Category ART AND ABOUT

DUNES #3.1

Final instalment of the desert album covers series. In this collection I was particularly struck by the human element, either overt or implied. Although the poor photograph makes the title of the third album impossible to read, it is actually Missing Persons. A prize for the best 100 word story linking all the covers. Afterwards, […]

DUNES #2

More album covers for your sandy enjoyment We’ll finish this three-parter with the remaining Vinyl Connection choices next time. Today, however, we are indebted to VC readers whose responses to part one included the albums you see below. Got a favourite? * CREDITS Sleep – Dopesmoker [1537, J.] Robin Trower – Day Of The Eagle: […]

DUNES

Been an eternity since a cover art post. What better reason to dust off some interesting album covers than the current ‘Dune’ series? So don your hat and sandals, slop on some sunscreen and let’s get sandy! THE ALBUMS Gong — Shamal  [Virgin 1975] Helmet — Dead To The World  [Ear Music 2016] Uriah Heep — […]

VERTICAL OVERLOAD

The last instalment* of the series on gatefold album covers that open vertically. Enjoy. * Keef Hartley Band – Halfbreed  [Deram 1969] May Blitz – May Blitz  [Vertigo 1970] The Peddlers – Birthday  [CBS 1969] Muddy Waters & Howlin’ Wolf – London Revisited  [Chess 1974] Queen – News Of The World  [Elektra (US) / EMI […]

YES, MR WILSON

After my first listens to Steven Wilson’s remixes of five core seventies albums from the Yes catalogue, I confess I was ambivalent. It was not easy to pin down what was preventing a full-hearted embracing of Mr Wilson’s work. Perhaps it was simply different, and I was uncomfortable with the changes to sounds I’ve enjoyed […]

VERTICAL VOYEUR

This next instalment in the ‘vertical gatefold’ series brings together a varied collection of LP covers that feature, um, bodies. A progression from Buffalo’s body parts, you might say, though each is a little challenging or even risqué in its own way. First up is a double album of the Velvet Underground recorded live in […]

ERUPTION DOWNUNDER

As has been related elsewhere, I met Black Sabbath, Uriah Heep and assorted seventies noise-makers in Rod Amberton’s bedroom. I also encountered a band less well-known outside these sunburned shores: the hard riffing Sydney band, Buffalo. Buffalo’s first two albums were popular amongst teenage boys of a certain age, and although I managed to find […]