Credited as the first ever rock album to not display the bands name on the cover art (apparently Eric Claptons’ idea) was the self titled Blind Faith (1969).
The 60′s Supergroup’s only album featured Bob Seidemanns‘ striking photo of a nude, freckly youngster holding a gleaming, chrome, impressionistic sculpture of a jet (the hood ornament from a ‘57 Oldsmobile).
Raunchy album art seemed to be quite the thing to do at the turn of the seventies, but unlike, say STICKY FINGERS, this image is anything but direct.
Compositionally, it’s pretty simple but for a few elements – the superimposition of the head on the sky and the tilted horizon line betray a kind of 60′s/psychedelic vibe (only in hindsight I’m guessing) – but Stanley Millers’ design coupled with the photo produce symbolism and metaphor all over the shop.
Bob Seidemann says “To symbolize the achievement of human creativity and its expression through technology a space ship was the material object. To carry this new spore into the universe innocence would be the ideal bearer, a young girl, a girl as young as Shakespeare’s Juliet. The space ship would be the fruit of the tree of knowledge and the girl, the fruit of the tree of life.”
The American record company disagreed and released this cover with a sensible pic of Ginger Baker, Steve Winwood, Rick Grech and Eric Clapton -
Sorry Bob, but I guess it looked too much like underage jailbait in the buff with a dildo.
Blind Faith cover The Rolling Stones ‘Under My Thumb’ in Hyde Park – 1969.