This decade’s distinctive style came from many creative minds; for several bands, their album design and image was created by a Japanese artist: Tadanori Yokoo.
(Above – Emerson Lake and Palmer 1972)
His unique use of photo collage style to create a distinctive album cover became a distinctive quality – especially his use of photography, graphics, symbolism and layering to give the album covers depth as well as for those who were curious – a lot to consider.
(Above – Tangerine Dream 1976 & Miles Davis Agharta 1975)
Starting his career in the theatre, Yokoo was fascinated by mysticism and psychadelia that was prevalent in the 1960s. By the 1970s, the Japanese designer was an internationally recognized artist, with a major exhibition at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art in 1972.
The two above from Cat Stevens and Earth, Wind and Fire (1972 & 1976) mix the unique images of the band with well-known images of history, art and religion. And somehow in the 1970s, this as a design that didn’t provoke discussion or controversy.