The 200,000th album cover was uploaded to the Album Art Exchange gallery today. It was uploaded by prolific AAX user and expert album cover restorer Da Guy. I have posted his notes for the image below. I suppose that it is an appropriate album cover to toast the occasion.
1968 ATCO Records SD33-239 release scanned from the original 12" vinyl LP cover art. The last album from The Fireballs with Jimmy Gilmer. "Bottle of Wine" reached number 9 on the Hot 100 chart before Gilmer left the group in 1969.
AAX user Mediocrates has been busy uploading some very interesting holiday album covers and single sleeves. Below are 10 that I think great additions to the gallery. Many of these covers have been carefully restored.
At 7:30 AM today, the AlbumArtExchange.com (AAX) gallery reached another important milestone. The 175,000th album cover was uploaded by AAX user aae. The cover is a composite recreation of the 1965 U.S. stereo LP cover for Bob Dylan's Bringing It All Back Home.
This cover is an excellent example of some of the special restoration work and composite recreations done by AAX users. This kind of quality work can't be found on any other album art website.
On July 15, 2010, at 2:11 a.m., the Album Art Exchange gallery reached an important milestone. AAX user CDsOfAustin uploaded a set of scans for the Ricky Nelson box set The American Dream: The Complete Imperial and Verve 1957-1963 (right), one of which was the 100,000 cover in the gallery.
I was hoping that the 100,000th cover would be a quality, original scan by an AAX user and CDsOfAustin came through like a champ. The scans of the four CD covers included in the set are excellent examples of the type of images we like to see in the gallery.
Thank you to CDsOfAustin and the many other dedicted AAX users who have helped us reach this important milestone. Album Art Exchange doesn't give prizes or hold contests because that encourges quanitity and not quality. It is important to have both, even if it takes longer to reach milestones like today's.
I'm finding it difficult to believe, but I just uploaded my 15,000th album cover to the AlbumArtExchange.com gallery. I wanted this personal milestone to be memorable and selected a special album cover for the occassion.
Slim Whitman has sold over 100 million albums during a long music career that began in 1945. He is known to people of my generation as a pioneer of television marketing. Whitman was one of the first recording artists to sell his albums through 800 numbers shown on television. His TV ads rans for years during late night movies and afternoon talk shows.
If you've never heard of Whitman, it is probably because you were born too late to see him yodeling during commercial breaks while watching reruns of shows like McMillan and Wife and Columbo. The late Michael Jackson and George Harrison are among the great recordong artists who have claimed to be fans. The YouTube video I have posted below is of the late Andy Kaufman introducing Whitman for a performance on Midnight Special.
The cover art is for a 2010 UK 26-track CD, The Very Best of Slim Whitman. It is currently available through Amazon.com.
I just uploaded the 90,000th album cover to the AAX gallery! It seems like just yesterday when the gallery held 9,000 covers. We all thought that was impressive. The gallery hit the 80,000 mark two months ago. That means it is likely that the major 100,000 milestone will be reached next month.
The 90,000th cover is for the forthcoming album Believe (II) by guitarist Orianthi. The album is scheduled to be released on June 8, 2010. It will be Orianthi's third studio album.
Thank you to all of the AAX users who have added their high quality scanned and edited album covers to the gallery. We couldn't have done it without you.
Today, the AlbumArtExchange.com gallery reached 80,000 high quality album covers. The 80,000th cover was uploaded by website owner Scott Robb at 5:15 PM PST. The cover is Playin' Up a Storm by the Gregg Allman Band.
Congratulations, Scott! And, thank you to all of the AAX users who have contributed to the site. We couldn't have done it without you.
This evening I uploaded the 75,000th cover to the AlbumArtExchange gallery. The album cover was the 1996 compilation album Topolino by British alternative rock band Lush. Thank you to all the AAX users for helping us reach this important milestone.
Jim Flora (January 25, 1914-July 9, 1998), is one of my favorite artists... right next to Paul Cadmus. Both an artist for album cover art and fine art, his tradition continues into the 21st century as young designers license Jim Flora's images for CD covers.
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Jim Flora is best known for his distinctive and idiosyncratic album cover art for RCA Victor and Columbia Records during the 1940s and 1950s. Jim Flora's wildly modernist album artwork for records in the early forties created a "look" for jazz music in a time where film and television footage of jazz musicians was few and far between. Flora covers appeared in many configurations (e.g., 78 rpm set, 10" microgroove LP, 12" LP, 45 rpm 7" set, open-reel tape, tape cartridge, and foreign editions).
