Album Cover Locations On Google Street View.

I ain’t gonna lie to ya. The idea for this blog post is not my own idea.

I was looking up famous album cover locations when I discovered the wonderful site that is Popspots. Whoever runs that site has put a serious amount of time and effort into tracking down the locations of many album covers with detailed images and maps from lots of different angles. I borrowed heavily from that site for this post but I didn’t want to just steal their entire idea.

I thought it would be interesting to explore the locations of where the album covers were shot as they appear today using Google Street View so that you can click around the Street View to get an idea of how much the locations have or haven’t changed over the years.

The Beatles.
“Abbey Road”. (1969).

Abbey Road

Photo Outtake:

Abbey Road Outtake

David Bowie.
“The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars”. (1972).

Ziggy Stardust

Note: Google Street View only allows you so far along Heddon Street so this view is actually facing the opposite way from which the photo was taken. So that means that Bowie would be standing to the left just under those canopies with his back to us…

Photo Outtake:

Ziggy Stardust Outtake

The Carpenters.
“Now And Then”. (1973).

Now And Then

Creedence Clearwater Revival.
“Willy And The Poor Boys”. (1969).

Willy And The poor Boys

Crosby, Stills & Nash.
“Crosby, Stills & Nash”. (1969).

CSN

Note: Although the original house is long gone, this is the location of where Crosby, Stills & Nash shot the photograph for their album cover…

CSN Outtake

The Doors.
“Morrison Hotel”. (1970).

Morrison Hotel

Photo Outtake:

Morrison Hotel Outtake

The Doors.
“Strange Days”. (1967).

Strange Days

Bob Dylan.
“The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan”. (1963).

Freewheelin

Photo Outtake:

Freewheelin Outtake

Bob Dylan.
“Highway 61 Revisited”. (1965).

Highway 61

The Eagles.
“Hotel California”. (1976).

Hotel California

Led Zeppelin.
“Physical Graffiti”. (1975).

Pysical Graffiti

John Lennon & Yoko Ono.
“Double Fantasy”. (1980).

Double Fantasy

Note: The cover for Double Fantasy seems to have been taken on this footbridge in Central Park with the San Remo Apartments building behind John & Yoko…

Photo Outtake:

Double Fantasy Front

“Double Fantasy”. (Back Cover).

Double Fantasy

Pink Floyd.
“Animals”. (1977).

Animals

Neil Young.
“After The Gold Rush”. (1070).

After The Gold Rush

Original Photo:

After The Gold Rush Outtake

That’s all for now. Feel free to correct me on any errors I’ve made.
I’ll update this from time to time.

You May Also be Interested In…
* Popspots
* The Beatles’ UK & US Single Covers
* On The Set: The Movie Filming Locations Channel

Rejected Album Artwork: David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold The World”.

This is how we all know and recognise David Bowie’s album “The Man Who Sold The World”:

Ah, but things could’ve been very different…

The original 1970 US release of “The Man Who Sold The World” employed a cartoon-like cover drawing by Bowie’s friend Michael J. Weller, featuring a cowboy in front of the Cane Hill mental asylum.

The first UK cover, on which Bowie is seen reclining in a Mr Fish “man’s dress”, was an early indication of his interest in exploiting his androgynous appearance. The dress was designed by British fashion designer Michael Fish, and Bowie also used it in February 1971 on his first promotional tour to the United States, where he wore it during interviews despite the fact that the Americans had no knowledge of the as yet unreleased UK cover.

It has been said that his “bleached blond locks, falling below shoulder level”, were inspired by a Pre-Raphaelite painting by Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

The 1971 German release presented a winged hybrid creature with Bowie’s head and a hand for a body, preparing to flick the Earth away.

The 1972 worldwide reissue by RCA Records used a black-and-white picture of Ziggy Stardust on the sleeve which remained until 1990 when the Rykodisc reissue reinstated the original UK “dress” cover. It also appeared on the 1999 EMI remaster.

“Oh By Jingo!” indeed.

A Beautiful Vinyl Record.

2 days ago, I was given a vinyl copy of “Love Lust tales” by Glasgow band Louise McVey & Cracks In The Concrete and I have to say, I’m really pleased with how it all turned out.

I drew the front cover and after I turned the artwork over to the band a year ago, I started to worry about how the back of the album would look. I worried about the type of font that would be used on the record itself etc… I was pretty much scared about the album details and text being out of sync and style with the front cover because I wouldn’t be involved with that side of things.

There was also a time where nobody knew if the record would even be released on vinyl but I gotta say that I worried for nothing because it’s a BEAUTY!

Most importantly, the record sounds amazing and I would be really pleased if you bought yourself a copy.

Available on vinyl, CD and as a download, “Love Lust Tales” can be bought and heard by clicking on the following links…
* The Band’s Website
* Amazon UK
* Amazon USA
* iTunes
* Just Add Music

For illustration queries, email: brokenglasseye@hotmail.com

You May Also Be Interested In:
* Album Artwork: “A Circus Of Vaginas”
* My Comic Strip, Al Cook’s “Necropolis”

“Love Lust Tales”: Available For Pre-Order Now!

