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Old 08-16-2011, 09:13 AM   #16
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the third one is really good.
If you like Max Headroom. They are look really dated, but that one is probably the most of them.
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Old 08-16-2011, 09:38 AM   #17
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I like the one with Bono's face and the topless girl, but the rest are crap.
Strangely, the "topless girl" reminds me of Kurt Cobain... Definitely glad the final design won out.
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Old 08-16-2011, 10:03 AM   #18
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I like the one we got too, but some of these are neat to look back on in hindsight.
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Old 08-16-2011, 11:42 AM   #19
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At least it didn't end up looking like this:



or anything else on this list!
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Old 08-16-2011, 01:22 PM   #20
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Glad they went with the design they did because those concept designs would have dated the album. Also remember they chose the final design simply because they couldn't decide on one design based off he photos anton took.
While it is true that they ended up with the current design because a single image from Anton's photos would not do the album justice, I don't think it was a process of 'simply' ending up with the 16-picture grid because everything else failed. Some choice quotes from the Stealing Hearts At A Traveling Show book:
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The decision not to have a singular image on the sleeve was not down to their quality - as Bono has said "each one of those images on the coover could have been an album cover" [...]. Instead, the sense of flux espressed by both the music and the band's playing with alter egos was best articulated by the lack of a single viewpoint. The way the sleeve marked the break U2 had made with their former incarnation as a monumental and monolithic band was what Steve Averill also sees as the reason for the multiplicity of images - "we all began to realise that no single image is ever going to express the large change that they'd made in the music and their approach to recording it."
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The first experiments with laying down a grid of images were initially in a staggered or random fashion, which in turn became an ordered system that allowed, in a way, the power and mystery of the photos to come through more strongly. The front cover is arranged into a series of related parts... there's a certain symbolism of course, the snake, the horned beast, the ring, the star... a deliberate mesh of contrasts. The idea was to get a balance of clour and light... and humour... of abstraction, then contrast that with strong human interaction.

-Shaughn McGrath-
As for the concept designs, most of them were really concepts. Not an attempt to go for the definite cover, but studies into the extremes of what was possible. From what I get, it seems the design team approaches the cover like U2 approaches their music. They 'jam', find the extremes of what is possible and then settle for the actual version of the song or record cover.
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The conception and development of the sleeve designs for the Achtung Baby cassette, CD and LP - and the single releases - were as complex and time-consuming as any of the earlier releases. From scores of conversations, numerous ideas, thumbnail sketches and visual roughs, gradually, over a period of many months, the look of the Achtung Baby emerged.
"These cover designs represent different phases," explains Steve. "The band would see a certain kind of work and say, 'Right, that's fine, that's a direction we've covered, we know we can go, for example, the multiple-image way, but let's just explore totally different ways for U2.' Hence some of these cover ideas which look much more like dance-music oriented sleeves. We just did them to show how extreme we could go and then everyone came back to levels that they were happy with. But if we hadn't gone to these extremes it may not have been the cover that it is now."
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Which page in the "Stealing Hearts" book did you find this quote?

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The decision not to have a singular image on the sleeve was not down to their quality - as Bono has said "each one of those images on the coover could have been an album cover" [...]. Instead, the sense of flux espressed by both the music and the band's playing with alter egos was best articulated by the lack of a single viewpoint. The way the sleeve marked the break U2 had made with their former incarnation as a monumental and monolithic band was what Steve Averill also sees as the reason for the multiplicity of images - "we all began to realise that no single image is ever going to express the large change that they'd made in the music and their approach to recording it."
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No Heino?



Heino.
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Which page in the "Stealing Hearts" book did you find this quote?
Page 38.
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At least it didn't end up looking like this:


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I think MC Hammers post 9/11 album takes the cake!!
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Old 08-16-2011, 09:25 PM   #25
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The stud below looks rather like a young Bono. If we photoshop B's face onto his, and change "Candace Hern" to "U2", this could be the next U2 album cover -- of course, it's got to be a record with a romantic theme. I think Larry will go for it.
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Old 08-16-2011, 10:53 PM   #27
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Put Larry in that picture instead! He's got the body! lol
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Old 08-19-2011, 04:39 PM   #28
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The fourth one is the most similar to the original (well, the one from the cd.)
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i like the one wihe irregularly sized AB photos
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Old 08-21-2011, 08:36 AM   #30
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The stud below looks rather like a young Bono. If we photoshop B's face onto his, and change "Candace Hern" to "U2", this could be the next U2 album cover -- of course, it's got to be a record with a romantic theme. I think Larry will go for it.


but....then wouldn't it be either

His Scandalous Affair


OR


Their Scandalous Affair (?s)





oh i can "hear" Lars nao!


He turns on his FOAD Force Field to #11 !!!!
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