ART MEETS MUSIC WITH BRISBANE/LONDON PROG-ROCK ALBUM LAUNCH
BRISBANE’S BEN CRAVEN COLLABORATES WITH ROGER DEAN OF “YES” AND “ASIA” FAME.
August 12 sees the official launch of a progressive rock collaboration between Brisbane’s Ben Craven and renowned UK artist Roger Dean.
Craven’s new album, entitled “Great & Terrible Potions” is a modern day progressive rock album that has been 5 years in the making, however enlisting the assistance of Roger Dean seemed a natural progression given the heavy influences of 70’s prog-rock bands within Craven’s music.
Roger Dean, who rose to fame in the 70’s and 80’s through his designs for prog-rock bands Yes, Uriah Heap and Asia is credited with transforming the status of album covers from mere packaging to works of art.
Just one month after unveiling new artwork for the band Yes, Dean provided the artwork for up and coming prog-rock artist Ben Craven.
Craven’s music has been gaining interest from all areas including Beach Boys/The Byrds collaborator, Van Dyke Parks.
Describing Craven’s work as “seriously well distilled and blended”, Van Dyke Parks has become a fan of Craven’s work, “I’m an admiring audient of what’s certainly going to progress from prog rockers to a large audience beyond”.
Craven’s album launches on 12 August at Caxton Street Hotel, Brisbane and the album will be launched in digital format on iTunes on 15 August. Physical CD copies featuring a fold out booklet with Dean’s artwork is also available on 15 August and is available through the website www.greatandterriblepotions.com.