42 years ago today (November 10th) “Jazz” album was released in the UK!
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Jazz is the seventh studio album by the British rock band Queen. It was released on 10 November 1978 by EMI Records in the United Kingdom and by Elektra Records in the United States. Produced by Roy Thomas Baker, the album artwork was suggested by Roger Taylor, who previously saw a similar design painted on the Berlin Wall.
As was the case with News Of The World, the cover was proposed by drummer Roger Taylor, who remembered seeing a similar picture on the Berlin Wall.
The album’s title seems to be chosen randomly, because the music on the album has little to do with the genre or the album’s (cover) art. In the day and age of punk and new-wave the title could be considered unwise, especially considering the fact the band seemed to want to connect to those genres with their preceding album. But, maybe the title was inspired by the local yearly festival Montreux Jazz. Apparently, Freddie Mercury adored the festival.
To promote the album and its first single (Bicycle Race/Fat Bottomed Girls) the band staged an infamous bicycle race at Wimbledon Stadium, London on September 17th, 1978. About 65 completely naked women cycled on their rented bikes. A photograph of the start of the race was enclosed as a poster in the Jazz album. The American release didn’t contain the poster. Nonetheless, the American public was given the chance to acquire the poster by filling in the order form, which was enclosed with the album.
“I don’t like this album [Jazz] very much. We ended up with too many songs, and I don’t like it because it sounds like a mish-mash.” — Roger Taylor
“It’s [Jazz is] also the album I dislike the most. You can put it in the garbage bin over there, haha.” — John Deacon
First photo — Freddie arriving to the Studio in Montreux, 1978. (Scanned by me from Queen in 3-D)
From second to eighth photos — Queen at Jazz Press Conference and Party in New Orleans, 1978.
Ninth photo — Queen posing for a promotional photo of the album(which is the inner sleeve), 1978.
Tenth photo — Album cover.
Reposted from @freddiemercuryonline