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Favorite album covers

Postby YEStalk Archives » Fri Feb 09, 2001 3:14 am

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My favorite album cover is union. Does anyone know where I can buy this as a poster. I would love to frame it and hang it on my wall. I like the relaxing tone of colors and the way it all comes together at the top with Union. I'd like to know what your opinion is on this and other album covers.

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I allways liked yessongs
I have the european relese.
it folds out into three pages seperately
as opposed to the us version that opeans into one large piece. I also like the A.B.W.H. cover and The Ladder is cool too.


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forgot the classic cover that one is awesome!!!!!


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Tales, hands down.


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I agree...Tales from Topographic Oceans has so much inference of things in the art. It was ancient but new and had a depth of field that was also cool.

I wonder what the band was thinking with Going for the one and a bare butt or are we just talking Rogers work here?


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I know that Steve Howe has gone on record saying that he very much disliked the GftO and Tormato album covers done by Hipgnossis. I agree. They suck. More tragically hip n'art (not art) in my opinion. I'm not sure who in the band pushed for not one, but two bad album covers by those fakers.




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I've never understood that cover. I have seen comments here and there, about lines for each band member, etc. I don't think Roger did that cover; I'm sure he did not.


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No, it was definitely not Roger. Rather, it was Hipgnossis, some lousy graphics art company. They just taped Roger's logo over the awful Hipgnossis work. I'm not sure how Roger felt during this period, probably very put out.

I can't remember who's idea it was--it's in one of these books. But logic points to Jon because I know Steve hated it and then when Jon left during Drama, Roger was back. (The same logic could be applied to Rick, but I just don't think he would care like Jon would.)


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The Title'Going for the One' and a mans naked but just dont seem to fly over here! I bet those skanks at Hipno didn't even like yes and had a laff on an inside joke!
It could happen ..i heard it can happen!


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I don't know...this topic should be in YesArt, but while Ed's not hear, we'll just relax.

I really like Union myself. A lot, in fact. It was the first Roger Dean painting I ever replicated. I was doing a project on progressive rock for history class and needed an example of the art. I didn't feel that the tiny album covers from the CDs would give my audience the same impact as a large poster board size painting, so...I got out my choice art supplies, pastels and pencils, and did a replication of Union. It came out pretty good. Have to give credit to my mom for the color. She gave me a priceless art lesson on coloring and helped me do the thing right. The coloring is lighter than it is on the album. Pastels and pencils do not make dark pictures. But it is now on my highly cluttered bedroom wall along with my other giant replications of Relayer and the album cover for Boston's self-titled album (which I used paint for).

As far as getting a copy of Union on poster...if Yes Magazine hadn't stopped running the Yes shop you could have gotten it there. Ed said something about the possible online developement of a Yes shop, so cross your fingers for that, everyone.

As far as my favorite album covers go...I love Roger Dean's art so much, its hard for me to say. Union, Classic, Relayer, K2A I and II...they are all great. But anything by Dean is good. I feel that Dean and Yes are certainly equally yoked for eachother.

Then there is Talk...not as bad as GFTO (my dad always jokes about that being Jon from behind ), but then, I think anyone could have equalled Peter Max's attempt at art.

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I believe my lot would have to be cast with "Tales from Topographic Oceans". I am simply taken with this waterless realm, this vision of how things could be, which by the way is what I believe to be a major component in the Yes theme. It is interesting to see how Roger has captured the earth and its mysteries from a rather unique perspective.


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Postby IngnoZac » Sun Feb 11, 2001 2:37 am

Heard that Tormato would be released with another title (sth with Tor too) but while this guy/company was painting the cover, rw threw a tomato on the paint. So, the album was called Tormato.

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Postby Seryn » Fri Feb 16, 2001 5:53 am

<font color=blue>My dad told me that the lines on GftO stood for each band member too. I want to know...which lines do you think belong to who? I'll have to think about that myself.</font id=blue>

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Postby steven » Wed Mar 21, 2001 1:58 pm

<BLOCKQUOTE id=quote><font size=1 face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id=quote>quote:<hr height=1 noshade id=quote>
[blue]My dad told me that the lines on GftO stood for each band member too. I want to know...which lines do you think belong to who
<hr height=1 noshade id=quote></font id=quote></BLOCKQUOTE id=quote>

