Colin Elgie’s Yes artwork secrets PLUS Mark’s album inner sleeve favourites – 544

Produced by Ken Fuller, Wayne Hall and Jeffrey Crecelius

I recently spoke to illustrator Colin Elgie, who was a freelance illustrator for legendary album art producers, Hipgnosis, for the whole of the 1970s. We chatted about his artwork for Tormato and I found out that he also produced some other Yes items you’ll recognise, along with other prog album covers. It was a great phone call and this week I explain to Mark what Colin said and we take a look at some of the artwork Colin and I discussed.

Then Mark tells us about some other vinyl albums which have interesting and/or unique inner contents. You’ll also have your favourites so please do add them in the comments below.

  • What did Colin Elgie produce for Yes?
  • What did he think of the Hipgnosis cover for Tormato?
  • What other inner album contents are worth tracking down?

Take a listen to the episode and then let us know what you think below!

Two Genesis albums with Colin Elgie covers:

Al Stewart – Year of the Cat with Colin Elgie cover:

Colin Elgie’s YES poster and newspaper advert, uploaded to by Geoffrey Mason:

Colin Elgie’s artwork for the inner bag of Tormato, in various places and formats:

Mark’s copy of Rick Wakeman’s King Arthur:


Relayer cardboard inner, as mentioned by Kevin:

YMP Patrons:


  • Ken Fuller
  • Jeffrey Crecelius and
  • Wayne Hall


Aaron Steelman

Dave Owen

Mark James Lang

Paul Tomei

Joost Maglev

David Heyden

Martin Kjellberg

Paul Wilson

Bob Martilotta


Michael O’Connor

William Hayes
Brian Sullivan

David Pannell

Miguel Falcão

Lobate Scarp

Chris Bandini

David Watkinson

Neal Kaforey

Rachel Hadaway

Craig Estenes


Paul Hailes

Mark ‘Zarkol’ Baggs

Doug Curran

Robert Nasir

Fergus Cubbage

Scott Colombo

Fred Barringer

Gary Betts
Geoff Bailie

Simon Barrow
Geoffrey Mason

Stephen Lambe

Guy R DeRome

Steve Dill

Henrik Antonsson

Steve Perry

Hogne Bø Pettersen

Steve Rode

Declan Logue
Steve Scott
Jamie McQuinn

Steven Roehr

Alan Begg
Terence Sadler

Michael Handerhan

Tim Stannard


Todd Dudley

John Cowan

Tony Handley

John Holden

Joseph Cottrell

John Parry

Keith Hoisington

John Thomson

Barry Gorsky

Robert and David

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