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Nice And Sleevy: Andrew Liles' Favourite Album Covers
The Quietus , November 25th, 2015 11:06

The prolific multi-instrumentalist, Nurse With Wound and Current 93 collaborator and vinyl art devotee picks his top 13 LP covers, tipping his hat to Coil, Cabaret Voltaire and a quintet of dancing banjos among others


Black Sabbath - Heaven And Hell
Without question the finest album ever made is this 1980 classic. There is no argument about it; if you think otherwise, you are wrong. It also has the greatest cover.

It's a wonderful sleeve: subtle, perfect and very funny. Angels having a cheeky fag and a little flutter. An afterlife of utopian perfection would in all reality be a very boring existence. Eternity without angst, infraction and disappointment? It's not for me. I need a little bit of misery and futility, it makes life worth living. As Ronnie tells us on the album: "They say that life's a carousel. Spinning fast, you've got to ride it well."

The cover is called 'Smoking Angels' by Lynn Curlee and is inspired (or stolen, depending on your interpretation) from a 1928 photograph of women having a fag break at a college pageant. Here's the photograph.

If I could own one bit of original art, it would be this. I'd love it hanging above the fireplace, next to the Sabbath Bloody Sabbath painting which I also want and need.