Posts Tagged ‘Mixes’

Buried Treasure – The Cover Art

28 February 2008

This blog was hatched as an outgrowth of my utterly insane love of making mixed cds. Once I began writing liner notes for those mixes – and those notes started turning into 25 page novellas – the time seemed right to move that portion of my mixologizing into cyberspace.

Well, this little enterprise has taken on a life of its own, and more than 200 posts later, here we are, talking about mixed cds once again. The reason I’m strolling down memory lane is that this mix is the first I’ve put together that was inspired by the blog, rather than vice-versa. The ‘Buried Treasure’ writings here have given me an immense amount of pleasure – there’s nothing better than sharing one of your favorite underappreciated albums with a friend or five hundred.

Once all of these hidden gems started piling up, it just kind of made sense to compile them together in one place. The nautical/pirate theme is a nod to my Lost At Sea mix, which more or less kicked off all of this craziness.

Which leads me to a big HOORAY for pirates!

Here’s the front cover:
Buried Treasure - Front Detail

Here’s the front gatefold:
Buried Treasure - Front

Here’s the inside gatefold:
Buried Treasure - Front Inside
[These notes are excerpted from the Buried Treasure posts on this blog]

Here’s back inside:
Buried Treasure - Back Inside

Here’s the back:
Buried Treasure - Back


And finally, here’s the track listing:

Lee Hazlewood * Dolly Parton’s Guitar
Fred Neil * Bleecker & MacDougal
Spirit * Lady Of The Lakes
M. Ward * Silverline
The Peddlers * Sing Me An Old Song
The Remains * Why Do I Cry
Elvis Presley * A Hundred Years From Now
Lee Oskar * BLT
Doc Cheatham & Shorty Baker * Baker’s Dozen
Shelly Manne * Flip
Ben Webster * Makin’ Whoopie
Buckethead * Lone Sal Bug
David Holmes * Gritty Shaker
Dead Or Alive * DJ Hit That Button
Alabama 3 * Connected
George Brigman * Jungle Rot
The Soft Boys * Black Snake Diamond Rock
Willie Colon y Hector Lavoe * Che Che Cole
Machito * Ven Conmigo Guajira
Wynton Marsalis * Come Ye Sons Of Art Away

Hippy Dippy – The Cover Art

25 January 2008

Here is the cover art for my compilation celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Summer Of Love. All of the songs collected here espouse some philosophical chestnut related to the counterculture movement of the 1960’s. From The Zombies’ claim that “It’s the time of the season for loving” to The 5th Dimension’s invitation to “Let the sun shine in,” every note of this music was designed to guide your inner star child. Peace, brothers & sisters…

Here’s the front cover:
Hippy Dippy - Front
[Subtitle reads: 18 songs for your inner star child]

Here’s the inside of the front cover:
Hippy Dippy - Front Inside
[Quote reads: “Turn on, tune in, drop out.” – Dr. Timothy Leary]

Here’s the back inside:
Hippy Dippy - Back Inside
[please note: this panel is for use inside of a clear jewel case]

Here’s the back:
Hippy Dippy - Back

And here’s the track listing:

The Zombies * Time Of The Season
The Youngbloods * Get Together
The Byrds * Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season)
The Mamas & The Papas * California Dreamin’
The Beatles * All You Need Is Love
The Beach Boys * Good Vibrations
Donovan * Sunshine Superman
Jefferson Airplane * White Rabbit
Love * Alone Again Or
Scott McKenzie * San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers In Your Hair)
Stephen Stills * Love The One You’re With
The Electric Prunes * I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night
The Nazz * Open My Eyes
Traffic * You Can All Join In
Cream * I Feel Free
The Doors * Soul Kitchen
Grateful Dead * Uncle John’s Band
The 5th Dimension * Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine In

2007: The Year In Music – The Cover Art

2 January 2008

Here is the cover art for my compilation of the finest music of the last year. It’s wittily entitled 2007: The Year In Music.

You can read the liner notes for this mix by clicking here, or scrolling down to the next post.

