Vinyl album cover list

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Differences between Gentle Giant vinyl album covers in the UK vs. USA. (Thanks to Geir Hasnes.)

Gentle Giant

  • UK: gatefold sleeve, lyrics on inside of cover. Spiral on inner sleeve.
  • US: no release.

Acquiring the Taste

  • UK: gatefold sleeve, title in green letters, lyrics in blue on black inside covers. Spiral on inner sleeve.
  • US: same as UK, but title in black letters, lyrics in black on white on one page and white on purple on the other, opening inwards. Blank inner sleeve.

Three Friends

  • UK: gatefold sleeve, lyrics on inside of cover. Spiral on inner sleeve.
  • US: gatefold sleeve, 1st UK album cover with title on the outside, the UK inside cover of Three Friends on the inside. Blank inner sleeve.

Octopus

  • UK: gatefold sleeve, Roger Dean painting, lyrics on inside of cover. Spiral on inner sleeve.
  • US: die-cut jar-shaped cover depicting an octopus in a jar. Blue inner sleeve with lyrics on one side. Later editions were not die-cut.

In a Glass House

  • UK: printed silk screen on cover. Photograph insert. Lyrics on inner sleeve.
  • US: no release.

The Power and the Glory

  • UK: die-cut half playing-card shaped cover, spades and gothic "G's" on the spine. Lyric insert. Blank inner sleeve.
  • US: same cover, with Capitol C trademark on it. Lyrics on inner sleeve. Later editions were not die-cut.

Free Hand

  • UK: ordinary cover. Lyric insert. Blank inner sleeve.
  • US: a different photograph of the same motive on the cover, with Capitol C trademark on it. Lyrics on inner sleeve.

In'terview

  • UK: ordinary cover. Lyrics on inner sleeve.
  • US: same cover, with Capitol C trademark on it. Lyrics on inner sleeve. Some European releases had lyric insert.

Playing the Fool

  • UK: gatefold sleeve, information on inside of cover. The first 10,000 UK copies had a 12 page book inserted presenting the band, but they including no lyrics. Blank inner sleeves.
  • US: same cover, with Capitol C trademark on it. No book. Blank inner sleeves.

The Missing Piece

  • UK: ordinary cover. Green inner sleeve with puzzle piece, NO LYRICS.
  • US: same cover, with Capitol C trademark on it. Same sleeve as UK. NO LYRICS.

Giant for a Day

  • UK: ordinary cover. Mask insert. Lyrics on both sides of inner sleeve.
  • US: same cover in a darker blue. The inner sleeve carried the mask on one side and the lyrics on the other.

Civilian

  • UK: ordinary cover. Lyrics on inner sleeve.
  • US: same cover. Lyrics on inner sleeve. A US promo version had different colors on the cover. The German, French, Spanish and Italian editions carried the lyrics in their respective tongues on the inner sleeve.