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    Posted: March 06 2009 at 13:55
Just bought the US version on CD because it was mega cheap. $7.99 CAN new. I think he little diver in bottom right hand corner is kind of neat but  while Dean`s work is truly artful I think that the American version better reflects some of the lyrical content which was influenced by several notable literary figures as well as the work of a prominent Scottish doctor who wrote on such topics as psychosis. Even though this was probably not the artist`s intention, I would think think that the white cover better reflects the depth of the lyrics and music while Dean`s illustration is just a very sureal and immaginative painting of an aquatic creature.

Also, although the title is a play on this aquatic creature who possesses 8 tentacles what I think it really refers to Octo- Opus is a musical work containing 8 compositions. I might be reading too much into this. Anyone?


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 06 2009 at 14:11
Like both.  In fact, I knew nothing of the Dean cover until quite some time after having my version.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 06 2009 at 14:28
Both are great, though I think that Dean's dark one, fits pretty well with the music.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 06 2009 at 14:41
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 06 2009 at 14:42
I have the LP where the cover is cut out around the jar.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 06 2009 at 14:43
Cacho i didn't take notice that your new status in PA Congratulations.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 06 2009 at 14:45
^hahaha, thanks Alberto!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 06 2009 at 15:37
My vinyl copy has the Dean version (wow!) abd the CD has the jar thingy which is less stunning!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 06 2009 at 21:00
The original is always better. And of course: it's a Roger Dean painting !
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 06 2009 at 22:24
I think I like the jar one more. Can't really explain why. Maybe it just seems quirkier.
 
No disrespect to Dean though, I love that guy.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 07 2009 at 00:43
I prefer Dean's cover.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 07 2009 at 04:42
Lik`em both. i got Deans. And thats the real one i whuld say.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 07 2009 at 11:36
Dean's cover. Although I like the US cover as well the octopus featured there appears dead and pickled in contrast to Dean's mighty and alive one.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 07 2009 at 12:59
Roger Dean's cover. I have it framed and hung in my living room along with "In the Wake of Poseidon" and three others.
Vinyl just sounds better!!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 07 2009 at 15:22
Dean's cover. Nice concept and great execution: the colours especially.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 07 2009 at 15:38
The Roger Dean cover, hands down.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 07 2009 at 15:42
i always liked the one with the octopus in the jar. is that the us one?

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