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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
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:
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.)
(a few Aldridge book reviews)
"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."
"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."
(some book covers)
(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.
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.