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Album Cover Art by Roger Dean

Updated on January 25, 2017
Front Cover Panel from Roger Dean's First Book "Views"
Front Cover Panel from Roger Dean's First Book "Views" | Source
Blue Demon
Blue Demon | Source

Roger Dean

Roger Dean is probably most famously know for his album cover art created for the British progressive rock band Yes. Deans first album cover work was in 1968 for the band Gun and by 1971 Dean was working on several album covers for progressive rock bands such as Atomic Rooster, Lighthouse, Gentle Giant, Osibisa, and Yes. These early 70's covers start to reveal aspects of Deans emerging style, where Dean brings us out of this world, as he pursues the incomparable, everything Dean envisions, designs and touches is slightly altered and emerges a-new with a peculiar and significant look. With settings with-in science-fiction and fantasy worlds helps characterize his vibrant creations. Utilizing a dazzling color palette with light and strong contour lines, landscapes that show graceful stone arches or floating islands and organic habitats. Dean renders the time, the mood, and the atmospheric conditions of his fantasy landscapes. He often juxtaposes disparate elements as he challenges the nature of perception. Dean is still creating album covers, to date with the most recent cover being March of 2015 for the Yes release titled "Progeny". Although he primarily works with watercolors, many of his paintings do make use of multiple mediums and in addition to his paintings and album covers, Dean is a well respected calligraphist and has created several iconic logos and record label art which we will explore here.


The Gun "Gun" 1968

The Gun "Gun" CBS Records S 63552 12" LP Vinyl Record UK Pressing (1968) Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean
The Gun "Gun" CBS Records S 63552 12" LP Vinyl Record UK Pressing (1968) Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean | Source

Gun "Yellow Cab Man"

The First Album Cover

Roger Deans first album cover was for the self titled album from the band Gun who had a distinctive psych-flavored proto-metal" sound, although the work was not really created as an album cover by Dean, meaning that the band pulled an existing image out of his portfolio and asked if they could use it for such. The imagery is a bit darker than that which Dean is later known for.

Atomic Rooster "In Hearing Of" 1971

Atomic Rooster "In Hearing Of" Pegasus PEG-1 12" LP Vinyl Record, UK Pressing (1971) Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean
Atomic Rooster "In Hearing Of" Pegasus PEG-1 12" LP Vinyl Record, UK Pressing (1971) Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean | Source

Osibisa "Osibisa" 1971

Osibisa "Osibisa" MCA Records MAPS 4740 12" LP Vinyl Record, Greman Pressing (1971) Getefold Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean
Osibisa "Osibisa" MCA Records MAPS 4740 12" LP Vinyl Record, Greman Pressing (1971) Getefold Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean | Source

Osibisa "Fire" Live

Osibisa Album Cover Art

This self titled album was Roger Deans first album cover for the African/Caribbean band Osibisa, which features a hybrid insect-elephant and is much closer to Dean's body of work as we have come to know it. Osibisa's extraordinary merger of African drum beats, colorful rhythms, and rock-inspired keyboard and horn parts give it an expansive sound that infuses countless musical influences. Even the melodies take bits of rhythm & blues and modern rock and affix them to the accompanying percussion beats to come up with a contemporary feel with an avant-garde atmosphere. What may be the most predominant aspect about Osibisa is that the vast blend of instruments and the playful lyrics inject just enough of a modern element into the album that it's properly kept from being labeled as world music or as new age.

Osibisa "Osibisa" Open Gatefold Album Cover

Osibisa "Osibisa" Open Gatefold Album Cover Art Roger Dean (1971)
Osibisa "Osibisa" Open Gatefold Album Cover Art Roger Dean (1971) | Source

Pete Dello and Friends "Into Your Ears" 1971

Pete Dello and Friends "Into Your Ears"  ‎Nepentha 6437001 12" Vinyl Record, UK Pressing (1971) Album Cover Art by Roger Dean
Pete Dello and Friends "Into Your Ears" ‎Nepentha 6437001 12" Vinyl Record, UK Pressing (1971) Album Cover Art by Roger Dean | Source

Yes "Fragile" 1971

Yes "Fragile" Atlantic Records SD 7211 12" LP Vinyl Record, US Pressing (1971) Gatefold Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean
Yes "Fragile" Atlantic Records SD 7211 12" LP Vinyl Record, US Pressing (1971) Gatefold Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean | Source