Here’s a detail of the front cover:
2007 - front

Here’s the front gatefold:
2007 - gatefold

Here’s the inside gatefold:
2007 - inside gatefold

Here’s the back:
2007 - back

And here’s the track listing:
Zeph & Azeem – Don’t Quote Me (Xclusive) (from the album: Mixed Messages)
Richie Havens – Tombstone Blues (from the album: I’m Not There)
Amy Winehouse – Rehab (from the album: Back to Black)
Iron & Wine – Boy With A Coin (from the album: The Shepherd’s Dog)
The National – Mistaken for Strangers (from the album: Boxer)
Radiohead – Jigsaw Falling Into Place (from the album: In Rainbows)
LCD Soundsystem – All My Friends (from the album: Sound Of Silver)
Pink Martini – Hey Eugene! (from the album: Hey Eugene!)
Paolo Nutini – New Shoes (from the album: These Streets)
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – Rich Woman (from the album: Raising Sand)
Queens Of The Stone Age – Make It Wit Chu (from the album: Era Vulgaris)
Spoon – You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb (from the album: Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga)
White Williams – Going Down (from the album: Smoke)
Rilo Kiley – Silver Lining (from the album: Under The Blacklight)
1990s – Is There A Switch For That? (from the album: Cookies)
Black Lips – It Feels Alright (from the album: Good Bad Not Evil)
Black Francis – Captain Pasty (from the album: Bluefinger)
The Budos Band – Chicago Falcon (from the album: The Budos Band II)
Jay-Z – Roc Boys (And The Winner Is)… (from the album: American Gangster)
Battles – Atlas (from the album: Mirrored)

Lost At Sea – The Cover Art

20 December 2007

Here is the cover art for my mix Lost At Sea. This compilation is subtitled The Most Overlooked Albums Of All-Time, and gathers together 20 of the most tragically underappreciated albums of our time. This mix was a precursor to the Buried Treasure section of this blog.

If you’ve got an extra 15 minutes, read the liner notes for this mix.

Here’s the front cover:
Lost At Sea - front

Here’s the front cover, full gatefold:
Lost At Sea - gatefold

Here’s the back:
Lost At Sea - back


And here’s the track listing:

Paul K & The Weathermen – David Ruffin’s Tears
The Long Ryders – I Had A Dream
Dr. Feelgood – She Does It Right
The Stairs – Flying Machine
Radio Birdman – Murder City Nights
Wipers – Taking Too Long
Monks – Monk Time
Gun Club – Ghost On The Highway
ESG – Moody
Cymande – Brothers On The Slide
Incredible Bongo Band – Apache
Mutiny – Lump
James Luther Dickinson – O How She Dances
ZZ Top – (Somebody Else Been) Shaking Your Tree
Michael Nesmith & The First National Band – Little Red Rider
Gene Clark – Life’s Greatest Fool
John Phillips – Mississippi
Terry Reid – Dean
Rodriquez – Inner City Blues
Dennis Wilson – River Song
Skip Spence – Little Hands
Fred Neil – The Dolphins

[Big ups to Ronny Knight for helping out with some details of this layout…]

Music That Changed My Life – The Cover Art

2 December 2007

Here’s the cover art for my self-explanatory mix, Music That Changed My Life. The cover art for this album features a collage of ticket stubs from my favorite concerts and events [a portion of this collage is featured in my blog masthead above]. This collage is framed, and hangs in my bathroom as a daily reminder of good times past.

My good friend Ronny Knight (the same RK who shot my Hip-Hop Sgt. Pepper’s cover) was kind enough to take a high quality photo of this collage. He placed it on our wood floor and shot it from above, which gives the picture a great natural-looking border. A huge thanks to Ronny for once again bringing one of my hairbrained ideas to life.

