10 RIPPING ROGER DEAN ALBUM COVERS

Gun-gun 1968

The Gun – Gun [1968]

Earth and Fire [1969]

Earth and Fire [1969]

Dr Strangely Strange

Dr Strangely Strange “Heavy Petting” [1970]

Ramases

Ramases “Space Hymns” [1971]

Gentle Giant

Gentle Giant “Octopus” [1972]

Badger

Badger “One Live Badger” [1973]

Gravy Train

Gravy Train “Staircase To The Day” [1974]

Steve Howe

Steve Howe “Beginnings” [1975]

Dave Greenslade

Dave Greenslade “Cactus Choir” [1976]

John Lodge

John Lodge “Natural Avenue” [1977]

*

Learn more about artist Roger Dean at his official website.

The ‘feature image’ is the cover of the Ilex publications book “Roger Dean: Dragon’s Dream” published in 2008.

According to the Ilex website, the book “encompasses album covers, paintings, and stage designs; logos and icons produced for computer game companies (such as Psygnosis, Bullet Proof Software, and Blue Planet Software); and concepts and visuals for movies. The picture is completed by Roger’s visionary concepts for architectural projects that address the very topical issue of sustainability in the 21st century.” It doesn’t appear to be currently in print, which is a shame.

Other Dean covers from the first decade of his work recently appeared at Vinyl Connection here.

And as a finale, the unfolded Ramases cover…

Space Hymns - the full picture

Space Hymns – the full picture

*

Roger Dean will return later in the week, his work enfolding the music of long-distance soundchasers Yes.

POSTSCRIPT

Mr 1537 has brought another recent Roger Dean cover to our attention. It’s so good, I’m adding it here even though it messes up the neat chronological order. (Controlling? Me??)

Black Moth

Black Moth “Condemned to Hope” (2014)

29 comments

  1. Nice, and i bet there was some nice music in those covers too d:)

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Well there is certainly variety!

      Like

  2. Holy crap these are all awesome. I’ve not seen many of these before. I do love my fold out Yessongs on vinyl.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Glad you enjoyed them Scott. I tried for a few that folk might not have encountered before – nothing against Yessongs of course, it’s one of me faves!

      Like

      1. No, that’s cool. A few of these I wouldn’t have even spotted as Dean covers but they’re all great. Especially that fold out. Wow!

        Liked by 1 person

  3. This is awesome & I hope you do more of them. I only own 4 of these albums but a couple of others have been on my radar for a while. Wow, that Gravy Train cover is hideous (and I’m sure I mean that in a good way).

    Liked by 1 person

    1. It is somewhat unsettling, isn’t it? I really like the variety – it is sometimes assumed that Dean is all wizards and floating mountains coming out of the sky, they stand there… sorry, started singing the Yes song. Anyway, thanks for the comment. Was wondering about either another RD 10 or perhaps a clutch of Hipgnosis.

      Like

  4. What! Not one Osibisa cover. You’re fired! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ha! The Osbisa covers are indeed Roger Dean classics. But this time round I was trying to avoid the better known.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Can I have my job back now?

        Like

  5. Wow! These are pretty awesome. I’m particularly fond of the Earth and Fire one. Nice!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Me too. Glad you enjoyed them J.

      Like

  6. Nice. Interesting thing is, he’s still doing it. I bought an LP last year that had a new one of his on it.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Yep. And a new cover from 2014 will appear on these very pages later this week…

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Mine was by a band called Black Moth.

        Liked by 1 person

        1. An excellent addition to the Roger Dean gallery.

          As I’m unable to add a photo in Comments, I’ll put it up at the end of the post as I reckon it is brilliant!

          Liked by 1 person

  7. Always prefered the 70,s Dean artwork,seemed to capture the era perfectly.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. The Ramases cover is breathtaking.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Isn’t it great? Got to love a six-panel LP sleeve!

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Been a Dean fan for years and never seen the Black Moth cover before…thanks for bringing it to my attention

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Pleasure. My mate 1537 brought that to my attention after going to press – it’s a 2014 release so (presumably) a recent piece by RD.

      Like

      1. I had it in my mind that it was a long lost cover from the late 60,s ,maybe pre Yes…how wrong can I be?

        Like

        1. Who wouldn’t want to live in the late 60s?

          Liked by 1 person

  10. […] in regret. Relayer is a quiet-noisy soaring-crashing masterpiece of progressive music. Oh, and the Roger Dean cover is pretty special […]

    Like

  11. Great selections here from the wonderful Mr. Dean. I would also place votes for the covers he did for Budgie and Uriah Heep’s “Wizards and Demons” LP.

    Like

    1. Votes noted Rick! The Uriah Heep covers are amongst RD’s most famous and enjoyed, aren’t they. Only reason they are not here is that they featured just recently in a post on the band. With you on Budgie too.
      Thanks for commenting.

      Like

  12. Beautiful stuff. Was about to lament the omission of It Bites’ ‘Eat Me In St Louis’ but these are far superior… Loads I’ve never seen before too.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks a lot. I was trying to avoid ‘the usual suspects’, especially as I’d recently written on Uriah Heep!

      Liked by 1 person

  13. […] machismo in favour of Rainbow Fairy dreamscapes. Pleasant—intriguing even—yet I think I prefer Roger Dean or Mati […]

    Like

Comments and responses welcome for all posts: present or past. Go on, join in!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: