By the late s " classic rock "  period, a number of distinct rock music subgenres had emerged, including hybrids like blues rockfolk rockcountry rocksouthern rockraga rockand jazz rockmany of which contributed to the development of psychedelic rockwhich was influenced by the countercultural psychedelic and hippie scene. New genres that emerged included progressive rockwhich extended the artistic elements, glam rockwhich highlighted showmanship and visual style, and the diverse and enduring subgenre of heavy metalwhich emphasized volume, power, and speed.
In the second half of the s, punk rock reacted by producing stripped-down, energetic social and political critiques. Punk was an influence in the s on new wavepost-punk and eventually alternative rock. From the s, alternative rock began to dominate rock music and break into the mainstream in the form of grungeBritpopand indie rock. The s saw a slow decline in rock music's mainstream popularity and cultural relevancy, with hip hop surpassing it as the most popular genre in the United States.
In the s, the COVID pandemic had a major impact on the rock scene, with many live performances being cancelled or postponed, and some artists resorting to online performances; the decade has also seen a revival of pop punk music. Rock music has also embodied and served as the vehicle for cultural and social movements, leading to major subcultures including mods and rockers in the United Kingdom and the hippie counterculture that spread out from San Francisco in the US in the s.
Similarly, s punk culture spawned the gothpunkand emo subcultures. Inheriting the folk tradition of the protest songrock music has been associated with political activism as well as changes in social attitudes to race, sex, and drug use, and is often seen as an expression of youth revolt against adult consumerism and conformity.
At the same time, it has been commercially highly successful, leading to charges of selling out. A good definition of rock, in fact, is that it's popular music that to a certain degree doesn't care if it's popular.
The sound of rock is traditionally centered on the amplified electric guitar, which emerged in its modern form in the s with the popularity of rock and roll. Furthermore, it typically consists of between three the power trio and five members.
Classically, a rock band takes the form of a quartet whose members cover one or more roles, including vocalist, lead guitarist, rhythm guitarist, bass guitarist, drummer, and often keyboard player or other instrumentalist.
Rock music is traditionally built on a foundation of simple unsyncopated rhythms in a 4 4 meterwith a repetitive snare drum back beat on beats two and four. Harmonies range from the common triad to parallel perfect fourths and fifths and dissonant harmonic progressions. Rock and roll was conceived as an outlet for adolescent yearnings To make rock and roll is also an ideal way to explore intersections of sex, love, violence, and fun, to broadcast the delights and limitations of the regionaland to deal with the depradations and benefits of mass culture itself.
Unlike many earlier styles of popular music, rock lyrics have dealt with a wide range of themes, including romantic love, sex, rebellion against " The Establishment ", social concerns, and life styles. Since the term "rock" started being used in preference to "rock and roll" from the lates, it has usually been contrasted with pop music, with which it has shared many characteristics, but from which it is often distanced by an emphasis on musicianship, live performance, and a focus on serious and progressive themes as part of an ideology of authenticity that is frequently combined with an awareness of the genre's history and development.
In the new millennium, the term rock has occasionally been used as a blanket term including forms like pop music, reggae musicsoul musicand even hip hopwhich it has been influenced with but often contrasted through much of its history. The foundations of rock Rock And Roll Music - Chuck Berry - All The Very Best (CD) are in rock and roll, which originated in the United States during the late s and early s, and quickly spread to much of the rest of the world.
Its immediate origins lay in a melding of various black musical genres of the time, including rhythm and blues and gospel musicwith country and western. Debate surrounds the many recordings which have been suggested as "the first rock and roll record ".
Rock and roll has been seen as leading to a number of distinct subgenres, including rockabilly, combining rock and roll with "hillbilly" country music, which was usually played and recorded in the mids by white singers such as Carl PerkinsJerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly and with the greatest commercial success, Elvis Presley. The era also saw the growth in popularity of the electric guitarand the development of a specifically rock and roll style of playing through such exponents as Chuck Berry, Link Wrayand Scotty Moore.
