THE WORST MADE SLIGHTLY BETTER: MANOWAR (7)

I really don’t know much about Manowar, but I do know this cover. It’s, well, I don’t have the words really, it’s, erm, fabulous? I had a go at a re-design for this one, nice and simple look. I spent most of the time creating the blank cover which is a Joy Division album of mine that I grunged up.

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THE WORST MADE SLIGHTLY BETTER: The Faith Tones (6)

Well, The Faith Tones have been a bit of an internet sensation, just because of this album cover, such amazing hair, why did this style ever go out of fashion? There has been rather a lot of debate as to whether it was a real recording and cover, or if it was just a photoshop creation. I fall on the side of real. So, here we are at the 6th album re-design, again fairly minimalistic, but the original is so amazing it’s hard to really improve upon it. I had a try at it though.

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Below, it is said, is the title track from the album.

THE WORST MADE SLIGHTLY BETTER: ORION (5)

This next re-design of terrible album covers is rather famously bad and always turns up. I actually saw a copy in my local record store and I really do wish I’d bought it, but I didn’t, it would have been an Irony purchase, I’d have only ever played it once, if that.

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This is by far my favourite of the ones that I’ve done and it took the least amount of time, but, for me, it really works and I have no doubt that if I saw it in a rack of used vinyl it would peak my curiosity and I’d pick it up to see what it was.

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That’s all I have for now but may do some more if I feel up to it. I’ll even take suggestions!

You may not agree that the re-designed covers are better than the originals and, again, I am not the greatest at photoshop, but I’m rather pleased with them.

Update: I found a video clip of Orion and then remembered I’d heard him before, he sounds a lot like Elvis, and there was a time when a lot of people thought it actually was Elvis releasing records under an assumed name. Here he is:

The album is on Apple Music and it’s actually a pretty good listen, he was much better than the album cover suggested.

 

THE WORST MADE SLIGHTLY BETTER: JEFF (4)

This chap doesn’t have a second name, in the same way Elvis was known by only one name, so was this fellow, Jeff. Presumably the reason for the terribleness was mostly down to the prosthetic hand, but I’ve left that in. I’ve no idea what the music is and presume Jeff didn’t play saxophone, but that’s the design that came to me and I stuck with it.

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THE WORST MADE SLIGHTLY BETTER: Eduardo Davidson (3)

So here we are at number 3 in the album cover re-design of some of the worst album covers ever. Now it’s quite clear that on the original album cover Eduardo is just too damn sexy, so I’ve toned that down a bit for more conservative minds.

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The Worst Made Slightly Better: Heino (2)

Number 2 in the terrible album cover re-design is by Heino, although despite it always turning up as terrible, I actually quite like the oddness of the original.

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Have I made it better? I’m not actually 100% sure about that.

The Worst Made Slightly Better: Jayson Lee (1)

I’ve been unwell for about ten days and as a result have not been able to make my way to work. This has left me almost terminally bored so I set myself up in a super comfy position with a graphic tablet and did a little photoshop work. I don’t claim to be an expert at it, however, I did feel that some of those covers that repeatedly appear categorised as ‘The Worst’ could do with a re-design.

I’ve seen a few classic albums re-designed in a different style and they are fabulous, a way higher standard than I can achieve, but the basic materials I’m working with are so bad that it doesn’t take so much skill to improve them, or at least I think I have managed to do so.

The first is by Jayson Lee, here it is:

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I like minimalism and I do love those old graphic designs on Jazz albums, so I’ve tried to emulate that somewhat. Anyway, here is Jayson Lee re-imagined.

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Well, if I was crate digging I’d pick it up to have a look.

 

 

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