Here’s the original photo:

Ticket Collage

And here’s how I turned that photo into an album cover:

Here’s the front cover:
Music That Changed My Life - front cover
[this cover has a full gatefold that features more of the original photo…]

Here’s the back:
Music That Changed My Life - back

Here’s the front of the liner notes that were inserted into the mix:
Music That Changed My Life - liner notes A

Back of liner notes:
Music That Changed My Life - liner notes B

Here’s the track listing (dates given are the years that I discovered said music):

01. The Hues Corporation – Rock The Boat (1974)
02. The Beach Boys – I Get Around (1975)
03. The Lovin’ Spoonful – Summer In The City (1975)
04. The Muppets – The Muppet Show Theme (1976)
05. Bee Gees – Jive Talkin’ (1977)
06. Billie Holiday – He’s Funny That Way (1980)
07. The Beatles – Here Comes The Sun (1981)
08. Willie Nelson – The Red Headed Stranger (1982)
09. Run-D.M.C. – Raising Hell (1986)
10. INXS – Good Times (1987)
11. Prince – Play In The Sunshine (1987)
12. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Rainy Day, Dream Away (1989)
13. Led Zeppelin – Bron-Yr-Aur (1989)
14. The Doors – Ghost Song (1990)
15. Pearl Jam – Porch (1992)
16. Beastie Boys – Something’s Got To Give (1992)
17. Miles Davis – Generique (1993)
18. Charles Mingus – Better Git Hit In Your Soul (1993)
19. Minutemen – Theatre Is The Life Of You (1994)
20. Grateful Dead – New Speedway Boogie (1994)
21. Johnny Cash – Thirteen (1995)
22. Calexico – The Ride (Pt II) (2000)
23. Fred Neil – Everybody’s Talkin’ (2004)
24. School House Rock – Conjunction Junction (2004)


The following mularky was written more than two years ago, and also wasn’t really intended for public comsumption. However, here’s what the liner notes say:

Music that changed my life…

Springfield, OR – late summer of ‘74, back seat of an Orange Volkswagen Bug. The adult occupants of the front seat are discussing – who cares? – while the 5 year old occupant in the back seat is completely mesmerized, grooving to the upbeat sounds of Hues Corporation’s Rock The Boat (#1) emanating from the VW’s tinny sound system.

When I was about 6 years old, my mom turned over use of about 40 of her old 45’s. I used to spend hours holed up in my room, listening to these records over and over. Two songs that stand out for me from that magical pile of music are the Beach Boys’ I Get Around (#2) and the Lovin’ Spoonful’s Summer In The City (#3) – songs that still hold up surprisingly well for me.

The Muppets need no introduction. Uh… except for this great lead-in Muppet Show Theme (#4). It’s as catchy as any other TV theme song I’ve had stuck in my head for the last 28 years.

The very first record I ever bought with my own money was the Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack. The Bee Gees owned this album – and all of music – in the years 1977 and 1978. The song Jive Talkin’ (#5) was the #1 song for ‘78, and between Christmas ‘77 and mid-May ‘78, a Bee Gees single was at the top of the US chart for 15 out of 20 weeks. The SNF Soundtrack is also the biggest selling soundtrack of all time, with more than 25 million in worldwide sales.

My parents divorced when I was 10, and the divided record collection provided a clear and interesting delineation between their musical tastes. Billie Holiday’s On The Sunny Side Of The Street (#6) is a song that reminds me of my mom. In my early teens she explained to me how the opposing forces of a happy song and Billie’s heartbroken voice made the song great, and I’ve been listening a little deeper ever since.

The Beatles are maybe the one thing that my parents will always consistently agree on. The Fab Four were akin to a religion in our house and the undisputed soundtrack of my childhood. And no matter how much I listen to them, they always sound great. I’ve included Here Comes The Sun (#7), but this could have been almost any Beatles song—we sang along to almost all of them at one time or another.

My brother and I used to enjoy playing dj with my dad’s 120 album collection while he was off to work. One album of his that we practically wore out was Willie Nelson’s Red Headed Stranger (#8), an album I still often enjoy in its vinyl format. [In 2001 I got to meet Willie at a Tower Records in SF (see life affirming signature on yellow flyer on the cover of this disc). I got to shake his hand and thank him for all the music – one of the true thrills of my life.]

1986 – I’m in my junior year of high school, and I’m hanging out at my buddy Bobby’s house after school when he pops in a cassette and raps along to Run-DMC’s Raising Hell (#9) – listen to this song, it’s no mean feat. In that inspired outburst, I realized that rap was: a) fun, b) music, and c) here to stay. When I got a copy of the Beasties’ Licensed To Ill a year later, the deal was completely sealed.

