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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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.

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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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Fuse has posted a video tour of famous New York City album cover locations on their YouTube channel. It includes landmarks such as LL Cool J’s high school to the location of the Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique.




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