: 170
Public Image Ltd.: 131
Pulp: 204
R.E.M.: 229
Radiohead: 791
Rage Against the Machine: 87
Red Hot Chili Peppers: 155
Ry Cooder: 87
Sigur Ros: 250
Sonic Youth: 116
Talk Talk: 95
Talking Heads: 239
The Band: 248
The Beach Boys: 433
The Beatles: 1871
The Cure: 126
The Doors: 83
The Flaming Lips: 178
The Rolling Stones: 440
The Smashing Pumpkins: 115
The Velvet Underground: 434
The White Stripes: 187
The Who: 544
Tindersticks: 175
Tom Waits: 295
Townes Van Zandt: 76
U2: 311
Vampire Weekend: 308
Van Morrison: 202
Wilco: 131

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Re: 2014 Album Cover Poll - Results

Post by PlasticRam » Tue Aug 12, 2014 9:06 pm

acroamor wrote:Well it appears I made a mistake in the tabulations - there was one album that I accidentally did not list due to a formatting error on my part. That album was:

80. John Lennon - Plastic Ono Band - 127 points - 2 votes
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What about this cover?

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I actually placed these the opposite way on my list first too. As I understand it, John Lennon's album is John lying on Yoko, and in Yoko's album it's Yoko lying on John. So what I'm saying is that the points are correctly now, but that's the wrong cover. I might be wrong though, very confusing.
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Post by Rob » Thu Aug 14, 2014 9:09 am

London Calling at one? Hard to argue with. Like I mentioned in the voting thread it almost symbolizes the rock or at the very least punk movement in one snap shot.

The final list is great, though i would probably settle with many of The Beatles covers lower (I never "got" the Revolver cover for example). Perhaps even more covers from lesser acclaimed albums, but there is enough from those too lower in the list.

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