Posts Tagged ‘Quatermass’

Johnny Gus

September 15, 2014

John Gustafson bassistBassist and singer John Gustafson died last Friday.  John was one of those musicians whose ability was widely respected by many, and this shows in the astonishing list of 150 or more albums he appeared on.  As far as Darker Than Blue goes he was an integral member of the Ian Gillan Band across three studio albums, and his connections with the Deep Purple family tree were wide ranging, from Episode Six, Quatermass, Hard Stuff, The Butterfly Ball  and on to Naked Thunder.  You can read more on the site.


April 21, 2013

Rainbow Difficult To Cure Hipgnosis album sleeve Rainbow Difficult To Cure Hipgnosis album sleeve

Even if you don’t know the name Storm Thorgerson, you know his work. From 1968 onwards Storm, who has just died aged 69, and his Hipgnosis design partner Aubrey Powell put together many of the classic album covers of that era. Their work certainly had a big impact on me as a teenager, with cover images the like of which you didn’t really see anywhere else. Hipgnosis did get involved in a few Deep Purple-related covers. Nobody’s Perfect, the muddled live reunion album, was done by Aubrey Powell from the partnership, but he and Storm also did the Rainbow Difficult To Cure cover, which was an obscure take on a medical problem not unknown to rock musicians! Hipgnosis set up a number of studio photos for the cover, and I seem to recall there was some unresolved debate about whether one of the masked up doctors on the front was actually Blackmore himself. There were certainly two slightly different versions of the cover, depending on whether you got the American or British pressing.

Quatermass Hipgnosis

For me one of their greatest covers was the sci-fi montage for the one and only Quatermass album, which fascinated me back in 1970, though it was ages before I discovered that album’s connections with the Purple family through drummer Mick Underwood, Episode Six and Black Sheep Of The Family (and even longer before I managed to secure a nice original gatefold copy).

Hipgnosis were also involved in Buddy Bohn’s Drop In The Ocean sleeve on the original Purple label.

For anyone interested in seeing more, I’ve put together a collection of some of my favourite sleeves by the designers on my album art site ST33.