The Trivial Eye: Album Covers of the '70s

by Jason Toon

When I was a know-it-all teenage punk, I thought the '70s was music's lowest point, a tacky, lifeless Dark Age of audio macrame. Now I think the '70s produced as many vital, thrilling records as any decade save perhaps the '60s. But wherever on that spectrum you lie, nobody can deny that the era - post-'60s, pre-CD - was the heyday of the art of the album cover.

These eight covers may not be the most iconic, or the most beautiful, and certainly not the biggest-selling '70s albums. But together they represent the range and artistry of that decade's embarrassment of album-cover riches. How many of them can you name?

Answers can be found by clicking here. Please post your answers, or arguments, below! But know this: the Trivial Eye is presented for public amusement and no prizes are offered other than that familiar feeling of aggravation that so much of your mind is occupied by useless trivia.