The cover of “The information” appears to buyers as a innocent grid, but within the pack are these stickers (different for each copy) that the fans can clue on the cover obtaining a result original and exclusive. One idea that not only makes the cover of the cd absolutely engaging and lively, but also stimulates creativity itself. The consumer becomes creator of the actual composition. Beck always finds something to involve the listener, both with the music and the art.
“Zeitgeist”, an album that if doesn’t surprise musically, really strikes thanks to its cover produced by Shepard Fairey which portrays, in a densely reddish atmosphere, the statue of liberty melancholicaly immersed in water (in line with recent elevations due to overheating terrestrial). The same creative explains the meaning: “The cover means the end of many of the ideals on which it is based the american society: civil liberties, freedom of speech, and so on. Since 9/11 all that is disappearing. I believe that global warming is a major problem, but also a symptom of the shortsightedness of the United States”. The red widely used by Fairey accentuates the dramatic feeling; it seems that waters are full of blood (reference to the military policy of the Bush administration?). Billy Corgan, the band leader, is an involved artist; often Smashing Pumpkins’ lyrics take up themes such as war, ecology and poverty.
The album cover shows a half-lenght man, or better his muscles and cartilages, surrounded by symbols and fantasies which recall the oriental world. This picture had been done by Alex Grey, a 50 years-old painter who made this particular type of images his war horse. The particularity of the album art is that the cover of Alex Gray is not printed on the front page, as it’s produced by the overlapping of several pages of the booklet transparent, each of whom brings a different print image that overlapped with other creates the final image. The cover is developed not only on the first page, but involves the entire booklet revolutionizing the idea itself of cover. The game of transparencies is repeated on the back of the pack, where we are spectators of another chromo hypnosis.
We must open a parenthesis about the song “Lateralus”, in respect of the references between the disc and cover: on the cover is designed a logarithmic spiral sequence linked to the Fibonacci numbers, based on mathematical series discovered by the latter in 1202 AD in which each number after the second is the sum of the two preceding numbers: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21. The verses of the song “Lateralus” are composed by syllables in order to obtain exactly the Fibonacci series: “Black (1) then (1) white are (2) all I see (3) in my infancy (5) red and yellow then came to be (8)” and so on. A well-kept working and imaginative, that makes this disc memorable for the component of excellent sound quality, and the visual and graphic too, a cover really beautiful and imbued with meaning which moves the artwork in question to the general level of epic album covers.
Vinylux transforms vintage LPs and Album Covers into a variety of gift items – coasters, bowls, clocks, trays, ornaments, notecards, sketchbooks etc. Artist Jeff Davis estimates he will recycle 150,000 LPs and 45s in 2008 alone. What started as his design school master’s thesis project turned into a full time business.
that’s totally funny…flickr always gives us something interesting, but this lego style beatles’ album covers remake goes beyond any of my dreams!
ahahah that’s funny kids!! obviously that’s album case design…
here’s the link to an interesting website by an artist, called Daniel Edlen, who loves drawing on old vinyl albums…check it out!
rolling stone has published it’s readers’ rock list: best album covers of 2008. and the winner is: the killers’ “day & age”! according to me it’s an incredible one: a photoshop filter on a desert landscape which show perfectly the sound of the band
here it’s where i find some interesting album covers by italian artits. hope you appreciate it
why kings of leon always use one object for all their album covers? the entire scene of the square is occupied by a flower, a light bulb or a rooster. primary colors, as white and yellow or black and white or white black and red, show the semplicity of the subjects. simple things, but under strange lights: a wings looking flower; a destroied light bulb; a fighting balinese cock. rock and experimentation (musically and artistically speaking) go quiet always together!