Just imagine recreating 10 of the most classic illustrations of rock album covers using all techniques available in today’s market such as Photoshop and 3D. A daring project which took over 18 years to turn from a dream into reality.
I have always been into rock and had a band like any teenage rock fan. I soon realized the guitar was not my talent, but the art on the album covers which have always fascinated me. I decided to study Graphic Design in Rio de Janeiro to be able to create album covers.
I ended up working in publicity and became a partner at Platinum FMD, an International Multi Awarded company that specializes in image and video. In its 27 years, Platinum has already won numerous awards such as 9 Cannes Lions, 5 NY Festival Clios, 5 London Festival Awards, etc. One of its images is, in fact, a part of the permanent archive in Louvre.
However, I have never given up my dream and managed to create CD covers of some national bands in my spare time.
In contact with the most modern techniques of image creation on the market, I increasingly saw more possibilities to make my dream of recreating some covers which influenced me as an artist come true. Therefore, I decided to get together with some talented partners I have worked with during 20 years as an image professional and finally put the project into practice.
That is how the Rock ReCover Project was born. A project dedicated not only to rock fans, but also art fans in general, who will be able to see the transformation of surreal illustrations into ultra-realistic photography with the interpretation of the biggest names of photography and digital art in the world.
Compare the illustrations and images and pick your favorite one!
Pink Floyd - The Wall (1979)
Original artist: Storm Thorgerson, Post-production: Flavio Albino, Flavio Teixeira
It is the eleventh studio album by this English rock band. The Wall initially received mixed reviews from critics, many of whom found it overblown and pretentious. It later came to be considered one of the greatest albums of all time, as well as being one of the most well-known concept albums. It has sold more than 24 million copies, is the second best-selling in the band's catalog, and is one of the best-selling of all time. Some of the outtakes from the recording sessions were later used on the group's next album, The Final Cut (1983). In 2003, Rolling Stone listed The Wall at number 87 on its list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.
Whitesnake - Come An’get It (1981)
Original artist: Malcom Horton, CGI: Rafael Dioli, Post-production: Flavio Albino
It is the fourth studio album by English hard rock band. Whitesnake's highest-charting release in the UK, hitting No. 2. “Don't Break My Heart Again” and “Would I Lie to You” were released as singles, the former making the UK Top 20.
Green Day - American Idiot (2004)
Original artist: Chris Bilheimer, Photo: Leonardo Vilela, Luciano Honorato, CGI: Fábio Bispo, Post-production: Flavio Albino
A concept album dubbed a "punk rock opera” by the band members, American Idiot follows the story of Jesus of Suburbia, a lower-middle-class American adolescent anti-hero. Through its plot, the album expresses the disillusionment and dissent of a generation that came of age in a period shaped by tumultuous events such as the Iraq War. American Idiot marked a career comeback for Green Day following a period of decreased success. It charted in 27 countries, peaking at number one in 19, and eventually sold 16 million copies worldwide. The album spawned five successful singles: “American Idiot’, "Boulevard of Broken Dreams”, “Holiday”, "Wake Me Up When September Ends" and “Jesus of Suburbia". American Idiot was well-received critically and won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album in 2005. Its success inspired a Broadway musical and a planned feature film adaptation. It has been praised in the years following its release, appearing on several year-end and decade-end lists.
Rainbow - Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow (1975)
Original artist: David Willardson, CGI: Dimitriy Glazyrin, Complemetary CGI : Felipe Rangel, Post-production: Dimitriy Glazyrin, Flavio Albnio, Adriana Cardozo
It is the first studio album by this British rock band. The original vinyl release had a gatefold sleeve, although later budget reissues on Polydor reduced to a single sleeve. The album's songs have been performed by subsequent Rainbow line-ups. The album was widely praised for its fantasy/heroic-like lyrical content and the innovative rock style. UK Albums Chart - 11. Billboard 200 (USA) - 30. UK - Silver.
AC/DC - Flick Of The Switch (1983)
Original artist: Brent Richardson, Photo: Daryan Dornelles, CGI: Rafael Dioli, Post-production: Flavio Albino
It is the ninth studio album by this Australian hard rock band. Recorded shortly after their 1982 European Tour at the beginning of 1983, the album was originally released with little promotion in the US on 15 August 1983. The album reached #4 in the UK and #15 in the US and has been certified platinum by the RIAA.>
Iron Maiden - Fear Of The Dark (1992)
Original artist: Melvyn Grant, CGI: Bruno Nunes, Post-production: Flavio Albino, Adriana Cardozo
It is the ninth studio album released by this English heavy metal band. It was the group's first not to be designed by artist Derek Riggs, whose contributions were rejected in favour of Melvyn Grant's. Fear of the Dark was ranked No. 8 on Guitar World magazine's top ten list of guitar albums of 1992. Fear of the Dark became the third Iron Maiden album to top the UK Albums Chart. It is the band’s most successful record in North America after the inception of Nielsen SoundScan in 1991, with 438,000 copies sold as of 2008.
Cream - Wheels Of Fire (1968)
Original artist: Martin Shar, CGI: Luan Rossi, Sacha Carletti, Post-production: Flavio Albino
Is the third album by this British rock band. Two-disc vinyl LP with one disc recorded in the studio and the other recorded live. It reached number three in the United Kingdom and number one in the United States, becoming the world's first platinum-selling double album. In May 2012, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it number 205 on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Deep Purple - In Rock (1970)
Original artist: Nesbit, Phipps & Froom, CGI: Victor Portella / Daniel Haubrichs, Post-production: Flavio Albino
It is the fourth studio album by this English rock band. The album was the band's breakthrough album in Europe and peaked at No. 4 in the UK, remaining in the charts for months (the band’s prior MK I albums had been much better received in the United States and Canada than in their homeland). An accompanying single, “Black Night” reached No. 2. The album was supported by the successful In Rock World Tour, which lasted 15 months. The album has continued to attract critical praise as a key early example of the hard rock genre.
Anthrax - Persistence Of Time (1990)
Original artist: Don Brautigam, CGI: Moises Honorato, Post-production: Diego Oliveira, Flavio Albino
It is the fifth studio album by this American thrash metal band. AllMusic gave the album a favorable review, saying that it “rivals Among the Living as Anthrax's best album”. "The more cartoonish side of the band” is substituted by a “dark, uncompromising examination of society's dirty underbelly”, which makes Persistence of Time “their most lyrically consistent album".
Jethro Tull - Aqualung (1971)
Original artist: Burton Silverman, Photo: Daryan Dornelles, Post-production: Flavio Albino
It is the fourth studio album by this British rock band. It is regarded, despite the band's disagreement, as a concept album featuring a central theme of "the distinction between religion and God". The album's "dour musings on faith and religion" have marked it as “one of the most cerebral albums ever to reach millions of rock listeners". Aqualung's success signaled a turning point in the band's career, which went on to become a major radio and touring act. Aqualung has sold more than seven million units worldwide, and is thus Jethro Tull's best-selling album. The album was generally well-received critically and has been included on several music magazine best-of lists. The album spawned two singles, "Hymn 43" and "Locomotive Breath”.