Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Black Sabbath - Born Again

Much was said at the time that the cover was a copy of the album of Depeche Mode New Life from 1981, but was not it. So I read on the site Minuto do Heavy Metal (Heavy Metal's minute), that this cover was created by Steve 'Krusher' Joule and is a long story.

After confirming that Ian Gillan (Deep Purple) and also the return of Bill Ward (drums) for the album, Don decided to steal as much of the team that worked with Ozzy and Sharon.

Steve 'Krusher' Joule already made the covers of Ozzy and was asked to create sketches for the new album from Black Sabbath, the Born Again. But Steve did not want to lose the work and friendship with Ozzy, he decided to create this basic outline and ridiculous, to members from Sabbath saw it and disapproved his art, but it was not what happened.

Also according to the site of Heavy Metal Minute. Four ideas were sent to cover and one of which was based on the baby on the cover of a magazine called Alive Mind which was released in 1968. Steve made a copy in black and white, created the horns, hooves, teeth and used the oddest color combination that he thought possible.

Tony Iommi loved the cover and Geezer Butler looked at and said, "It sucks, but it is fucking great!". The manager Don not only loved but also decided to make a this baby costume for one dwarf use on tour.

Steve was suddenly forced to make that cover for a large amount of money. After rolling for a while, not wanting to make the cover, he along with his neighbor and a bottle of Jack Daniels, and into the night, quickly made the cover, including all the writing, to receive the combined.

Bill Ward has said he personally hated That's the album cover and According to him, Ian Gillan Told That the press he vomited When he first saw the cover. However, Tony Iommi approved the album cover.

Well, I like this cover and this album, but this cover has been considered one of the worst album covers ever. The British magazine, Kerrang!, ranked the cover in second place behind only, the Scorpions' Lovedrive, on their list of "10 Worst Album Sleeves In Metal/Hard Rock". The list was based on votes from the magazine's readers. Well, tell me your opinion. =)

Monday, December 6, 2010

RIP Peter Christopherson

Photographer, music video director, musician and former partner at design company Hipgnosis with Storm Thorgerson, Peter Christopherson, sadly passed away on Wednesday (December 1) in his home in Bangkok, Thailand, aged 55.

As well he worked as freelance photographer and contributor, then promoted to an assistant to Hipgnosis design studio, then became partner. After he officially left the Hipgnosis he continued to act and he also did art direction for some cover from Peter Gabriel.

Another cover art that was credited to him was, Pink Floyd's Nice Pair. A compilation album by Pink Floyd, re-issuing their first two albums,The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and A Saucerful of Secrets, in a new gatefold sleeve.

Peter Christopherson, rest in peace and thank you for your contribution in cover artwork. 

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Grammy 2010 - Nominees of Best Album Package

I didn't listen any of these albums, but I will try =)

Lets show the nominees of Best Album Package from Grammy 2010.

Oh No Ono - Eggs 
Well, problably you thought: "I could do that!". Yes, you could do that, but you didn't. I always say, design is idea, not only the skill. if you learn Photoshop, or Illustrator, you probably in 2 hour could do this album cover, but we need to consider the idea. The art director of this album package was made by Malene Mathiasson, Malthe Fischer, Kristoffer Rom, Nis Svoldgard and finally, Aske Zidore. 

The Black Keys - Brothers
Like I say, old school is cool. Everyone loves to do a retro design. This Font family is very famous. If you don't remember, just take a look in the Pet Sounds (Beach Boys) album cover. This font is Cooper Black. They have history, but some day I'll tell you more. The art director that made this album was Michael Carney. =)

Anaïs Mitchell - Hadestown 

I love constructivism style. But I think this cover could be better, but, I liked a lot. The art director that made this album was Brian Grunert.

Devendra Banhart - What Will We Be
Contemporary design style. I like this style of urban, abstract and symmetric style. The art director that made this album was Devandra Banhart and Jon Beasley.

Chip Taylor - Yorkers NY
I feel like 50's. I like this style. Remember Alex Steinweiss' (the album cover design creator) style. Like I says again, old school is cool. The art director of this album cover was Andrew Taray.

Well, I hope you like this post. I'll try to listen at least one song of each album. But, I prefer Metallll!! See U soon!