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    I hereby nominate this. It may not be the ugliest, but nevertheless, it's one of the most unsettling cover images I have ever seen. Something about Leif Segerstram with a teddy bear on his head makes me shudder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aksel View Post
    That doesn't belong in this thread. That is seriously awesome. The leather jacket/red turtleneck combo is badass enough but the light shining right from his groin region really makes it. If he was sporting some quality 80's aviators it'd be perfect.

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    It is certainly appropriate to the music. Von Karajan as the superhero. Very effective
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aksel View Post
    I hereby nominate this. It may not be the ugliest, but nevertheless, it's one of the most unsettling cover images I have ever seen. Something about Leif Segerstram with a teddy bear on his head makes me shudder.

    @ Aksel, I think it's because his eyes look so beady and creeped out, almost matching those of the "teddy bear" atop his dome!
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    Quote Originally Posted by samurai View Post
    @ Aksel, I think it's because his eyes look so beady and creeped out, almost matching those of the "teddy bear" atop his dome!
    I think it's the beard.
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    For sure, that's pretty creepy in its own right! It also looks like a butterfly--or whatever that's supposed to be--has alit on that horrid looking chin hair growth of his {a goatee, maybe? }.
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    All Naxos covers are ugly and boring. They just scream 'LOW BUDGET'

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    Browsing my collection, I've gathered some of my favorites.

    I guess 'Price-Le$$' means they cut all of the visually appealing colors from the budget:


    What can purplish-brown do for you?


    I really don't need to think something went horribly wrong at the printer to know a CD is digital.


    We will visit you in your dreams! Sleep tight!


    You really couldn't find another appealing text color? My eyes!! They are bleeeeding!! I also imagine the pianist singing "If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands!"


    Last, but not least, I would like a moment to reflect the generosity of this label for putting a holographic image letting me know that this is an original. I surely wouldn't have guessed it from the masterful cover design!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Argus View Post
    That doesn't belong in this thread. That is seriously awesome. The leather jacket/red turtleneck combo is badass enough but the light shining right from his groin region really makes it. If he was sporting some quality 80's aviators it'd be perfect.
    Funny, your comments there. Karajan's leather jacket made me think of John Travolta in "Grease." I suppose that cover was done around that time?...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ravellian View Post
    All Naxos covers are ugly and boring. They just scream 'LOW BUDGET'
    Well, as long as the sound and performance is good, I think paying only 7-10 dollars for a CD is worth having an ugly cover.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ravellian View Post
    All Naxos covers are ugly and boring. They just scream 'LOW BUDGET'
    (I agree with the gist of what member violadude is saying). If you think Naxos' image "screams" low budget, then you haven't seen the "real deal." I've got some of these Vienna Master Series on the European (German?) Pilz super-budget label, the performances are generally quite good, but the "look" is not so - bland & boring, all almost the same (but I don't really care about that, really). They're apparently no longer available down here in the Southern Hemisphere, which I regret, as I used to collect them for the general repertoire things. They were sold for peanuts in places like Woolworths & Big W, but those places don't even stock CD's now, let alone classical ones...

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    Quite a few featuring conductor Seiji Ozawa that looked a bit strange. This one for example looked like he was a bit drunk?

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    Sid James wrote:

    Maybe I'm saying something already obvious to you, but that Biber cover you posted looks to me to be referring to the interest in flora & fauna during his time (17th-18th centuries?). I think that's when this kind of scientific drawing came a popular thing - eg. imaging previously unknown species. It also speaks to Biber's music, which was apparently kind of bizarre for it's time (I've not heard anything by the man, but some members here have spoken of his stuff as being almost "atonal").
    Well, that bird has appeared on various different packagings of that CD, I think that this particular version isn't very flattering but several others incorporating the same image look great to me. It's an ace record anyway.

    I wouldn't say that Biber was atonal or particularly strange for his era -I presume what you've picked up on is his enthusiasm for scordatura. In any event Sid, on the more serious issue of you never having heard anything of his (!); let's fix that:





    Anyway, when it comes to horrific covers there's always the classic:

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    Quote Originally Posted by hocket;185206[IMG
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    How very ... assuring.

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