Recording a masterful opus requires various elements upon completion including producers, songwriters, and musicians just to name a few. Not to mention an artist and a photographer to help showcase and convey the album’s visual concept for its front cover.

In celebration of Black Music Month, we gathered a vast collection of memorable album covers through the years, ranging from Jimi Hendrix’s “Electric Ladyland” to Nas’ 1994 debut hip-hop classic “Illmatic.”

We may have omitted a few, but let us know your favorites in the comments section.

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  • Iconic Album Covers

    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Hell-James-Brown/dp/B000001E77/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1338764314&sr=1-1" target="_hplink">James Brown - Hell</a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Lady-T-Teena-Marie/dp/B000008I4Y/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1338828835&sr=1-1" target="_hplink">Teena Marie - Lady T</a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Love-Supreme-John-Coltrane/dp/B0000A118M/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1338775688&sr=1-1" target="_hplink">John Coltrane - Love Supreme</a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Takes-Nation-Millions-Public-Enemy/dp/B0000024K1/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1338776852&sr=1-1" target="_hplink">Public Enemy - It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back</a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Thriller-Michael-Jackson/dp/B0000025RI/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1338778178&sr=1-1" target="_hplink">Michael Jackson - Thriller</a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Paid-Full-Eric-B-Rakim/dp/B000005HSR/ref=sr_1_2?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1338775186&sr=1-2" target="_hplink">Eric B & Rakim - Paid In Full</a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Foxy-Brown-Original-Soundtrack-International/dp/B000001AAV/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1338766366&sr=1-1" target="_hplink">Willie Hutch - Foxy Brown</a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Green-Is-Blues-Al/dp/B000087DSI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1338761968&sr=8-1" target="_hplink">Al Green - Green Is Blues</a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Criminal-Minded-Boogie-Down-Productions/dp/B000B8I8LO/ref=sr_1_3?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1338775030&sr=1-3" target="_hplink">Boogie Down Productions - Criminal Minded</a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Solid-Ashford-Simpson/dp/B001NE81AI/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1338762405&sr=1-1-spell" target="_hplink">Asford & Simpson - Solid</a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Visible-Silence-Art-Noise/dp/B000001NWQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1338762266&sr=1-1" target="_hplink">Art Of Noise - In Visible Silence</a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Diana-Ross-Presents-Jackson-5/dp/B000001ACV/ref=sr_1_2?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1338762797&sr=1-2" target="_hplink">Diana Ross Presents - The Jackson 5</a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Long-Live-Kane-Big-Daddy/dp/B000002LEK/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1338774777&sr=1-1" target="_hplink">Big Daddy Kane - Long Live the Kane</a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/DIANA-ROSS-SUPREMES-LOVE-CHILD/dp/B003TFSCH6/ref=sr_1_2?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1338762575&sr=1-2" target="_hplink">Diana Ross & The Supremes - Love Child</a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/My-Melody-Deniece-Williams/dp/B004LOCT50/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1338762890&sr=1-1" target="_hplink">Deniece Williams - My Melody</a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Ahh-Name-Bootsy-Baby-Collins/dp/B000002KGK/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1338763159&sr=1-1" target="_hplink">Bootsy Collins - Ahh...The Name Is Bootsy Baby</a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Original-Soundtrack-SPOOK-Herbie-Hancock/dp/B004P75X7Y/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1338763238&sr=1-1" target="_hplink">Herbie Hancock - The Spook Who Sat By The Door</a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Home-Stephanie-Mills/dp/B000002O68/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1338828903&sr=1-1" target="_hplink">Stephanie Mills - Home</a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Love-Deluxe-Sade/dp/B000051XXD/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1338828660&sr=1-1" target="_hplink">Sade - Love Deluxe</a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Reasonable-Doubt-Jay-Z/dp/B00000HZG9/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1338775430&sr=1-1" target="_hplink">Jay-Z - Reasonable Doubt</a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Janet-Jacksons-Rhythm-Nation-1814/dp/B000002GFN/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1338828386&sr=8-1" target="_hplink">Janet Jackson - Rhythm Nation 1814</a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Funkadelic/dp/B000AXWV3G/ref=sr_1_4?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1338763017&sr=1-4" target="_hplink">Funkadelic - Funkadelic</a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Straight-Outta-Compton-N-W/dp/B00006JJ51/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1338776028&sr=1-1" target="_hplink">N.W.A - Straight Outta Compton</a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/People-Hold-Eddie-Kendricks/dp/B000008H9J/ref=sr_1_8?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1338766629&sr=1-8" target="_hplink">Eddie Kendricks - People Hold On</a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Doggystyle-Snoop-Doggy-Dogg/dp/B00005AQF7/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1338777253&sr=1-1" target="_hplink">Snoop Dogg - Doggystyle</a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Iceman-Cometh-Jerry-Butler/dp/B005N0TZY4/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1338764134&sr=1-1-spell" target="_hplink">Jerry Butler - The Ice Man Cometh</a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Great-Adventures-Slick-Rick/dp/B0000024K3/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1338777115&sr=1-1" target="_hplink">Slick Rick - The Great Adventures of Slick Rick </a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Ike-Turner-The-Bad-Man/dp/B004QEZBPU/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1338763391&sr=8-2" target="_hplink">Ike Turner - The Bad Man</a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Midnight-Marauders-Tribe-Called-Quest/dp/B0000004ZA/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1338774660&sr=1-1" target="_hplink">A Tribe Called Quest - Midnight Marauders</a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Good-Times-Kool-Gang/dp/B000001EKC/ref=sr_1_2?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1338763598&sr=1-2" target="_hplink">Kool & The Gang - Good Times</a>

