To the best of my knowledge, there are only three “connect-the-dots” album cover designs: (1) John Entwistle‘s brilliant cartoon rendering of the four band members for The Who By Numbers released in 1975;
(3) Sonny James‘s refreshingly unformidable connect-the-dots cover for 1972’s Traces LP.
James would pantomime his rousing version of “A World of Our Own” – originally recorded by The Seekers – for this 1960s televised performance:
forget the song: check out the gargantuan bass guitar wielded by the guy on the porch
Zero to 180 finds it hard to believe there have only been three connect-the-dots covers — and all of them released in the 1970s, curiously enough. Are there others?
While it is true that, three decades later, hip hop artist, J.J. Brown, would take the baton with the release of his 2009 album, Connect the Dots, Brown – regrettably – would deprive his fans the joy of completing the puzzle themselves.
Honorable mention, of course, goes to Jethro Tull for Thick as a Brick‘s elaborate fictional newspaper concept that also included a clever, though puerile, connect-the-dots feature for the kiddies.