Yes Fragile Booklet Insert

Front Cover Illustration from the Promotional Booklet Relaesd inside the Yes "Fragile" Album (1971) Illustration by Roger Dean
Front Cover Illustration from the Promotional Booklet Relaesd inside the Yes "Fragile" Album (1971) Illustration by Roger Dean | Source

Back Cover Booklet Insert

Back Cover Illustration from the Promotional Booklet Relaesd inside the Yes "Fragile" Album (1971) Illustration by Roger Dean
Back Cover Illustration from the Promotional Booklet Relaesd inside the Yes "Fragile" Album (1971) Illustration by Roger Dean | Source

Yes Beginings

The Fragile album was the first project that Roger Dean created for Yes, where Dean designed, illustrated and also photographed the band for the gatefold album cover and an accompanying promotional booklet which contains two additional Dean paintings; the front cover depicts five creatures huddled under a root system; where the back cover depicts a person climbing up a rock formation. The pages inside show several photographs of the band with an individual page dedicated to each member, with smaller illustrations and photographs of their wives and children. Anderson's page contains a short poem, while Wakeman contains a list of acknowledgements, including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, The White Bear pub in Hounslow, and Brentford F.C..

Upon reflection of the design, Dean said: "'Fragile' was very literal, really. I think the band has named a number of their albums after their current psychological state, and 'Fragile' described the psyche of the band. And I thought about that very literally, painting a fragile world that would eventually break up." He commented further: "'Fragile' was quite a complicated cover because there was a book inside. It was elaborate although it wasn't one of the most striking of all the Yes covers. I was kind of learning my trade at the time. The main feature on the cover was a little Bonsai world with a wooden space ship flying overhead! It was literally meant to be a fragile world with implications of a delicate and breakable eco-system. This idea of a broken world would continue on the band's live album, Yessongs.


Lighthouse “One Fine Morning” 1971

Lighthouse “One Fine Morning” Vertigo Records 6342 010 12" LP Vinyl Record, German Pressing (1971) Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean
Lighthouse “One Fine Morning” Vertigo Records 6342 010 12" LP Vinyl Record, German Pressing (1971) Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean | Source

Ramases "Space Hymns" 1971

Ramases "Space Hymns" Vertigo Records 6360 046 12" LP Vinyl Record, UK Pressing (1971) Six Panel Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean
Ramases "Space Hymns" Vertigo Records 6360 046 12" LP Vinyl Record, UK Pressing (1971) Six Panel Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean | Source

Open Six Panel Gatefold Cover

Complete Six Panel Cover -- Ramases "Space Hymns" Vertigo Records 6360 046 12" LP Vinyl Record UK Pressing (1971)
Complete Six Panel Cover -- Ramases "Space Hymns" Vertigo Records 6360 046 12" LP Vinyl Record UK Pressing (1971) | Source

Ramases

In 1971, a message was delivered from an Egyptian god through his vessel to the youth of the world via the infamous Vertigo label. That vessel was one Martin Raphael, a central heating salesman from Sheffield, who was shocked into servitude by Ramases in order to preach his word. Space Hymns was recorded at Strawberry Studios in Stockport, backed by the band Hotlegs, who were moments away from being known as 10cc, Ramases created this one-of-a-kind cosmic mind blowing UK psychedelia filled with pop-psych clashes and acid drenched madness to create a superb album of hippy rock with moogs, sitars and guitars to the fore! A true rarity, with bizarre and alluring message of peace and the supernatural, housed in a six-panel fold out gatefold album cover designed by Roger Dean. This was the most expansive artwork Roger Dean was ever allowed to produce with a 6-page fold out on printing card of a Cathredral Steeple lifting off into the cosmos while hues of wild greens, yellows and reds are all boiling underneath.