Flora had a cartoon like style that in its earliest (1940s and 1950s) incarnations, portrayed a diabolic humor and uninhibited sense of outrageousness. Despite a later reputation for "cuddly" kiddie lit and family-friendly illustrations for mainstream magazines, Flora's fine art--both early and late--was by turns bizarre, playful, comic, erotic and/or macabre. It could, on occasion, shock or offend.
He was also a prolific commercial illustrator from the 1940s to the 1970s, an author/illustrator of 17 popular children's books, and freelanced as a storyboard artist for UPA's commercial unit in New York City. Less well-known is that he was a fine artist with a diabolical bent, who created hundreds of paintings, drawings, etchings and sketches over his 84-year lifespan.
His style evolved radically over the decades; comparing his sharp, edgy commercial work of the 1940s to his middlebrow buffoonery of the 1970s sometimes leaves the impression they were done by two different artists who happened to share the same name (he was always credited as James Flora). It seems that the more popular Flora became, the less "threatening" his art appeared. This is certainly true of his commercial work, which softened and became more generic in the 1960s and 1970s.
Flora dotted many works with images of violence and sexual excess. The cover of The Curiously Sinister Art of Jim Flora is adorned with figures from his 1940s absurdist burlesque painting, The Rape of the Stationmaster's Daughter, as his private fine art, often served as an outlet for the artist's inner demons.
(The Rape of the Stationmaster's Daughter)
Flora's biographer, Irwin Chusid, said that Flora "crafted rhythmic design in unfathomable meters. "Many of his smaller temperas and pen & ink sketches, particularly from the 1940s through the 1960s, featured clusters of unrelated images interlocking like rune-shaped brickwork, every square inch of surface crammed with bizarre figures, some disturbing, some nonsensical, all intriguing. As Flora once explained, "I could never stand a static space." Music was one of Flora's muses, and his montages radiate overtones of improvisation, a one-man band jamming on a canvas.
The 70,000th cover has been uploaded to AlbumArtExchange gallery! It was uploaded by AAX user Gulickson this evening at 9:23 PST. I am always somewhat disappointed when these milestone covers aren’t something really cool, like a classic that is impossible to find. However, I will certainly settle for the Jonas Brothers.
Thanks to all of the AAX users who have helped us reach this amazing number of scanned and edited covers in such a short amount of time.
The AlbumArtExchange is looking for high quality scans of cassettes and cassingles for the gallery. If you’ve got a box of dusty tapes in your closet, get them out a scan them for the collection. These covers are disappearing into landfills faster than the Betamax. Get them uploaded while they still exist.
The AAX gallery has been updated to include two popular forthcoming albums. Glee: The Music, Volume 1 is scheduled to be released in the U.S. on November 3. The 2009 reissue of Barry Manilow’s In The Swing of Christmas is set to drop on October 13.
The AlbumArtExchange gallery is quickly approaching an important milestone. As of today, there are over 48,000 covers in the gallery. This includes both high quality covers and those that need editing. This means that the gallery will soon reach 50,000 covers.
Thanks to all of the AAX users who have scanned and uploaded their covers to share with others. You have helped make AlbumArtExchange the best resource for quality album cover art in the world.
One of the reasons I became an AlbumArtExchange user was that I appreciated that others had shared their efforts and made it easier for me to add cover art to the music that I’d ripped from my own CD collection. It saved me hours of work.
Also, I was unhappy with the quality of the cover art that came with many of my digital downloads. AlbumArtExchange makes it easier to replace poorly scanned and low resolution art that often comes with files from services like iTunes, Amazon.com and Rhapsody.
I predict that the gallery will hit the 50,000 mark by the second week of September. Keep up the good work!
The AlbumArtExchange blog would not exist without all of the users who upload their scanned and edited covers to the gallery. As a tribute to those dedicated individuals, I am making the Sunday Gallery Spotlight a regular feature.
Each week, I will browse through the most recent uploads and choose the ones that catch my eye. The covers I select could be rare items that are an overdue addition to the gallery, or simply something that catches my eye.
This week, I chosen covers of albums by Pink Floyd, Courtney Love, Go West, Deftones and a couple of bands I’d never heard of before. Thanks to everyone who worked on these and the many other covers uploaded last week.
AlbumArtExchange user randysrodeo has just added four album covers of El Vez, the Mexican Elvis, to the gallery. I first became familiar with El Vez (Robert Lopez) back in the early ’90s when I lived in Los Angeles. His live performances are very entertaining. However, I have never listened to one of his albums — and apparently he has released over two dozen albums and singles over the years. Most of the covers are parodies of classic Elvis Presley albums.
Thanks randysrodeo for adding these gems to the gallery. Here is an sample posted alongside the Elvis Presley album that inspired it.