The 50 Greatest Album Covers (2003)

Run Time - 120 min.  |  
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The theme of this typical VH1 "laundry list" special is "What happens when artists and musicians collide?" But as the documentary wends its two-hour way through the airwaves, it is obvious that the visions of musicians and album-cover artists were often beautifully and brilliantly in synch. While many purists prefer the old, classic LP covers for the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, the Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers (with that workable zipper!), Big Brother & the Holding Company's Cheap Thrills (art by Robert Crumb), and Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A., there is representation aplenty from the CD era, notably Nirvana's floating-baby Nevermind and that inscrutable cover for Beck's Odelay. In addition to displaying these famous covers, the special goes behind the scenes with rare footage of the artists' work in progress, and with contemporary interviews from several top musicians and draftsmen.