Wednesday, May 13, 2015

19. Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction

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This work is a combination of the original album cover art design (minus the calligraphy) and its replacement. What most people recognize as the album's only cover art design is 
the cross and skulls with each skull representing a member of the band. 

On this work, the replacement album cover art without the ribbon calligraphy is placed at centre. The calligraphy showing the band's name is repositioned at top
left while the other showing the album title is repositioned at bottom right. The calligraphy was removed from the original art and the remaining
image was pasted at right and then it was flipped and the flipped image was pasted at left. Smaller reproductions of the cross and skulls
were then pasted above (at left) and below (at right) the original album art and the red border was added.

This is the replacement album cover art design. 

No. 21, Billboard, The 300 Best-Selling Albums of All Time; No. 32, Entertainment Weekly, 100 Greatest Albums Ever; No. 36, Rate Your Music, The 100 Greatest Albums of All Time;
No. 62, Rolling Stone, The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time; No. 137, The Virgin All-Time Album Top 1000.

"Appetite for Destruction", painting by Robert Williams.

Replacement cover art designed by Michael Hodgson; artwork as tattoo by Bill White, Jr.; redrawn by Andy Engell. Album produced by Mike Clink. Geffen 1987.

The Appetite for Destruction album cover is one of the most recognizable pieces of album art in rock history, but the iconic ‘skulls’ graphic was
not the album’s original cover art. Based on the Robert Williams painting "Appetite for Destruction," the Guns N’ Roses original album
cover depicted a robotic sex offender about to be destroyed by a metal avenger. Due to the controversial nature of the art,
the band and Geffen Records chose to include the original art inside the album’s booklet after various music
retailers refused to stock the monumental record. Source  More

(A) Welcome to the Jungle - It's So Easy - Nightrain - Out ta Get Me - Mr. Brownstone - Paradise City

(B) My Michelle - Think About You - Sweet Child O' Mine - You're Crazy - Anything Goes - Rocket Queen

"Sweet Child O' Mine" live from GunsNRosesVEVO on YouTube.