Thursday, February 24, 2022

Music Album Covers with Eyes on Them

A composite image of 36 album covers featuring eyes.
A composite image of 36 album covers featuring eyes.

In a previous post, Music Album Covers with Single Eyes on Them, we showed 36 albums covers featuring an eye (just one). In this post, we show 36 more album covers with eyes on them, but this time, two eyes.

To start with we just couldn't resist leaving out "Private Eyes" (1981) by Hall and Oates, the single "Bette Davis Eyes" (1981) by Kim Carnes, and "Eye of the Tiger" (1982) by Survivor. We admit, these did figure largely in the musical landscape we grew up in. Yes, we are old.

The 36 album covers featured here are just a sampling, needless to say, that caught our eye and that we've listened to.

What catches our eyes in these albums: 

  • The Italian legend Mina (1940 - ) has always featured her eyes on covers and some of her album covers are featured here, including "Olio" (1999) and "Veleno" (2002).
  • Ronnie Spector's (1943 – 2022) eyes – importantly accompanied with eyeliner and teased hair – have often been featured on her solo work and work with the Ronettes.
  • The Pretenders "Packed!" (1990) album cover with lead singer Chrissie Hyndes (1951 - ) with her bangs hovering over the eyes.
  • Dusty Springfield's (1939 -1999) 12th studio album "White Heat" (1982) serving us pop and new wave with a smokey eye on the cover.
  • The debut album of Bette Midler (1945 - ) "The Divine Miss M" (1972) with the artwork of Richard Amsel featuring Midler's eyes framed with blue eyeshadow.
  • The cover "Halo" (2017) by the Argentinian Juana Molina (1961 - ), featuring eyes staring out of a bone. (The title "Halo" is a reference to the Argentine folk legend for the will-o'-the-wisp, known as the "luz mala" (Spanish for "evil light"), which floats above the ground where bones are buried.)

The list of albums featured in the composite are:

1961 The Ronettes – "The Best Of"
1963 Sarah Vaughan – "Star Eyes"
1967 Brenda and the Tabulations – "Dry Your Eyes"
1969 King Crimson – "In the Court of Kind Crimson"
1969 White Eyes – "White Eyes"
1970 Hairy Chapter – "Eyes"
1972 Bette Midler – "The Divine Miss M"
1977 Curtis Mayfield – "Short Eyes"
1979 Vangelis – "Opera Sauvage"
1981 Hall and Oates – "Private Eyes"
1981 Kim Carnes – "Bette Davis Eyes"
1982 Dusty Springfield – "White Heat"
1982 Rainbow – "Straight Between the Eyes"
1982 Survivor – "Eye of the Tiger"
1983 Cats Original Soundtrack
1983 Danielle Dax – "Pop-Eyes"
1984 Willie Nelson – "Angel Eyes"
1985 Idle Eyes – "Idle Eyes"
1985 Jeff Phelps – "Magnetic Eyes"
1986 REM – "Lifes Rich Pageant"
1987 Various – "Who's that Girl"
1988 Danielle Dax – "Dark Adapted Eye"
1990 The Pretenders – "Packed!"
1991 Sarah McLachlan – "Solace"
1992 Bauhaus – "Rest in Peace: The Final Concert"
1995 Various – "A Tribute to Led Zeppelin"
1999 Mina – "Olio"
2002 Mina – "Veleno"
2003 Limp Bizikit – "Behind Blue Eyes"
2004 Mina – "The Platinum Collection"
2006 Paul Simon – "Surprise"
2008 Richard Swift – "Richard Swift as Onasis"
2009 Mina – "Sulla tua bocca lo dirò"
2014 Imperial State Electric – "Eyes"
2017 Juana Molina – "Halo" 
2018 Arat Kilo, Mamani Keïta, Mike Ladd – "Visions of Selam"


1961 The Ronettes - The Best Of
1963 Sarah Vaughan - Star Eyes
1967 Brenda and th Tabulations - Dry Your Eyes
1969 King Crimson - In the Court of Kind Crimson
1969 White Eyes - White Eyes
1970 Hairy Chapter - Eyes
1972 Bette Midler - The Divine Miss M
1977 Curtis Mayfield - Short Eyes
1979 Vangelis - Opera Sauvage
1981 Hall and Oates - Private Eyes
1981 Kim Carnes - Bette Davis Eyes
1982 Dusty Springfield - White Heat
1982 Rainbow - Straight Between the Eyes
1982 Survivor - Eye of the Tiger
1983 - Cats Original Soundtrack
1983 Danielle Dax - Pop-Eyes
1984 Willie Nelson - Angel Eyes
1985 Idle Eyes - Idle Eyes
1985 Jeff Phelps - Magnetic Eyes
1986 REM - Lifes Rich Pageant
1987 Various - Who's that Girl
1988 Danielle Dax - Dark Adapted Eye
1990 The Pretenders - Packed!
1991 Sarah McLachlan - Solace
1992 Bauhaus - Rest in Peace - The Final Concert
1995 Various - A Tribute to Led Zeppelin
1999 Mina - Olio
2002 Mina - Veleno
2003 Limp Bizikit - Behind Blue Eyes
2004 Mina - The Platinum Collection
2006 Paul Simon - Surprise
2008 Richard Swift - Richard Swift as Onasis
2009 Mina - Sulla tua bocca lo dirò
2014 Imperial State Electric - Eyes
2017 Juana Molina - Halo
2018 Arat Kilo, Mamani Keïta, Mike Ladd - Visions of Selam

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