My 4th inductee this year (2023) and my 16th overall was created by Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, and Bev Bevan, who were members of the band The Move.
The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) is a British rock band that was formed in Birmingham, England in 1970. The group was created by Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, and Bev Bevan, who were members of the band The Move at the time. The idea for the Electric Light Orchestra was to fuse classical music with rock and roll, creating a unique sound that would set them apart from other bands of the era.
When you think of Led Zeppelin you get the image of the iconic Icarus Swan Song logo that is so closely associated with Jimmy Page and company. It’s the perfect image for a band like Led Zeppelin, a timeless piece of art that just feels right in the lore of classic rock.
This is where I’ll be talking about the Album Art that I like. That is one of the benefits of 12″ vinyl albums, the cool packaging that surrounded the record. Here I’ll research the creations that we all loved as children, teenagers, and adults. I’ll try to find as much information on the artists as I can.
Tell me, what’s that man movin’ cross the stage?
It looks a lot like the one used by Jimmy Page
Venus and Mars was the 4th studio album by Wings and the 6th for Paul McCartney after the break-up of The Beatles in 1970. The album was released May 27, 1975, and was the follow-up to Band on the Run. It was released on Capitol Records and was the springboard to a year-long worldwide tour for the band.
In a matter of a moment, Lost till the end of time
It’s the evening of another day, And the end of mine
I Robot is a classic by British rock band Alan Parsons Project. It was released on July 8, 1977, on Arista Records. The album draws conceptually on author Isaac Asimov’s science fiction Robot stories, exploring philosophical themes regarding artificial intelligence. It was released with a gatefold cover where the inside has the lyrics and a monochrome photo of Parsons.
My second inductee of 2022, and ninth so far, is the progressive rock supergroup, Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP). I wrote about the member’s beginnings, back in the Circle Sky Record store days for our magazine Melody Hill and posted the story, From The Beginning, for you to read.
My next inductee into my Music Hall of Fame is Led Zeppelin. I had a friend, in the early 80’s that had a Pontiac Firebird and loved Led Zeppelin. He had spent more on the sound system than the car and he played their music really loud. It sounded really good, I’m sure they would have been proud.
My 4th inductee is the incredible Pink Floyd. In 1973, a friend of mine had the 45 of “Money/Any Colour You Like” and I was hooked. Soon, I would, like everyone else, buy a copy of the Dark Side of the Moon LP. I later went back to their beginnings, and as a psychedelic fan, was not disappointed.
The 1977 Animals progressive rock album by Pink Floyd has always been one of my favorites. It is 41 minutes and 40 seconds while only 5 songs. The Pig between the smoke stacks at Battersea Power Station was conceived by Roger Waters and graphic genius Storm Thorgerson (Hipgnosis).