Osibisa "Woyaya" 1971

Osibisa "Woyaya" MCA Records MDKS 8005 12" LP Vinyl Record, UK Pressing (1971) Gatefold Album Cover Art by  Roger Dean
Osibisa "Woyaya" MCA Records MDKS 8005 12" LP Vinyl Record, UK Pressing (1971) Gatefold Album Cover Art by Roger Dean | Source

Osibisa "Woyaya" Open Gatefold Album Cover

Osibisa "Woyaya" Open Gatefold Album Cover Art (1971)
Osibisa "Woyaya" Open Gatefold Album Cover Art (1971)

Various Artists: Motown Chartbusters, Vol. Six 1972

Various Artists: Motown Chartbusters, Vol. Six Tamala / Motown STML 11191 12" LP Vinyl Record, US Pressing (1971) Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean
Various Artists: Motown Chartbusters, Vol. Six Tamala / Motown STML 11191 12" LP Vinyl Record, US Pressing (1971) Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean | Source

Gentle Giant "Octopus" 1972

Gentle Giant "Octopus" Vertigo Records 6360 080 12" Vinyl Record, UK Pressing (1972) Gatefold Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean
Gentle Giant "Octopus" Vertigo Records 6360 080 12" Vinyl Record, UK Pressing (1972) Gatefold Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean | Source

Uriah Heep "The Magicians Birthday" 1972

Uriah Heep "The Magicians Birthday" Mercury Records SRM-1 652 12" LP Vinyl Record, US Pressing (1972) Gatefold Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean
Uriah Heep "The Magicians Birthday" Mercury Records SRM-1 652 12" LP Vinyl Record, US Pressing (1972) Gatefold Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean | Source

Yes "Close To the Edge" 1972

Yes "Close To The Edge" Atlantic Records SD 7244 12" LP Vinyl Record, US Pressing (1972) Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean
Yes "Close To The Edge" Atlantic Records SD 7244 12" LP Vinyl Record, US Pressing (1972) Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean | Source

Yes Logo Art by Roger Dean

Yes Logo Art by Roger Dean
Yes Logo Art by Roger Dean | Source

Yes "And You And I" Live 1975

Did You Know ??

In 1972 Roger Dean designed the now-classic Yes "bubble" logo, which first appeared on the album "Close to the Edge". The idea was to create a permanent logo, a brand that the band could use on all there albums and advertising. Deans first album cover for Yes was "Fragile" where you can see the beginnings of the logo but he found the capitol or uppercase letters to restricting, where the lowercase letters are free flowing, Dean describes the logo as being a waterfall constantly refreshing itself, pouring from all sides of the lake, as a flowing river that has no beginning and has no end. The bubble logo was the perfect chameleon for Yes album covers, able to change color and patterns, for example the "Close To The Edge" album the logo was colored in monochrome green where 1973s "Tales from Topographic Oceans" is a gradient blue and Yes Songs is a solid black.

Budgie "Squawk" 1972

Budgie "Squawk" Kapp Records KS-3669 12" Vinyl Record, US Pressing (1972) Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean
Budgie "Squawk" Kapp Records KS-3669 12" Vinyl Record, US Pressing (1972) Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean | Source

Uriah Heep "Demons and Wizards" 1972

Uriah Heep "Demons and Wizards" Mercury Records SRM-1-630 2-12" LP Vinyl Record, Set US Pressing (1972) Gatefold Album Cover Art by Roger Dean
Uriah Heep "Demons and Wizards" Mercury Records SRM-1-630 2-12" LP Vinyl Record, Set US Pressing (1972) Gatefold Album Cover Art by Roger Dean | Source

Uriah Heep "Demons and Wizards" Open Gatefold 1972

 Uriah Heep "Demons and Wizards" Open Gatefold (1972) Cover Art by Roger Dean
Uriah Heep "Demons and Wizards" Open Gatefold (1972) Cover Art by Roger Dean | Source

Uriah Heep Stealin'

Billy Cox "Nitro Function" 1972

Billy Cox "Nitro Function" PYE International Records 12" LP Vinyl Record, UK Pressing (1972) Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean
Billy Cox "Nitro Function" PYE International Records 12" LP Vinyl Record, UK Pressing (1972) Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean | Source

Virgin Records 1973

The Original Virgin Records "Gemini" Logo Which Were Printed in  Black and White.
The Original Virgin Records "Gemini" Logo Which Were Printed in Black and White. | Source

Second Label Variation

The Second Label Variation of the Virgin Records   "Gemini" Logo Art
The Second Label Variation of the Virgin Records "Gemini" Logo Art | Source

Third Label Variation

The Third Label Variation of the Virgin Records "Gemini" Logo
The Third Label Variation of the Virgin Records "Gemini" Logo | Source

Fourth Label Variation

The Fourth Label Variation of the Virgin Records Twings Label
The Fourth Label Variation of the Virgin Records Twings Label | Source

Did You Know ??


