Van Halen released “A Different Kind Of Truth” on February 7, 2012 their first new album in 14 years. The release also marked the first Van Halen album with David Lee Roth since they released “1984” 28 years ago.
Sadly the art department couldn’t even come up with an original idea for the album cover. The album cover uses a reverse negative of the same photo of a locomotive that was used for the cover of The Commodores 1975 album “Movin’ On“.
The image seems to be this 1938 stock photo of a New York Central Railroad J-3A Drefuss Hudson steam locomotive.
I hope the comeback album is better than this unoriginal album cover.
UPDATE: A feelnumb.com reader sent us this link to The Franklin Mint Historic – New York Central – Limited Edition Fine Art Print. This is the same photo used for the Van Halen album cover. Thanks…