OVER THE MOON

Following an orbit or two behind the album cover art posts Wot Moon? and Moon Wot?, here is the final installment of the satellite series.

Of course there are countless albums with the lunar noun in the title, so I’ve just plucked half-a-dozen out of the shelves based on contrasting cover art styles.

Feel free to comment, share your favourite ‘moon’ title or simply howl.

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Ozzy Osbourne — Bark at the Moon [Epic 1983]

Cassandra Wilson — New Moon Daughter [Blue Note 1995]

Morton Subotnik — Silver Apples of the Moon [Nonesuch 1967]

Fairport Convention — Rising for the Moon [Island 1975]

Andreas Vollenweider — Down to the Moon [CBS 1986]

Harold Budd / Simon Raymonde / Robin Guthrie / Elizabeth Fraser — The Moon and the Melodies [4AD 1986]

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19 comments

  1. I’m pleased you made the 3rd installment Bruce – and yes, contrast is the name of the game here, beyond the lunar term, it’s unclear if Ozzy & Cassandra’s covers have much more in common!

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    1. Indeed. I posted them together on Tumblr with the tag ‘Beauty and the Best’. No-one laughed.

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  2. As you know, I love your writing/reviews. But I also love these album cover theme posts. Kudos on demonstrating your tolerant attitude with the Ozzy!

    Here are a couple of very different but beloved albums from my shelves, both of which I believe to have striking covers:

    Bill Nelson: Blue Moons and Laughing Guitars
    Emmylou Harris: Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town

    (and finally just because I don’t know when else I’ll be able to list this candidate for your ‘Art on Your Sleeve’ series: The Obsessed: Lunar Womb)

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    1. Thank you Vic. Ozzy made it because I found the juxtaposition of him with Cassandra Wilson simply irresistible.

      Both Bill’s and Emmylou’s covers are striking and impressive. Like them both a lot.

      As you may recall, the Art on your Sleeve series was a co-production with JDB. I suspect she would handle the Goya much more competently than I’d deal with The Obsessed.

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  3. The Vollenweider “Down to the Moon” brings back memories. My dad loved this album. I remember when he bought it and listening to it with him when I was a lot younger. Thanks.

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    1. That’s great! Of the three I have, this is the pick I reckon. Glad to have prodded some nice memories.

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  4. Beauty and the Beast! Brilliant!
    Still,​ like that Bark at the Moon album. Good tracks on there

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  5. This moon theme is really waxing – – I really like the Cocteau Twins cover, and hadn’t seen it before. And I see “2loud2oldmusic” remembers listing to Vollenweider with his dad–so did I! I’ve got at least two old recordings of “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” (Judy Collins & Linda Ronstadt) but don’t think either album cover featured a moon. If I admitted to owning the soundtrack to “An American Werewolf in London,” I’d mention that I’m pretty sure it had a full moon on it. Your posts are always a lot of fun. 🙂

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    1. Thanks for that excellent contribution Robert. I’m really chuffed that people enjoy the album cover posts – I find them fun too.
      (Isn’t ‘The Moon is a Harsh Mistress’ a fabulous song?)
      Now, I’m not asking you to confirm or deny that you may (or may not) have owned (or own) a copy of An American Werewolf in London. After all, a person is entitled to their privacy. But, intrigued by your comment, I investigated and can report that the Elmer Bernstein score does not have a moon on the cover, while ‘Impressions of AAWIL’ by meco has a very similar photo, AND a moon. I’d buy the meco LP in a jiffy if I came across it. Analog synth disco… Hell Yeah!

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  6. pinklightsabre · · Reply

    Have spent a lot of time with that Harold Budd one there at the end. And yes, loved the Ozzy one too. A real eye-catcher. Bit of a fish hook in the eye.

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  7. I think I’ll go listen to Cassandra.

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    1. Good choice. 🙂

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  8. Prompted by your blog and recent 50 year moon-landing anniversary, I pulled out “Countdown: Time in outer space” Brubeck’s tribute to John Glenn. For once I put on glasses to inspect the cover while I listened (quoite noice). Nothing interesting to look at, just a vacant modern piece that might at a stretch have been chosen to represent the void. I’d rather the moon.
    Thanks.

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    1. Never heard of (nor listened to) that Brubeck, DD. He really did mild the ‘Time XXXX’ brand, didn’t he! 😅

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