The original Virgin logo known to fans as the "Gemini" logo was designed by artist and illustrator Roger Dean, where a mirror image of young naked woman with a large long-tailed serpent and the word "Virgin" in Dean's familiar script, the was originally used in black and white for the first few issues and were then colorized.

:Virgin Records was the brainchild of record shop owner Richard Branson and business partners Simon Draper and Nik Powell. The partnership launched a new record label in 1972 which was primarily used to release UK editions of various ‘krautrock’ imports they had been selling in their shop. Famously launching with Mike Oldfield’s “Tubular Bells”, its success was pretty much guaranteed by the use of the music as part of the soundtrack to the film “The Exorcist”. Virgin went on to sign a diverse range of avant-garde, generally obscure artists, not really capitalizing on this earlier ‘exorcist notoriety’ until picking up the contract of The Sex Pistols in 1977, who’d been dropped by EMI and A&M due to ‘adverse public reaction’ to their initial releases, by signing the Sex Pistols Virgin dissolved its outdated ‘hippy’ image and reinvented the label as a new-wave outpost, a move that plunged the record company into the mainstream of the punk rock era

The label design made some changes from 1973 - 1975 featuring a variety of colors and styles before the "two virgins/dragon" label design was dropped and replaced with a simple red, white and blue design introduced in 1975, which coincided with the height of punk and new wave era until being finally replaced by the now familiar Virgin ‘scrawl’ logo created in 1978, commissioned by Simon Draper which has been subsequently adopted by all Virgin brands within the group.

Yes "Tales from Topographic Oceans" 1973

Yes "Tales from Topographic Oceans" Atlantic Records SD 2-908 2-12" LP Vinyl Record Set, US Pressing (1973) Gatefold Album Cover Art & Design Roger Dean
Yes "Tales from Topographic Oceans" Atlantic Records SD 2-908 2-12" LP Vinyl Record Set, US Pressing (1973) Gatefold Album Cover Art & Design Roger Dean | Source

Yes "The Ancient"

Yes "Ritual"

"Tales from Topographic Oceans"

This is the fourth Yes album cover designed and illustrated by Roger Dean, who had also created the artwork for the band's previous records "Fragile", "Close to the Edge", and "Yessongs". These three albums were tied together with a narrative thread which was not carried over for "Tales from Topographic Oceans". Dean used watercolor and ink for this painting, the cover depicts fish circling a waterfall below constellations of stars. In his 1975 book Views, Dean explains the painting: "The final collection of landmarks was more complex than intended because it seemed appropriate to the nature of the project that everyone who wanted to contribute should do so. The landscape comprised amongst other things, some famous English rocks taken from Dominy Hamilton's postcard collection. These are, specifically: Brimham Rocks, the last rocks at Land's End, the Logan Rock at Treen and single stones from Avebury and Stonehenge. Jon Anderson wanted the Mayan temple at Chichen Itza with the sun behind it, and Alan White suggested using markings from the plains of Nazca. The result is a somewhat incongruous mixture, but effective nonetheless."

Yes "Tales from Topographic Oceans" Open Gatefold Cover

Yes "Tales from Topographic Oceans" Gatefold Album Cover Art (1973) by Roger Dean
Yes "Tales from Topographic Oceans" Gatefold Album Cover Art (1973) by Roger Dean | Source
Budgie Logo by Roger Dean
Budgie Logo by Roger Dean

Budgie "Never Turn Your Back on a Friend" 1973

Budgie "Never Turn Your Back on a Friend" MCA Records MDKS 8010 12" LP Vinyl Record, UK Pressing (1973) Gatefold Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean
Budgie "Never Turn Your Back on a Friend" MCA Records MDKS 8010 12" LP Vinyl Record, UK Pressing (1973) Gatefold Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean | Source

Greenslade "Greenslade" 1973

Greenslade "Greenslade" Warner Brothers K 46207 12" LP Vinyl Record, UK Pressing (1973) Gatefold Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean
Greenslade "Greenslade" Warner Brothers K 46207 12" LP Vinyl Record, UK Pressing (1973) Gatefold Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean | Source

Vertigos' "Spaceship" Logo

Vertigo Records Relaunch Label Art Created in 1973 by Roger Dean
Vertigo Records Relaunch Label Art Created in 1973 by Roger Dean | Source

Vertigo Records 1973

In 1973 Dean also designed the relaunched Vertigo label, known as the "Spaceship" label or "UFO" label which replaced the iconic "Vertigo Swirl" design.

