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Rolling Stone’s 200 Greatest Australian Albums of All Time: The Arty-Facts

Rolling Stone Australia counted down their list of the 200 Greatest Australian Albums of All Time last month, but what about the artwork that adorns these beloved records?

Album artwork from Rolling Stone’s 200 Greatest Australian Albums of All Time

Albums by the likes of Dirty Three, Cold Chisel, and Private Function hold interesting facts when it comes to their associated artwork.

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When Rolling Stone Australia announced our list of the 200 Greatest Australian Albums of All Time in early December, it stirred great debate about the records that made their way into the list. Countless questions about whether one album deserved to be placed above another ensured, while just as many questions were matched with memories of hearing these records for the first time.

But what about the artwork that adorned these famed albums? In many cases, that’s just as iconic as the music they represent. After all, who can forget the exceptional minimalism of AC/DC’s Back in Black, the Australian vibe of You Am I’s Hourly, Daily, or the striking pose on Kylie Minogue’s Fever?

As part of our countdown in the latest issue of Rolling Stone Australia, we also included a small list of arty-facts, which, in addition to being far more interesting than that laboured pun, go deeper on a small selection of the album covers that made it into the list.

Find all these artwork-related facts below, and if you’re keen to see the full list of albums that made the final list, or the equally-large list of honourable mentions, you can do so by clicking their respective links.

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198. Lime Cordiale – ’14 Steps to A Better You’

Their artwork has long been as vital to their work as the music itself, so for their 2020 album, Lime Cordiale ensured that another lino-cut by Louis Liembach would take pride of place as the cover for their chart-topping record.