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    Posted: February 15 2008 at 15:34
I found a Japanese import of this today and picked it up.
 
It has the original (creepy) cover.
 
Does anyone know when the artwork was changed?
 
Most versions do not have the dead body in the water.
 
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The original (and very creepy) cover of THE STEVE HOWE ALBUM...hint...look in the water...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 15 2008 at 16:02
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 15 2008 at 16:27
All I know is that the original LP had the body and my remaster version (US release) doesn't. I don't know if that was a label decision or Steve's decision. I think they should have left it the same, although it IS creepy! 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 15 2008 at 16:41
Ahh.. I can see it now.. Must have been my PC.
 
Right, I have the Atlantic Remaster.. It has the floating body in the water.
 
It does surprise that Steve Howe used this as a cover
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 15 2008 at 19:24
I have the original album on LP and the body is floating face down. Great cover!! Great album too.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 15 2008 at 20:08
ahh its a body,i couldnt tell looked like lilly pads or something lol,havent heard the album sounds intresting
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 15 2008 at 20:54
Mine has the body too... I never really thought of it as dead though. That isn't really in keeping with the album's sound. Maybe it's a live body. Front crawl.

And All's A Chord is fantastic.




Edited by happythe - February 15 2008 at 20:55
Stop me from dreaming?
Okay :-(
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 15 2008 at 22:19
Great album, Great art work.  Never really gave the body in the water a thought.  The body could represent the small amount of prog listeners in the world.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 15 2008 at 22:21
The interesting thing is the shape of the rocks and all resemble the cover of his first album (1975).  But whereas that cover had a nice friendly and neighborhoodly  kind of vibe to it, the 1979 album cover has all that machinery beneath it on the left.  Given the behemoth Yes had become by 1979, maybe that's what Dean was trying to depict.  But that's such a negative interpretation, it seems unlikely anyone would knowingly try to put a statement like that into their own album cover. 

Could the dead man be Jon Anderson or Wakeman (had they left Yes when this was released?) or maybe just a representation of the mostly-discredited utopian hopes of the 1960's?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 16 2008 at 01:34
Steve could see into the future.  The dead man is obviously supposed to be Trevor Rabin.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 16 2008 at 14:00
Originally posted by Rutgers Joe Rutgers Joe wrote:

I found a Japanese import of this today and picked it up.
 
It has the original (creepy) cover.
 
Does anyone know when the artwork was changed?
 
Most versions do not have the dead body in the water.
 
(See signature below)

my copy has the same image without the "dead body"

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Edited by Utah Man - February 16 2008 at 14:01
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 17 2008 at 20:55
I'm pretty proud of having the ORIGINAL album, WITH CORPSE, released in 1979, still stashed in my cupboard... Smile
 
Good album, except for the songs where Howe attempts to 'sing'... Dead
 
Originally posted by ghost_of_morphy ghost_of_morphy wrote:

Steve could see into the future.  The dead man is obviously supposed to be Trevor Rabin.
LOL LOL LOL


Edited by Antennas - February 17 2008 at 20:56

Jesus never managed to figure out the theremin either
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 18 2008 at 00:28
I love the cover art. The absence of the aquacadaver changes the entire tone of the piece. One of Rog's best works!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 18 2008 at 22:09
My dad has a book by Roger Dean where he talks about that cover and that weird body (I think it's a diver, and not a dead one). When I go to his house I'll reread that part...
"Youíll never make any money playing music that people canít sing.Ē Keith Emerson's father
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