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David Bowie – Aladdin Sane album art

Contributed by Jan Middendorp on Jan 12th, 2016. Artwork published in
April 1973
David Bowie – Aladdin Sane album art
Photo: Jan Middendorp. License: All Rights Reserved.

Rémy Peignot’s Cristal (Deberny & Peignot, 1953) with a blue-white-red gradient, in use of the cover of Aladdin Sane. The sixth studio album by David Bowie was released on 13 April 1973 by RCA Records. From Wikipedia:

The album cover features a shirtless Bowie with red hair and a red-and-blue lightning bolt splitting his face in two while a teardrop runs down his collarbone. It was shot in January 1973 by Brian Duffy in his north London studio. […] In an effort to ensure RCA promoted the album extensively, [manager] Tony Defries was determined to make the cover as costly as possible. He insisted on an unprecedented seven-colour system, rather than the usual four. The image was the most expensive cover art ever made at the time. The make-up designer for the shoot was artist Pierre Laroche, who remained Bowie’s make-up artist for the remainder of the 1973 tour and the Pin Ups cover shoot.

Design by Celia Philo.

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2 Comments on “David Bowie – Aladdin Sane album art”

  1. That SIL digital interpretation of Cristal is from 2007 by George Williams.

  2. Wow. Even for a 1990s freebie (Crystal was originally made in 1998), that’s abysmal quality.

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