Below are 10 noteworthy album covers that were posted to the AAX gallery last week. They were selected simply because I found them to be interesting or a valuable addition to the gallery. They are listed in no particular order.
Below are the 50 album covers that were voted Best Album of the Week in our AlbumArtExchange Blog polls in 2012. They are posted in order from the weeks of January 10 through December 18. Thanks to the readers who took part in selecting the best album cover every week.
For a larger view, click the image to go to the gallery. Most of the covers are available in various sizes.
Blind Faith is a 1969 self-titled album by the English supergroup Blind Faith. The band consisted of Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Steve Winwood and Ric Grech. Supergroups such as Cream and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young had already achieved remarkable success in the late ’60s rock era by bringing together musicians from popular bands. A very controversial album cover is one thing that separates Blind Faith from most of the other commercially successful supergroup projects.
The album achieved instant notoriety because the UK version of the cover featured a photograph of a topless girl holding a phallic airplane sculpture. In anticipation of being banned as obscene, an alternate cover was used for the U.S. release (above right). In the UK and Europe, the album was distributed in a paper wrapper.
There are several conflicting stories and myths related to the album cover. Rumors persist that the model was an underage groupie and that the plane sculpture is a hood ornament from the car of one of the band members.
The truth is that the cover was created by professional photographer Bob Seidemann. Seidemann was a personal friend and of Eric Clapton and is known for his work with legendary rock artists like Janis Joplin. The girl who posed for the photograph was a paid model who did the work with parental consent. The photograph is in every way a legitimate work of art. Recent releases have used the banned cover and the past controversy has been forgotten.
According to our AlbumArtExchange Blog poll, the best album cover for the week of August 7, 2012 is Machine by Ormonde. The cover received 30% of the votes cast by our readers. Cut the World by Antony & The Johnsons was second with 24%. Minus the Machine by 10 Years was third with 21%.
The cover artwork is by artist and photographer Melanie Little Gomez. The design is by Jennifer James Wright.
Pop singer P!nk revealed the cover art for the cover of her forthcoming album, The Truth About Love, on her official website today. The album is scheduled to be released on September 18, 2012.
Credits for art direction and graphic design were not given with the announcement. The cover features a photograph of P!nk (looking very much like Madonna from the Material Girl’s True Blue album) and retro fonts. I am not wild about the composition. The text would probably look better on the right side of the cover.
A new video posted to YouTube by London electronic band Saint Etienne features fans holding their favorite 12″ LPs and singles. The selection of covers is quite eclectic. Many of my favorites are included. How about you?
Words and Music by Saint Etienne is currently available on iTunes and Amazon.com.
Below are six album covers that were preselected from this week’s new music releases. They were chosen based on Amazon.com sales rank and for their noteworthy album cover designs. Please vote for the cover that you think is the best of the bunch. The winner will be announced next Tuesday.
The cover for the forthcoming remix album of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way has been revealed. The album is scheduled to be released on November 21, 2011.
The cover features a black and white photograph of Lady Gaga sitting in what appears to be a melted gown with a high heeled shoe dangling from her mouth. As strange as it is, I prefer it to the motorcycle morph madness that was used for the cover of the original Born This Way album.