Vertigo was a subsidiary of the Philips/Phonogram record label launched in 1969 in the UK to specialize in progressive rock and other non-mainstream musical styles and was the brainchild of Olav Wyper which was launched as a competitor to labels such as Harvest, a prog subsidiary of EMI and Deram who was a sub of Decca. Vertigo was the home to bands such as Colosseum, Jade Warrior, Affinity, Ben and other bands from 'the cutting edge of the early-'70s British prog-folk-post-psych circuit.

Vertigo's Relaunch Label by Roger Dean (1973) Referred to as the "Spaceship" or "UFO" Label by Collectors.
Vertigo's Relaunch Label by Roger Dean (1973) Referred to as the "Spaceship" or "UFO" Label by Collectors. | Source

Magna Carta "Lord of the Ages" 1973

Magna Carta  "Lord of the Ages" Vertigo Records  6360 093 12" Vinyl Record, UK Pressing (1973) Gatefold Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean
Magna Carta "Lord of the Ages" Vertigo Records 6360 093 12" Vinyl Record, UK Pressing (1973) Gatefold Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean | Source

Yes "Yessongs" 1973

Yes "Yessongs" Atlantic Records SD 3-100  12" 3 LP Vinyl Record Set, US Pressing (1973) Tri-Fold Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean
Yes "Yessongs" Atlantic Records SD 3-100 12" 3 LP Vinyl Record Set, US Pressing (1973) Tri-Fold Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean | Source

Yes "Yessongs"

Live Yes

Yessongs was the first live Yes album, comprised of recordings from the "Fragile" and "Close to the Edge" tours between February and December 1972. The album was initially released on three records in a fold-out package featuring artwork by Roger Dean. The Inside consists of four individual panels by Dean which continue a theme that began with Fragile in 1971. On the back cover of Fragile is an image of a small planet breaking apart into several large pieces with a giant sailing spacecraft nearby. The first panel in Yessongs, is titled "Escape", which shows the craft apparently leading the planetary fragment through space. The second panel is titled "Arrival" which depicts these fragments landing in the waters of a new world. In the third image "Awakening" shows a new landscape that becomes the habitat for various plant and animal species. The final image "Pathways" depicts the emergence of civilization This theme is also the basis of the film Floating Islands. The sailing craft was used as a small logo on many of the band's subsequent albums, and the image sequence inspired Yes vocalist Jon Anderson's first solo album Olias of Sunhillow in 1976, although Roger Dean was not involved with this Anderson project.

Yes "Live at the Rainbow Room Theatre" 1972

Greenslade "Bedside Manners Are Extra" 1973

Greenslade "Bedside Manners Are Extra" Warner Brothers Records K46259 12" LP Vinyl Record, UK Pressing (1973) Gatefold Album Cover Art by Roger Dean
Greenslade "Bedside Manners Are Extra" Warner Brothers Records K46259 12" LP Vinyl Record, UK Pressing (1973) Gatefold Album Cover Art by Roger Dean | Source

Yes "Relayer" 1974

Yes "Relayer" Atlantic Records SD 18122 12" LP Vinyl Record, US Pressing (1974) Gatefold Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean
Yes "Relayer" Atlantic Records SD 18122 12" LP Vinyl Record, US Pressing (1974) Gatefold Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean | Source

Yes "Relayer" Open Gatefold Album Cover Art

Yes "Relayer" Open Gatefold (1974) Album Cover Art by Roger Dean
Yes "Relayer" Open Gatefold (1974) Album Cover Art by Roger Dean | Source

Yes "Yesterdays" 1975

Yes "Yesterdays" Atlantic Records SD 18103 12" LP Vinyl Record, US Pressing (1975) Gatefold Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean
Yes "Yesterdays" Atlantic Records SD 18103 12" LP Vinyl Record, US Pressing (1975) Gatefold Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean | Source

Alternate Cover

Yes "Yesterdays" Atlantic Records SD 18103 (1975) Back Cover Alternate Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean
Yes "Yesterdays" Atlantic Records SD 18103 (1975) Back Cover Alternate Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean | Source

Designed As Alternates


This was the last Yes album until Drama to use cover artwork by Roger Dean. The front cover incorporates imagery from the cover of Time and a Word, while the back cover was designed to be used as an alternate front cover.

