Banned in the USA: Blind Faith

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.

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Kyle Cease – I Highly Recommend This (2012)

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Which is the best album cover for the week of August 28, 2012?

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.

Alanis Morissette – Havoc and Bright Lights

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Divine Fits – A Thing Called Divine Fits

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The Rippingtons – Built To Last

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Slaughterhouse – Welcome to Our House

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Swans – The Seer

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TobyMac – Eye On It

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The Midsummer Station by Owl City voted best album cover for the week of August 21, 2012

According to our most recent AlbumArtExchange Blog poll, the best album cover for the week of August 21, 2012 is The Midsummer Station by Owl City. The cover received 57% of the votes cast by our readers. Destroyer (Resurrected) by KISS was second with 13%. There was a tie for third between The Struggle by Tenth Avenue North and Four by Bloc Party, which both received 10%.

The winning cover features an illustration by Lithuanian artist Gediminas Pranckevicius. Art direction is credited to Sandy Brummels. The illustration is a 2009 work by titled Time. It really is an amazing work of art. Check out the gallery on Pranckevicius’ website to see more fantastic illustrations. There are many that would make equally good album covers. My favorite has to be Wasp Woman Returns.

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Editor’s Choice: August 27, 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.

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Revisited as Vintage: Lady Gaga’s Born This Way

I am introducing a new meme on the blog called “Revisited as Vintage”. The idea is to redesign a contemporary album cover and come up with how it may have looked in another era. To kick it off, here is Lady Gaga’s Born This Way as it would have looked in 1954.

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Déjà Vu: How to Dress Well and Race Horses vs. Rammstein

Last year, German industrial metal band Rammstein released their compilation album Made in Germany. The album art featured photographs of six plaster life masks depicting each of the band members and incorporated into an impressive package design.

Now, two forthcoming albums feature similar plaster masks. Total Loss by How to Dress Well is scheduled to be released on September 18, 2012. Furniture by Race Horses is due out on September 4th.

How to Dress Well – Total Loss (2012)

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Race Horses – Furniture (2012)

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Rammstein – Made in Germany (2011)

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The Tragically Hip – Now for Plan A (2012)

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Which is the best album cover for the week of August 21, 2012?

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.

Bloc Party – Four

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The Darkness – Hot Cakes

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KISS – Destroyer (Resurrected)

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Lynyrd Skynyrd – Last of a Dyin’ Breed

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Anastasis by Dead Can Dance voted best album cover for the week of August 14, 2012

According to our AlbumArtExchange Blog poll, Anastasis by Dead Can Dance is the best album cover for the week of August 14, 2012. The cover received 54% of the votes cast by our readers. That’s Why God Made the Radio by the Beach Boys was second with 29%. There was a tie for third between Top of the World by Slightly Stoopid and Blood by In This Moment, which both received 7%.

The design for the winning cover is credited to Dead Can Dance singer and musician Brendan Perry. The photograph of sunflowers drying for harvest is credited to Zsolt Sigmond.

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