Featuring artwork by myself and 9 hauntingly beautiful tracks, “Love Lust Tales”, the debut album from Glasgow band Louise McVey & The Cracks In The Concrete is now available for pre-order on Vinyl, CD and as a Download!

You can Pre-Order “Love Lust Tales” by clicking on the following links:
* Click HERE to Pre-Order “Love Lust Tales” from iTunes.
* Click HERE to Pre-Order “Love Lust Tales” from Just Add Music.

The album will be officially released on June 15th and you can visit Louise McVey & The Cracks In The Concrete and listen to their wonderfully dark music HERE.

I’m really pleased that the record is being released on vinyl and if you decide to buy it, I recommend the vinyl format. The artwork was specifically designed for a vinyl release and besides, physical records are always gonna be better and cooler than CD’s and Downloads.

For Illustration Queries, Contact: brokenglasseye@hotmail.com

You May Also Be Interested In:
* Album Cover Artwork: “Love Lust Tales”.
* My Comic-Strip: Al Cook’s “Necropolis”.

Nirvana’s Nevermind: The 20th Anniversary.

You know you’re getting on in life when the 20th Anniversary of Nirvana’s “Nevermind” is rolling towards you.
…Or swimming towards you like the baby on the front cover…

…Who’s not even a baby anymore because WAKE THE HELL UP MAN! THAT WAS 20 YEARS AGO!

That’s right, you’re old!

Nirvana’s “Nevermind” will be 20 years old on September and as is the trend these days, the album is being re-released as a Superduper Ultra Extra Special Extended Deluxe Box Set! …With even more Nirvana added!
But does anyone really need all of this?


The Deluxe edition tracklisting:

CD one
Original album:
Smells Like Teen Spirit
In Bloom
Come As You Are
Breed
Lithium
Polly
Territorial Pissings
Drain You
Lounge Act
Stay Away
On A Plain
Something In The Way

B-sides:

Even In His Youth
Aneurysm
Curmudgeon
D-7 (live at the BBC)
Been A Son (live)
School (live)
Drain You (live)
Sliver (live)
Polly (live)

CD two
The Smart Studio Sessions:
In Bloom (previously unreleased)
Imodium (previously unreleased)
Lithium (previously unreleased)
Polly (previously unreleased mix)
Pay To Play
Here She Comes Now
Dive (previously unreleased)
Sappy (previously unreleased)

The Boombox Rehearsals:

Smells Like Teen Spirit
Verse Chorus Verse (previously unreleased)
Territorial Pissings (previously unreleased)
Lounge Act (previously unreleased)
Come As You Are
Old Age (previously unreleased)
Something In The Way (previously unreleased)
On A Plain (previously unreleased)

BBC Sessions:
Drain You (previously unreleased)
Something In The Way (previously unreleased)

The Super Deluxe edition tracklisting (CDs one and two as per Deluxe edition):

CD three
The Devonshire Mixes:

Smells Like Teen Spirit
In Bloom
Come As You Are
Breed
Lithium
Territorial Pissings
Drain You
Lounge Act
Stay Away
On A Plain
Something In The Way

CD four & DVD
Live At The Paramount Theatre:
Jesus Doesn’t Want Me For A Sunbeam
Aneurysm
Drain You
School
Floyd The Barber
Smells Like Teen Spirit
About A Girl
Polly
Breed
Sliver
Love Buzz
Lithium
Been A Son
Negative Creep
On A Plain
Blew
Rape Me
Territorial Pissings
Endless, Nameless

DVD only
Music videos:
Smells Like Teen Spirit
Come As You Are
Lithium
In Bloom

I’m one to talk because I have ‘Deluxe’ versions of albums by Iggy Pop & Bob Dylan and I even bought the ‘Deluxe’ version of Jeff Buckley’s “Grace” but it’s a bit much for Nirvana ain’t it? I mean, Nirvana are one of the most bootlegged bands out there and I dunno about you but I’ve heard almost all of the ‘Previoulsy Unreleased’ stuff on this new version of “Nevermind”.

I like to hear demos and outtakes and I like to hear how things come together but sometimes too much of this stuff can take away from an album that’s great on it’s own.
It’s the exact same with movies these days. You can’t go out and just buy a film. You gotta buy some 4 disc extended edition with extra dinosaurs.

I listened to “Nevermind” a few weeks ago and I still love it.
I’ve heard that album thousands of times and I still play it because it’s good and that’s good enough for me.
So I won’t be shelling out the obvious fortune that this 20th Anniversary Edition is gonna cost.

I’ll be on youtube watching some Nirvana stuff that’s not gonna be on the 20th Anniversary Edition of “Nevermind” if anyone needs me.

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