Saturday, October 1, 2016

113. Aerosmith - Toys in the Attic

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The original album cover art design is from an illustration by Ingrid Haenke. On this work, the image was copied and flipped (left) and
was used to mirror the original (right)  and the background at the sides was removed.  The idea was to create a rectangular image out
of a square and the joint at centre had to be precise in order to make the letter "A" on the pink drum perfect. 

Shadows were applied  beneath the carpet so now it seems to float and the wooden floor was processed with the Liquify filter in order
to make it look like another layer. What looks like the carpet now is the brown border on the original album cover.

Here's the original illustration by Ingrid Haenke.

Ernie Cefalu,  Creative  Director,  Pacific Eye and Ear:  "After a three-day  meeting  with  Joe Perry and  Stephen Tyler on
this cover,  there was only one  illustrator in my mind that  could give the band what they wanted,  fashion and children’s
book illustrator, Ingrid Haenke. She is a beautiful person and a great artist and In the end this piece is one of Areosmith’s
biggest and most recognized albums of all time."

Here's the original album cover art design.

No. 177, The Virgin All-Time Album Top 1000; No. 229, Rolling Stone, The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time;
No. 274, Billboard, The 300 Best-Selling Albums of All Time

Album design by Pacific Eye & Ear, photography by Bob Belott, illustration by Ingrid Haenke.
Album produced by Jack Douglas. Columbia 1975.

Aerosmith got off to a solid start  with their debut album and avoided the  sophomore jinx with their second.  With their third, 1975’s
Toys in the Attic, they truly took off.

Released in April 1975,  Toys in the Attic   found the  group working to  maintain its rock  audience while  making another  bid for the
crossover success that, to that point,  had continued to flit just out of reach.  Reconvening at the Record Plant  in New York City during
the early winter months of the year,  the band members were  under the gun in terms of delivering new material  —  but after years of
live performance, they were better prepared than ever.

Toys was the first  record where  we had to write  everything  pretty,  much from scratch,”  guitarist  Joe Perry told  Ultimate Guitar.
Jeff Giles on Ultimate Classic Rock

For his review  of Toys in the Attic  for AllMusic,  Stephen Thomas Erlewine  called the  album's  style  a mix of  Led Zeppelin  and The
Rolling Stones riffs,  and said it was filled with songs about sex with a  different style than there ever was before.  Greg Kot called the
album a   landmark  of hard  rock.  For the  Blender  magazine  review,  Ben Mitchell  called  Toys in the Attic  cocaine-influenced and
mentions the songs "Toys in the Attic", "Walk This Way", and "Sweet Emotion" as "standout tracks". wikipedia

(A) Toys in the Attic - Uncle Salty - Adam's Apple - Walk This Way - Big Ten-Inch Record

(B) Sweet Emotion - No More No More - Round and Round - You See Me Crying

"Sweet Emotion" live from AerosmithVEVO on YouTube.