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wayne



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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2011 9:39 am    Post subject: Alternative Brtyer Later cover Reply with quote

Just started reading the Pink Moon Files (looks like a great book, although for die hard fans, not beginners!).

In one of the first chapters, it mentions Bryter Later had an alternative cover - does anyone know what this looked like? I've never heard of it.
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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2011 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes - there was a b/w photocopy of it in one of the original Pink Moon issues. To be honest it looked hideous - I know a lot of people aren't big fans of the final BL artwork (I actually do like it) but the first one they considered was awful imo. From memory it was like a close up of Nicks face but rendered in a horrible halftone dot. Similar stuff has been done since but much better than the effort for BL. Be great to hear from Nigel Weymouth who took the shot for the final BL cover.
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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2011 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I understand it was orange and it was a rare picture of Nick smiling

The Bryter Layter cover shot isn't a very good one of Nick, as its not very clear; you can't really make out his face, and the shoes look rather daft!
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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2011 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only worst album cover of Nicks was Pink Moon, which didn't really do justice to the music

I can't imagine anyone picking up that album on virtue of the cover!
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wayne



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys, would be interesting if somebody has got a scan?

I can heartily recommend the Pink Moon book by the way - a fascinating read.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a scan of it (b&w) from Record Collector mag
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One other little fact about the final BL cover - I read somewhere that the chair Nick is sitting on had originally belonged to Charles Dickens! I think it may have even been the photographer who said that.

I quite like the fact you can't quite see his face as that says a lot about how he was as a person - people / friends never quite got the full story with him.

I think the cover of FLL was really badly done - a wasted opportunity. The shade of green and the awful typography - very poor even for the late 60s.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the running man shot may have served better as a cover, though the cover for Five Leaves Left is probably better than Bryter Layter and Pink Moon COMBINED

never cared for the cover of PM. the music is so superb, and the covers for the 2nd and 3rd albums are so absurd

Time of No Reply's cover however is very nice, good shot of Nick with his guitar next to a tree (an Ent?)

Good liner notes as well

Made to love magic
is a nice cover/package as well

sadly Family Tree's packaging is better than the album!
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2011 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Acid Mouse wrote:
I read somewhere that the chair Nick is sitting on had originally belonged to Charles Dickens!


I heard that somewhere, but I'm pretty sure it's not true...

I remember it being described as a chair that was just hanging around the studio. I think the Dickens thing may just be people trying to build the myth!
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2011 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Then again I may be wrong - a quick Google pulls up this email from another forum from the guy who took the picture - seems genuine enough...

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They weren't his shoes, they were mine. After I had asked him to take off his shoes, I put them there to add an optimistic note (blue suede shoes - dancing shoes), in an otherwise somber photograph, that would echo the title of the album, Bryter Layter.

A few years later Nick came up to me at a party and said how much he liked the cover and that he now understood what it was about.

The chair, by the way, once belonged to Charles Dickens, who sat in it to write, and the small Guild guitar was one that Eric Clapton gave to his friend and flat mate, Martin Sharp, the australian artist and chief designer of Oz magazine. Oh, and the shoes were made to my design by the Chelsea Cobbler. Hope that covers it! Nigel Waymouth

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2011 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm still not 100% convinced, but this is the best match I can find... the legs look vaguely similar.





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PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2011 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JoeChrisMorris wrote:
The only worst album cover of Nicks was Pink Moon, which didn't really do justice to the music

I can't imagine anyone picking up that album on virtue of the cover!


i think its great!
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2011 3:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wayne that is an interesting quote from Nigel Waymouth the photog. Could you be more specific as to its source? Me no find.

But I totally get what is being said and dig now the meaning of the picture.


Many chairs look that way; in fact I have one looks almost identical but pretty sure Charley never sat therein.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The quote is from here
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2011 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has only the one photo, i.e. the cover shot, ever turned up / been published from this photo session ?

The cover is one of my favourite LP covers of all time, despite others seemingly not liking it.
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