The inner sleeve has photographs of all band members past and present, except then-current keyboardist Patrick Moraz, but including Alan White, who does not play on any of the tracks.

Yes "Drama" 1980

Yes "Drama" Atlantic Records K 50736 12" LP Vinyl Record, UK Pressing (1980) Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean
Yes "Drama" Atlantic Records K 50736 12" LP Vinyl Record, UK Pressing (1980) Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean | Source

Yes "Classic Yes" 1981

Yes "Classic Yes" Atlantic Records K 50842, SAM 141 12" LP Vinyl Record, UK Pressing (1981) Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean
Yes "Classic Yes" Atlantic Records K 50842, SAM 141 12" LP Vinyl Record, UK Pressing (1981) Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean | Source

The Classics

1981's "Classics Yes" was the second compilation album by prog rock band Yes which was originally released with a bonus 7-inch 3313 RPM record featuring live version of "Roundabout" live version recorded at Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California, USA, 7 October 1978 b/w "I've Seen All Good People" live version recorded at the Empire Pool, Wembley, London, UK, 28 October 1978. The Album also comes complete with a Roger Dean illustration .

Asia "Asia" 1982

Asia "Asia" Geffen Records GEF 5577 12" LP Vinyl Record, UK Pressing (1982) Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean
Asia "Asia" Geffen Records GEF 5577 12" LP Vinyl Record, UK Pressing (1982) Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean | Source
Asia Logo by Roger Dean
Asia Logo by Roger Dean

Asia Anthology CD

Asia "Alpha" 1983

Asia "Alpha" Geffen Records GEF 22508 12" LP Vinyl Record, UK Pressing (1983) Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean
Asia "Alpha" Geffen Records GEF 22508 12" LP Vinyl Record, UK Pressing (1983) Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean | Source

Asia "Astra" 1985

Asia "Astra" Geffen Records GEF 26413 12" LP Vinyl Record, UK Pressing (1985) Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean
Asia "Astra" Geffen Records GEF 26413 12" LP Vinyl Record, UK Pressing (1985) Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean | Source

Yes "Union" 1991

Yes "Union" Arista Records AL-8643 12" LP Vinyl Record, US Pressing (1991) Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean
Yes "Union" Arista Records AL-8643 12" LP Vinyl Record, US Pressing (1991) Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean | Source

Asia "Aria" 1994

Asia "Aria" IRS Records IRS 951.988 12" LP Vinyl Record, Greman Pressing (1994) Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean
Asia "Aria" IRS Records IRS 951.988 12" LP Vinyl Record, Greman Pressing (1994) Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean | Source

Various Artist "Tales From Yesterday" 1995

Various Artist "Tales From Yesterday" Magna Carta MA-9003-2 Compact Disc US Pressing (1995) CD Album Cover Art by Roger Dean
Various Artist "Tales From Yesterday" Magna Carta MA-9003-2 Compact Disc US Pressing (1995) CD Album Cover Art by Roger Dean | Source

Various Artist "Us And Them: Symphonic Pink Floyd" 1995

Various Artist "Us And Them: Symphonic Pink Floyd" Point Music 446 623-2 US Pressing (1995) CD Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean
Various Artist "Us And Them: Symphonic Pink Floyd" Point Music 446 623-2 US Pressing (1995) CD Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean | Source

Yes "The Ladder" 1999

Yes "The Ladder" Eagle Records EDG12088 2-12" LP Vinyl Record Set, UK Pressing (1999) Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean
Yes "The Ladder" Eagle Records EDG12088 2-12" LP Vinyl Record Set, UK Pressing (1999) Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean | Source

Roger Dean

The Ladder

Roger Dean painted The Ladder for the Yes album of the same name. It is seen as a densely populated medieval city with dark networks of alleyways and bridges connecting one part of the city to another. When the music was used in the computer game 'Home World' the image also appeared on the cover for that.

