"Blue" Albums
March 6, 2014 3:49 PM   Subscribe

I want to make an elementary school music bulletin board full of (color) images of blue albums. They should be either be predominantly blue, or should have "blue" in the name. They also need to be appropriate for an elementary school (so Nirvana is out).

So far I have Kind of Blue and Blue Trane. Also both "Blue Albums".

I know this is somewhat easily Googled, but I would appreciate any suggestions, especially music in various genres.
posted by rossination to Media & Arts (72 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Weezer's The Blue Album. It's their self-titled debut.
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith at 3:54 PM on March 6, 2014 [2 favorites]

Blue Man Group's album covers have a lot of blue on them.
posted by _Mona_ at 3:54 PM on March 6, 2014

Blue Lines by Massive Attack
posted by Tom-B at 3:57 PM on March 6, 2014

Madeline Peyroux' new album is The Blue Room.

Britney Spears' In the Zone album cover would work.

There's Lou Reed's The Blue Mask

And there are a zillion . . . blues albums!
posted by bearwife at 3:59 PM on March 6, 2014

Electric President's "Sleep Well" cover is in shades of blue and they also have an album called "The Violent Blue" but that one has a song called "Eat Shit And Die" so it might be out of the question.

Belle and Sebastian has "The Blues Are Still Blue".

Some more with blue covers or covers in shades of blue: Radical Face's "The Branches", The Shins' "Oh Inverted World", Jonathan Coulton's "Our Bodies, Ourselves, Our Cybernetic Arms", the cover of "Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog".
posted by NoraReed at 4:00 PM on March 6, 2014

One of the backstreet boys albums is blue.
posted by Ms Vegetable at 4:00 PM on March 6, 2014

Joni Mitchell, Blue.
posted by chaiminda at 4:01 PM on March 6, 2014 [7 favorites]

Hooverphonic "Blue Wonder Power Milk" has both Blue in the title and is blue (you could also play for kids with no worries).
posted by crush-onastick at 4:02 PM on March 6, 2014 [1 favorite]

Also, isn't John Lennon's "Imagine" a blue cover? Yes!
posted by crush-onastick at 4:05 PM on March 6, 2014 [2 favorites]

The Blue Nile, Hats (blue album cover)
Isan, Lucky Cat (blue album cover)
Ever Blue Sounds (blue album cover) - it's the soundtrack album for Free! Iwatobi Swim Club
posted by needled at 4:12 PM on March 6, 2014

Siouxsie & the Banshees Peepshow (which you might not want to play for children, well, some of it, at least--my nephew loves it) and Hyaena are both mostly blue and visually safe.

A lot of the Verve Jazz masters series are blue (here is Blossom Dearie's--her "Little Jazz Bird" is blue, too). Regina Spektor "Far" has a big blue piano on it and Over the Rhine's Snow Angels is blue-ish.
posted by crush-onastick at 4:15 PM on March 6, 2014

Disclaimer: I'm partially color-blind, and have great difficulty distinguishing certain shades of certain colors. Apologies if some of these are actually green.


* Great Big Sea's self-titled debut
* The Eagles' Greatest Hits
* Weezer's self-titled debut is often called "The Blue Album" (they have another self-titled album which is green)
* Collective Soul's self-titled debut (Hmmm, I'm starting to see a pattern here...)
* Aqua's Aquarium (I think that might not be kid-appropriate though...)
* Eiffel 65's Blue

I'm sure, several others.
posted by tckma at 4:15 PM on March 6, 2014

Kenny Burrell - Midnight Blue
posted by Tom-B at 4:16 PM on March 6, 2014

True Blue - Tina Brooks
posted by Tom-B at 4:20 PM on March 6, 2014

OP, you might want to mention that you're linking to Weezer's Blue album, so people know you already know about it.
posted by John Cohen at 4:24 PM on March 6, 2014 [1 favorite]

Third Eye Blind's Blue
posted by lovableiago at 4:27 PM on March 6, 2014

Google image search will let you filter results by color. Here's "album cover" filter for dark blue; changing the wording or switching to light blue will get you some different results. A lot of the usual suspects pop up at the top of the page, but if you keep scrolling down you'll find some interesting stuff.
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear at 4:39 PM on March 6, 2014

[sorry, I missed the note in your question about hoping for album suggestions instead of googling tips]
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear at 4:44 PM on March 6, 2014

Orbital's Blue Album
posted by jontyjago at 4:50 PM on March 6, 2014

Albums blue in color:
Belle and Sebastian, Tigermilk (possibly not safe for similar reasons to Nevermind)
Billy Bragg & Wilco, Mermaid Avenue
Brian Jonestown Massacre, Methadrone
Cluster & Eno
The Feelies, Crazy Rhythms
Helium, The Dirt of Luck
Mazzy Star, Among My Swan
Morphine, Like Swimming
The New Pornographers, Electric Version
Portishead, Dummy
Ride, Nowhere
Roxy Music, Siren
Sonic Youth, Washing Machine
Wire, Pink Flag

