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WALK AWAY RENE : REMEMBERING STORM THORGERSON

Terry Siew
Terry Siew

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發表於 2013年04月21日 14:27
文章內容為筆者觀點,不一定代表音樂一週立場
WALK AWAY RENE : REMEMBERING STORM THORGERSON

聽到Storm Thorgerson逝世的消息,心情就像他為Pink Floyd的Wish You Were Here設計那張名信片一樣,直插入湖中。立即想做的,就是將Facebook的Profile Photo和Cover Photo換了這張名信片和唱片內的一張相片,以表悼念。

如果數我最喜歡的樂隊,Pink Floyd會排在Led Zeppelin, Yes和ELP之後,但Pink Floyd的Wish You Were Here,卻一直以來都排名在我最喜愛的唱片第一位。當年唱片出版之前,Sam Jor在音樂一週有篇非常詳盡的評論,盛讚這是張值八粒星的唱片。這碟評我原本一直都保留著,但後來搬家時卻不知為何掉了,不知道Sam或其他朋友會否仍有保留這篇文章?

這張Wish You Were Here不論創意、音樂、主唱、演奏、錄音等,都是無懈可撃。就連唱片封套設計都完美得過份,整張專輯找不到半點瑕疵。當年第一版的唱片是以深色膠膜包裹,貼上由George Hardie繪畫的兩隻機械手在互握,背景為風火水土圖案的圓形貼紙。如想看到封套,必須把膠膜撕掉。聽說有人就因為捨不得撕掉膠膜,而未看過內裏的封套。封套上的相片代表著風火水土四種元素,分別是在郊野飄揚的紅絲巾,一個全身著了火的人跟另一人在握手,一個半身插入湖中的跳水者,與及一個在沙漠穿西裝、手拿著唱片、腳踏皮箱的隱形推銷員。碟內還附有一張跳水者的名信片及海報,從未試過買一張唱片回家如此喜悅,這張唱片之後經常在我家的唱盤上轉動,陪伴我渡過好幾年的中學時代。自此對Hipgnosis的封套設計就更加特別留意。

Wish You Were Here的海報在我家裏掛了幾個年頭。
Wish You Were Here的海報在我家裏掛了幾個年頭。
封套內分別代表火、土、風的相片。
封套內分別代表火、土、風的相片。
包裹封套的深色膠膜及膠膜裏面的唱片封套。
包裹封套的深色膠膜及膠膜裏面的唱片封套。


Hipgnosis是Storm Thorgerson跟拍檔Aubrey Powell為Pink Floyd設計樂隊第二張專輯A Saucerful Of Secrets的封套而創立的,Storm跟Pink Floyd的Syd Barret, Roger Waters及David Gilmour是自小已認識的朋友。自這個設計之後,Hipgnosis很快便成為唱片封套設計界最頂尖的公司。如果你在70年代已開始聽搖擺音樂,必定經常在一些經典唱片背後見到'Sleeve by Hipgnosis'這幾個字,唱片柜內也一定會有他們的設計。Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Yes, ELP, Bad Company, Black Sabbath, UK, Genesis, Peter Gabriel, David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Syd Barrett, The Alan Parsons Project, Wishbone Ash, Nice, Rainbow, Styx, UFO , Scorpions, The Steve Miller Band, ... 名單長得嚇人。Storm及Hipgnosis的作品都給人一種超現實的感覺,原來Storm受比利時超現實畫家Rene Magritte的影響甚深,故作品風格都有很重Rene Magritte的影子,並將這風格發揚光大。更令人佩服的是,那年頭電腦科技還未應用於平面設計或相片上。所有映象都是實物拍照,並且相當昂貴,沒有Storm及Hipgnosis般的江湖地位,絕無唱片公司願意投資。

Top L-R: A Saucerful Of Secrets (一切從這裏開始。); Ummagamma.   Bottom L-R: Atom Heart Mother; Meddle.   All by Pink Floyd.
Top L-R: A Saucerful Of Secrets (一切從這裏開始。); Ummagamma. Bottom L-R: Atom Heart Mother; Meddle. All by Pink Floyd.
The Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd.
The Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd.
Animals by Pink Floyd.   著名的飛天豬在倫敦Battersea Power Station上空飄揚。
Animals by Pink Floyd. 著名的飛天豬在倫敦Battersea Power Station上空飄揚。
A Momentary Lapse Of Reasons by Pink Floyd.
A Momentary Lapse Of Reasons by Pink Floyd.
Delicate Sound Of Thunder by Pink Floyd.
Delicate Sound Of Thunder by Pink Floyd.
Houses Of The Holy by Led Zeppelin.
Houses Of The Holy by Led Zeppelin.
Top L-R: The Song Remains The Same; Presence.   Bottom L-R: In Through The Out Door; Coda.   All by Led Zeppelin.
Top L-R: The Song Remains The Same; Presence. Bottom L-R: In Through The Out Door; Coda. All by Led Zeppelin.

