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Genesis – Nursery Cryme

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Among the many covers in which painting has given a touch of originality and strong surrealism, stands one of the most famous: “Nursery Cryme “(1971) by Genesis (band that included two strong personalities such as Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins). The cover in question is a disturbing picture in which a little girl is playing
croquet using instead of the usual balls, small heads! The warm colors, the fantastic atmosphere and a touch of the artist made this cover one of the best known of the ’70s, an icon of progressive rock…a myth so that the original cover was stolen by thieves. The author of this masterpiece Paul Whitehead is one of the undisputed masters of album arts world and creator of many cover spread over thirty years of career (Le Orme, Van Der Graaf Generator, etc. …). His works are always different stylistically, but recognizable in atmosphere.

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King Crimson – In the court of the Crimson King

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In 1969 comes “In the court of the crimson king” by King Crimson: famous album and superfamous cover (inspired by the opening song “21st Century Schizoid Man”). A dramatic and scared face stands on all 30 cm of the cover, in a effect of high voltage (accentuated by the purple-like colors of the painting) which also supplies the curiosity, since it is not reported or forward or behind any kind of text. Author of this work (one of most famous artwork in the history of rock music) is Barry Godber, who gave thanks to this work a jolt chart initiator of vein progressive in the world of cover art: this is one of the first cases of “painting-cover” linked to progressive music which will use, in fantastic symbiosis, the painting technique as a tool for creating its visual representation.

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