I like Grant’s VXI and loved FOTD, but I thought TFF was an abomination. I also loved his Eldorado sleeve, it would have served much better as the album cover.
I’m also a fan of Marillion artist Mark Wilkinson who designed TBOS.
However I will always stand by the notion Derek Riggs should be the only artist who paints Eddie.
I dislike Rod Smallwood attitude towards him over the years, as if he’s just another artist who can be disposed of as they see fit.
Although I acknowledge Derek wasn’t putting much effort into his Eddies from NPFTD onwards..
One of Rigg’s biggest gripes was that Rod wouldn’t give him sufficient time and notice to paint or come up with an idea...
I loved it in the 80s when kids adopted Riggs logo as also the bands logo and they would scribe the logo on school books
I love it I think this artwork is awesomeI've recently found a tour poster from the AMOLAD tour and for me it is better than the actual album cover ! One of the reasons is that Eddie is the main thing on the cover (the focus is on him), as it should be - not at the back of the cover ! Also, this poster has the tank on the background - good detail.
But, for the actual album cover, I think the tank is done well - only Eddie should have been at the front of the cover and the skeleton soldiers to be at the back or around the tank - then it would be much better album cover.
Guys, what are your thoughts about the tour poster artwork ?
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I personally think Derek Riggs is the best artist that Maiden has had and still wish he was drawing for MaidenThis is the poster that came along with the single for the Futureal song and was done by Derek Riggs, but for some reason didn't make the cover. Instead, they used the artwork with the copy SIT Eddie and it was in CG form - nothing can beat the drawing of picture where the talent of the artist is shown in full - this is proven by Derek Riggs not once !
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That is pretty cool one indeed, but I still prefer the cover we got.
"Remastered" (completed...) DoD cover would be interesting though! And much more appropriate than the unnecessary digital version of the first album cover in '98 remaster release.
I've posted about the TBOS cover before, and find the bleak blackness and no frills approach relevant to the album. Especially in contrast to TFFs loud artwork. There's a lot of stuff about oblivion and extinction on it, whereas the embellished artwork comes across as a more fun, cheap horror theme, and puts the focus purely on Mayan stuff.Still unsure as to why this wasn't the actual TBOS cover
I've posted about the TBOS cover before, and find the bleak blackness and no frills approach relevant to the album. Especially in contrast to TFFs loud artwork. There's a lot of stuff about oblivion and extinction on it, whereas the embellished artwork comes across as a more fun, cheap horror theme, and puts the focus purely on Mayan stuff.
While Powerslave is a memorable cover, I always think it stands out that the Ancient Egypt thing relates entirely to one song. It's more like a single cover. It doesn't represent the rest of the album well.
It's more nothingness than death and destruction. Oblivion, emptiness.The same could be said of SIT and BNW - doesn't change the fact that they're great looking pieces of album art.
And anyway, with TBOS they could've stayed within the more vague arena of death and destruction whilst still putting something in the background
It's more nothingness than death and destruction. Oblivion, emptiness.
I find BNW and SITs covers more relevant to the full album, in terms of sound for one and concept for the other.
Two interesting links:
https://www.pinterest.fr/pin/296956169151703835/ (Hervé Monjeaud on Pinterest)
http://web.archive.org/web/20110429103332/http://www.derekriggs.com/ (a retrieval of Derek Riggs's website)
Even so, the background need not be entirely devoid of any content whatsoever. It looks to me as if the designer spent so much time and energy on Eddie that they didn't have anything left for the rest of the cover