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Album Cover of the Week: Stevie Wonder, Where I’m Coming From

Album Cover of the Week: Stevie Wonder, Where I’m Coming From

Album Cover of the Week, Music
I last showcased an album cover from the great Stevie Wonder when I wrote about Innervisions in 2009. Today I want to go back to the beginning. Not of Wonder's career, but of his string of all-time classic albums in the 1970s. For today we look at Where I'm Coming From, released on Motown's Tamla label on April 12, 1971. A few things strike me right away about this cover. First is the very bold use of "WONDER" with its many pictures of Stevie. This was the first album where Wonder really was able to assert full creative control over his music, and I think this cover speaks to that. The second thing is the title -- Where I'm Coming From. It's an unmistakable declaration that this album was intended not to generate profit for Berry Gordy but to let America and the world know what w...
Album Cover of the Week: The Rolling Stones — Sticky Fingers

Album Cover of the Week: The Rolling Stones — Sticky Fingers

Album Cover of the Week, Music
It was on this day 41 years ago that one of the great albums in rock 'n' roll history was released. I'm talking about Sticky Fingers, the 11th studio effort from the Rolling Stones. It's memorable today not just for great songs like "Brown Sugar," "Wild Horses," and "Bitch," but for the classic album cover. As you might be able to tell from the picture, that's a working zipper on those pants. Apparently the zipper caused some problems for record retailers, but not for the reason you might think. What they complained about was that the zippers were damaging the records due to the way they were stacked together. Subsequent shipments of Sticky Fingers had the zipper undone a bit to minimize vinyl damage. As for the seemingly, er, gifted model for the album, it was not Mick Jagger. I...