The complete, definitive and never-before-published catalog of Hipgnosis, Vinyl • Album • Cover • Art finally does justice to the work of the most important design collective in music history, which, according to Roddy Bogawa, director of the documentary Taken by Storm (2011), ‘designed half your record collection’.
Founded in 1967 by Storm Thorgerson, Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell and Peter Christopherson, Hipgnosis gained legendary status in graphic design, transforming the look of album art forever and winning five Grammy nominations for package design.
Their revolutionary cover art moved away from the conventional group shots favoured by record companies of the day, resulting in the ground-breaking, often surreal designs which define the albums of many of the biggest names in the history of popular music: 10cc, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Peter Gabriel, The Police, Genesis, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, Robert Plant, Syd Barrett, Throbbing Gristle, T. Rex, Wings, Yes and XTC, to name but a few.
Arranged chronologically, Vinyl • Album • Cover • Art features stunning reproductions of every single Hipgnosis cover – 372 in total – coupled with detailed information by Po and Storm Thorgerson on the artworks and the compelling stories behind their creation. Additional contributions by Peter Gabriel, Marcus Bradbury, and Pentagram’s Harry Pearce provide engrossing insights into the way these incredible artworks came into being; place the covers in a context, and reflect on their enduring impact on album design.
Albumism is one of several new music Web sites to catch my attention. I discovered them, as a result, of a Follow on Twitter.
Albumism™ is an editorially independent music website dedicated to honoring the album as a vital art form, while connecting with the global community of passionate music fans to celebrate our love affairs with albums past, present and future.
Founded in 2016 and headquartered in Brooklyn, NY, they offer feature articles, tributes, reviews, interviews, news, playlists, streams, and videos, among other forms of content, and always welcome comments, contributions and ideas from our fellow music enthusiasts.
If you are an album fan you are sure to be impressed with their passion and dedication to the album art form and the music it provides our souls.
My favorite article thus far is, “100 Most Dynamic Debut Albums Ever Made“. There is a lot to listen to and appreciate on this Web page. I have been listening to many of these albums on Apple Music and Sonos this past week. Add to your knowledge by looking, clicking and listening to these truly fine works.
I respect and appreciate the band Squeeze. I have seen them twice in concert they are very entertaining. I love their crafty lyrics and rich vocal harmonies.
Squeeze has a new album The Knowledge to release on October 20th. Intriguing album art.
You can get a sense of this album’s sound texture by listening to the first track, “Innocence of Paradise” on your favorite cloud music platform.
Procol Harum is the eponymous debut studio album by the English rock band. Originally released in 1967 it now celebrates its 50th year anniversary. Though the album was recorded on multi-track, it was issued as mono-only in the U.K.
All songs were originally credited written to Gary Brooker (music) and Keith Reid (lyrics), except “Repent Walpurgis” written by Matthew Fisher, after works by French organist Charles-Marie Widor and German composer Johann Sebastian Bach.
Procol Harum’s lyricist Keith Reid told Songfacts that the music for “Conquistador” was written before the lyrics. He added that this was unusual as “99 out of 100” of the band’s songs, back then, “were written the words first, and then were set to music”. The track “Salad Days (Are Here Again)” is credited as being from the film Separation.
- 180 gram audiophile vinyl
- Includes replica of original promo poster
- 50th year anniversary debut album
- Re-mastered mono audio
I never grow weary of this album with its black-on-sepia cover released on June 14, 1970.
KANSAS, America’s legendary progressive rock band, will release their intensely anticipated new studio album “The Prelude Implicit” on September 23, 2016. The album is the first new release in 16 years for the band that has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, and is famous for classic hits such as ‘Carry On Wayward Son’ and ‘Dust In the Wind,’ to progressive epics like ‘Song for America’ and ‘Miracles Out of Nowhere.’
“The Prelude Implicit” features 10 all new tracks written by the band and co-produced by Zak Rizvi, Phil Ehart, and Richard Williams. KANSAS’s signature sound is evident throughout the album. It showcases Ronnie Platt’s soaring lead vocals, David Ragsdale’s blistering violin, Williams and Rizvi’s rocking guitar riffs, the unmistakable sound of David Manion’s B3 organ and keyboards, Ehart’s thundering drums, and Billy Greer’s driving bass and vocals.
- With This Heart
- Visibility Zero
- The Unsung Heroes
- Rhythm in the Spirit
- The Voyage of Eight Eighteen
- Crowded Isolation
- Section 60
Psyched about Mudcrutch 2 and their upcoming small club tour! Give them a listen on Spotify and then buy their album like I plan to do!
May the best bear win. 😉