1970′s Album Covers

Bands in the 70′s had some pretty cool album covers. I guess it makes sense when you consider the 70′s saw bands such as Kiss, Abba, Elton John and The Rolling Stones all release albums.

Design software such as Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign (the big 3 in the graphic design world) were decades away, as computers were still in their infancy. This forced bands to use creative photography and illustrations to tell their story instead of digital graphics. I think that’s why I really appreciate album covers from the 70′s, there is something raw and pure about them. Below is a list of some of the most notable, I hope you enjoy.


wishbone album covers

Herbie Mann

herbie mann album cover

Michael Jackson

michael jackson album cover

Bow Street Runners

bow street runners album cover

Cream City

aalon cream city album cover


abba album cover

Saturday Night Fever

saturday night fever album cover

REO Speedwagon

reo speedwagon album cover

The Beatles

beatles album cover

Led Zeppelin

led zeppelin album cover


faust album cover

Steve Reich

steve reich album cover

David Bowie

david bowie album cover


dreams album cover

Elton John

elton john album cover

Rolling Stones

rolling stones album cover

Fleetwood Mac

fleetwood man album cover

Iggy Pop

iggy pop album cover

Jimi Hendrix

jimi hendrix album cover


kiss album cover

Led Zeppelin

led zeppelin album cover

Pink Floyd

pink floyd album cover

Pink Floyd

pink floyd album cover


funkadelic album cover


queen album cover


ramones album cover

The Rolling Stones

rolling stones album cover


shuggie album cover

The Beatles

the beatles album cover

Talking Heads

talking heads album cover

The Clash

the clash album cover

The Who

the who album cover

The Untouchables

the untouchables album cover

Van Halen

vanhalen album cover

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About calin

Hey, I'm Calin Daniel a graphic designer, online marketer and ex indie-rocker from Calgary, Alberta Canada. I've worked with bands of all shapes and sizes from internationally recognized artists to small-town garage bands. When not geeking out over design, you can find me geeking out over music, online marketing, and zombie flicks.

5 thoughts on “1970′s Album Covers

  1. Pingback: Album Covers Before Photoshop | Noyesfix

  2. L

    Dying to find this album cover from the 70s….had a life raft on the cover with all sorts of items in the raft like a radio paddles clothes strewn about…does anybody remember it? I recall it being associated with the movie Jaws and/or the song “why can’t we be friends”. L

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