Owning your own beautifully framed artworks is something that can really turn a house into a home. But of course, not all of us are art experts. If you can’t tell your Da Vinci from your Damien Hirst, you might be better off framing something that means a little more to you on a personal level. Whether it’s the poster from your favourite film, or a lovely photograph from a family holiday, once it’s inside the perfect picture frame, it’s sure to make the ideal addition to your home.
Of course, when it comes to album art, you tend to get the best of both worlds – in fact, here are five album covers that would suit the walls of any art gallery.
“Unknown Pleasures”, Joy Division
From the time they arrived on the music scene in 1976, to the time that they separated in 1980 following the suicide of lead singer Ian Curtis, Joy Division enjoyed a massive cult following. Though they only made music for four years, the band were hugely influential, with their debut album “Unknown Pleasures” receiving wide critical acclaim for its pioneering sound. The album artwork was also rightfully praised, and depicts a series of pulses received from the first pulsar (a type of neutron star) ever discovered. The image was famously taken from an astronomy textbook and – as the cover does not feature any other images or words – it is effectively copyright-free. We think this brilliant cover still looks modern and exciting today, and would look perfect in a thin black picture frame.
“Dark Side of the Moon”, Pink Floyd
The cover art for “Dark Side of the Moon” is one of the most famous album covers – and indeed one of the most famous images – in history. Like “Unknown Pleasures” it features an abstract image against a black background, with no accompanying text. The image was designed by Storm Thorgerson, who usually worked with photographs, but on this occasion was pressed by the band to create a graphic. In Thorgerson’s own words: “It related mostly to a light show. They hadn’t really celebrated their light show. That was one thing. The other thing was the triangle. I think the triangle, which is a symbol of thought and ambition, was very much a subject of Roger’s lyrics”. This one is a must for any Pink Floyd fans looking to decorate.
“It’s Blitz”, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs might not be as famous as Joy Division or Pink Floyd, but their cool aesthetic makes them one of the hippest bands in history. “It’s Blitz” is another cover free of words, but the vivid, eye-catching and unusual image on the front of this album is so distinctive it doesn’t need any accompanying text. We reckon this egg-centric cover would look (ahem) egg-cellent in a simple white picture frame, hung in a minimalist kitchen. After all – it’s a good reminder of how not to make an omelette…
“Abbey Road”, The Beatles
“Abbey Road” was the penultimate album released by the Beatles and the last time the band all recorded together. It’s famous for tracks such as “Come Together” and “Here Comes the Sun”, but is perhaps best known for its cover: an iconic photo depicting the four band members walking across the zebra crossing outside the Abbey Road Studios, where it was recorded. Though many of the Beatles’ albums have excellent, memorable covers, there’s just something special about that Abbey Road image. For maximum effect, stick this in a wooden picture frame and hang it next to your record collection.
“Born in the U.S.A.”, Bruce Springsteen
If you’re a lover of Americana, then the cover art for this Springsteen album is the perfect thing to hang on your wall. Not only is the Boss an American icon, loved around the world for his music and humanitarian work, “Born in the U.S.A.” is also one of his finest albums, featuring great tracks such as “Dancing in the Dark”. The memorable album art depicts Springsteen standing with his back to the camera, against the red and white stripes of the star-spangled banner. Springsteen was famously photographed by Annie Leibovitz – another American icon – and in the image is wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans, the “uniform” of the blue-collar workers that he celebrated in his music.
“Queen II”, Queen
The image on the front of the “Queen II” album is special for a number of reasons. The photograph was captured by Mike Rock, who had previously worked for David Bowie and Lou Reed. After taking the photo, Rock actually had to persuade the band to use it. Freddie Mercury and his fellow band members initially found the picture too pretentious, but with Rock’s encouragement they went ahead with it, leading to one of the most iconic album covers of all time. A year later, the same formation of dramatically lit faces was used in the video for the wildly successful “Bohemian Rhapsody”, showing that Rock evidently knew what he was talking about. If you love Queen, this is definitely one to consider framing.
How to mount an Album Cover in picture frame
A framed piece of album cover art can make the perfect addition to a home or office, and can also be a brilliant birthday or Christmas gift. However, how you frame it depends upon whether you’re using a genuine album sleeve, or a reproduction in poster size.
Album sleeves from vinyl LPs can be fragile, and you may find it hard to locate a picture frame perfectly suited to the size. If you visit EzeFrame’s custom-framing site though, you’ll be able to enter the specific dimensions needed.
It’s also worth deciding whether or not to mount your album artwork. This may be difficult with an album sleeve, but could add the perfect finishing touch to a poster reproduction. At EzeFrame, you can choose from a number of different picture mount colours and styles. You can even order custom-made multi aperture picture frames, which are the perfect option for framing several CD-sized album artworks.