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Best Covers
Pictures at an Exhibition
I like this one for it's cover art by Josef Albers:  
Songs with excellent advice?
Baz Luhrmann - Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)  
Vinyl - One Word - WOW!!
Direct Drive
I second @blisshifi's recommendation: Vintage Kenwood KD 500s are good, affordable DD turntables. Mine has a Fidelity Research FR 54 tonearm and an Adcom HC/E cartridge on it and it is one of the more musical combos I own. Not everyone appreciates... 
most beautiful (looking) speakers
Ojas Artbook Shelf Speaker Kit:  
most beautiful (looking) speakers
Electro-Voice Patrician II from 1983:  
most beautiful (looking) speakers
Stephens Tru-sonic speaker, designed by Charles Eames:  
most beautiful (looking) speakers
Braun L2, design by Dieter Rams:  
Best double live vinyl?
Earth, Wind & Fire "Gratitude" Maze "Live in New Orleans":  
Best double live vinyl?
Curtis Mayfield Live, recorded in 1971 at the Bitter End in NYC:  
Most beautiful turntable under $5k
I like the unobtrusive, industrial, no nonsense look of the EMT 938.  
What stereo equipment do respected musicians listen to?
Frank Sintra next to a Clairtone Project G from the 1965 movie, "Marriage on the Rocks". It was after filming this movie that Sintra, so taken with the Project G, ordered 7 of them for himself and as gifts to his inner circle of friends.  
What stereo equipment do respected musicians listen to?
David Byrne. Looks like a Leben amp and Technics turntable.    
First tube preamp recommendations (under $5k)
How about a restored AR SP-3? Steve Guttenberg seems to like his...: is one on eBay right now: