Churchwood – Churchwood (2011)
Tonight, the American Idol contestants sang the songs of rock legend Elton John. Several of the performances were very good. A couple of them were a bit strange, such a Naima’s reggae version of I’m Still Standing.
All of the studio versions of the songs performed this evening can be purchased on the weekly iTunes compilation album for a bargain price. The songs can also be purchased as individual singles.
As usual, the cover art for this week’s album and the singles can be viewed in the AAX gallery.
Last month, I wrote about the forthcoming 45 CD box set from The Rolling Stones. The set is scheduled for release on April 11, 2011.
A video preview of this amazing package was recently posted on the band’s official YouTube channel and I can’t quit watching it. Priced at just under $200, this set is still a bargain (it is about $4.45 per disc).
About an hour ago, I noticed a tweet from Gibson Guitar that asked, “Is this the most famous album cover in history? (If not, what is??)” The tweet included a link to an article on the Gibson website about the making of the cover for The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (below right).
While I agree that the cover for Sgt. Pepper’s is famous and iconic, I do not believe that it is the most iconic album cover in history. It is not even the most iconic album cover in The Beatles’ discography.
I believe that the cover for Abbey Road (below) is the most famous and most iconic by The Beatles. It is undoubtedly the first that comes to mind when you ask people to name a “famous album cover by The Beatles” — try it.
Both album covers have been copied and parodied countless times. However, Abbey Road still compels tourists to the location where the photograph was taken. Many people today cannot even name most of the celebrities on the Sgt. Pepper’s cover.
I also believe that there are many album covers that can be regarded as the “most iconic” simply because young people continue to display it on their bedroom walls. You can walk into any college dorm today and see a poster of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon (below). The Beatles? Not so much.
The cover art and released date for the debut album by classical crossover vocalist Jackie Evancho was revealed via new release today. The nearly 11-year-old artist gained international attention during her 2010 appearances on the U.S. talent show America’s Got Talent. The album, Dream with Me, is scheduled to be released by SYCO/Columbia Records on June 14, 2011.
The world of Japanese pop music is often one big WTF?! experience. There are many genres based on thing like anime and seemingly kinky schoolgirl fantasies that are difficult for Westerners to understand or appreciate.
S/mileage is a group that is fairly typical. Their name is said to be an amalgamation of the English words smile, mileage, and age, which together is supposed to mean the age of smiles. Yeah. Right.
The cover art for the group’s forthcoming single Koi ni Booing Bu! is especially creepy. Not only are the members dressed up in pink satin schoolgirl outfits, they are wearing furry pig ears and noses. While the girls are made up to look as if they are about 12, they are all over the age of 16. WTF?!
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.
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Wacky! What is it with octopuses on heads? My first “Wacky Album Cover of the Evening” was Omar Rodríguez-López’s 2010 album Cizaña de los Amores. This was followed up with the photographer and artist Herbert Ritts and his work “Djimon with Octopus, Hollywood, 1989”.
The Japanese indie band Qomolangma Tomato have also used a cephalopod mollusc as headwear in their cover art, this time, I assume, as camouflage.
The girl in the cover below doesn’t look very camouflaged to me. Cool name for a band though! Say it really fast three times.
Qomolangma Tomato – Camouflage (2009)
Today is Leonard Nimoy’s 80th birthday. To commemorate the birth of the legendary actor, director, poet, musician and photographer, here is an album art flashback to 1967. That was the year that Nimoy’s debut album, Leonard Nimoy Presents Mr. Spock’s Music from Outer Space, was released by Dot Records.
The record features songs by Nimoy, sound effects, instrumentals, and science fiction-themed spoken word narration. Autographed copies of the original LP (right) are highly sought after by Star Trek fans. Nimoy made many public appearances to promote the album and unsigned copies of the LP can usually be found on eBay.
The album was re-released on CD in 1995 by Varèse Sarabande Records with additional tracks from Nimoy’s second album, Two Sides of Leonard Nimoy.
The cover used for the reissue is basically the same as that of the original LP, with the Dot logo, catalog numbers and stereo banner removed. New copies of the CD are listed on Amazon.com at prices ranging from $85 to $180. Beware of poor-quality bootlegs if you’re inclined to purchase it.