Tag Archives: roger dean

ROCKIN’ ROOSTER

Rockin’ All Over The World #9 — Britain The British progressive blues-rock scene of the late 1960s and early 1970s was a fertile, swirling, multi-coloured circus. Various hybrids of rock and other styles were progressively blended (or mangled, depending on your point of view) to produce inventive albums full of delightful musical surprises. Often these […]

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 […]

10 RIPPING ROGER DEAN ALBUM COVERS

* 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 […]

THE SHOW THAT NEVER ENDS…

Easter 1972. The rambling gambolling bead-strung throng that was The Grateful Dead tribe arrived in Europe for a major tour. Musicians, technicians, kids and consorts; amps and desks, instruments and condiments, the Dead family was primed and ready for a leisurely trundle around the continent… and Britain too. Naturally the shows were recorded; obviously there […]

CLOSE TO PERFECTION

CONTEXT Just in case it isn’t immediately obvious, music is a passion and hobby here at Vinyl Connection. There are several thousand titles in the collection and no imminent danger of a  growth plateau. [Picture here, if you will, the crestfallen expression on Ms Connection’s face.] Close to the Edge sits high on my list […]

LIVE IN YOUR LIVING ROOM [First Set]

One of the first ‘live in concert’ recordings I connected with was “Yessongs”. A sprawling preposterous triple live album with a fold-out Roger Dean cover to match, it was large canvas. The compositions of Yes were complex and structured, executed with dextrous musicianship; they needed the space. To feel the charge and brio surging through […]