In the United Kingdom, the trad jazz and folk movements brought visiting blues music artists to Britain. Commentators have traditionally perceived a decline of rock and roll in the late s and early s. Bythe death of Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens in a plane crash, the departure of Elvis for the army, the retirement of Little Richard to become a preacher, prosecutions of Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry and the breaking of the payola scandal which implicated major figures, including Alan Freed, in bribery and corruption in promoting individual acts or songsgave a sense that the rock and roll era established at that point had come to an end.
The term pop has been used since the early 20th century to refer to popular music in general, but from the mids it began to be used for a distinct genre, aimed at a youth market, often characterized as a softer alternative to rock and roll.
The period of the later s and early s has traditionally been seen as an era of hiatus for rock and roll. Rock and roll had not disappeared at the end of the s and some of its energy can be seen in the Twist dance craze of the early s, mainly benefiting the career of Chubby Checker. Cliff Richard had the first British rock and roll hit with " Move It ", effectively ushering in the sound of British rock. Also significant was the advent of soul music as a major commercial force.
The instrumental rock and roll of performers such as Duane EddyLink Wray and the Ventures was developed by Dick Dalewho added distinctive "wet" reverbrapid alternate picking, and Middle Eastern and Mexican influences. He produced the regional hit " Let's Go Trippin' " in and launched the surf music craze, following up with songs like " Misirlou " Surf music achieved its greatest commercial success as vocal music, particularly the work of the Beach Boysformed in in Southern California.
Their early albums included both instrumental surf rock among them covers of music by Dick Dale and vocal songs, drawing on rock and roll and doo wop and the close harmonies of vocal pop acts like the Four Freshmen.
They drew on a wide range of American influences including s rock and roll, soul, rhythm and blues, and surf music,  initially reinterpreting standard American tunes and playing for dancers.
Bands like the Animals from Newcastle and Them from Belfast and particularly those from London like the Rolling Stones and the Yardbirdswere much more directly influenced by rhythm and blues and later blues music.
Beat bands tended towards "bouncy, irresistible melodies", while early British blues acts tended towards less sexually innocent, more aggressive songs, often adopting an anti-establishment stance. There was, however, particularly in the early stages, considerable musical crossover between the two tendencies. During the week of 4 Aprilthe Beatles held 12 positions on the Billboard Hot singles chart, including the entire top five.
The Beatles went on to become the biggest selling rock band of all time and they were followed into the US charts by numerous British bands. The British Invasion helped internationalize the production of rock and roll, opening the door for subsequent British and Irish performers to achieve international success.
Garage rock was a raw form of rock music, particularly prevalent in North America in the mids and so called because of the perception that it was rehearsed in the suburban family garage. There were also regional variations in many parts of the country with flourishing scenes particularly in California and Texas. The style had been evolving from regional scenes as early as The British Invasion greatly influenced garage bands, providing them with a national audience, leading many often surf or hot rod groups to adopt a British influence, and encouraging many more groups to form.
It is generally agreed that garage rock peaked both commercially and artistically around Particularly significant was the release of Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton Beano albumconsidered one of the seminal British blues recordings and the sound of which was much emulated in both Britain and the United States. Many of the songs on their first three albums, and occasionally later in their careers, were expansions on traditional blues songs. In America, blues rock had been pioneered in the early s by guitarist Lonnie Mack but the genre began to take off in the mids as acts developed a sound similar to British blues musicians.
Geils Band and Jimi Hendrix with his power triosthe Jimi Hendrix Experience which included two British members, and was founded in Britainand Band of Gypsyswhose guitar virtuosity and showmanship would be among the most emulated of the decade. Early blues rock bands often emulated jazz, playing long, involved improvisations, which would later be a major element of progressive rock.
