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Venus And Mars Deserves A More Appropriate Cover

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Harry Hotspur, Aug 12, 2020.

  1. Harry Hotspur

    Harry Hotspur Forum Resident Thread Starter

    London England
    I was playing Venus And Mars while flipping through the book that came with the remaster. There are some atmospheric black and white pictures of the band in the studio performing with a host of great musicians. It struck me that these images reflected the sounds on the record and should have been centre stage in the album artwork. They'd have made a better cover than the rather bloated artwork Paul went with. It's mostly a funky LP and shots of the band in a desert don't capture the excitement of making music in a sweaty New Orleans studio. Just an idle thought. Anyone agree with me?
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  2. grorr76

    grorr76 Forum Resident

    who knows it could of been air conditioned.
  3. Bingo Bongo

    Bingo Bongo Music gives me Eargasms

    I've always wondered why Live albums don't have a live shot on the cover. Seems like a missed opportunity.

    Beatles Live at the Hollywood Bowl is a perfect example.

    P.S. For whatever reason, Venus & Mars album cover doesn't seem to bother me.
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  4. Mickey2

    Mickey2 Forum Resident

    Bronx, NY, USA
    To be honest, I can't think of too many really great McCartney, or for that matter, any Beatle solo album covers when you compare them to so many great Beatles covers. All Things Must Pass was pretty cool in its stark bleakness and as a box package, and even POB was good in the beauty of its quiet peaceful simplicity. But not great, and other than that, nothing else stands out offhand.
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  5. bRETT

    bRETT Forum Resident

    Boston MA
    More appropriate for an album called "Venus and Mars" than a shot of Venus and Mars?
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  6. efegarcia

    efegarcia Forum Resident

    I like that cover..!!!..is very....uhmmm.... 70´s.?
  7. Chance

    Chance Forum Resident

    Morris County, NJ
    Oh man, if we're talkin' albums that need a new cover, everything bows before Pet Sounds. :help:
  8. Bemagnus

    Bemagnus Music is fun

    It is what it is:)
  9. maccafan

    maccafan Forum Resident

    I think the Venus and Mars cover is absolutely great and so did others...
    The L.P. comes in an award winning sleeve, being voted the "Album Cover of the Year" by the music industry trade magazine, "Music Week". It is a gatefold sleeve designed by Hipgnosis and George Hardie.
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  10. Arnold Grove

    Arnold Grove Senior Member

    I always thought that the total package with the stickers and posters was great:

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  11. dormouse

    dormouse Forum Resident

    Great album cover. No problem with this one at all. A nice package all round. Of all of Paul's album covers post Beatles, this is in my top 5.
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  12. SteveRes

    SteveRes Forum Resident


    They are balls aren't they?...
  13. Harry Hotspur

    Harry Hotspur Forum Resident Thread Starter

    London England
    Always loved that image of Paul, Linda and Joe English's wife.
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  14. Harry Hotspur

    Harry Hotspur Forum Resident Thread Starter

    London England
    That would have made a better cover.
  15. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan Of Snark

    Central PA
    While you're at it, I'd love to hear your thoughts on how much more appropriate the White Album cover should have been...

    Ringo and George's headshots should have switched places, perhaps? Or "The Beatles" should have instead been printed in braille...?
  16. ProfBoz

    ProfBoz Forum Resident

    Memphis, TN, USA
    Agreed. This was one of my first albums, bequeathed to me in 1975 by my brother, who might have lifted it from a K-Mart, and it felt like the horn of plenty!
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  17. Uncle Miles

    Uncle Miles Wafting in and out of Forum

    Phoenix, AZ USA
    Balls they are indeed
  18. adm62

    adm62 Senior Member

    Toronto, Canada
    Worth 3 points
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  19. rednoise

    rednoise Forum Resident

    Pool or billiard balls.
  20. DK Pete

    DK Pete Forum Resident

    Levittown. NY
    I really have to agree with that, big time. I do like the cover of Ram for it's sort of primitive look and I agree on both POB and ATMP...but beyond that, the artwork for the ex-Beatle album covers leaves a bit to be desired (the "Ringo' album was quite nice but it would have been even nicer if , for the back cover, they replicated the front cover with photo cardboard cutouts al la Pepper of all the "characters").
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  21. Chemguy

    Chemguy Forum Resident

    Nah. It’s ok.
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  22. I participate in the McCartney song-by-song thread and actively bitch about his bad album covers. Some of them are just awful. His former band mates covers are equally crappy for the most part.
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  23. I always thought of this album as kind of iconic.

    This record was always so hard to find even though it had a number one song on it. I had to special order it three times at Record Bar because it was always out of stock.
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  24. Trader Joe

    Trader Joe Forum Resident

    New Hampshire
    Absolutely not. It is great as is.
  25. PsychoBabble

    PsychoBabble Forum Resident

    Eugene, OR
    It took balls to design a cover like that.. Two of 'em.
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