A new cover of Coldplay’s The Scientist is getting quite a bit of publicity for Chipotle and their non-profit Chipotle Cultivate Foundation. The single is featured in a stop-motion animation video called Back to the Start that is intended to bring awareness to the issues of sustainable agriculture, family farming, culinary education, and innovation.
The cover art for the single is a still from the video, which features cute little pink pigs and other characters. If this seems like an unlikely project for Willie Nelson, you must watch the video to see how well it works.
This is a déjà vu moment that I had quite a few years ago and forgot about until I read that Greyson Chance was inspired by the cover of Paramore’s 2007 debut album Riot! for the design of the piano on his recent album cover. Of course, Paramore was probably inspired by the design of the 2001 No Doubt album Rock Steady.
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.
I would like to give AAX user Da Guy a special thank you for the amazing number of high quality vintage restorations he added to the gallery last week. His work is always great, but he really outdid himself this time.
Released in 1993, River of Dreams is Billy Joel’s 12th studio album. The album reached #1 on the Billboard album chart and remained on top for three weeks. It was Joel’s last pop album and featured two Top 40 singles, the title track and All About Soul.
The title and cover art for the album were inspired by the title track, The River of Dreams. The song was nominated for a Grammy, but lost to I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston.
The cover was painted by Joel’s then-wife, supermodel Christie Brinkley. I recall that when the album was released the cover art was both ridiculed and praised. Most of the criticism stemmed from Brinkley’s naive painting skill. Almost two decades later, I like it much better than I did when I first saw it. However, the painting has a very fanciful look that does not connect with the serious tone of most of the music on the album.
Here is video that demonstrates the unpackaging of Young Man with the Big Beat: The Complete ’56 Elvis Presley Masters, the forthcoming 55th anniversary Elvis box set from Sony Legacy. The 5-CD set is scheduled to be released on September 27, 2011. It is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.com.
Our Idiot Brother, the comedy film starring Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, and Emily Mortimer, opened in theaters today. Directed by Jesse Peretz, the film centers on a naive stoner who ruins the lives of his three sisters.
The soundtrack album for the movie was released this week in both CD and digital formats. The album cover is a square version of the promotional poster, featuring a photograph of Rudd daydreaming in a field of flowers. The soundtrack includes tracks by various artists, including Eric D. Johnson, Willie Nelson, and Carole King. Yeah, that will be hip with the kids.
The cover for Joe Jonas’ debut solo album, Fastlife, was revealed today. The album is scheduled to be released on October 11, 2011.
I do not have any information about the photographer and the art director responsible for the cover. It features a photograph of Jonas and a highly stylized background that looks like a lights in motion in a tunnel.