From about bands like Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience had moved away from purely blues-based music into psychedelia. By the s, the scene that had developed out of the American folk music revival had grown to a major movement, utilising traditional music and new compositions in a traditional style, usually on acoustic instruments.
Early attempts to combine elements of folk and rock included the Animals' " House of the Rising Sun "which was the first commercially successful folk song to be recorded with rock and roll instrumentation  and the Beatles " I'm a Loser "arguably the first Beatles song to be influenced directly by Dylan.
Tambourine Man " which topped the charts in Folk-rock reached its peak of commercial popularity in the period —68, before many acts moved off in a variety of directions, including Dylan and the Byrds, who began to develop country rock. Psychedelic music's LSD -inspired vibe began in the folk scene. Pepper was later regarded as the greatest album of all time and a starting point for the album eraduring which rock music transitioned from the singles format to albums and achieved cultural legitimacy in the mainstream.
Progressive rock, a term sometimes used interchangeably with art rockmoved beyond established musical formulas by experimenting with different instruments, song types, and forms. Instrumentals were common, while songs with lyrics were sometimes conceptual, abstract, or based in fantasy and science fiction.
Greater commercial success was enjoyed by Pink Floyd, who also moved away from psychedelia after the departure of Syd Barrett inwith The Dark Side of the Moonseen as a masterpiece of the genre, becoming one of the best-selling albums of all time.
The instrumental strand of the genre resulted in albums like Mike Oldfield 's Tubular Bellsthe first record, and worldwide hit, for the Virgin Records label, which became a mainstay of the genre.
In the late s, jazz-rock emerged as a distinct subgenre out of the blues-rock, psychedelic, and progressive rock scenes, mixing the power of rock with the musical complexity and improvisational elements of jazz. AllMusic states that the term jazz-rock "may refer to the loudest, wildest, most electrified fusion bands from the jazz camp, but most often it describes performers coming from the rock side of the equation.
In Britain the subgenre of blues rock, and many of its leading figures, like Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce of the Eric Clapton -fronted band Creamhad emerged from the British jazz scene. Often highlighted as the first true jazz-rock recording is the only album by the relatively obscure New York-based the Free Spirits with Out of Sight and Sound British acts to emerge in the same period from the blues scene, to make use of the tonal and improvisational aspects of jazz, included Nucleus  and the Graham Bond and John Mayall spin-off Colosseum.
From the psychedelic rock and the Canterbury scenes came Soft Machine, who, it has been suggested, produced one of the artistically successfully fusions of the two genres. Perhaps the most critically acclaimed fusion came from the jazz side of the equation, with Miles Davisparticularly influenced by the work of Hendrix, incorporating rock instrumentation into his sound for the album Bitches Brew It was a major influence on subsequent rock-influenced jazz artists, including Herbie HancockChick Corea and Weather Report.
Reflecting on developments in rock music at the start of the s, Robert Christgau later wrote in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies : .
The decade is, of course, an arbitrary schema itself—time doesn't just execute a neat turn toward the future every ten years. But like a lot of artificial concepts—money, say—the category does take on a reality of its own once people figure out how to put it to work. In popular music, embracing the '70s meant both an elitist withdrawal from the messy concert and counterculture scene and a profiteering pursuit of the lowest common denominator in FM radio and album rock.
Rock saw greater commodification during this decade, turning into a multibillion-dollar industry and doubling its market while, as Christgau noted, suffering a significant "loss of cultural prestige".
In the '70s the powerful took over, as rock industrialists capitalized on the national mood to reduce potent music to an often reactionary species of entertainment—and to transmute rock's popular base from the audience to market. Roots rock is the term now used to describe a move away from what some saw as the excesses of the psychedelic scene, to a more basic form of rock and roll that incorporated its original influences, particularly country and folk music, leading to the creation of country rock and Southern rock.
The founders of Southern rock are usually thought to be the Allman Brothers Band, who developed a distinctive sound, largely derived from blues rockbut incorporating elements of boogiesoul, and country in the early s.