I don't know if you can tell from the CD insert, but on the original gatefold album, you could tell what line went with each member because a particular line would overlap that person's photo, and go behind the other's photos, so each photo corresponded to one of the lines. All I remember is Wakeman's line is connected to the guy's butt. Maybe a veiled reference to beer farts? We'll never know for sure most likely.
I've never figured out who pushed for using Hipgnosis (they did Pink Floyd too) but Squire has gone on the record saying he thinks Roger Dean shouldn't be used all the time; he seems to prefer simplicity. Howe has always been a Dean fan and used him for solo records. So maybe a joint decision between Chris and Jon (pun intended). Howe wanted Tormato to be called Yes-Tor, with a picture of a map on the cover. Tormato's cover is a complete mystery to me, I can't figure out the reasoning for the cover photo at all. GFTO makes more sense, the naked vulnerable human confronting the cold hard confusing "anti-human" reality of the jumbled skyscrapers, and the inner photo of an alternative use of man's capabilities--- to build a wall to protect a mere tree from the surrounding flood waters. I think "Parallels" would have been a better title, tho.
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Postby every1is1 » Thu Mar 22, 2001 10:22 am

I like "The Ladder" cover...and "Union"
They are similar....a cool imagination of a trippy world.
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Postby jackalz » Fri Mar 23, 2001 11:31 am

My favorite covers Yesshows and ABWH, I really like the idea of architecture like that.
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Postby yesrocks » Sat Mar 31, 2001 6:14 am

Definately TALES!
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Postby Squire*Fan725 » Sat Mar 31, 2001 1:13 pm

Both the TFTO & RELAYER covers tie as my faves. I really like the snakes and fish, plus I have 2 T-shirts with those entire covers printed on the front (from the Union
Tour, but I got them at a record store for $13 each). My TFTO shirt is somewhat worn out from wearing it alot, and washing it too
much, but I'll not part with it, no matter how many times I have to sew up the holes. It's the shirt I wore when I met Rick, so there's some sentimental value attached.
My RELAYER shirt is in much better shape, though.


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Postby fragilesi » Thu Apr 19, 2001 1:10 am

I think that Tales and Relayer are in the top three but I'd also include Close to the Edge. Sure the outside is a little plain but the inner cover with that impossible, dreamy, misty island of constantly cascading water sends me straight into dreamland. It is also always strikes me as so appropriate to the album itself somehow.

For anyone who hasn't seen it before I'd thoroughly recommend Roger's site www.rogerdean.com. In the "Up Close" section is more detail about the pictures themselves, what inspired him and how they were made up. For example the "Tales" landscape includes some famous English rocks like some of Stonehenge and Lands End apparently . . .

As for buying the posters eBay is always worth a try but it can get addictive and expensive as I've discovered.

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Postby YesSwede » Tue May 15, 2001 1:34 am

When i think of Yes the cover of Tales always pops up in my head. So that is probably their greatest album cover. It´s very deep and dimensional.
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Postby N2yes » Tue May 15, 2001 7:33 am

I have TFTO as my wallpaper so I can remind myself of the quality of such visionary artwork everytime I get on the puter! Looks really great...most non-YES types are befuddled by its esoteric undertones! They know so little of what they miss!!<font color=red></font id=red><img src=pix/icon_smile_angry.gif border=0 align=middle><img src=pix/icon_smile_8ball.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Postby Yes-Loon » Tue May 15, 2001 4:39 pm

I have to go for Fragile - The classic Yescover.. and the worst or should I say least imaginative must be Talk perhaps?
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Postby YesSwede » Wed May 16, 2001 3:25 am

Isn´t Drama kind of underrated ? I like the black running pumas and the bizarre growing plants hehe.
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Postby Yessong » Tue May 22, 2001 11:46 pm

YESSONGS - is IT for me - The orriginal LP version - It opens so many ways and each mural is better than the last! The concert booklet that came with it also added tremendous value.
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Postby Ed Schaum » Wed Jun 20, 2001 9:48 am

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[blue]My dad told me that the lines on GftO stood for each band member too. I want to know...which lines do you think belong to who
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I don't know if you can tell from the CD insert, but on the original gatefold album, you could tell what line went with each member because a particular line would overlap that person's photo, and go behind the other's photos, so each photo corresponded to one of the lines.
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Well, that sort of works, but then again it doesn't. I'm looking at the vinyl copy now, here's what we have:

Red double pyramids
Green tube with balls
Twisted blue and white ribbon
Yellow tube
Orange tube with red and green swirls

Red - over Chris only
Yellow - over Steve only
Orange - over Alan only

The green tube goes over Steve, Chris, and Rick
The white ribbon goes over Jon, Steve, Chris, and Rick

Other combinations run underneath the members, only Chris has no line running under his pic.

I've never been able to figure out any pattern, but I guess that leaves the white ribbon for Jon and the Green tube for Rick.
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