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    In Absentia is brilliant, disturbing, and is a difficult cover to look at - but so is the basic theme behind the album.
    A perfect match.

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    I'd nominate Starcastle's debut (and to a lesser extent, Rainbow's debut).


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    There comes a point when a cover is so bad it's almost good - the Gong one for example.
    Well, the inner gatefold does make up a bit for the atrocious outer fold... love those vagina close-ups
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    Scorpions aren't prog. Thus sayeth I.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DGuitarist View Post
    In Absentia is brilliant, disturbing, and is a difficult cover to look at - but so is the basic theme behind the album.
    A perfect match.
    A very cool cover for the above reason. When the first person but that down as a worst cover, I couldn't see how that would be on the same list as Big Generator. (I like Talk's simple cover, dislike OYE simple cover. Nothing at all wrong with 90125's cover)

    Speaking of prog covers, why is the new remaster of Rush's Hemispheres a new cover??

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    I’d stick the original British cover to Misplaced Ideals by Sad Café here but... a) it’s not prog and b) it turns my stomach too much to look at it again. Yuck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NogbadTheBad View Post
    I actually like In Absentia.
    I love the album, but the cover gives me the willies. Especially from a band whose covers are mostly extremely interesting, if not always exactly beautiful.

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    Acquiring The Taste is a definite frontrunner.

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    Any progressive rock album that features the band/artist on the cover is automatically uncool, in my opinion. It raises alarm bells. It suggests the music is no longer selling itself, and that the performers are starting to think of themselves as developing a personality cult.

    Yes, to their credit, stopped that practice after their third album.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob_32_116 View Post
    Any progressive rock album that features the band/artist on the cover is automatically uncool, in my opinion. It raises alarm bells. It suggests the music is no longer selling itself, and that the performers are starting to think of themselves as developing a personality cult.

    Yes, to their credit, stopped that practice after their third album.
    They only started it on their third album.

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    Question:
    When walking around school in tough, bleak, early 1980's northern England.
    Carrying which of these albums under your arm is most likely to get you beaten up?

    Option 1: Naked Man showing arse


    Option 2: Naked Man showing arse in 'gay' pose


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    Umphrey's McGee- the Bottom Half. Not sure if it qualifies as prog or not.
    Despite the "jamband" tag, UM is a prog band, they're more "progressive" than some of the stuff that's touted on here. Seen them live 5 times, great shows every time.

    Love Beach got mentioned, nothing to add to that. Tarkus is a great album cover, the inside gatefold is terrific too, it fits perfectly with the title track. Trilogy is meh, I wish they'd used the photo in the gatefold of multiple E, L & P's running through a forest instead.
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    Eulenspiegel (sp?) There's a lot worse than that one, imo.
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    Probably not prog, but worth mentioning in any list of all-time worst album covers:




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    Quote Originally Posted by moecurlythanu View Post
    Eulenspiegel (sp?)
    Eulenspygel 2. There seem to be two versions: one with just the live chick standing on an egg, and one with the addition of a baby chick that has been cooked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob_32_116 View Post
    Probably not prog, but worth mentioning in any list of all-time worst album covers:



    Wow.

    How did I ever miss seeing this. This is...truly...a bad cover.
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    I was going to say "pick any cover by Paul Whitehead," but some of the covers posted here take the cake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob_32_116 View Post
    Probably not prog, but worth mentioning in any list of all-time worst album covers:



    And, the truly sad thing is, the music inside that cover is equal to the cover in quality!

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    Quote Originally Posted by moecurlythanu View Post
    Eulenspiegel (sp?) There's a lot worse than that one, imo.
    like the early Birth Control ones??


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    Quote Originally Posted by InnerPixels View Post
    Fireballet: Two, Too...Attachment 5534 ?

    Always hated this one, good pick..!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve F. View Post
    Wow.

    How did I ever miss seeing this. This is...truly...a bad cover.
    It is, however, based on a true story of lunar cocktail sausages planning to invade the Earth. Of course, it never happened, but only because CSN spilled the beans and they had to target another planet.
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