Category Cover Art

ART ON YOUR SLEEVE #5 − GENESIS

In 1769, the Royal Academy of Art in London held its first Summer Exhibition of contemporary art.  Between 26 April and 27 May, 14,008 visitors took in 136 works by 54 artists, including Thomas Gainsborough and Joshua Reynolds.  The Exhibition has been held every year since, even during World War II.   Leaping forwards to […]

8 ALBUM COVERS WITH GROUP PORTRAITS

From the time TheBeatles opted to use Klaus Voorman’s charming portraits of the fab four on their seminal 1966 album, bands have commissioned visual artists to represent themselves on their musical offerings. Here is a selection. * With graphics by Linda Guymon and Art Direction by Richard Roth, this 1975 compilation of Rolling Stones ‘Rarities’ […]

COVER ART | ON THE CHAIR II

Sharing some of the spins that have been enjoyed at Vinyl Connection HQ over the past little while. Any favourites amongst these? The third LP in the ‘trilogy’ of this particular period of King Crimson. While not as startling as Discipline, it remains an under-rated album from Robert Fripp’s Jedi knights. Rick Wakeman’s solo debut […]

SOME PROGRESSIVE TREATS (1975 EDITION)

Although variety is a hallmark of Vinyl Connection, the heart of the matter is a love of all things progressive. Inspired by a posting of the fourth Greenslade album on a fb group, I found myself diving down a 1975 rabbit hole. It was great fun, with progressive jazz-rock being a wobbly kind of through-line. […]

RAINBOW VINYL — PURPLE

“There’s gold at the end of them there vinyls” * Hope you’ve enjoyed this rainbow vinyl trip. * I recall being quite excited when I heard the first Tame Impala album back in 2010. Kevin Parker seemed to have reinvented—or at least re-invigorated—psychedelic rock for the 21st century and it was good. The follow-up album […]

RAINBOW VINYL — BLUE

Coloured vinyl. Guaranteed to lift the wintertime/summertime blues. * This excellent LP from female quartet Beaches has appeared in these pages before. In fact, it was one of Vinyl Connection’s more gushing reviews. Playing it today, I was again mightily impressed with this excellent debut. * Sydney’s Sunnyboys were also on the end of a […]

RAINBOW VINYL — GREEN

These greens were grown in the USA. Dig in. * Like a swampy Booker T. and the M.G.s, The Meters played their funk with honest, no frills competence, part of the reason they backed up so many other artists (including recordings by Robert Palmer and Sir Paul McCartney). This LP, from 1972, is well-played but […]

RAINBOW VINYL — YELLOW

Like a reverse sunset, we fade from orange to yellow. * Melbourne’s Skyhooks were hugely popular and successful in the mid to late 1970s, playing a glammed-up radio-friendly rock. This debut is beloved of an entire generation who lapped up the insightful and sometimes mischievous songs set in places we knew well. You can’t beat […]

RAINBOW VINYL — ORANGE

Town successfully painted red? Well it must be orange time. The Claypool Lennon Delirium is a psychedelic dosette box created by bass player extraordinaire Les Claypool and Sean Lennon. Owing much to 1960s psychedelia in general and early Pink Floyd in particular, Monolith of Phobos is a quirky delight. Arguably the magnum opus of German […]

RAINBOW VINYL — RED

Although UK musician David Kubinec has had a long career spanning a huge period of time*, I’m not really familiar with his work and only purchased this 1978 LP because I’d rarely encountered coloured vinyl in the seventies. Although Kubinec is a keyboard player, it is the guitarists who stand out on this album: Ollie […]