Famous music album cover locations: Cool ideas for your next pictures!

By Sergio González | 11:15

famous album covers

Google Earth offers a selection of several points of our planet which we have seen a thousand times but probably have never been to. Paul’s Boutique or 461 Ocean Boulevard are places, yes, but also albums by Beastie Boys and Eric Clapton.

Anyone who was born before the downloading generation can remember what an album cover was and the excitement it meant to open a new record or CD. Since they are now rare and scarce, they’ve become an appreciated past memory. 

Pink Floyd, Animals. Pink Floyd’s experimental and psychedelic music and complex shows granted them so much popularity back in the 60’s and 70’s that it doesn’t cease to grow and nowadays and fans under 25 are still found all around the world.

Animals was their 10th studio album and it was released in 1977, hitting the charts and proving once again the huge support Pink Floyd’s philosophical and ethereal lyrics had among the audience. The cover shows Battersea Power Station, one of the less known secrets of London.

It’s an old coal powerhouse from the early 30’s placed by the bank of River Thames, south London. English Heritage considers its interiors  a magnificent example of civil and industrial art deco but unfortunately, this is not a non-massive tourist spot because it’s out of mainstream guides but because it’s in poor condition.

Pink Floyd’s idea was to take a picture of a giant pig balloon -pigs were a recurrent theme for their shows- acting, like animals with the power-house. The wind and some other misfortunes forced them to cancel the greater show and settle to the building alone, although they would see their dream come true last summer, during London 2012 Olympic Games Opening.

Abbey road. Maybe it’s the most famous cover and along a yellow submarine and Lennon and Yoko in bed the most demanded footage of The Beatles.

The photo at Abbey Road in London was taken as a plan B since the album was meant to be called Everest, where the famous peak was supposed to be on the cover. They took a picture outside the studios where they have played most of their songs, now Abbey Road Studios, with little time to get it ready. Paul, Ringo, John and George were all wearing their own clothes.

The VW Beetle on the left side of the street belonged to somebody who’d had better parked somewhere else. The plate was stolen several times by Beatles fanatics -too much to resist- and finally auctioned in 1986.

Replica of The Beatles Abbey Road

The Clash, London Calling. The punk rock English band The Clash released their third studio album in 1979, in which they ventured to mix their music with ska, reggae and other foreign styles with common punk bands.

The success was huge and quick but also meant to endure.

The single London Calling -named after BBC News opening during WWII, “this is London calling…”- hit #1 in several countries and no list of best albums ever dares to miss it. Rolling Stone Magazine , placed it #8 in its 2003 Greatest Albums of all times.

The cover shows a photo of a frustrated Paul Simonon about to smash his bass onto The Palladium’s stage. The audience, he would say later, was frozen, stuck to their seats, and wouldn’t move as he tried to warm things up.

Pennie was the young photographer who happened to be there working that 21st September of 1979. She took several shots but she was unhappy with the results, as they were too poorly  focused.

However, the band liked how it caught their mood that night and they went through with it. They added an acid pink and green typography that pays tribute to Elvis Presley’s first album, aka the birth of rock n’ roll. For this very reason, it was chosen by Q Magazine as the best album cover ever.

Sadly, The Palladium no longer exists, a common concert hall for first-wave punkers at E 14th St. in Manhattan. After being run by former Studio 54 owner’s as a nightclub, NY University bought the land in the 90’s and built up a residence and sports facilities for its students.

By the way, Paul’s Boutique is in 99 Rivington St. in New York. There are quite a few 651s Ocean Boulevards, but if you want to visit the same one Clapton did, go to Golden Beach in Florida.

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