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Music You Can “See” – The Great Album Cover Artists and Designers of Rock

Not all heroes in the the KnuckleBonz Rock Iconz®, 3D Vinyl® and On Tour™ and On Tour Series played an instrument. The paint brush and camera lens also made music for all of us when wielded  by the great album cover artist and designers.

Before the digital age of music, Album and Poster art was and essential part of the music Superfan experience.  It the same flag many of us still fly today on the art we have in the house or the clothes we wear. Can you imagine  Pink Floyd’s legacy with the designs of Storm Thorgerson? The “Dark Side of the Moon” Prism, all of the “Wish You Were Here” “Hand Shakes” the “Delicate Sound of Thunder” “Lightbulb Man.” Aubrey Powell founded the great Hypgnosis (In Collaboration w/ Storm Thorgerson) and gave us classic Led Zeppelin cover art from “Houses of the Holy” and .  Could we ever  separate Pink Floyd “The Wall” from the illustrator and cartoonist Gerald Scarfe? We think not. So many of the great bands we love are so closely tied to the great artists that were associated with their album releases. Roger Dean defined the band “Yes” with unbelievable illustration and graphic design that almost let you here the albums before you dropped the needle. Many of us discovered the fantasy art master Frank Frazetta, from the album art of Molly Hatchet before we ever heard of “Conan the Barbarian” The list goes on. Can you imagine Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow without the “Rainbow Raising” cover painting of Ken Kelly? Oh yes, what we owe the KISS Destroyer cover to him as well…

For us, these images are as  as important as the music that plays when you drop the needle. It’s an essential part of why we are in our 18th year here at KnuckleBonz.

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The Power of Album Art – KnuckleBonz 3D Vinyl

KISS 3D Vinyl Collectible Statues

The Power of Album Art – 3D Vinyl Collector Series from KnuckleBonz®

The digital music firehose began to run at full force either side of the new millennium. With it came more choices and access to music of all kinds than ever. It was also the footsteps of doom, and the beginning of the end for perhaps the most precious aspect of new music buying. The experience of going to retail and flipping through new music releases on Vinyl and other formats. Can’t tell you the number of times super classic bands where discovered by first connecting with album art. KISS for sure was a buy-at-fist-sight based on the original black debut cover with the make-up on Gene Simmons “The Demon”, Paul Stanley “The Starchild”, Ace Frehley “The Spaceman”, and Peter Criss “The Cat.” Destroyer also was a call to arms for early soldiers of The KISS Army. It was perhaps the most valuable form of marketing and creating awareness for bands.

While the Vinyl format has seen a resurgence and has been the only growing aspect of the music business in recent years, it’s hard to imagine the reverence for music that we once had returning.

What we do here is Rock Hard! everyday to try to make sure music Superfans never have to be without that special feeling when seeing great performers or album art represented in fine arts collectibles. That’s the sole focus of the KnuckleBonz 3D Vinyl®, Rock Iconz and On Tour™ Collector Series.

Check them all out here: www.knucklebonz.com

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