Ultimate Santana?

Nick Shinn's picture



desktop's picture

What a throwback. Reminds me of those fantasy covers by Yes, Boston, and E.L.O.

blank's picture

If I look at that new one anymore I’ll start to cry.

But I’m sure it will stick out on the Best Buy endcap, so I guess the design is at least successful from a pragmatic standpoint.

On a related note, mainstream album covers were better when they could have tits. Damn the Walton family for their backward ways…

jupiterboy's picture

If you can find a copy of Avante Garde 3 the anonymous artists on the second cover is featured. There's a double double spread of a large mandala and several other works featured. I'll get some pics in the daylight.

Nick Shinn's picture

Mati Klarwein's painting Annunciation (1961) was used for the cover of Abraxas.
Robert Venosa did the lettering.

Mark Simonson's picture

Boy, does that feel tacked on. Would it have killed their budget to hire a lettering artist to do it right? Sad.

Mark Simonson's picture

Is Venosa still around? He should have done it.

Ricardo Cordoba's picture

There’s a double double spread of a large mandala and several other works featured.

Would that be the Lotus album cover? I still remember borrowing that from a high school pal and being blown away by the whole package -- the music, the artwork, the continuous recording fading in and out at the beginning and end of each LP's sides.

jupiterboy's picture

Thanks Nick for the name, always thought it was odd that they didn't mention.

As promised—

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