Glam rock emerged from the English psychedelic and art rock scenes of the late s and can be seen as both an extension of and reaction against those trends. The origins of glam rock are associated with Marc Bolanwho had renamed his folk duo to T. Rex and taken up electric instruments by the end of the s. After the early successes of Latin rock in the s, Chicano musicians like Carlos Santana and Al Hurricane continued to have successful careers throughout the s.
Santana opened the decade with success in his single " Black Magic Woman " on the Abraxas album. A strange time, —although rock's balkanization into genres was well underway, it was often hard to tell one catch-phrase from the next. From the late s it became common to divide mainstream rock music into soft and hard rock.
Soft rock was often derived from folk rock, using acoustic instruments and putting more emphasis on melody and harmonies. From the late s the term "heavy metal" began to be used to describe some hard rock played with even more volume and intensity, first as an adjective and by the early s as a noun.
Led Zeppelin added elements of fantasy to their riff laden blues-rock, Deep Purple brought in symphonic and medieval interests from their progressive rock phase and Black Sabbath introduced facets of the gothic and modal harmonyhelping to produce a "darker" sound.
Rock, mostly the heavy metal genre, has been criticized by some Christian leaders, who have condemned it as immoral, anti-Christian and even satanic. Starting in the s Christian pop performers have had some mainstream success.
While these artists were largely acceptable in Christian communities, the adoption of heavy rock and glam metal styles by bands like Stryperwho achieved considerable mainstream success in the s, was more controversial. American working-class oriented heartland rock, characterized by a straightforward musical style, and a concern with the lives of ordinary, blue-collar American people, developed in the second half of the s.
The term heartland rock was first used to describe Midwestern arena rock groups like KansasREO Speedwagon and Styx, but which came to be associated with a more socially concerned form of roots rock more directly influenced by folk, country and rock and roll.
Exemplified by the commercial success Rock And Roll Music - Chuck Berry - All The Very Best (CD) singer songwriters Bruce SpringsteenBob Segerand Tom Pettyalong with less widely known acts such as Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes and Joe Grushecky and the Houserockersit was partly a reaction to post-industrial urban decline in the East and Mid-West, often dwelling on issues of social disintegration and isolation, beside a form of good-time rock and roll revivalism.
Heartland rock faded away as a recognized genre by the early s, as rock music in general, and blue-collar and white working class themes in particular, lost influence with younger audiences, Rock And Roll Music - Chuck Berry - All The Very Best (CD) as heartland's artists turned to more personal works.
Newer artists whose music would perhaps have been labeled heartland rock had it been released in the s or s, such as Missouri's Bottle Rockets and Illinois' Uncle Tupelooften find themselves labeled alt-country.
Punk rock was developed between and in the United States and the United Kingdom. Rooted in garage rock and other forms of what is now known as protopunk music, punk rock bands eschewed the perceived excesses of mainstream s rock.
Punk embraces a DIY do it yourself ethicwith many bands self-producing their recordings and distributing them through informal channels. Punk quickly became a major cultural phenomenon in the UK. The Sex Pistols' live TV skirmish with Bill Grundy on December 1, was the watershed moment in British punk's transformation into a major media phenomenon, even as some stores refused to stock the records and radio airplay was hard to come by.
An associated punk subculture emerged, expressing youthful rebellion and characterized by distinctive clothing styles and a variety of anti-authoritarian ideologies. By the beginning of the s, faster, more aggressive styles such as hardcore and Oi!
Although punk rock was a significant social and musical phenomenon, it achieved Rock And Roll Music - Chuck Berry - All The Very Best (CD) in the way of record sales being distributed by small specialty labels such as Stiff Records or American radio airplay as the radio scene continued to be dominated by mainstream formats such as disco and album-oriented rock.
