« on: September 07, 2008, 01:50:42 AM »
I agree about Russell Mills, and I'd add Gone to Earth to my list definitely. It is true when some artwork gets shrunk down to fit a CD booklet it loses its punch: the colors are washed out, details faded, etc.
Have to mention (again) the early 4AD/23 Envelope stuff, too. I think a lot of it shared the same aesthetic as some of those EG covers (i.e. atmospheric artwork). BTW, I always considered "The Moon and the Melodies" to be an ambient album (even though it has vocals and drum programming) and I file it apart from my pop/rock collection.
Amplexus, too, with Stefano Gentile's photography, created some of the best ambient artwork to date, as did Oophoi's Umbra label...