Here Roger Dean explains about the story behind this image which can be found in his newly released book, Dragon's Dream.

Dragon's Dream is a large, 11 inch by 11 inch, 223 page hardback book packed with full colour versions of many of Roger Dean's most iconic images together with insights into their creation. The long awaited third book, Dragon's Dream is a must have for all lovers of Roger Dean's unique artistic vision.

Magna Carta "Tomorrow Never Comes" 2007

Magna Carte "Tomorrow Never Comes" Repertoire Records ‎REPUK 1103 Compact Disc UK Pressing (2007) CD Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean
Magna Carte "Tomorrow Never Comes" Repertoire Records ‎REPUK 1103 Compact Disc UK Pressing (2007) CD Album Cover Art & Design by Roger Dean | Source

Yes "Porgeny" 2015

Yes "Porgeny: Highlights from Seventy-Two" Atlantic Records 241104 3-12" LP Vinyl Record Set, US Pressing (2015) Album Cover Art by Roger Dean
Yes "Porgeny: Highlights from Seventy-Two" Atlantic Records 241104 3-12" LP Vinyl Record Set, US Pressing (2015) Album Cover Art by Roger Dean | Source

Yes "Progeny" Seven Shows from Seveny Two

is a 14-disc set that holds every note from all seven shows, recorded in the fall of 1972 as the band’s tour jumped from Canada to North Carolina, and then Georgia and Tennessee, before their last stop in New York at Nassau Coliseum on November 20th. This comprehensive set comes in a cigarette-style flip top box with new artwork by Roger Dean. It will be released on 19 May 2015. There is also a highlights release which consist of 2 CDs or 3 LPs.

Roger Deans' First Book "Views"

Roger Deans' "Views"
Roger Deans' "Views" | Source

"Views"

Views showcases the first seven years of Roger Dean's work after his graduation from the Royal College of Art in 1968. It includes paintings and graphics; branding such as the Yes typography and the first Virgin Records logo; groundbreaking stage sets; and album art including iconic early Yes covers such as the award-winning Tales From Topographic Oceans. The new edition streamlines the original square format and retains the combination of concept sketches and brilliantly displayed finished work.

Roger Deans Second Book "Magnetic Storm"

Roger Deans' "Magnetic Storm"
Roger Deans' "Magnetic Storm" | Source

"Magnetic Storm"

The second book of the trilogy, "Magnetic Storm" showcases the work of Roger Dean, and his brother Martyn, between 1975 and 1984. It features everything from innovative aircraft livery to book illustrations for War of the Worlds. Included are designs for video-game consoles; stage sets including the YES crab; imaginary worlds; movie visuals; and architectural concepts for extraordinarily prescient sustainable environments. The new edition streamlines the original square format and retains the combination of concept sketches and finished work. Featuring a new foreword, revised typography, and graphic openers and identifying icons, Magnetic Storm showcases and celebrates the art that defined an era.

Roger Deans Third Book "Dragon's Dream"

Roger Deans' "Dragon's Dream"
Roger Deans' "Dragon's Dream"

"Dragon's Dream"


Sword-bearing robots, futuristic space monsters, and luminescent dragons, falcons, and warriors populate the world gone wrong created by fantasy illustrator Roger Dean. Now his beautiful watercolors of a dark, entrancing dream world are collected in this lavishly illustrated edition.


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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hopefully those covers are in the public domain and can be freely used? Certainly interesting art! I enjoyed seeing them although I am not familiar with the music nor the books.

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      TZNelson 2 years ago

      Wow -- Great Hub, I Was Not Aware That Roger Dean Had Created So Many Popular Album Covers. I Do Notice That I Have Some Roger Dean Cover Art In My Collection.

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      torrilynn 2 years ago

      I like how album art has progressed through the years. Great Hub. Best of wishes.

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      Fox Music 2 years ago

      Yes I Agree the Album Cover Has Become an Important Part of an Albums Release, an Extension to the Artistic Statement with-in -- Keep Spinin' That Vinyl !!

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