Best Album Cover Designers

The Top Ten
1 Ernie Cefalu

My dearest friend Ernie, you have created so many jaw-dropping visuals, bringing the unexpected to every client. Your sense of connection and engagement is remarkable. On this day of thanks, I so fondly remember the wonder and emotions that swept through my heart and soul on that wonderful day in Gallery 13, Minneapolis. Walking through the venue with you, taking in every contour, colour, and iconic and lasting visual, the emotion of it all so close to the surface.
On this very special Thanksgiving Day, I give my heartfelt thanks for your love and friendship, your gift to inspire the heart and soul, and your unwavering friendship; it has meant so much to me. Don

Well here we are folks. My friend Ernie Cefalu is launching a new business venture and tonight shared with us a spot on YouTube to reflect his excitement as things get rolling. I'm proud to share this with you tonight. Over the course of Ernie's career in record album cover design (and corporate client design work as well) he and his associates/illustrative staff have created a vast portfolio of highly acclaimed design works over the years, so many that are immediately recognizable. He and his top illustrative artists have become world renowned leaders in their industry and we are proud of his many past successes and look with eager anticipation to the future as Ernie moves forward with yet another ambitious and just as surely successful business venture.

At Pacific Eye & Ear Ernie fostered a tremendous environment where creative genius burgeoned and he and his associates developed a remarkable portfolio of album cover art and corporate designs that were second to none, award ...more

School's Out was one of my very early and most loved albums. Alice Cooper had such a distinctive sound and the band truly rocked! First and foremost, I was drawn to that gorgeous cover design! It took me back to my elementary school days when desktops were exactly like this.
I was transfixed on every inch of that cover. Who would have thought for a second that I would someday befriend the designer of this gem among jewels! The cover was (and still is) so fresh, so original. I stared at this cover throughout the entire 9-song track extravaganza, and the title song just exploded right out of the box! Ernie, you captured this (then) young school boy's heart and imagination way back then, and to this day! Don

Visual artistry transcends qualitative boundaries when it comes to the superlative craftsmanship of Ernie Cefalu. His works have been recognized by the best in the industry. His covers envelope outstanding music contributions to an industry that craves heroes of song as immortal sanctuary to the burdened soul. The imagery cast by this artisan genius represents a powerful component of appeal to heart, mind and soul. We owe him the recognition of a career dedication unparalleled and his extraordinary contributions over the decades speak volumes of his artfulness, achievement and elevated reputation. We owe him celebration for his superior intuition and incomparable execution. How remarkable would that be?!

2 Joe Petagno

He's did artwork for bands such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Nazareth, Motorhead, Marduk, Bal-Sagoth, and Sodom.

3 James Flournoy Holmes

Holmes has been able to translate
the rock zeitgeist for many decades.
A true artist.

I have #10/300 by James Flournoy Holmes... "Eat A Peach" One Of the best of All Time...

4 Abdul Mati Klarwein
5 Hugh Syme
6 Storm Thorgerson

Why the hell is he this low I mean he could be lower but ten is his minimum. His solo pieces are great enough to take on Dali

Storm Thorgerson's Pink Floyd covers are the stuff of legends!

8 seriously? look at all these Pink Floyd and Iron Maiden Covers. They're legends.

7 Anthony Hudson
8 Drew Struzan

Illustrator of no equal.

9 Marcus Keef

Massively influential on photographers... And an entire population of metal-fans... He did the first Sabbath cover. RESPECT!

10 Shusei Nagaoka
The Contenders
11 Milton Glaser
12 Derek Riggs

That man created Eddie (iron maiden's mascot).

13 Neon Park
14 Roger Dean
15 Frank Frazetta
16 John Berg
17 Cal Schenkel
18 Rod Dyer
19 Lockart (Bob Lockart)
20 Klaus Voorman

He did the cover for the Beatles album "Revolver. " This guy knows his stuff.

A great musician with a distinctive art style.

21 Malcolm Garrett
22 Stanley Mouse
23 Norman Seeff
24 Ed Caraeff

Great Artist Ever

25 Dave McMacken

Zappa! The Beatles! Many others.

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