If hardcore most directly pursued the stripped down aesthetic of punk, and new wave came to represent its commercial wing, post-punk emerged in the later s and early s as its more artistic and challenging side. The first wave of British post-punk included Gang of FourSiouxsie and the Banshees and Joy Divisionwho placed less emphasis on art than their US counterparts and more on the dark emotional qualities of their music. The second generation of British post-punk bands that broke through in the early s, including the Fallthe Pop Groupthe MekonsEcho and the Bunnymen and the Teardrop Explodestended to move away from dark sonic landscapes.
The term alternative rock was coined in the early s to describe rock artists who did not fit into the mainstream genres of the time.
Bands dubbed "alternative" had no unified style, but were all seen as distinct from mainstream music. Alternative bands were linked by their collective debt to punk rock, through hardcore, New Wave or the post-punk movements. Few of these early bands achieved mainstream success, although exceptions to this rule include R. Despite a general lack of spectacular album sales, the original alternative rock bands exerted a considerable influence on the generation of musicians who came of age in the s and ended up breaking through to mainstream success in the s.
Styles of alternative rock in the US during the s included jangle popassociated with the early recordings of R. Disaffected by commercialized and highly produced pop and rock in the mids, bands in Washington state particularly in the Seattle area formed a new style of rock which sharply contrasted with the mainstream music of the time.
Bands such as Green RiverSoundgardenMelvins and Skin Yard pioneered the genre, with Mudhoney becoming the most successful by the end of the decade. Grunge remained largely a local phenomenon untilwhen Nirvana 's album Nevermind became a huge success, containing the anthemic song " Smells Like Teen Spirit ". During andother grunge albums such as Pearl Jam 's TenSoundgarden's Badmotorfinger and Alice in Chains ' Dirtalong with the Temple of the Dog album featuring members of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, became among the top-selling albums.
Britpop emerged from the British alternative rock scene of the early s and was characterised by bands particularly influenced by British guitar music of the s and s. The term post-grunge was coined for the generation of bands that followed the emergence into the mainstream and subsequent hiatus of the Seattle grunge bands. Post-grunge bands emulated their attitudes and music, but with a more radio-friendly commercially oriented sound. Some post-grunge bands, like Candleboxwere from Seattle, but the subgenre was marked by a broadening of the geographical base of grunge, with bands like Los Angeles' Audioslaveand Georgia's Collective Soul and beyond the US to Australia's Silverchair and Britain's Bushwho all cemented post-grunge as one of the most commercially viable subgenres of the late s.
The origins of s pop punk can be seen in the more song-oriented bands of the s punk movement like Buzzcocks and the Clashcommercially successful new wave acts such as the Jam and the Undertonesand the more hardcore-influenced elements of alternative rock in the s.
A second wave of pop punk was spearheaded by Blinkwith their breakthrough album Enema of the Statefollowed by bands such as Good CharlotteSimple Plan and Sum 41who made use of humour in their videos and had a more radio-friendly tone to their music, while retaining the speed, some of the attitude and even the look of s punk. In the s the terms indie rock and alternative rock were used interchangeably. By the end of the s many recognisable subgenres, most with their origins in the late s alternative movement, were included under the umbrella of indie.
Lo-fi eschewed polished recording techniques for a D. Black Emperor and Quickspace. Alternative metal emerged from the hardcore scene of alternative rock in the US in the later s, but gained a wider audience after grunge broke into the mainstream in the early s. Hip hop had gained attention from rock acts in the early s, including the Clash with " The Magnificent Seven " and Blondie with " Rapture " InFaith No More broke into the mainstream with their single " Epic ", often seen as the first truly successful combination of heavy metal with rap.
Innu metal reached its peak with albums like Staind's Break the CycleP. From aboutas dissatisfaction grew with the concept of Cool Britannia, and Britpop as a movement began to dissolve, emerging bands began to avoid the Britpop label while still producing music derived from it. Post-Britpop bands have been seen as presenting the image of the rock star as an ordinary person and their increasingly melodic music was criticised for being bland or derivative.
