Editor’s Choice: April 30, 2012

Below are 10 noteworthy album covers and single sleeves 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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Justin Bieber reveals Believe album cover

The cover art for Justin Bieber’s forthcoming album, Believe, was revealed on the artist’s official Facebook page today. The album is scheduled to be release on June 19, 2012.

According to retail listings, the album will be available in both standard and deluxe versions. The Facebook posting did not specify whether or not the two versions would have different artwork. Also, it did not provide credits for art direction and photography.

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Editor’s Choice: April 23, 2012

Wow! AAX contributors had a very busy week. Over 2,000 album cover images were added to the AAX gallery from April 16 through 22. That has to be a record.

Not only was a record number of covers added to the gallery, a large percentage were rare and noteworthy. Frankly, I am overwhelmed by the both the number and quality of the the recent additions. I may have to do a second feature about them later this week, because I barely scratched the surface today. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard over the last few days. It was great to see so many amazing additions to the gallery!

Below are just 10 of the noteworthy album covers and single sleeves 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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Classic album covers recreated from Pantone swatches

My Modern Metropolis blogger Katie Hosmer has written about British artist David Marsh, who recreates classic album covers using Pantone swatches.

If you are a graphic designer, you will immediately recognize these little squares that represent Pantone swatches in Adobe design software. British artist David Marsh took these functional little squares and turned them into something completely new. Take a step back to get a really good look at the pixilated scenes, which use minimal amounts of colors to form the famous and recognizable artwork.

Source: Pantone Swatches Form Classic Album Covers

Check out the covers on Hosmer’s blog. All of them are instantly recognizable. My favorite is Roxy Music’s Country Life. Other examples include Nirvana’s Nevermind, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon and Weasels Ripped My Flesh by Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention.

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Album Art Flashback: The Residents’ The Third Reich ‘N Roll

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Because it is scheduled to be reissued on CD and vinyl next month, I was planning on writing about the controversial cover art for The Residents’ 1976 album The Third Reich ‘N Roll. Then, I read about the death of Dick Clark yesterday and wondered when it would ever be appropriate. So, I am just going to go for it.

The album cover was controversial because it features an illustration depicting Clark in a Nazi uniform and holding a carrot. The cover also includes several swastikas and cartoon images Adolf Hitler. As one would guess, many stores refused to display the album and it was banned in West Germany, where display of the swastika and other Nazi symbols was illegal. A censored cover (above right) was later created for the German market. All of the swastikas and images of Hitler were covered with a white strip with the word “censored” written on it.

There are several versions of this album cover. The first vinyl pressing can be recognized by the orange carrot, which is gray in second release of the album. The latest reissue will include the original artwork. It is scheduled to be released on May 8, 2012.

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Editor’s Choice: April 16, 2012

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.

Posted by: Vocephus

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