Saturday, February 22, 2014
Saturday's COVER(ed) TIMES THREE
I loved posting art work from albums that I thought warranted shared appreciation back when I was doing The ROADS OF AUTUMN DUSK. To be sure, art is pretty darn subjective. I love all kinds of art from Frazetta, Patrick Woodruff, Storm Thorgerson, and Roger Dean, to Maxfield Parish, the Pre-Raphaelites, and the Impressionists. Good rock album art is...well, an "art-form" unto itself.
Every Saturday I will post a tryptych of three of my favorite jackets. I don't necessarily have to like all the music represented, but usually I will.
In this first installment the theme is female royalty of the first order (i.e. Queens)
I've loved QUEEN ever since you and I (oh might RELIOPS) first heard "Killer Queen" on WMEE...or was it WLYV in Fort Wayne? :)
My first album of Freddie and the boys was QUEEN II, still my favorite records of theirs.
The cover (below) is from their 1978 opus NEWS FROM THE WORLD. This creepy-neat artwork is a "riff," which every good science fiction fan will recognize, on/from the cover art from the October 1953 ASTOUNDING STORIES (a straight-up swipe/pastiche). It's a strong album but indeed pales to the two immediate predecessors (Night at the Opera and Day at the Races). I've included a delightful Youtube clip of Freddie's "Who Needs You." This is a fun little dittie with a dash of salsa, rhumba, calypso and tin-pan alley; it also has deft guitar playing by Brian May.
QUEENSRYCHE is a band that I've come to late. While their later discography leaves me less than inspired, their first several albums are great heavier rock with a lot of progressive touches. I include the cover of their album PROMISED LAND. I love the simplicity and boldness of this cover art plus I've always loved their logo!
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE is here repesented by their latest albums (LIKE CLOCKWORK) for its uber cool picture of a vampire and his prey... Would've been perfect back in the tROAD era, eh? Q.o.T.S.A. is the successor group to desert-stoner legends Kyuss. I've listened to this album and like it quite a bit.