Remembering John Barry

One of my favorite albums in my parents’ LP collection was the soundtrack for the James Bond film Goldfinger. My twin brother and I used to put the record on the turntable and run around the house playing 007.

Sadly, the composer and conductor of that classic soundtrack, John Barry, passed away yesterday. Barry was a five-time Oscar winning composer who wrote the scores for dozens of major motion pictures, including 12 James Bond films. Barry was 77.

There are 80 images of John Barry albums in the AAX gallery, including the one for Goldfinger (below). Barry’s work ranged from the score for Born Free, for which he won two Academy Awards, to what is considered by many to be one of the worst films of all time, Howard the Duck.

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New cover for Kimberly Caldwell album revealed

kcaldw-withou_02.jpgLast year, an album cover for a forthcoming debut album by former American Idol contestant Kimberly Caldwell was revealed online. The cover for Without Regret (right) featured the singer in a very unflattering pose and with a very severe look.

After being pushed back several times, the album has a new release date and a new cover. It is now scheduled to be released on April 19, 2011, a year after the original date.

The cover has been changed to a much more flattering image by photogragher Ari Michelson. Michelson has photographed artists such as Katy Perry and Lady Gaga.

The new cover has a much softer look. Caldwell appears to be wearing nothing but an oversized sweater. Her makeup has a natural look that works with her hair and skintone.

I am not wild about the font that was chosen for this cover. I wish that had been changed to something a bit more contemporary. However, I have to write that this redo is a major improvement. Caldwell no loner looks like a club-footed she-devil.

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Subliminal Trip album cover time lapse video

I found this cool video on YouTube of artist Christopher Konecki creating the cover for the debut album by San Diego reggae band Subliminal Trip. I do not have a release date for the album. You can check out Konecki’s website for a look at his portfolio.

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Cover for Justin Bieber remix album revealed

The cover for the forthcoming remix album by Justin Bieber has been revealed. Never Say Never: The Remixes is scheduled to be released on February 14, 2011.

There are some things that I like about this album cover. However, I think that Bieber’s face has been Photoshopped too much. It makes him look a bit too feminine. The hoody adds to the feminization. It almost looks like a portrait of the Virgin Mary. One good thing about the cover is that Bieber isn’t scowling. In fact, he’s managing a slight Mona Lisa smile.

Bieber is a very handsome young man. Most of the publicity photos and candid shots of him look great. There is simply no need to erase the character from his face with all of that touch up.

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New and Notable: Lucinda Williams

Blessed, the forthcoming album by three-time Grammy winning singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams, will be released in three different packages. Each of the three configurations will feature a different cover based on a common theme. The album is scheduled to be released on March 1, 2011.

The album packages will include a standard CD and digital album, a deluxe CD set and digital album that will include a disc of bonus material titled The Kitchen Tapes, and a deluxe LP/CD combo.

Each of the covers features a photograph of people holding a sign with the word “blessed” written on it. My favorite cover has to be the one for the LP/CD combo package. Those long fingernails that the woman is sporting make the cover quite a bit more interesting than the other two.

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Déjà Vu: Rolf Julius vs. U2

The cover for Music for a Distance, the forthcoming album by the late German sound and visual artist Rolf Julius, is very similar to that of U2’s 2009 release, No Line on the Horizon. Music for a Distance is scheduled to be reelased on March 8, 2011.

Rolf Julius – Music for a Distance (2011)

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U2 – No Line on the Horizon (2009)

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2011 Oscar Nominations announced

The 2011 Academy Awards nominations were announced this morning. Here are the nominations that will be of interest to AlbumArtExchange Blog readers.

Music (Original Score)

How to Train Your Dragon
John Powell

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Hans Zimmer

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Alexandre Desplat

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127 Hours
A.R. Rahman

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The Social Network
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

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Music (Original Song)

Country Strong
“Coming Home”
Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey

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“I See the Light”
Music by Alan Menken; Lyric by Glenn Slater

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127 Hours
“If I Rise”
Music by A.R. Rahman; Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong

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Toy Story 3
“We Belong Together”
Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

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Wacky Album Cover of the Evening

Butthole Surfers – Locust Abortion Technician (1987)

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