The first concert I ever attended (with the aforementioned Bob, and the infamous D. Quigley) was INXS with Steel Pulse opening. This concert took place at the Portland Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, May 28, 1988. Good Times (#10) indeed!

I had my very own Volkswagen Bug in high school (red, 1972, no cutsie name) and I used to drive around a lot listening to, among others, Prince. One of my favorite albums of this era was&is Sign O’ The Times, so I’ve included Play In The Sunshine (#11). This is also a nice homage to the high school years, which really were play, if sometimes in the drizzle.

Jimi Hendrix. Voted most important artist in the history of music by dk and millions of others. Jimi is epic to me in so many ways that space doesn’t permit full explanation. Anyone who’s seen the large as life velvet painting of him that adorns our music library can attest. I include Rainy Day Dream Away (#12) in honor of Eugene, OR, where I did plenty of just that during college.

During my stay at the U of O, I played a fair amount of hooky, some of which included day trips to the Oregon Coast – a mere 45 minutes away in my roommate Jonesy’s vintage Volvo. One song that reminds me of those excursions is Led Zep’s Bron-Yr-Aur (#13). Picture winding roads lined with trees a thousand shades of green and a beautiful beach at the end of the line and you’ll see that a little hooky was justified now and then.

In college I caught the vinyl-collecting bug and I’ve never shaken it. This started out of economic necessity, as LPs were considered a dead format at that time, and many shops were selling GREAT FUCKING albums for $.25 apiece, if not giving them away. My friends and I had a communal record pool, housed appropriately in the “record room” – a wood-paneled den at Bobby’s that was lined over with 33 1/3 album covers. One of the first albums I paid actual $ for, and intended to keep for my greedy self was The Doors American Prayer, unavailable on cd at that time. I’ve included the track Ghost Song (#14). And so a collection was born…

I first heard Pearl Jam in early 92, during my 5th – and final – year at the U of O. Grunge hadn’t yet broken into the larger national (& international) consciousness as it soon would, and this music still felt like our cool little secret. It’s hard to conjure up just how great it was to hear music that was new, and rocked in a way that didn’t involve hairspray, mascara or metal. Porch (#15) is the pick here, with a big bow down to Soundgarden, Nirvana, Alice In Chains, and all the other groups I wish were still making music.

I’ve followed the Beastie Boys avidly since their first album. By Check Your Head, they’d picked up instruments and learned to play, which really impressed me. Each of their albums has been an event for me, and I’ve run out and bought all of them the week (if not the day) that they came out. I have stong memories of discovering each album, and this one was enjoyed several times in a row at full volume while I played Frisbee outside my apartment. Something’s Got To Give (#16) is the track of choice.

After college, I spent about 6 months in Portland trying to become an ad-guy before admitting defeat and moving in with – egads! – my mom and step-father. During this unhappy (for all) time, I discovered the tranquil, soothing tones of the jazz album. In Portland I put considerable time in with Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew, still one of my all time favorites. But the choice here is Generique (#17), one of the most amazing, concise, and crushing pieces of music I’ve ever heard. This song seems as good a way as any to describe the feelings of a 24 year old guy living in the alcove of his mother’s library – though I’m pretty sure that isn’t what Miles was thinking of when he wrote it.

From a pile of albums I inherited from a departing college friend, I pick Charles Mingus’ Better Get Hit In Your Soul (#18). This was another of the songs that convinced me that jazz might just be ok.

After – gulp! – a year in my folks’ house, I finally landed a “real” job in SF. By early April of 94, I was in the City. The Friday before my first day of work, I went into the office to meet my art director. Upon introduction, he informed me that Kurt Cobain had committed suicide earlier that day. It was a changing of eras for me in more than one way. Minutemen’s Theatre Is The Life Of You (#19) seems like an appropriate dedication here, and comes from Double Nickels On The Dime, one of the greatest albums you’ll ever put your ear to.

