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Alice Cooper – DaDa (1983) Alice Cooper delivered his eighth solo album, and something of a comeback in 1983. It was called DaDa, and while far from his most commercially successful release, it really is quite good and holds up … Continue reading

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Roxy Music – Siren (1975) South Stack, Anglesey, Wales. Supermodel Jerry Hall poses as a mermaid for the cover of their fifth studio album. Led Zeppelin – II (1969) The design was based on a photograph of a Division of … Continue reading

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The Beatles – The Final Images

This is the last ever photo of The Beatles. The Beatles broke up 50 years ago, and their music remains embedded in the fabric of pop culture. By the time Paul McCartney sued his fellow Beatles, and their parent company … Continue reading

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Andy Warhol’s diary entry for Tuesday, April 12, 1977. “Mick wants me to do the cover on his next album. I’m trying to think of ideas, how to do “Rolling Stones.” The original Warhol design was without words, Andy believed that … Continue reading

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David Bowie – The Man Who Sold the World

Hard rocking, heavy metal hybrid The Man Who Sold the World was released 50 years ago by Mercury Records in the US, Bowie’s third studio album, although considered the second of his ‘classic’ period. It’s release in the UK was … Continue reading

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McCartney III

Live And Let Dice. Amazing news: Looks like we might be getting Paul’s lockdown record. Still more inclined to consider Chaos & Creation in the Backyard (2005) the real McCartney III, but either way, very excited about this. McCartney III is … Continue reading

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John Lennon – Imagine (1971) The photograph for the Imagine album cover was taken by Yoko Ono using a Polaroid camera. It was previously believed that the front cover photo was taken by Andy Warhol. It wasn’t. This is a … Continue reading

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Peter Gabriel – Peter Gabriel II (Scratch) (1978) Another Hipgnosis classic album cover, this was the second of four self-titled albums by Peter Gabriel after leaving Genesis. Due to the iconic nature of the image, it is often referred to … Continue reading

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Elvis Costello and the Attractions – Get Happy (1980) Packaging and artwork for Elvis Costello and the Attractions’ Get Happy!! sleeve was designed based on the above photo of Elvis lying down on a street grill, by brilliant graphic designer Barney … Continue reading

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David Bowie – Tonight (1984) Bowie’s ‘tash album? Or Bowie’s trash album? Here are three very cool Polaroid photographs that were taken by English designer Mick Haggerty for Bowie’s Tonight album in 1984, at the Carlyle Hotel NYC following the … Continue reading

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The Rolling Stones – Tattoo You (1981) Ever wondered who that chick was on the Stones’ Tattoo You album sleeve? Well wonder no more, it’s Mick Jagger. This is the evolution of photographer Hubert Kretzschmar’s Jagger portrait into the album … Continue reading

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David Bowie – Young Americans (1975) Bowie’s Young Americans sleeve was based on Toni Basil’s image on the cover of Sept ’74’s After Dark magazine. It inspired Bowie to commission the photographer Eric Stephen Jacobs to shoot and airbrush the … Continue reading

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The Rolling Stones – Aftermath (1966) A mirror image of the band ended up on the cool sepia-tinted Aftermath album cover in 1966 for the Stones. The front cover photo for the British release was taken by master of the … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan – Blood on the Tracks (1975) Toronto photographer Paul Till snapped the profile shot of Bob and his Telecaster during a January 1974 concert in the city, and then used a combination of sophisticated dark room development techniques … Continue reading

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Pink Floyd – A Saucerful of Secrets (1968) A Saucerful of Secrets was Pink Floyd’s second album and featured both Syd Barrett and David Gilmour as part of the band. The album cover was Storm Thorgerson and partner Aubrey Powell’s … Continue reading

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The Police – Outlandos d’Amour (1978) Janette Beckman shot this photo for the cover of the Police’s first album Outlandos d’Amour in a tunnel on London’s South Bank, near Waterloo Station, in 1978. Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland unveiled … Continue reading

