Street Views of Famous Album Covers

By Sean Yeaton

The Internet has changed music forever. For one, it’s free now. If I could go back in time to tell myself one thing, I’d almost certainly wind up harassing teenager me about buying CDs. What’s more, thanks to the Google-opticon, finding locations-made-famous for being featured on album covers is a damn cinch. It used to be that stumbling randomly into a recognisable work of art was a novelty, even psychologically jarring, but thanks to Google Street View, it’s more like completing the extra credit portion of a take home quiz.

After compiling a list of albums, based mostly on suggestions from friends and colleagues (thanks, by the way), I set out onto the vast frontiers of the internet, hunting for some pieces of history. Getting the exact angles on these things is impossible, which is actually kind of nice in a philosophical, liberal arts degree-having way.

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Led Zeppelin, Physical Graffiti

Beastie Boys, Paul’s Boutique

Oasis, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?

Nas, Illmatic

Creedence Clearwater Revival, Willy and the Poor Boys

Bob Dylan, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan

Pink Floyd, Animals (note: the ‘hide panel’ box, though not left in on purpose, serves as a decent stand-in for the flying pig, right?)

The Beatles, Abbey Road

Kiss, Dressed to Kill

Eric Clapton, 461 Ocean Boulevard

Neil Young, After the Gold Rush

There you have it. If you’re into it, leave album art suggestions in the comments.

Ramones, S/T

SSD, The Kids Will Have Their Say
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