Todays list is based around Nazgul's favourite Uruk Hai album/demo covers. Now, in saying that they are my favourite does not necessarily mean that they are the best covers in purely artistic terms. If the list included the definitive range of technically expert covers, then we would be looking at inclusions from "Iron Age" and from "Black Blood, White Hand" which were professionally done and are indeed most excellent. However, Nazgul being the 'square peg in round hole' sort of chap that he is often prefers the more abstract, unusual or not-so-obvious cover illustration and as such this list is a personal compilation of the pictures that I find most entertaining.
You will doubtless disagree, and may indeed end up fuming that your favourite cover was omitted ("how could Nazgul have not included %$&^....!!!") or consider that the top ten choices are just plain crazy ("why has Nazgul included ^£"%....??!"). Well, that's the way the cookie crumbles, of course, and if you'd like to send Nazgul your personal list of favourites then perhaps that could lead to an updated post in a few months time....
What has come out of this exercise is that a goodly number of Nazgul's favourite covers are from the earlier years of Uruk Hai output, although this by no means knocking the quality of more recent covers. It also seems to prove, somewhat unscientifically, that a colour cover is more likely to stand out in the memory banks that black and white ones.
Anyway, enough of the rambling and onto the list, presented here in traditional reverse order:
10. Von Blinkenden Schwertern Im Reiche Des Nordens
06. Across The Misty Mountains (Far, Far Away)
So there we are, the end of another Top Ten list. It all begs one obvious question, of course, which is "what's the worst Uruk Hai album cover of all time?" Hmmmm, that is a question for another day, methinks....!