When I moved to San Francisco, I almost immediately fell into the greatest living situation I could have hoped for. The Nob Hill apartment was large, funky, loaded with amenities (laundry, roof deck with view of GG Bridge, backyard garden, BBQ patio among others) and held 2 great roommates and friends, Ben and Josh. Both of these lads listened to nothing but Dead, Jerry, JGB, Dead, etc. At first it drove me batshit, but I finally began to hear songs that I genuinely enjoyed – among them New Speedway Boogie (#20). I lived there for 7 years, between the age of 24 and 31. Thanks for all the fun, fellas!

SF broadened my musical horizons at once. One of the stand-out albums for me from this period is Johnny Cash’s first American Recordings album with Rick Rubin. Before this I’d considered country music beneath my time, but Mr. Cash reminded me that great artists sometimes work within boxes they never asked to be put in. Thirteen (#21) and others on this album were a great introduction into the dark, relentless, reckless genius of the Man In Black. [JC also put on my #1 favorite concert of all time – Fillmore 11/9/96 – see immediate center gatefold cover of this disc].

Calexico’s The Ride (Pt II) (#22) is pure tribute to all the people who introduced me to great new music over the last half dozen years. Among many others, my friend Fred has introduced me to so many great bands that it’s hard to keep track: White Stripes, Calexico, Red House Painters, Strokes [pre-hype], My Morning Jacket, M. Ward, Built To Spill, and on and on. I know that any time I get a pile of music from him, there’s going to be something interesting and worthwhile lurking in it. This paragraph could also apply to many others – BAW, Rosen, Timmy T, Cordell, Jason, Henry, Ruth, Furr, and more – and it’s my thanks to all of them.

I got married last fall [again, these notes are a couple of years old]. The P and I enjoyed a perfect wedding day surrounded by almost all of our close friends and family. Our wedding & reception carried a musical theme – from the nametags to the placemats to the give-aways – and we specifically selected every note of music that played that day. Two songs that sum up the magic of that day for me are Conjunction Junction (#23) from Schoolhouse Rock – the recessional that played right after we were wed, and Everybody’s Talkin’ (#24) by Fred Neil, which was to be our first dance, except that in the excitement of the day, we didn’t have a first dance. My friend Tim, who was our DJ, pulled us aside at the very end of the evening and insisted that we have a “last dance” by ourselves, to this song. It was the nicest wedding present we received.

1987: The Year In Music – The Cover Art

15 November 2007

Here is the cover art for my compilation of the best music from 1987.

If you’re feeling saucy, take a look at the liner notes for this mix.

Before I distributed this mix, I assumed that the Pee Chee folder was a ubiquitous item for high-schoolers all over the country. Not so. After taking an informal poll, it seems that Pee Chees were a West Coast phenomenon, and were scattered throughout parts of the Midwest, but didn’t find their way to the East Coast or South at all. I guess you’ll have to take my word that every single kid in my high school had at least one of these.

Here’s the front cover:
1987 - Front - detail 1

Here’s the whole piece folded out:
1987 - Front
[this piece was folded over and glued to form a mini-folder]

Here’s a detail from the inside:
1987 - Front - detail 2

This was folded and tucked inside the Pee Chee, to hold the disc in place:
1987 - Inside A
[yes, that’s my high school graduating class, and yes I’m somewhere in this picture… and no I’m not going to tell you where…]

Here’s the back of the inside piece:
1987 - Inside B

Here’s the inspiration:
Pee Chee - picture

A Pee Chee was more than just a folder – it was a means of expression:


Finally, here’s the playlist:

Prince – Strange Relationship
Guns ‘N’ Roses – It’s So Easy
U2 – Trip Through Your Wires
Eric B & Rakim – I Know You Got Soul
INXS – Need You Tonight†
The Cure – Hot Hot Hot!!!
Yello – La Habanera
Public Enemy – Public Enemy No. 1
George Michael – Faith
Robbie Robertson – Somewhere Down The Crazy River
Tom Waits – Yesterday Is Here
Pixies – Nimrod’s Son
Jane’s Addiction – Rock & Roll
LL Cool J – Get Down
Depeche Mode – Behind The Wheel
The Replacements – Alex Chilton
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Fight Like A Brave
Boogie Down Productions – Dope Beat
Van Morrison – Did Ye Get Healed?
Def Leppard – Animal

†[This track is listed incorrectly. The actual track is ‘What You Need’ by INXS.]


