April’s Awesome Album Artwork Part 2: Yessongs by Yes

Posted: April 3, 2012 in Music
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Today, I found a really cool album with some pretty amazing cover art. This album was Yessongs by Yes, a triple vinyl set with surreal, dreamlike imagery as if it came straight out of a fantasy. I was immediately drawn to this album because of this imagery and I was overjoyed to discover that it was a triple record set. I knew that because this album had multiple records, there would be even more album art on the inside and back, as well as the cover.

The album’s artwork, released in 1972, was created by Roger Dean. Each of the four individual panels in the album follow a theme that began with Fragile, a record released by Yes in 1971.

On the back of Fragile, there is an image of a small planet breaking apart into several large pieces with a giant sailing spacecraft nearby. The first panel of Yessongs, “Escape”, shows the same spacecraft leading one of the planetary fragments through space. The second panel, “Arrival”, illustrates the fragment landing on the waters of a new world. In the third image, “Awakening”, the new landscape becomes the habitat for various plant and animal species. The final image, “Pathways”, depicts the emergence of civilization.

Comment below and tell me if you noticed anything unusual in the final image “Pathways”! The truth is that Roger Dean’s cat walked across the painting before it was dry and made paw prints that can be seen!

Fragile Back Cover










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