Date: Published Oct 2008
Signed By: Brian May / Roger Taylor In Pencil
Edition: 195 Prints available World Wide
Dimensions: Image 19 x 19 / Paper 28 x 27.5 (Inches)
Atelier: Dekkel Fine Art Publishing
Condition: New/ Mint Condition
Medium: Screen Print And Archival Giclee On 330 GSM Somerset Fine Art Paper
Please note there may appear to be some distortion on the image. This is not apparent on the print and is caused by viewing on a monitor.
Jazz is a 1978 album by English rock band Queen. It was the band’s seventh studio album, and comprises a number of different styles of music, including disco-funk (“Fun It”), vaudeville (“Dreamer’s Ball”), hard rock (“Dead On Time”) and a country-flavoured stomp (“Fat Bottomed Girls”). Curiously, it contains nothing recognisable as jazz, except perhaps the music-hall swing of “Dreamer’s Ball”. The album’s eclecticism was alternately praised and criticised; it was subject to a viciously scathing Rolling Stone review by Dave Marsh which included the suggestion that “Queen may be the first truly fascist rock band.” Nevertheless, the album made it to #6 on the American Billboard 200.
The band had intended to sell the album with a poster depicting the all-female nude bicycle race staged to promote “Fat Bottomed Girls”, but in the USA it was only available through mail order so as not to upset retailers. A small version of the poster comes with the Crown Jewels box set.
Roy Thomas Baker temporarily reunited with Queen and became their producer for this album. It was 3 years since he co-produced Queen’s 1975 album A Night at the Opera. But this album also was the last album he co-produced for the band.
This was the first Queen album recorded outside the UK, for tax purposes.
Included in the liner notes is the attribution “Thunderbolt courtesy of God”, referring to the crash of thunder heard at the end of the song “Dead On Time” which May recorded with a portable audio recorder during a thunderstorm.
The album artwork was suggested by Roger Taylor, who previously saw a similar design painted on the Berlin Wall