[Please weigh in and let me know if the Pee Chee was a part of your high school experience. I’m curious how many people recognize the artwork above, and how many don’t have the slightest idea what I’m getting at here…]

Here’s a nice write-up on the history of the Pee Chee folder…


This mix is dedicated to the memory of Mike Surmeier – a great guy and a good friend who left this world far too soon…


The Secret History Of Jimi Hendrix – The Cover Art

2 November 2007

Here’s the cover art for a Jimi Hendrix compilation I recently threw together. There are a lot of Hendrix collections out there, and the goal of this mix was to grab the best bits and pieces of those, and bring them together in one convenient place.

Here’s the front cover:
Hendrix Secret History - Front

Here’s the inside front cover:
Hendrix Secret History - Front Inside

Here’s the back inside:
Hendrix Secret History - Back Inside
[For use inside a clear-bottomed jewel case]

And the back:
Hendrix Secret History - Back

[Copy reads: “#1 in a series of albums dedicated to unearthing the hidden side of great musicians. Anthologies and box sets often don’t do justice to the musical giants of our time, and some of their most interesting work remains unheard. No longer…”]


Here’s the track listing:

ONE – Electric Ladyland (Demo)
TWO – Red House (B-Side)
THREE – Tax Free (B-Side)
FOUR – Hey Joe (Alternate Take)
FIVE – Up From The Skies
SIX – 1983… (A Merman I Should Turn To Be) (Demo)
SEVEN – The Wind Cries Mary (Live)
EIGHT – Burning Of The Midnight Lamp (BBC)
NINE – Come On (Part 1) (Demo)
TEN – Fire (Live)
ELEVEN – Sunshine Of Your Love (Live)
TWELVE – Gloria
THIRTEEN – Machine Gun
FOURTEEN – Torture Me Honey (Outtake)
FIFTEEN – Voodoo Child (Slight Return) (Live)†

†Last song from Jimi Hendrix’ final live performance – Love & Peace Festival, Isle Of Fehmarn, September 6th, 1970

Three Is A Magic Number – The Cover Art

16 October 2007

The P and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary today. Our wedding day was the happiest day of my life, and anyone who was there will totally understand the sentiment. Each year we send out a mix of some of our favorite tunes as a ‘thank you’ to those who attended the festivities. This year’s mix has a decidedly jazzy flavor.

For those of you who were there three years ago today, this is what you have to look forward to:

Here’s the front cover:
Three Is A Magic Number - front cover

Here’s the inside of the front cover:
Three Is A Magic Number - inside front cover
[Quote reads: “The majority of husbands remind me of an orangutan trying to play the violin.” – Balzac]

Here’s the back:
Three Is A Magic Number - back


And finally, here’s the track listing:

Track One – I Get A Kick Out Of You – Benny Carter
Track Two – Time After Time – J.J. Johnson
Track Three – Senor Blues – Horace Silver
Track Four – Swingin’ Scotch – Coleman Hawkins
Track Five – Good Queen Bess – Doc Cheatam & Shorty Baker
Track Six – Somethin’ Special – Sonny Clark
Track Seven – Blue Soul – Blue Mitchell
Track Eight – Funk In Deep Freeze – Hank Mobley
Track Nine – Stella By Starlight – Chet Baker
Track Ten – All The Things You Are – Paul Desmond & Gerry Mulligan
Track Eleven – I Didn’t Know What Time It Was – Benny Golson
Track Twelve – The Touch Of Your Lips – Ben Webster & Oscar Peterson
Track Thirteen – On The Sunny Side Of The Street – Lester Young & Oscar Peterson
Track Fourteen – It Never Entered My Mind – Miles Davis

Listen: I Get A Kick Out Of You

The Top 40 Punk Albums Of All-Time – The Cover Art

10 October 2007

Here is the cover art for my compilation The Top 40 Punk Albums Of All-Time. This mix is a couple of years old, and while it inspired this post, the blog write up is a generation or two removed from the original, and includes several different album choices.

