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    album-covers designed by M.C. Escher

    I start with Michael Brecker's Now You See It... (Now You Don't)


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    The same Picture was also used by Bauhaus



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    If I'm not mistaken, what you really mean is album cover based on MC Escher's work, as I'm pretty sure these were all pre-existing works of art that got appropriated after the fact for the purposes of packaging "pop music".

    I remember there was a Pink Floyd bootleg I used to see at one of the record stores here regularly, that used the Escher etching of the water flowing uphill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarGeek View Post
    If I'm not mistaken, what you really mean is album cover based on MC Escher's work, as I'm pretty sure these were all pre-existing works of art that got appropriated after the fact for the purposes of packaging "pop music".
    Wow! I started typing in Wisconsin and pretty much my exact words were already produced in Ohio.

    The difference is that you're more polite than I am, Chris.
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    Quote Originally Posted by progeezer View Post
    Wow! I started typing in Wisconsin and pretty much my exact words were already produced in Ohio.

    The difference is that you're more polite than I am, Chris.
    Well, being impolite wasn't getting anywhere, so I had to learn how to do things differently.

    I actually, had to change mine, because I was thinking Escher had died decades earlier than he actually had. But according to Wikipedia, he died in 1972, so it's actually conceivable he might have done some album cover artwork, assuming he was still creating stuff in the last years of his life, and he was inclined to in the commercial art world (I think album covers fall into that general category).

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    No! Escher was graphic designer for most of the Stackridge albums.

    I kid, I kid!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarGeek View Post
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    I remember there was a Pink Floyd bootleg I used to see at one of the record stores here regularly, that used the Escher etching of the water flowing uphill.

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    And "inspired by" but not actually a reprint:

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    Great stuff and yes, I should have used different words in my OP

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    Seems like Pink Floyd wins the award for most bootlegs with an Escher cover!

    Pink Floyd - 'Tampa' LP ('73).jpg

    I used to have this record, remember it was the thickest vinyl I had ever seen--damn near 'unbendable'
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeuhlmate
    https://no.pinterest.com/tomshieh/mc-escher-album-covers/
    Cheaters.

    Although this bit is interesting:
    A follow-up to yesterday’s post. MC Escher lived long enough to see his work move from curiosities appealing to a small circle of print collectors, through enthusiasm among scientists and mathematicians, to mass acceptance in the late 1960s thanks, in part, to the general vogue for any art that looked weird or far out. New Worlds magazine used Relativity on a cover in 1967, while Thomas Albright writing for Rolling Stone in 1970 introduced a generation of American heads to Escher’s work. A year earlier, another Rolling Stone, Mick Jagger, had tried to persuade Escher to create something for the cover of Let It Bleed; the artist declined but that didn’t stop others using his prints for cover art.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Svetonio View Post
    No, the one I saw had the water mill woodcutting. I think it was a recording from 1970, but I'm not sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarGeek View Post
    No, the one I saw had the water mill woodcutting. I think it was a recording from 1970, but I'm not sure.

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    Still alive and well...

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    On a side note: The Arcane Sanctuary in the computer game Diablo 2 was given the Escher look. My first thought when entering that area was "Escher". It is not based on a specific work of his, but the general feeling of that area is "Escher".

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcarlberg View Post
    (David Byron mode) Yeah, that's the one! Waters' Gate!"

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    Maybe on this page there are some more not mentioned above: http://www.tess-elation.co.uk/m-c-es...er-art---music

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcarlberg View Post
    Last year I interviewed Martin Springett, who was responsible for the Ian Hunter cover and he told this:

    After a brief return to Canada, I came back to the U K, and answered an ad in a London music magazine for a band who was looking for a singer and songwriter, in the ‘prog rock area of musical engagement and exploration.’ This band recorded some songs at Morgan Studios, where Yes recorded Topographic Oceans. I sent the tapes to CBS records as I had a connection there with a music publisher. I got a call back, not for the music but for the art I sent along with the tapes. I met Roslav Szaybo who was the art director at the time and an influential designer of L P covers. I was then given the the job of illustrating Ian Hunter’s first solo album, which is still out there with my cover. Roslav was keen to use an M C Esher image, Bond Of Union, placing Ian Hunter’s signature glasses on the face that is central in the picture. I was told to ‘go crazy’ after that. So, not my image really, but great fun to do, and clearly it worked. I was recently interviewed by a German music magazine about this ‘classic cover.’ The next project was an inner sleeve for an Argent album called Circus. I remember working on this one vividly, as my girlfriend Hilary and I lived in a house in N Finchley, and we could not afford to heat the place in the winter, so I drew that image wearing gloves and several sweaters. I am particularly proud of the image for Stravinsky’s Three Great Ballets, although it started life as a cover for a Kokomo funk album! The band was not happy with it, but Roslav loved it, and found a much better home for it. I think that too is still in print here and there.

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