Top 10 Music Album Covers that are True Paintings

No cheap photos or computer-made images. This list is about true art.
Here we are ranking the artworks and not the music of the albums.

The Top Ten

1 Lonesome Echo - Jackie Gleason

Created by Salvador Dalí.
Salvador Dalí.
Jackie Gleason asked his friend Salvador Dalí to create a cover to the album Lonesome Echo (1955). Salvador Dalí did it.
This is definitely ART. - Metal_Treasure

2 Fallen - Burzum

Genre - black metal.
The cover art is taken from the painting Elegy (1899) by French painter William-Adolphe Bouguereau. - Metal_Treasure

3 Blood Fire Death - Bathory

Genre - black metal.
The front cover is taken from the painting Asgårdsreien (1872) by Peter Nicolai Arbo, a Norwegian historical painter. - Metal_Treasure

4 None So Vile - Cryptopsy

Genre - brutal technical death metal.
Front cover is taken from a painting by Elisabetta Sirani (1638-1665): "Herodias, with head of John the Baptist". - Metal_Treasure

5 Live - Blind Guardian Live - Blind Guardian

Genre - power metal (2003).
Painting by Andreas Marshall (both front and back cover) - Metal_Treasure

6 Sad Wings of Destiny - Judas Priest

One of the best metal albums, ever, and one of the best album arts ever, - Firepower

Genre - heavy metal (an album of 1976).
Painting by Patrick Woodroffe - Metal_Treasure

7 Imaginations From The Other Side - Blind Guardian Imaginations From The Other Side - Blind Guardian

Genre - metal (1995).
Painting by Andreas Marshall - Metal_Treasure

8 Punishment for Decadence - Coroner

Genre - technical / progressive thrash metal (1988).
It features a portion of "Der Tod als Würger" by German painter Alfred Rethel. - Metal_Treasure

9 Somewhere Far Beyond - Blind Guardian Somewhere Far Beyond - Blind Guardian

Genre - power metal (1992).
Painting by Andreas Marshall - Metal_Treasure

10 Master of Puppets - Metallica

Genre - thrash metal.
Painted by Don Brautigam, designed by Metallica and Peter Mensch. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 In the Court of the Crimson King - King Crimson
12 Something/Anything? - Todd Rundgren
13 As Above, So Below - Angel Witch

It is a copy of "The Last Judgement" by John Martin (1789-1854). - Metal_Treasure

14 To Mega Therion - Celtic Frost

By H.R. Giger - Hans Ruedi Giger (1940-2014) was a Swiss surrealist painter and sculptor known for his dark, often alien-inspired, disturbing and erotic "biomechanical" images. He was part of the special effects team that won an Academy Award for design work on the film Alien.
Fun fact: one of the Celtic Frost band members was so inspired that he later became Giger's part time assistant. - Metal_Treasure

15 Danzig III: How the Gods Kill - Danzig

Another one by H.R. Giger - Metal_Treasure

16 Brain Salad Surgery - Emerson, Lake & Palmer

More by H.R. Giger - the English progressive rock supergroup was one of the first music acts to use Giger's work (1973) - Metal_Treasure

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