This cover was totally inspired by Jamie Reid‘s classic artwork for the Sex Pistols in the 70’s. I printed out a color picture of the safety pin, and then added the cutout newpaper letters to this, one by one. I then color-copied that and sized it down to cd cover size. I figured the punk ‘zine look would probably be my only chance to use my lousy handwriting on one of my mixes (and get away with it) so that’s the back cover.

Not perfect, but it’s something…

Here’s the front cover:
Punk - front
[This is a scanned version of the original cover – much darker than the original.]

Here’s the back cover:
Punk - tray

Here’s the track listing:

40 – Devo * Gut Feeling
39 – Buzzcocks * Ever Fallen In Love…
38 – The Seeds * Pushin’ Too Hard
37 – The Cure * Three Imaginary Boys
36 – Germs * Lexicon Devil
35 – Mission Of Burma * Secrets
34 – The Heartbreakers * One Track Mind
33 – Richard Hell & The Voidoids * Blank Generation
32 – Husker Du * Never Talking To You Again
31 – The Cars * Don’t Cha Stop
30 – Ramones * Cretin Hop
29 – Pixies * Crackity Jones
28 – The Dils * Blow Up
27 – XTC * Making Plans For Nigel
26 – Wire * Dot Dash
25 – Black Flag * Rise Above
24 – Circle Jerks * When The Shit Hits The Fan
23 – NY Dolls * Personality Crisis
22 – The Jam * The Modern World
21 – Dead Kennedys * Let’s Lynch The Landlord
20 – Patti Smith * Gloria
19 – Fear * Let’s Have A War
18 – Gang Of Four * Damaged Goods
17 – Talking Heads * New Feeling
16 – Nirvana * About A Girl
15 – X * In This House That I Call Home
14 – Joy Division * Transmission
13 – Bad Brains * Banned In D.C.
12 – The Saints * I’m (Stranded)
11 – Velvet Underground * Rock & Roll
10 – Radio Birdman * Murder City Nights
9 – Monks * Monk Time
8 – The Undertones * I Gotta Getta
7 – The Modern Lovers * Roadrunner
6 – The Stooges * T.V. Eye
5 – Buzzcocks * Autonomy
4 – Minutemen * #1 Hit Song
3 – The Clash * Brand New Cadillac
2 – Sex Pistols * Bodies
1 – Ramones * Blitzkrieg Bop

A Musician’s Life – The Cover Art

19 September 2007

Here’s the cover art for my compilation A Musician’s Life. The subtitle – “20 Songs About The People Who Sing Them” – explains the concept. Every song here comments on the life of a performer; the grind of the road, the businessmen trying to get rich, the groupies laying in wait, and much more. In short, it isn’t always a pretty picture, but it’s loaded with good stories. [On a side note, one interesting thing I learned during this exercise is that nearly every Lynyrd Skynyrd song is about being in Lynyrd Skynyrd.]

For the cover, I mimicked the design of Life magazine. I picked up the elements of their modern design (not that different from their classic look), but kept the cover photos black and white, and used simple white type to give it a classic feeling. I created three different covers that all sat together inside the same jewel case, giving the listener the option of which cover they’d like to look at.

Front cover A:

Inside of cover A:

Front cover B:

Inside of cover B:

Front cover C:

Inside of cover C:

Here’s the back cover:

And here’s the playlist:

Bread * The Guitar Man
Bob Seger * Turn The Page
Willie Nelson * Me & Paul
Lee Hazlewood * The Performer
Pink Floyd * Have A Cigar
The Byrds * So You Want To Be A Rock ‘N’ Roll Star
A Tribe Called Quest * Show Business
Lynyrd Skynyrd * What’s Your Name
AC/DC * It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Want To Rock & Roll)
Guns & Roses * Mr. Brownstone
Eminem * Lose Yourself
The White Stripes * Little Room
Frank Zappa * Joe’s Garage
Cypress Hill * (Rock) Superstar
The Rolling Stones * The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man
The Kinks * Session Man
Johnny Cash * I’ve Been Everywhere
M. Ward * Paul’s Song
Elton John * Tiny Dancer
Peter, Paul & Mary * Leaving On A Jet Plane

And finally, here’s the inspiration:
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