Today I listened to Side 1 of Queen's "News of The World". This was their second album and best selling album going platinum 4 times! Some of their biggest hits of all time came from News of The World and this album side is definitely a good one to start your day.
The album art is really cool and I have included the front back and gatefold photos with the album open so you can see the full image. The album's cover was a painting by American sci-fi artist Frank Kelly Freas. The band saw an issue of Astounding Science Fiction (October 1953) where the cover art depicted a giant intelligent robot holding the dead body of a man. The caption read: "Please... fix it, Daddy?" this was the imagry for the the story "The Gulf Between" by Tom Godwin. The painting inspired the band to contact Freas, who agreed to alter the painting for their album cover, by replacing the single dead man with the four "dead" band members (Taylor and Deacon falling to the ground with Taylor only visible on the back cover). The inner cover (gatefold) has the robot extending its hand to snatch up the petrified fleeing audience in the shattered auditorium where the corpses were removed. Freas said he was a classical music fan and did not know Queen, and only listened to the band after doing the cover "because I thought I might just hate them, and it would ruin my ideas", but eventually liked their music.