  • Iconic Album Covers

    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Electric-Ladyland-Jimi-Hendrix-Experience/dp/B000002P5U/ref=sr_1_7?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1338763913&sr=1-7" target="_hplink">Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland</a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Rebel-Music-Bob-Marley/dp/B000001FY1/ref=sr_1_2?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1338764384&sr=1-2" target="_hplink">Bob Marley - Rebel Music</a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Love-All-Your-Blues-Away/dp/B001F0H67Y/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1338764557&sr=1-1-catcorr" target="_hplink">Lou Rawls - Love All Your Blues Away</a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Life-After-Death-Notorious-Big/dp/B0000039QA/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1338776421&sr=1-1" target="_hplink">Notorious B.I.G. - Life After Death</a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Come-My-Garden-Minnie-Riperton/dp/B000063BNX/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1338764811&sr=1-1" target="_hplink">Minnie Riperton - Come to My Garden</a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Whitney-Houston/dp/B000002VCQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1338829016&sr=1-1" target="_hplink">Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston</a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Hurts-So-Good-Millie-Jackson/dp/B000HOJNHK/ref=sr_1_8?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1338764917&sr=1-8" target="_hplink">Millie Jackson - It Hurts So Good</a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Aquemini-Outkast/dp/B00000BKI1/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1338776606&sr=1-1" target="_hplink">Outkast - Aquemini</a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Inspiration-Maze/dp/B00022FWKY/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1338765059&sr=1-1" target="_hplink">Maze - Inspiration</a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Back-World-Curtis-Mayfield/dp/B000B9WDIW/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1338765164&sr=1-1" target="_hplink">Curtis Mayfield - Back to the World</a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Mothership-Connection-Parliament/dp/B00008RV1A/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1338765320&sr=1-1" target="_hplink">Parliament - Mothership Connection</a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Rapture-Anita-Baker/dp/B000002H38/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1338828758&sr=1-1" target="_hplink">Anita Baker - Rapture</a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Ecstasy-Ohio-Players/dp/B000MTOL3Q/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1338765420&sr=1-1" target="_hplink">Ohio Players - Ecstasy</a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Juicy-Fruit-Mtume/dp/B0012GMXQU/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1338765548&sr=1-1" target="_hplink">Mtume - Juicy Fruit</a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Everybody-Loves-Sunshine-Roy-Ayers/dp/B000001FNN/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1338765785&sr=1-1" target="_hplink">Roy Ayers - Everybody Love the Sunshine</a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/War/dp/B0000032US/ref=sr_1_10?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1338765923&sr=1-10" target="_hplink">War - War</a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/All-Eyez-Me-2Pac/dp/B00005AQE8/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1338774505&sr=1-1" target="_hplink">2 Pac - All Eyez on Me </a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Rumors-Timex-Social-Club/dp/B00004ZJ0C/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1338766142&sr=1-1" target="_hplink">Times Social Club - Rumors</a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Right-On-MotownSelect-com/dp/B000VZV6QQ/ref=sr_1_2?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1338766227&sr=1-2" target="_hplink">The Supremes - Right On</a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/King-Rock-Run-Dmc/dp/B00000J7IR/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1338777043&sr=1-1" target="_hplink">Run DMC - King of Rock</a>

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    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Death-Certificate-Ice-Cube/dp/B000003B7W/ref=sr_1_2?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1338775345&sr=1-2" target="_hplink">Ice Cube - Death Certificate</a>