In the digital era, album covers have become the “lost art” of the record business but feelnumb.com still loves to decode and figure out the details behind a good album cover. Jack White released his first solo album “Blunderbuss” on April 23, 2012 with a pretty plain looking front cover photo of White.
I recently came across this amazing photo of Jim Morrison standing at a church pulpit and thought I would do a little research on it.
The iconic photo used for both the film and soundtrack shows the members of The Who sleeping against a wall, draped with a giant British “Union Jack” Flag.
The photograph for the album cover of the posthumous John Lennon single “Watching The Wheels” was taken on August 7, 1980 by Paul Goresh.
Here is the cover to Elvis Presley’s self-titled debut album released on March 23, 1956 featuring the famous Elvis ‘Tonsil” photo. The original uncropped photo shows bassist Bill Black behind him and a the neck Scotty Moore’s guitar and his hand.
Nirvana has two sets of famous underwater pool photos taken by the same photographer Kirk Weddle on two separate occasion at two different pools. The most famous being the cover photo to Nirvana “Nevermind” album featuring a baby underwater reaching for a dollar bill on a fish hook taken in July of 1991.
On February 21, 1975, John Lennon released an album of late 1950′s and early 1960′s covers called “Rock ‘n’ Roll”. The album cover features a 1961 photo of Lennon in a doorway in Hamburg, Germany with three blurry figures walking past him in the foreground.
I recently came across this photo of Nirvana with Frances Bean Cobain sitting on Kurt’s lap in front of a fireplace. I knew this fireplace looked familiar and then I finally placed it. It is in the guest house at Pachyderm Studios in Cannon Falls, Minneapolis where Nirvana recorded “In Utero” in February of 1993.
The Paul McCartney album “Run Devil Run” was inspired by a herbal medicine (Pagan) shop in what McCartney called the “funky” part of Atlanta, Georgia. McCartney’s inspiration for both the title song “Run Devil Run” the album title occurred when he and his son James stopped by Miller’s Rexall Drugs shop in January of 1999.
U2 released “The Unforgettable Fire” in 1985. The first portion of the album was recorded in 1984 at the famous Slane Castle in Ireland, yet the castle used for the album cover is not Slane Castle but Moydrum Castle also in Ireland.