Pink Floyd,” Ummagumma” | 1969
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Album art by Storm Thorgerson

An early, hall-of-mirrors-evoking work that suggests his future as rock’s resident surrealist. (Capitol Records)
One of the bestselling records in history, Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon” is known as much for Thorgerson’s simple rendering of light passing through a prism as it is for the music. (Capitol Records)
This classic image was taken on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank; it’s one of the classic visuals of the arena rock era. (Capitol Records)
Thorgerson’s work on Peter Gabriel’s first three albums after leaving Genesis are some of the great portraits of the `70s -- in the context of an album cover, fine art photograph or otherwise. The first features the artist in a car on a rainy day, the second him scratching lines into the cover, and the third Gabriel’s face melting. (Real World Prod. Ltd)
Led Zeppelin’s final studio album was sold wrapped in a brown paper sleeve. Beneath it was a sepia-tone image of a man sitting in a bar. In an innovative touch, if you brushed the black-and-white inner sleeve with a damp cloth, the images turned into color. (Atlantic)
A striking blue image of humans underwater, the cover was one of five that Thorgerson did for this English band. (Fontana Island)
Like “Audioslave,” the “Stomp 442" cover juxtaposes man, object and set into a trio of question marks.  (Elektra / Wea)
Prog rock purveyors Dream Theater found their perfect designer in Thorgerson. (Atlantic )
Phish’s second live album features a man, a beach and big ball of yarn. (Elektra / Wea)
Weirdo geniuses Ween composed a concept album devoted to a mollusk, and who else could capture that essence better than Thorgerson? The album’s cover is trippy image of an ocean creature as only a surrealist could imagine. (Elektra / Wea)
For some reason Thorgerson spent most of his designing life working on albums by men, but one of his most commercially successful pieces was for the Cranberries, whose sound brought out a different side of the designer. (Geffen)
Post-grunge supergroup Audioslave hit with this album, featuring a typically baffling combination of non-sequitur images. (Sony)
The third studio album by Muse was released in 2003, long before the band became a top-selling arena band. Thorgerson had a knack for that. (Warner Bros.)
Thorgerson’s work was particularly popular in progressive rock circles, where the designer competed with futuristic illustrator Roger Dean for the (often stoned) eyes of rockers looking to trip out while rocking. The Mars Volta understood this and employed the designer to convey its ideas via image. (Umvd Labels)
Only the brain of Thorgerson could imagine the torso of a woman mixed with the bulbous, skirt-like shape of a red onion. (Sci Fidelity Records)
As late as last year, the designer was creating magic. This is British band the Wombats’ 2011 album. (Bright Antenna)
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