This piece was released to commemorate the 20th anniversary of The Verve’s classic 1997 album, Urban Hymns. The album, which featured smash hits Bittersweet Symphony, Lucky Man and Drugs Don’t Work, sold over ten million copies and remains the 18th bestselling album in the history of the UK charts.
Over the course of his career, shooting some of the biggest artists and bands in music history, Michael Spencer Jones has accrued many a fun story for how the album artwork came about, and this piece is no different…
Upon arriving at Richmond Park, ready to shoot the band, Jones was surprised to find another photographer there apparently for the same purpose: ‘He was setting up his lighting equipment but was taking far too long, and so tired of waiting, The Verve decided to go and sit down and enjoy the scenery. I happened to glance over and noticed that it was the first time in months that The Verve appeared relaxed (the recording of Urban Hymns, though extremely productive, was an intense time for them), so without a thought I went over and grabbed the shot whilst they were still unaware. The band loved the image and decided it should go on the cover.’
This giclée print is from a limited edition of 195, signed by the artist.
Medium: Giclee, Print
Edition Type: Limited Edition
Edition Size: 195
Size (cm): 60 x 60
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About the artist
Michael Spencer Jones is one of the UKs most influential rock photographers, capturing album artwork for some of the biggest names in rock history, from Oasis to Leonard Cohen. Jones’ photographic style is inspired by surrealism, Pop Art and by the work of 20th century American photographers, Alfred Steiglitz, Edward Steichen and Paul Outerbridge.
Jones mastered his craft studying for a degree in photography and film and assisting accomplished advertising photographer, Stak. But it wasn’t until he graduated, made the move to Manchester and became involved in the ‘Madchester’ music scene that he shifted to rock photography. After shooting the likes of the Stone Roses and Happy Mondays, Jones was introduced to Noel Gallagher, who had been impressed with his work with The Verve.
Jones went on to create iconic albums for Oasis, including Definitely Maybe, What’s The Story Morning Glory and Be Here Now. He has also captured intimate portraits of musical legends, including Tom Jones, U2, Kasabian and Robbie Williams.
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