Five classic album cover locations you can actually visit

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Visual art has a huge influence on how we perceive music. It helps us assign an identity to what we are about to hear, build our expectations, and reflect our hopes to us. Similarly, writers have used landscape to evoke a certain mood; Album cover artists relied on the urban and the pastoral to convey something unsaid. Whether it be pink floyd paint a bleak picture of modern life in Animals or Black Sabbath referring to England’s pre-industrial past, album covers always have a certain thematic weight.

Of course, a lot of artwork simply reflects where an album was made. Think of Bob Dylan walking the streets of New York in freewheeling Bob Dylan or the Beatles marching past Abbey Road Studios. On the surface, these album covers seem the product of ease and necessity, but that doesn’t mean they don’t convey anything about the circumstances of the album’s creation.

All this to say that the music and the place are intimately linked. Here we have bought you a selection of album covers that feature places and landscapes that you can visit in real life. We know how much music fans love a pilgrimage, so we’ve included sites from around the world, each worth exploring. Have a good trip.

Five explorable locations from classic album covers:

Battersea Power Station, London: Pink Floyd – Animals

Few albums evoke the grime of London’s industrial past like the cover of Pink Floyd’s tenth album, Animals. Throughout the 20th century, Battersea Power Station has been a symbol of progress and modernity. But in 1977, it took on a set of new, distinctly dystopian overtones.

The album cover, which features a giant inflatable pig floating between the high chimneys of the building, was designed by Roger Waters and designed by longtime collaborator Storm Thorgerson. It remains one of the most striking visual depictions of post-hippie pessimism and societal corrosion to emerge during the 1970s.

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Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris: Taming Impala: Solitude

The light-leaked photo that serves as the illustration for Tame Impala’s 2012 album that marked the decade Solitude was taken by Kevin Parker with a Diana F camera. The musician was looking through one of the outer gates of the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris, an ornate house and garden inspired by the Boboli Gardens in Florence.

Created by order of Queen Marie de’ Medici in 1612, the garden comprises over 25 hectares of beautifully designed English and French gardens, orchards, greenhouses, forests, fountains and ponds. Visitors will also find apiaries, the Orangery, the Pavilion and over 100 statues.

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Gullfoss, Iceland: Echo and The Bunnymen – porcupine

Released in 1983, porcupine is one of Echo and The Bunnymen’s best-selling albums, reaching number two on the UK Albums Chart. The album cover, which features the band standing under snow banks, was shot at Gullfoss waterfall near Reykjavík, Iceland.

Gulfoss, or “Golden Falls”, was named for the high sediment content of the glacial water, which makes it shimmer in direct sunlight. One of the most beautiful sights in Iceland, Gulfoss descends in three layers, starting with a gentle three-step staircase and ending with a 21-meter waterfall.

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Abbey Road, London: The Beatles – Abbey Road

Every Beatles fan should visit Abbey Road once in their life. It is the quintessential musical pilgrimage and continues to attract shoals of tourists to this day. That being said, if you go at the right time, you might be lucky enough to find the iconic zebra crossing completely empty.

The level crossing is only a few minutes walk from St John’s Wood underground. As you leave the station, cross Grove End Road and walk down the hill. Carry on and you will see the cream colored columns of Abbey Road Studios, where The Beatles have recorded everything since please make me happy at Turnr. Turn right and the crossroads is right in front of you. History was made here. Immerse yourself.

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Mapledurham Watermill, Oxfordshire: Black Sabbath – black sabbath

The building on the cover of Black Sabbath’s self-titled debut album may seem nightmarish, but the actual location is actually quite picturesque. Mapledurham Watermill is a picturesque mill from the 1690s. Today it is open to visitors who wish to soak up the tranquil atmosphere. There’s even a tea room where you can get a freshly baked scone. Honestly, this is all very anti-rock ‘n’ roll.

The model who appeared as a masked woman on Black Sabbath was Louisa Livingstone, who later told Rolling Stone it was “freezing cold” when photographer Keith Macmillan took the photo. “I had to get up around four in the morning. Keith was rushing with dry ice, throwing it into the water. It didn’t seem to work very well, so he ended up using a smoke machine… I’m sure he said it was for Black Sabbath, but I don’t know if that meant anything to me at the moment. era.

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