Albums blue in title:
Charles Mingus, Blues & Roots
Jack Rose, Kensington Blues
Midnight Oil, Blue Sky Mining
Red House Painters, Songs for a Blue Guitar
Too many blues albums to mention
posted by LionIndex at 4:57 PM on March 6, 2014 [1 favorite]

Miles Davis, "Kind of Blue."
posted by MonkeyToes at 5:00 PM on March 6, 2014 [1 favorite]

Kraftwerk, Der Mix
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 5:04 PM on March 6, 2014

Autechre, Garbage
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 5:05 PM on March 6, 2014

Conya Doss, Blu Transition
posted by trunk muffins at 5:08 PM on March 6, 2014

Orbital, In Sides (box set)
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 5:08 PM on March 6, 2014

Sugar - Copper Blue
posted by evisceratordeath at 5:09 PM on March 6, 2014

Peter Case - The Man with the Blue Postmodern Fragmented Neo-Traditionalist Guitar

Sample Track
posted by Kafkaesque at 5:14 PM on March 6, 2014

Elvis Costello & the Attractions
posted by rhizome at 5:14 PM on March 6, 2014

Oop. Missed that this was for elementary school children. That Peter Case album has som elight references to less than savory fare.

I would also strongly caution you against the Blue Mask suggestions earlier in this thread!
posted by Kafkaesque at 5:16 PM on March 6, 2014


Peter Bjorn and John.
Album is blue
Single: Blue Period Picasso.
posted by jjmoney at 5:29 PM on March 6, 2014

Response by poster: These are all great, thank you!

Our school district is going through some contract troubles and so us teachers are showing union solidarity by making all of our bulletin boards blue. Since March is Music in Our Schools Month anyway, I was planning on making an album cover collage bulletin board anyway... what a great opportunity!
posted by rossination at 5:33 PM on March 6, 2014 [4 favorites]

Bowie - Hours
posted by jeffamaphone at 5:35 PM on March 6, 2014

One of the Katamari Damacy game soundtracks has a predominantly blue, kid-friendly, cute cover.
posted by Coatlicue at 5:37 PM on March 6, 2014

- Queens of The Stone Age - Rated R is a plain blue color. (Although I'm not sure if the title makes it a no-go)
- John Fahey: Best of the Vanguard Years
- Sonic Youth: Washing Machine
- Sufjan Stevens: Come on Feel the Illinoise
posted by TwoWordReview at 5:44 PM on March 6, 2014

True Blue - Madonna
posted by LynnDee at 5:49 PM on March 6, 2014

posted by namewithoutwords at 6:18 PM on March 6, 2014

Thelonious Monk - Blue Monk
posted by Lorin at 6:20 PM on March 6, 2014

Fred Weinberg - The Weinberg Method Of Non-Synthetic Electronic Rock and the original cover.
posted by Sophont at 6:27 PM on March 6, 2014

Elton John's Blue Moves
posted by yaymukund at 6:57 PM on March 6, 2014

Blue album cover:

The Beatles: 1967-1970

Blue in the title (album is actually green in color:

Nick Drake: Way to Blue
posted by 1367 at 7:05 PM on March 6, 2014

Boards of Canada: The Campfire Headphase
Breathe Owl Breathe: Magic Central
British Sea Power: Open Season
Cold Specks: I Predict a Graceful Expulsion
Four Tet: Pink (irony)
Modest Mouse: This Is A Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To Think About
Mount Eerie: Ocean Roar
Nada Surf: The Weight Is A Gift
Retribution Gospel Choir: 2
The Rural Alberta Advantage: Hometowns
The Tallest Man On Earth: Shallow Grave
Ted Leo: The Tyranny of Distance
Tinariwen: Amassakoul
TV on the Radio: Dear Science
Yo La Tengo: The Sounds of the Sounds of Science
posted by otolith at 7:11 PM on March 6, 2014

You really need Billy Bragg's Talking to the Taxman about Poetry.
posted by hydrophonic at 7:11 PM on March 6, 2014

The Cranes, Loved; Bauhaus, Swing the Heartache; Curve, Come Clean; TMBG, Dial a Song compilation is blue and appealing to kids.

Pink Martini uses lots of blue in their covers.