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The Beatles album cover for originally the Please Please Me album in 1963 and later for the 1969 promo-copy for the never-eventuated Get Back album, were taken at the now demolished EMI Headquarters, 20 Manchester Square, Marylebone. It showed The … Continue reading

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The Bowie Connection

Linking brilliant Canadian artist William Kurelek’s Pre-Maze and Bowie’s Kenny Everett Space Oddity clip and 2016’s colossal Blackstar video is essentially linking artistic genius. William Kurelek, Pre-Maze, c. 1953, watercolour and graphite on paper, 25.3 x 37.7 cm, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. … Continue reading

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David Bowie – Hunky Dory (1971) Photographed by Brian Ward, Bowie’s classic 1971 Hunky Dory album cover was a colourised version of the black and white photograph below. In the early 1970s, illustrator Terry Pastor was asked by Bowie’s childhood friend and … Continue reading

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Jeff Beck – Beck-Ola (1969) The second and final album from the first incarnation of the Jeff Beck Group – the marvelous Beck-Ola. The album art is a reproduction of The Listening Room (1958) by the great Belgian surrealist René … Continue reading

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David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust (1972) The photos for the front and rear of the Ziggy Stardust album were taken on 13 January 1972 on a cold, wet night by photographer Brian Ward, who had a first-floor studio at #29 Heddon Street, … Continue reading

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Album Cover Outtakes

T.Rex – Electric Warrior (1971) One of the best album covers ever, Electric Warrior was released in 1971 and was the first of a trio of brilliant albums Marc Bolan released, along with The Slider (1972) and Tanx (1973), to confirm Bolanmania … Continue reading

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Bowie – Tonight

The sleeve design for Bowie’s pop detour 1984’s Tonight was by Mick Haggerty, who had previously worked on Let’s Dance. Bowie commissioned Haggerty to create a design for Tonight that owed a clear debt to Gilbert and George (specifically the … Continue reading

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Ethan Russell – Rock Photographer

Ethan Russell is an American multiple Grammy-nominated photographer and director. In 1968 Russell was a young man with a Nikon camera living in London and aspiring to become a writer. A few years later he was one of the foremost … Continue reading

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The Beatles – Abbey Road

September 1969 saw the release of The Beatles’ Abbey Road the group’s eleventh and chronologically final studio album. So with the 50th anniversary now upon us, Pierce’s Press are taking a brief glance at the iconic album cover that began life as … Continue reading

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T.Rex – The Slider

The iconic photograph of Glam God Marc Bolan on the cover of T.Rex’s classic rock album The Slider (1972), has been credited to Ringo Starr on the album sleeve. Ringo was directing the Bolan/T.Rex rockumentary Born to Boogie. Record producer Tony Visconti … Continue reading

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Queen – News of the World (1977)

The terrifying cover art for Queen’s 1977 album News of the World is an update of a painting by science fiction illustrator Frank Kelly Freas. Originally designed for a October 1953 issue of the comic book “Astounding”, it features the … Continue reading

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Look Closely: Simon and Garfunkel’s Moustache

Embrace the moustache. Very Monty Python.

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Look Closely: Paul’s Chaos and Creation

McCartney’s classic “Chaos and Creation in the Backyard” had a slipcover, flip it upside down and his name reads the same as it does right side up. What the?

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Look Closely: Supertramp’s Breakfast in America

**Warning, suspension of belief and taste is advised** Supertramp’s Breakfast in America album cover features a waitress posing as the Statue of Liberty, while in the background is an assemblage of familiar diner items laid out to resemble New York City, visually … Continue reading

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Look Closely: The Stones’ ‘Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out!’

Never mind the Visions of Johanna reference (jewels and binoculars hang from the head of the mule), the album’s title can be found on Charlie’s ‘boobs’ tshirt.

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Look Closely: The Stones’ Satanic Majesties

A blatant rip-off of the fab’s Sgt Pepper’s? Absolutely. They even included their faces in the album cover.

