You would? Great! The original colour pencil and acrylic artwork for arguably Sabbath’s best album, “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” is for sale by the guy who came up with the concept back in 1973, Pacific Eye & Ears Creative Director/owner Ernie Cefalu.
The stunning front and rear artwork measures a whopping 30″ x 40″ each (that’s probably around 5 times bigger than it appeared on the original sleeve). The colours are different too, Ernie told me that he also designed completely different lettering and that the colours were altered once he’d handed over the artwork for the sleeve to be printed (more of that story and a visual of the original sleeve design in the forthcoming Black Sabbath book!).
I vividly remember being totally captivated by this sleeve, and the subsequent music back when I was about 12 years old: it was my very first introduction to heavy rock/metal music at the time. I was utterly fascinated by the artwork and loved the duality of the evil/good variations on the front and rear covers.
Ernie explains how he came up with the original concept: “My concept for this album was based on two color illustrations that were given to me on my confirmation day in 1955, that I still have to this day. They are from the 1700’s and depict an evil man and a good man both at the split second of their death. When I showed them to Drew and explained the idea – well these pieces speak for themselves.” It was the celebrated artist Drew Struzan who completed the illustrations to Ernie’s brief and concept.
So, if you actually want to own these one-off pieces of legendary and downright awesome artwork to one of the best albums and best album covers from the 1970s…you’ll need deep pockets or a modest win on the lottery! Quite rightly, these pieces are in the ‘fine art’ league and as such, feature breathtaking prices, Ernie wants $100,000 for each original artwork…ask him very nicely and he may offer a (very) small discount if you buy both!
Why so valuable you might ask? Well the main reason is that Drew Struzan is now one of the most collectable artists since the Second World War. It’d be akin to acquiring an original LS Lowry perhaps.
Oh and he also has over 350 pieces of other iconic original artwork too for Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, Iron Butterfly, Jefferson Airplane, Earth Wind & Fire etc
Some notable fans of Drew Struzan’s work (he’s responsible for some of the most famous movies posters in the last 40 years, including Star Wars, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, ET to name just a tiny few)
“Drew Struzan is the only collectable artist since the second World War.” – George Lucas
“Struzan is my favorite movie poster artist ever.” – Stephen Spielberg
“Struzan is the greatest poster artist of our time.” – The Boston Globe