Led Zeppelin的In Through The Out Door共有六個不同的唱片封套,封套被雞皮紙袋套著,樂迷購買時並不知道買了那個封套。

In Through The Out Door by Led Zeppelin.
In Through The Out Door by Led Zeppelin.
Top L-R: Bad Co.; Straight Shooter.   Bottom L-R: Burnin' Sky: Desolation Angels.   All by Bad Company.
Top L-R: Bad Co.; Straight Shooter. Bottom L-R: Burnin' Sky: Desolation Angels. All by Bad Company.
Top L-R: Car; Scratch.   Centre L-R: Melt; The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway.   Bottom L-R: Wind & Wuthering; ... And Then There Were Three ... .   By Peter Gabriel / Genesis.
Top L-R: Car; Scratch. Centre L-R: Melt; The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway. Bottom L-R: Wind & Wuthering; ... And Then There Were Three ... . By Peter Gabriel / Genesis.
A Trick Of The Tail by Genesis.
A Trick Of The Tail by Genesis.
Top L-R: Unorthodox Behaviour; Moroccan Roll.   Bottom L-R: Product; Livestock.   All by Brand X.
Top L-R: Unorthodox Behaviour; Moroccan Roll. Bottom L-R: Product; Livestock. All by Brand X.
The Alan Parsons Project.
The Alan Parsons Project.

為Alan Parsons拍攝的"Turn It Up" music video:


還在念初中的時候,當時音樂一週尚未開始替樂迷訂購唱片,已從英國音樂雜誌找到郵購唱片的門路。除了唱片之外,還訂回來一些搖擺書籍,包括Roger Dean的Views及他與Storm Thorgerson等人合編的Album Cover Album等。後來更在辰衝買了本The Work Of Hipgnosis : Walk Away Rene,那封面正是Wish You Were Here的跳水者。

Album Cover Album.
Album Cover Album.
L: Walk Away Rene.   R: Taken By Storm.
L: Walk Away Rene. R: Taken By Storm.
Mind Over Matter : The Images Of Pink Floyd共出了四次版,每版都有不同封面。
Mind Over Matter : The Images Of Pink Floyd共出了四次版,每版都有不同封面。
Mind Over Matter另外兩個封面。
Mind Over Matter另外兩個封面。

Taken By Storm : The Art of Storm Thorgerson and Hipgnosis.

"This man designed 80% of your record collection."

http://www.takenbystormfilm.info/TAKEN_BY_STORM/home.html


一直都不知道為何The Work Of Hipgnosis的書名會叫做Walk Away Rene,直至看過這個video:


不能否定的事實是,在黑膠唱片的年代,唱片封套設計比現時的CD封面有大得多的創作空間。但Storm Thorgerson與Hipgnosis的作品並不只限於70/80年代 ,還一直延續到現在。除了Pink Floyd的Box Sets, Anniversary Editions及較近期的Immersion Box Sets之外,The Cranberries, Audioslave, Muse, The Mars Volta, Biffy Clyro, ... 等的唱片封套都多由Storm或Hipgnosis負責設計,也沒有多少設計公司能有如此强的生命力。到現在也不喜歡在網上購買音樂,就是不想連這小小封套的樂趣都失去。

The Dark Side Of The Moon 30th Anniversary Edition.
The Dark Side Of The Moon 30th Anniversary Edition.
Back Catalogue by Pink Floyd.
Back Catalogue by Pink Floyd.
The Best Of Pink Floyd : A Foot In The Door.
The Best Of Pink Floyd : A Foot In The Door.
Bury The Hatchet by The Cranberries.
Bury The Hatchet by The Cranberries.
Wake Up And Smell The Coffee by The Cranberries.
Wake Up And Smell The Coffee by The Cranberries.
Audioslave by Audioslave.
Audioslave by Audioslave.
Absolution by Muse.
Absolution by Muse.
Black Holes & Revelations by Muse.
Black Holes & Revelations by Muse.
Uprising by Muse.
Uprising by Muse.
Top L-R: Only Revolutions: Puzzle by Biffy Clyro.   Bottom L-R: Frances The Mute; De-Loused In The Comatorium by The Mars Volta.
Top L-R: Only Revolutions: Puzzle by Biffy Clyro. Bottom L-R: Frances The Mute; De-Loused In The Comatorium by The Mars Volta.

BBC有關Storm Thorgerson的報導:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-22226255

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7950723.stm

 一些介紹及訪問的錄象:


感謝Storm Thorgerson為我們搖擺樂迷帶來無窮的樂趣。沒有他的作品,搖擺音樂肯定會失色不少,他絕對是搖擺音樂界的巨星。謹以這篇文字來作悼念,並希望有更多人會從他的作品中找到樂趣。

L: Storm Thorgerson.   R: Aubrey Powell & Storm Thorgerson.
L: Storm Thorgerson. R: Aubrey Powell & Storm Thorgerson.
L: Storm Thorgerson.   R: David Gilmour, Storm Thorgerson & Roger Waters.
L: Storm Thorgerson. R: David Gilmour, Storm Thorgerson & Roger Waters.

Remember when you were young,
You shone like the sun.
Shine on you crazy diamond ...

Come on you raver,
You seer of visions,
Come on you painter,
You piper, you prisoner, and shine!


Rest In Peace.