My copy of Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Rogers and Hart Songbook is blue, but I'm sure there are lots of variations. Chicago VI looks blue to me, but your mileage may vary. Vince Guaraldi, Modern Music from San Francisco is blue but hard to find.
posted by crush-onastick at 7:12 PM on March 6, 2014

Bright Eyes -- True Blue
posted by madonna of the unloved at 7:46 PM on March 6, 2014

George Jones & Melba Montgomery - Blue Moon of Kentucky
Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps - Bluejean Bop!
Toby Keith - Blue Moon
Sonny Rollins, Vol. 2
Dolly Parton - Blue Smoke
Joe Satriani - Flying in a Blue Dream
John Fogerty - The Blue Ridge Rangers
Big Blue Ball
Ike Quebec - Blue & Sentimental
Nanci Griffith - Blue Roses from the Moons
Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
The Screaming Blue Messiahs - Gun Shy
Jaguares - Bajo el Azul de Tu Misterio
Selena - Live
A whole lot of Roberto Carlos compilations.
posted by hydrophonic at 7:51 PM on March 6, 2014

Anything by The Moody Blues. Other Side of Life and Days or Future Passed are both pretty blue.
posted by neilbert at 7:59 PM on March 6, 2014

Fly Pan Am self-titled LP
mbv by My Bloody Valentine
This Heat self-titled LP
posted by Houyhnhnm at 8:10 PM on March 6, 2014

Car Wheels on a Gravel Road by Lucinda Williams is half blue.
posted by SuperSquirrel at 8:35 PM on March 6, 2014

Another country one: LeAnn Rimes album Blue.

Would anything by Blue Rodeo count, since the word is in the band name? And their album Outskirts is also blue in color!
posted by SuperSquirrel at 8:41 PM on March 6, 2014

Joanna Newsom - Joanna Newsom and the Ys Street Band EP
The Mountain Goats - Sweden
Yo La Tengo - Popular Songs
The Dismemberment Plan - Change
Eels - Electro-Shock Blues
Blur - The Great Escape and Leisure
The Smiths - Hatful of Hollow
Wire - The Ideal Copy
The Knife - Silent Shout
Islands - Vapours
Lamb - What Sound
Madlib - Shades of Blue
Modest Mouse - the reissue cover of The Moon & Antarctica
The Be Good Tanyas - Blue Horse
posted by jason_steakums at 9:19 PM on March 6, 2014

Single rather than an album, but you can still use the image: Bob Dylan's "Tangled Up in Blue".
posted by modernnomad at 9:24 PM on March 6, 2014

The Posies: Dear 23
The Posies: Failure
posted by litlnemo at 9:51 PM on March 6, 2014

Saxon Shore - "Be A Bright Blue" (Their music has no lyrics and is entirely appropriate for kids, although I'm not sure kids would like it.)
posted by AppleTurnover at 9:54 PM on March 6, 2014

Verve Remixed 2 is very blue. An excellent album on its own, too - I'm sure kids would want to bounce around to some of the songs on there, like Manteca and Do What You Wanna.
posted by cmyk at 11:51 PM on March 6, 2014

Dougal and the Blue Cat. Has the added benefit of being completely wonderful.
posted by ZipRibbons at 12:43 AM on March 7, 2014

It has a blue background, but I'd understand if you think it's not blue enough:

Janelle Monáe's The Archandroid

I just think it's too gorgeous for words.
posted by Katemonkey at 1:11 AM on March 7, 2014

"Chance" by Manfred Mann's Earth Band.
posted by jbickers at 6:00 AM on March 7, 2014

Hard Day's Night
posted by johnofjack at 6:15 AM on March 7, 2014

Oh, a couple of the covers from the remix project of Blondie are blue:
Remixed Remade Remodeled, Atomic.

Unfortunately, Union City Blue is a white cover.
posted by crush-onastick at 7:23 AM on March 7, 2014

Heh. Just listening this morning to the Beautiful South's Blue is the Colour. Are you just looking at the images being appropriate for kids, or the whole album content? (You might need to watch it with the first song, if it's the latter--I was also chuckling this morning about the little label on my CD that gave a warning about the potentially offensive blue language in that song.)
posted by dlugoczaj at 7:45 AM on March 7, 2014

Diana Ross - Blue
The Fleetwoods - Mr Blue
Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus
Roy Orbison - Blue Bayou
posted by Hairy Lobster at 4:35 PM on March 7, 2014

Cowboy Bebop - Blue
Dolly Parton - The Grass Is Blue
Otis Redding - Lonely & Blue
posted by Hairy Lobster at 4:38 PM on March 7, 2014

Response by poster: These are all great, thanks everybody! I will try to post a picture of the board when I'm all done. Hopefully we have a fair contract soon! :)
posted by rossination at 9:13 AM on March 8, 2014

Way Beyond Blue by Catatonia is blue and has blue in the title. It is also my favourite album of theirs, but that's neither here nor there I suppose.
posted by danteGideon at 5:48 AM on March 9, 2014

King Crimson - Beat
posted by mintcake! at 9:54 PM on March 9, 2014

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