Famous Album Covers Created With My Socks

I think this is novel and speaks to the creativity within someone’s psyche. Thanks Matt for putting me on to this artistic Tumblr site.

Famous Album Covers Created With My Socks


This is my favorite album cover thus far.

Santana Album Art and Artists

I have really come to appreciate the depth and vision of the artwork that Carlos Santana chooses for his album covers. This blog post is dedicated to the visual artists and painters who have created truly memorable Santana art.

I begin with the Santana album by Fillmore West poster artist Lee Conklin, my favorite album cover of all 37 Santana album covers.

I was further blown away by the art of Mati Klarwein whose art became the cover for the second Santana album, Abraxas.


We then jump ahead in time to my favorite of all the visual artists, Michael Rios who has designed five Santana album covers, but is best known for the art for Supernatural.

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I am very taken with the artwork by Rudy Gutierrez that became the cover for Shaman.

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The cover art of Shape Shifter was created by famed Comanche artist Rance Hood.  Rance Hood is one of the few Native American artists who still paints in the manner which echoes the traditional Indian culture and spirituality of the past.  His themes are mystical, spiritual, developing his work through the customs and religious practices which were passed down to him.


Meat Loaf – Bat Out Of Hell

It’s been way too long since I plugged into the classic recording, Meat LoafBat Out Of Hell.

Words and Songs Written By Jim Steinman. This is third best selling album of all time at 42 million albums.

What’s your favorite track on the album?

Mine is “Paradise By The Dashboard Lights” featuring the famous love duel between Meat Loaf and Ellen Foley. Listen for Todd Rundgren on guitar, Roy Bittan (E. Street Band) and Edgar Winter on saxophone.

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San Francisco Music and Art Scene – R. Crumb, Jim Marshall, and Stanley Mouse

I was thinking about San Francisco today.I often transport myself there.  The music I played in the car today was recorded in San Francisco at Bill Graham’s Fillmore Auditorium in 1968, Cheap Thrills, Big Brother & The Holding CompanyThe album cover was drawn by underground cartoonist, R. Crumb. The liner notes for the remastered edition has photographs by the late Jim Marshall.


I was browsing my Facebook stream this afternoon when I happened upon a very cool picture posted by Robert Altman.

There was a photo from a 1985 book on the San Francisco music scene of famed poster artist Stanley Mouse taken by the great rock photographer Jim Marshall. The copy of this book is from autograph collecter Matt Tadevich. Mouse took the time to add his touch.

I love the synergy of San Francisco’s music, Janis and Big Brother, Bill Graham, R. Crumb, Stanley Mouse, Robert Altman and Jim Marshall, who figures in both references.

Led Zeppelin IV – Forty Years Ago Today

November 8, 2011

40 years ago today, the greatest rock band of all-time released the greatest rock album of all-time, Led Zeppelin IV. A powerhouse from the legendary opening vocal intro of “Black Dog” to the final notes of the hypnotic Mississippi blues-infused “When The Levee Breaks,” IV contains eight radio classics including “Rock And Roll,” “The Battle Of Evermore,” “Misty Mountain Hop,” “Four Sticks,” “Going To California,” and, of course, the ultimate rock anthem, “Stairway To Heaven.”

“Hats Off…” to Jimmy, Robert, John Paul, and John for creating a true work of art that only gets better with age.

And yes I ordered and downloaded it today!

Led Zeppelin IV

What’s your favorite Roger Dean Yes album cover?

The Yes brand is readily distinguished by the creative talent of visual artist Roger Dean, who has designed their album covers since Fragile in 1971. Yes guitarist Steve Howe has said, “There is a pretty tight bond between our sound and Roger’s art.” The 40 year partnership of Yes and Roger Dean provides a rich tapestry of unique fantasy world settings. I often find myself getting lost in the nether-worlds the album covers portray.

I am hard pressed to say what my favorite Roger Dean Yes art work is. His paintings are the perfect visual companion to the progressive rock sounds of Yes. After studying his Yes covers body of work more extensively I have decided that the cover of Keys of Ascension is the art and logo combination I admire the most.

So what’s your favorite Yes Roger Dean album painting?