Post-hardcore developed in the US, particularly in the Chicago and Washington, DC areas, in the early to mids, with bands that were inspired by the do-it-yourself ethics and guitar-heavy music of hardcore punk, but influenced by post-punk, adopting longer song formats, more complex musical structures and sometimes more melodic vocal styles.
Emo also emerged from the hardcore scene in s Washington, D. In the early s, a new group of bands that played a stripped down and back-to-basics version of guitar rock, emerged into the mainstream. They were variously characterised as part of a garage rock, post-punk or new wave revival.
In the s, as computer technology became more accessible and music software advanced, it became possible to create high quality music using little more than a single laptop computer.
During the s, rock music saw a decline in mainstream popularity and cultural relevancy; byhip hop music had surpassed it as the most consumed musical genre in the United States. Despite rock's decline in mainstream popularity, some rock bands have continued to achieve mainstream success in the s and s, including Tool Fall Out Boy Greta Van Fleet Panic! Restrictions, such as quarantine rules, caused widespread cancellations and postponements of concerts, tours, festivals, album releases, award ceremonies, and competitions.
At the start of the s, recording artists in both pop and rap music released popular pop-punk recordings, many of them produced or assisted by Blink drummer Travis Barker. The popularity of the social media platform Rock And Roll Music - Chuck Berry - All The Very Best (CD) helped spark nostalgia for the angst-driven musical style among young listeners during the pandemic.
Different subgenres of rock were adopted by, and became central to, the identity of a large number of sub-cultures. In the s and s, respectively, British youths adopted the Teddy Boy and Rocker subcultures, which revolved around US rock and roll. Oh, and listen out for Axl when he tells the crowd that he hasn't been asleep for 2 days, at the end of "Patience"!
There are some light moments of percussion to hint at the form of the full band arrangement that would coalesce later. Vol 1 is a far superior recording than Vol 2, which sounds like it suffers from tape timing issues on the first couple of tracks. Nevertheless, I'm sure the die hard Guns 'N Roses collectors will still be interested in both of these titles.
I spent hours trawling through Guns 'N Roses bootleg listing sites, trying to identify the source of Vol 1 without any luck. I suspect the track order on this bootleg has been tampered with by AMCOS, however the set list is typical of their concerts. If anyone can identify the exact origin of these recordings, I'd be very interested in hearing from you. Both posts include full album artwork of course.
Unlicensed Live Vol 1. Unlicensed Live Vol 1 Link Mb. Unlicensed Live Vol 2. Unlicensed Live Vol 2 Link Mb. Posted by AussieRock at PM 2 comments:. Despite label changes, the group had little success and even a two-year period without a record deal. After signing with Epic infortunes improved. The Amboy Dukes tag was dropped. By the time Nugent had released his third LP 'Cat Scratch Fever' inhis albums were reaching Platinum status and he was the highest grossing tour act in the United States at the time.
The album-opening track "Wango Tango" became an instant Nugent standard, including a humorous middle breakdown section in which he shows off with a carnival barker-esque rap.
Standout tracks are, in increasing order:. Hard As Nails - Ted Nugent has never being known for brilliant lyrics and this song doesn't change this trend for his simple minded discussions about sex.
Ted apparently has quite a reputation backstage with the ladies although oddly enough he was a Tee-totaller. This mid-tempo song has a great driving and chunky guitar riff which really makes you want to pound your fist. The guitar solo on this song leaves a little to be desired but is still good and I wish there wasn't a fade out at the end. A hard rock song like this should have an abrupt ending.
Scream Dream - On this song, Ted's vocals are being pumped though some Rock And Roll Music - Chuck Berry - All The Very Best (CD) of Phase Shifter and sounds really creepy at times. Ted's lyrics appear to be about the violent perils of the big cities like Chicago, New York and Detroit and how they give him bad dreams at night, making him want to Scream.
