|Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake
|1968.06 Circular die cut cover in the shape of a tobacco tin.
|The Soft Machine
|1968.12 Wheels within wheels.
|1969.08 Pop up interior die cut image of the boys.
|The Rolling Stones
|Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol.2)
|1969.12 Octagonal gatefold. This also warrants a mention due to it's unique obi strip. The 'strip' is 2 and a half times
the width of the album cover allowing for the obi proper on the left hand side and a fold over flap for containing the paper foldout.
|Led Zeppelin III
|1970.10 Very busy looking die cut cover with a cardboard wheel of images
(many of faces of the band members).
As the wheel is turned the images come and go in the die cut holes. Arguably a bit too close in concept to "The Soft Machine" (see above).
|L A Woman
|1971.04 Large die cut hole. Band members printed onto a plastic sheet which is glued
into the hole. The yellow background created by the plain yellow side of the inner sleeve.
The German version from 2000 is shown here which is apparently identical to the Japanese
from the same year. The Japanese version is simply a repackage with obi and lyric booklet included.
|Second Album (UK)
|1971.09 A simple but effective die-cut cover, the rainbow on the front cover is made from layered die cut folds.
|Banco del Mutuo Soccorso
|Banco del Mutuo Soccorso (1972)
|1972.01 One of the oddest covers of all time - very hard to find the original vinyl
cover for this due it being about 25% wider and 50% higher than the contents.
|Low Spark of High Heeled Boys
|1971.11 The first of two mock-3-dimensional cubes. The illusion
(pretty unconvincing) was created using a combination of graphics and
the diagonal chops of the top right and bottom left of the front
(1973.01 Their next album (Shoot Out At the Fantasy Factory) was
also cut to the same shape.)
|1972.09 Die cut television set cut out. (Mini LP also has unusual diagonally cut obi.)
|Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso
|Io Sono Nato Libero
|1973 Elaborate die cut cover with multiple foldouts.
|1973 Die cut tin can on the front cover showing the band members inside.
|Not available as a mini LP
|Billion Dollar Babies
|1973.03 The inside of this embossed gatefold cover (a replica of a snake skin
wallet) included a slot containing a largish folded billion dollar note. The other side
included picture cards, perforated so that they could be removed (the purpose of removing
them is unclear).
|1973.09 Die cut into the shape of a bowl of raspberries. The front cover is half sized (just the bowl part). The bowl is also embossed.
|Grand Funk Railroad
|1974.03 3D cover with a die cut pair of 3D glasses!
|Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)
|L'Isola di niente
|1974.04 (approx) Die cut whole in the middle shows an idylic tropical island. When removed
the island is replaced with an image of desolation and destruction (the reality behind the illusion).
|Odds and Sods
|1974.09 Die cut rips in the front cover.
|Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)
|The World Became the World
|1974.late (approx) Similar to the original Italian release but includes a stand up cut out of the volcano.
|1975.02 In a similar vain to their earlier Led Zeppelin III this chunky double album has lots of
windows with lots of images of ... windows some with letters of the alphabet superimposed on them.
Sounds a bit droll overall the effect is worthwhile.
|1976.03 Die Cut window in cover reveals cartoon picture of the band.
|1978.06 Sort of a cross between Led Zeppelin's III and Physical Grafitti. The evenlyspaced die cut holes highlight the faces on the inner sleeve. Early editions included Marilyn Monroe, Lucy Ball and other notables who (or their estates) decided they did not want their images included. Enough copies of the album were released before recall to make the originals less than collectible.
|1978.06 As with Led Zeppelin's (later) In Through The Out Door there were a number of variations in the cover (not just the fact that it was recalled. The image here on the left shows one of the Girls versions (an original vinyl version with original inner sleeve) along side the 2005 Japanese mini LP.
|Godley & Creme
|1981 The band's name and the album's title are created entirely from die cut
holes in the front cover relying on there being an inner sleeve or a shadowy interior to
create the text.
|Dig The New Breed
|1982.10 Center die cut in the cover that shows the vinyl label, also the inner sleeve have the die cut. Not all versions of this LP were released this way.
|The Big Express
|1984.10 Large steam train wheel style die cut cover. Side loading cover with top loading inner.