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Look Closely: Weezer’s Pinkerton

An album loosely based on Giacomo Puccini’s  Madame Butterfly, the album title comes from BF Pinkerton, a character in the opera. The album cover was taken from a print by ukiyo-e artist Hiroshige, a master of the tradition. The title of this artwork is Kambara … Continue reading

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Look Closely: Dylan’s John Wesley Harding

Seen Jesus in a potato chip? Well, is that the tiny Beatles hidden in the tree in the John Wesley Harding album cover? You be the judge.  

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Look Closely: Dylan and Von Schmidt

On the cover of Bringing it All Back Home, early-60s folk/blues contemporary artist Eric Von Schmidt’s album, The Folk Blues of Eric Von Schmidt, can be seen atop a pile of Bob’s records. Here’s Bob in the Von Schmidt pose … Continue reading

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Look Closely: Bowie’s Space Oddity

On the back cover of an album Bowie released in 1969 (eventually called Space Oddity) shows a disturbing image of a clown and his elderly mum. Eleven years later he would release a video to the classic song Ashes to … Continue reading

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Look Closely: The Stones’ Tattoo You

Ever wondered who that chick was on the cover of the Stones’ Tattoo You? Well wonder no more. It’s one Mick Jagger. Look closely. And that’s Keef on the back, but we knew that already.

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Look Closely: The Beatles’ Rubber Soul

Ok now it’s getting weird. Take your copy of Rubber Soul, look at it upside down in the mirror. Does that say Abbey Road? Surely not… More Album Cover craziness here.

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Look Closely: Fleetwood Mac’s Mirage

Look closely at the joined hands of Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. See the old woman’s face? It’s a “mirage”.

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Look Closely: Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti

Ever wondered why this album was called Physical Graffiti? Look closely at the fire escapes on the album cover and the letters  L  Z  can clearly been seen – hence the album’s title.

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Bob Dylan – The Freewheelin Bob Dylan (1963)

The street on the album cover is Jones Street in Greenwich Village, a small street west of 6th Avenue and between Bleecker Street and 4th St. (positively!) The photograph was taken in February 1963 by Don Hunstein. Dylan lived a … Continue reading

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Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002)

The Wilco classic album cover is a picture of Marina City in the band’s adopted hometown of Chicago. Marina Towers Condominium Association‎ 300 North State Street Chicago.

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Mazzy Star – She Hangs Brightly (1990)

Main Stair Hall on the Ground Floor Emile Tassel House in Brussels, Belgium. Victor Horta was the architect for this sophisticated home, built from 1893-97. The Mazzy Star album (essentially sublime vocalist Hope Sandoval and inventive guitarist David Roeback), She Hangs … Continue reading

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The Doors – Morrison Hotel (1970)

Morrison Hotel, 1246 Hope Street and West Pico Blvd, downtown Los Angeles. The Morrison Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, where the album’s cover photo was snapped, closed its doors in 2007. Prior to that, the hotel had been low-income housing … Continue reading

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The Velvet Underground – Live at Max’s Kansas City (1970)

213 Park Ave S New York City Recorded on a tape recorder by Warhol disciple Brigid Polk, LMKC is said to be the last VU performance to include frontman Lou Reed. The concert was part of the … Velvet’s nine-week … Continue reading

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Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti (1975)

The two five-story buildings photographed for the album cover are located at 96 and 98 St. Mark’s Place in New York City. To enable the image to fit properly with the square format of the album cover, the fourth floor … Continue reading

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Led Zeppelin – Houses of the Holy (1973)

The cover art for Houses of the Holy was inspired by the ending of Arthur C. Clarke’s novel Childhood’s End. (The ending involves several hundred million naked children, only slightly and physically resembling the human race in basic forms.) It is a … Continue reading

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Pink Floyd – Animals (1977)

Once the recording sessions for the album Animals was complete, work began on its cover. Hipgnosis, designer of the band’s previous album covers, offered three ideas, one of which was a small child entering his parents’ bedroom to find them … Continue reading

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Pavement – Slanted and Enchanted (1992)

Pavement’s Slanted and Enchanted (1992) classic album cover revisited. Who knew? Only sneaky Steve Malkmus it seems. The below gif is self explanatory but very cool.

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