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Alan Aldridge, 73, UK LP cover designer (Who's "Quick One"; E John's "Capt. Fantastic")
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That Derek
2017-02-19 06:36:11 UTC
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Alan Aldridge, Album Cover Designer for The Who and Elton John, Dies

by Best Classic Bands Staff

Chances are pretty good that the name Alan Aldridge won’t register with you. But if you are a classic rock fan with a deep collection, you probably own an album or two whose cover he designed.

At just 23, Aldridge designed the front cover for the second album from The Who, 1966’s A Quick One, which contained Pete Townshend’s mini opera of the same name. The pop art illustration depicts the young band’s four members playing their instruments – or in Roger Daltrey’s case, singing into a microphone. Never mind that the images don’t really resemble Townshend, Daltrey, John Entwistle and Keith Moon… the imagery was apt for the times.

Aldridge died on February 17, 2017, following a debilitating illness, at age 73. His death was announced by a daughter, Lily, herself a Victoria’s Secret model who has appeared in Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue, via Instagram.

Alan Aldridge also designed the cover for Elton John’s 1975 album Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy.

Aldridge was born on June 1, 1943, in East London, and at 21 was hired by Penguin Books as their art director. He started his own graphic firm, INK, in 1968 amidst the vibrant London scene where art was meshing with the youthful rock ‘n’ roll culture. Among his other notable music oriented accomplishments was designing the now-iconic logo for the Hard Rock Cafe and two books of illustrated Beatles lyrics.
RH Draney
2017-02-19 11:41:17 UTC
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Alan Aldridge also designed the cover for Elton John’s 1975 album Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy.
And if you own that one, you've probably noted its resemblance to Roger
Glover's "The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast":



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2017-02-22 19:49:37 UTC
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Alan Aldridge also designed the cover for Elton John’s 1975 album Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy.
And if you own that one, you've probably noted its resemblance to Roger
http://youtu.be/G2yMwuLy53c
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I have that album. It includes music by Deep Purple and Roxy Music.

I also saw the movie. Sad to say, even Vincent Price as the onstage narrator could not save it.


(the whole movie)

Btw, since I rewatched the clip of Twiggy singing "Homeward" at the end, I now know she did NOT sing it on the album. However, I have a very hard time believing that the late Ronnie James Dio DID sing it on the album, as it says. That's because it doesn't sound like any adult male singer that I'VE ever heard - even including countertenors.

Can anyone tell me who sang that song?



(As dantedoomsday comments, it really doesn't sound like Dio - and he DID sing other songs on the album, so that's one reason I was suspicious, having heard his voice.)

You can hear the whole album here:

http://youtu.be/m6VVAsJCZGQ

To be fair, at least half the songs are mediocre, but the other ones do tend to grow on you after a while - especially "Old Blind Mole."

You can see John Goodison sing that here:



(I'm in a rush, so I don't know if it's a different recording from the album's.)


http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20139.Alan_Aldridge
(a few Aldridge book reviews)

Excerpt:

"He is possibly best known, however, for the picture book The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper Feast (1973), a series of illustrations of anthropomorphic insects and other creatures, which he created in collaboration with William Plomer, who wrote the accompanying verses. This was based on William Roscoe's poem of the same name, but was inspired when Aldridge read that John Tenniel had told Lewis Carroll it was impossible to draw a wasp in a wig."

Elsewhere:

"Whitbread Award from Booksellers Association of Great Britain and Ireland, 1973, for The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast; Children's Book of the Year Award, 1974."

https://www.google.com/search?q=alan+aldridge+books&biw=1266&bih=810&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjK6Iq0uKTSAhXn54MKHYgPBo0Q_AUIBygC#imgrc=_
(some book covers)

WRITINGS:

(Editor with George Perry) The Penguin Book of Comics, Penguin Books, 1967, revised edition, 1971, revised edition, 1989.
(Editor and contributor of illustrations) The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics, illustrations by Julian Allen and others, Delacorte, 1969.

(Editor with Mike Dempsey) Bernie Taupin: The One Who Writes the Words for Elton John; Complete Lyrics From 1968 Through to "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," Knopf, 1976.
(Author with George E. Ryder; illustrator with Harry Willock) The Peacock Party: A Sequel to the Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast (juvenile), Viking, 1979.

(And illustrator; with Ted Walker) The Lion's Cavalcade (juvenile), J. Cape, 1980.
(And illustrator; with Willock) Phantasia of Dockland, Rockland, and Dodos (juvenile), J. Cape, 1981, Ballantine, 1982.

(Editor) The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics, Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers (New York, NY), 1999.

The Man with Kaleidoscope Eyes: The Art of Alan Aldridge, Abrams (New York, NY), 2009.
The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast, Candlewick Press (Somerville, MA), 2009.

ILLUSTRATOR

William Plomer and Richard Fitter, The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast (juvenile), J. Cape, 1973, Grossman, 1975.

(William Willock) Richard Adams, The Adventures and Brave Deeds of the Ship's Cat on the Spanish Maine: Together With the Most Lamentable Losse of the Alcestis and Triumphant Firing of the Port of Chagres (juvenile), Random House, 1977.



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marcus
2017-02-19 17:02:25 UTC
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NEWS PLUS: The Wire - Breaking News
Alan Aldridge, Album Cover Designer for The Who and Elton John, Dies
by Best Classic Bands Staff
Chances are pretty good that the name Alan Aldridge won’t register with you. But if you are a classic rock fan with a deep collection, you probably own an album or two whose cover he designed.
At just 23, Aldridge designed the front cover for the second album from The Who, 1966’s A Quick One, which contained Pete Townshend’s mini opera of the same name. The pop art illustration depicts the young band’s four members playing their instruments – or in Roger Daltrey’s case, singing into a microphone. Never mind that the images don’t really resemble Townshend, Daltrey, John Entwistle and Keith Moon… the imagery was apt for the times.
Aldridge died on February 17, 2017, following a debilitating illness, at age 73. His death was announced by a daughter, Lily, herself a Victoria’s Secret model who has appeared in Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue, via Instagram.
Alan Aldridge also designed the cover for Elton John’s 1975 album Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy.
Aldridge was born on June 1, 1943, in East London, and at 21 was hired by Penguin Books as their art director. He started his own graphic firm, INK, in 1968 amidst the vibrant London scene where art was meshing with the youthful rock ‘n’ roll culture. Among his other notable music oriented accomplishments was designing the now-iconic logo for the Hard Rock Cafe and two books of illustrated Beatles lyrics.
I remember him most for the illustrated Beatles lyrics books.

Marc
That Derek
2017-02-22 22:37:42 UTC
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However, the cartoon-cum-music video version of the "Love Is All"/"Butterfly Ball" with its stepped-up "wind of the Willows"- imagery replete with the conga line of hideous hybridized critters is just outright creepy.



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