Can anyone solve the CD artwork question?

Adam was sorting through his music collection when he came across something odd about his copies of Siamese Dream by The Smashing Pumpkins and Pluto’s self-titled debut record.

The mystery is on the inside. Any ideas on why these images would be so similar?

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9 thoughts on “Can anyone solve the CD artwork question?

  • January 31, 2020 at 8:23 am
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    I have no idea but there is more than these 2 CD that have the same CD art on them. I can’t remember which other CD’s have them but I know there are more.

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  • January 31, 2020 at 11:17 am
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    It is very similar in concept to the Charisma logo which used the Mad Hatter logo. That image was present on every Charisma vinyl record regardless of the artist. If you look back at your old vinyl records you will find the Virgin Records Gemini logo on many of them. In the early days of CD they tried to keep up with this old vinyl trend but it did not last long.

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  • January 31, 2020 at 11:47 am
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    The images on the left side of both CDs are very similar in style. Probably whoever Virgin used as an in-house illustrator did the same artwork as the theme is essentially the same.

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  • January 31, 2020 at 4:12 pm
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    Virgin Records used that artwork on lots of CDs in that era, presumably when there wasn’t other original artwork to go on the disc itself. Besides the two mentioned in the article, I also recall my copy of Lenny Kravitz’s Are You Gonna Go My Way featuring the same design.

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  • February 1, 2020 at 1:49 am
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    Lenny Kravtiz – Are you gonna go my way? Has same.artwork

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  • February 2, 2020 at 4:58 am
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    Both are on the Virgin label. The logo was used on all their releases. Not a big surprise.

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