Once again, there is another classic driving Nugent guitar riff on the verses and Chorus. This track is a faster tempo than the previous 2 tracks however there is a nice little key change bridge in the middle, just before an absolutely blistering guitar solo, which starts off Chuck Berry Style.
At the end of the song, he is actually screaming 'Scream Dream' over and over again, instead of singing it, and it sounds as if he's gonna blow his vocal cords out. This doesn't stop until you hear a sinister half tone laugh at the end. Nice one Ted. This song is an upbeat rocker with a really good guitar solo, but for some reason was ranked 7 on Guitar World's List of the worst guitar solos!
Very strange indeed. This is all classic Ted. He definitely gives David Lee Roth a run for his money with regards to his gift of the gab. There are also some typical 50's background vocals going on at the same time, credited to the "Immaculate Wangettes" in the liner notes Curtis Lanclos, Rectro Zest Podscast. Scream Dream Link Mb. Wednesday, September 15, Yes - Yesterdays K —, —present.
This was a big selling compilation at the time and although all cuts on it have shown up numbers of subsequent LP and CD collections, I still see it as a necessary compliment to my YES collection. That is the only cut including Steve Howe and Rick Wakeman, the rest is by the band's first setting with Peter Banks on guitar and Tony Kaye on keyboards.
Listening to those songs from the pre-Howe and pre-synth days it's obvious the band's special idiom that later would lead to world wide success was there already from the start. Tony Kaye has a less prominent role than later Wakeman, but not less important. In all very good listening with top audio. If you're one of those who got deep into the group first with "Yes Album" or later this may be an ear opener and reason to look beyond.
Now, one of YES's biggest draw cards have been their psychedelic album covers, produced by the multi-talented artist Roger Dean. Yesterdays cover caused some controversy for some people with the back cover of 'Yesterdays' featuring two young naked characters, a boy urinating and a girl displaying her genitalia. But over time the imagery has been accepted for its real worth, artistic creation - and not something smutty. Roger Dean was born in Ashford Kent, England in He is internationally renowned for his unique style of album cover paintings, logos, typefaces, and organic architectural designs.
When Dean left the Royal College of Art in his first commission was to design furniture for Ronnie Scott's Jazz club in London, this eventually lead him to produce a cover painting. The painting that Dean created for Osibisa's cover, depicted a brilliantly coloured, winged flying elephant and an equally elaborate and colourful logo for Osibisa see below.
This image and logo were a dramatic contrast to the generally more conservative portraits usually seen on the cover of albums of that time. Dean's brightly coloured record covers for Osibisa were often used to decorate the windows of record shops, bringing, 'Happy Music' music to the grey city streets of seventies London.
Following on from his successful collaboration with Osibisa, Dean was commissioned to produce a painting for an album cover for a band called YES. The YES logo became the visual signature of the group and was recognisable, not only from YES's record covers, but it was also imitated in style, in graffiti across the world. The first painting Dean produced for Yes became the cover for their Fragile album and marked the beginning of a forty seven year association with Roger Dean and Yes.
In fact, the cover painting for 'Tales from Topographic Oceans' was voted the best album cover of all time, in a Rolling Stone readers online poll. Some have regarded the collaboration between Yes and Dean as his most successful however. Dean is continuing to create paintings for bands such as Asia, and more recently for Steve Hackett's album 'Premonitions'. It has been estimated that over a hundred million people have, at one time, owned a piece of Dean's art, either as an album cover or as one of the many posters that were made of his cover paintings.
Dean is also known for his logo designs for companies including, Tetris, Virgin, Harvest, Vertigo and Psygnosis.
His career as a painter and typeface designer, are just two aspects of Dean's multi-faceted career. Roger, his brother, Martyn and the printing company, Chevalier of Rotterdam. Their company, 'Dragon's Dream' became a market pioneer in the publishing business, bringing the work of many brilliant artists to the attention of an international audience.
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