Thursday, October 23, 2008

New Book from Roger Dean Available Oct. 28!

Album Cover Album book
Do you love album cover art? If you are a reader of my blog, you know that it is a favorite topic of mine. I would hope that any album cover lover knows who Roger Dean is. For those who don't, Roger Dean's artwork has graced the covers of albums by many rock, motown or progressive rock bands and posters of the Roger Dean's cover art were published both in the seventies and eighties and he continues to do amazing work now.

New Book from Roger Dean Available Oct. 28!

It's been over 20 years since legendary artist, Roger Dean, publised Magnetic Storm, the followup book to the enormously successful VIEWS (published in the mid 70s.) The wait is over and the magnificent new book, Dragon's Dream is available as of Oct. 28!

This book contains plenty of new stuff as well as a review of some of Roger's earlier work and introduces art and design work by Roger's daughter, Freyja. Furthermore, this book comes in Hardback! And, to top it off, Roger has re-issued the original Album Cover Album book, also in Hardback format. These books retail for only $29.95 (U.S. Dollars.) You order one from Kreative Concepts by following the link below. It is also possible to add to your order a request for a special signed and embossed insert. This is an acid free sheet onto which Roger has signed his name and embossed the sheet with his unique initial embosser. Add $10.00 for this insert. Add $5.95 for shipping of the first book and $4.00 for each additional book. The link for ordering is:

(new book cover)

Dragon's Dream and Album Cover Album

Available Oct. 28, 2008!

Cool Hardback Formats of the Brand New Dragon's Dream and the Re-Issued Album Cover Album. Only $29.95 ea. Shipping for 1st book is $5.95 and $4.00 for each additional book.

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AC/DC Sales Explosion

The new AC/DC album, Black Ice, is looking to be a major blockbuster, even though sales are limited to Wal-Mart and Sam's Clubs stores in the U.S.Early word from Wal-Mart is that the album moved 193,000 copies the first day and is projected to possibly hit the 800,000 mark before the end of the week.

To boost AC/DC sales, the retail giant also opened band "stores-within-a-store" in their retail outlest with the band's catalog and other merchandise, along with "pop-up" stores in New York and Los Angeles totally dedicated to the band.


Guns N' Roses to Release New Album After 15-Year Wait

By Mark Beech

Oct. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Guns N' Roses released a new single today as a preview to the album ``Chinese Democracy,'' ending a 15-year wait for fans of the U.S. rock band.

The title track is available for streaming on Internet sites such as Best Buy Co. and Geffen Records said in an e-mailed release that the album will be available beginning Nov. 23 at Best Buy, the world's largest electronic retailer, and www.bestbuycom on CD, vinyl, and digital downloads.

Guns N' Roses has sold more than 90 million albums. The last original releases were ``Use Your Illusion I'' and ``Use Your Illusion II'' in 1991. (``The Spaghetti Incident?'' of 1993 was a covers collection.)

```Chinese Democracy' is one of the most highly anticipated albums in music history,'' Gary Arnold, senior entertainment officer for Best Buy, said in the e-mailed release.

Produced by singer Axl Rose and Caram Costanzo, the album, which will be released on Black Frog/Geffen Records, includes 14 tracks. Billboard said the album's production cost was $13 million.

The Guns N' Roses Web site has carried statements from Rose before saying the record is near release.

A California man has been charged with posting nine songs from the unreleased album on his own site.




Mudcrutch , the legendary Florida band featuring Tom Petty, Tom Leadon, Randall Marsh, Mike Campbell, and Benmont Tench, will release a live EP entitled Extended Play Live on Reprise Records November 11, 2008. Extended Play Live will be released digitally, on compact disc, and on 180 Gram High Performance Vinyl. The vinyl edition includes a full dynamic range audiophile CD.

The band undertook a short but wildly popular tour of intimate California venues last April, including six sold-out nights at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. Extended Play Live features four tracks recorded during the tour–including a dramatic fifteen-minute version of the band’s masterpiece, “Crystal River,” recorded live at the Troubadour. All four tracks on the EP are currently streaming in their entirety at

Extended Play Live TRACK LISTING:

The Wrong Thing To Do (Live At The Ventura Theatre, Ventura, CA, April 20, 2008)

Bootleg Flyer (Live At The Ventura Theatre, Ventura, CA, April 20, 2008)

Crystal River (Live At The Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA, April 28, 2008)

High School Confidential (Live At The Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA, May 2, 2008)

Album Cover Art

On to #6 on the list of the most controversial, weirdest, best and worst album covers of all time as compiled by their staff.


6. Mom’s Apple Pie: ‘Mom’s Apple Pie’ -Mom's Apple Pie was a ten-member American rock band from Warren, Ohio. They were best known for their album cover but also for the voice of the lead singer Bob Fiorino. The band released two albums: Mom's Apple Pie in 1971 and Mom's Apple Pie II in 1973. A third album was recorded but never released. Their manager was Larry Patterson and they recorded on a label owned by Terry Knight, Brown Bag Records. The band enjoyed a successful career nationally and toured extensively across the U.S. Venues included a wide array of college campuses, clubs, concert halls, the Whiskey A-Go-Go in Los Angeles and Madison Square Garden. They performed with such artists as the Doobie Brothers and David Bowie. Larry Patterson, the manager of Mom's Apple Pie, booked the demo session with producer Kenny Hamann at the Cleveland Recording Company and signed the group with Terry Knight.

Both albums have become favorites among collectors, due in part to the self-titled first album's risque cover artwork. The cover was banned shortly upon the album's release and an alternate cover was released, making both versions highly sought-after among collectors.[citation needed] Their musicianship and overall sound have been compared to such bands as Blood Sweat and Tears and Chicago.

I love apple pie, especially with blood in it.



6. Cattle Decapitation: 'Humanure' How freaking lovely, a cow passing human remains.

Cattle Decapitation's second full length album on Metal Blade Records and first with drummer Michael Laughlin (ex-Creation Is Crucifixion). Features guest appearances by ex-member Gabe Serbian as well as Justin Pearson and Robert Bray from Gabe's band The Locust. Also a special guest appearance by Scott Miller, first time Cattle Decapitation member.



6. Kevin Rowland – ‘My Beauty’ Apparently, they loved this LP cover so much, they have included it again. (it was at #9 of their weirdest)I still don't like it.



6. Beastie Boys: ‘License To III’ Licensed to Ill is the debut album by the Beastie Boys, released in 1986.

It was the first rap LP to top Billboard's Pop Albums chart. It also peaked at #2 on the Top Hip Hop/R&B Albums chart. It is Columbia Records' fastest selling debut record to date and sold over five million copies.

The full album cover, front to back, features a Boeing 727 — with "Beastie Boys" emblazoned on the tail — crashing head-on into the side of a mountain. The tail of the plane has the Def Jam logo and the legend '3MTA3' which spells 'EATME' when viewed in a mirror.

The original title for this album was Don't Be a Faggot but Columbia Records flatly refused to release the album with this title and pressured Russell Simmons (their manager and label Def Jam head) into having the Beastie Boys to come up with another name. Adam Horovitz has since apologized for the band's earlier title.