Queen – News of the World: 1977

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Queen are almost the biggest band in the history of music, creating one hit after another, the album News of the World contains two of their biggest hits – We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions. The album went 4x platinum in the US and 2x platinum in the UK.

For such a big name the album cover had to be good, and they delivered. By taking the front cover from the October 1953 edition of Astounding Science Fiction and placing the members of the band into the robots hand, they have created an extremely eye-catching cover that really pops out on the shelf.

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The artist behind the original artwork is Frank Kelly Freas, an artist renowned for his illustration in the sci-fi business, who they contacted and asked to repaint the artwork to get the desired effect of the dead band members in the robots hand.

Other work by the artist includes many science fiction book covers, some shown below. He has won the revered Hugo Award ten times for his illustration so is the perfect choice for the award winning musicians.

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