Category Archives: Album Art

Procol Harum -50th Year Anniversary

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.

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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
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Kansas – The Prelude Implicit

 

 

phoenixKANSAS, 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.

Track Listing

  1. With This Heart
  2. Visibility Zero
  3. The Unsung Heroes
  4. Rhythm in the Spirit
  5. Refugee
  6. The Voyage of Eight Eighteen
  7. Camouflage
  8. Summer
  9. Crowded Isolation
  10. Section 60

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Ronnie Spector – English Heart

My teenage years were influenced among other things, by rock and roll and girl groups. Two of my favorite girl groups were The Shangri-Las and The Ronettes.

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Last week, Ronnie Spector released a new recording, English Heart on 429 Records. The album is Ronnie’s personal love letter to 1960s Britain, where she and her fellow Ronettes held court with British Invasion royalty. The eleven tracks of English Heart include songs by the Kinks (“Tired of Waiting”), the Animals (“Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”), the Beatles (“I’ll Follow the Sun”), and Gerry & the Pacemakers (“Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying”).

Here is her interview with Scott Simon from NPR Music last week. Love her energy.

http://www.npr.org/player/embed/472540745/472784835

 

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I  enjoy the aesthetics of album art graphics design . I received an email today from designhitz.com.  I was very impressed with their design portfolio. They have a strong chart of accounts that includes, Universal Music, Sun Records and Alligator Records.

Mark Slawinski evidences sharp use of color, offsetting geometrics with compelling images as he portrays various musicians/genres.  Browse his art and see if there is an album design there for your next recording.

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The Lumineers Second Album – Cleopatra

I applaud The Lumineers for taking their time to produce their second album, Cleopatra. 

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I absolutely love their debut album, The Lumineers. I reach for it often and it never fails to enchant me.

I am eager to own and play Cleopatra when it drops on April 8th. Until that time I’ll have to satisfy my curiosity with the teaser track, “Ophelia” 😉

Jethro Tull Benefit – 45 Years Ago Today!

My favorite album by Jethro Tull was released on this day 45 years ago (US Version). 

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Jethro Tull – Benefit – April 20, 1970

Ian Anderson (Vocals, Guitar, Flute, Keyboards)

Glenn Cornick (Bass, Organ)

Clive Bunker (Drums)

Martin Barre (Guitar)

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Additional Personnel:

David Palmer (Orchestral Arrangements)

John Evan (Piano, Organ)

Robin Black – Engineer

Terry Ellis – Cover Design, Executive Producer

Ruan O’Lochlainn – Cover Design, Photography

Buy This Fracking Album

My friend, Jason Samel of Movement Music Records asked if I would help him promote this important cause, Anti-Fracking. Thus my purpose for today’s blog post.

I have worked with Jason Samel in the past. He’s a caring, concerned guy. I supported with him and others the cause, Occupy This Album in 2102.  Happy to help out again.

This cause is environmental with major ramifications (as if Occupy and separation of the classes wasn’t…).

Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, is the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at a high pressure in order to fracture shale rocks to release natural gas inside. There are more than 500,000 active natural gas wells in the US. http://www.dangersoffracking.com

You can pledge your support as I plan to do on the Buy This Fracking Album Pledge Music page.

I urge all my music blog readers to search the music of your heart and see if you can help this worthy cause!

There are a lot of artivists on this recording. I like the quote from Ms. Bonnie Raitt:

“As a founding member of Musicians United for Safe Energy, I feel that one of the most critical environmental issues of our time is banning fracking everywhere because it destroys our water, our communities and our planet.”