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30 Photographs of Iconic Music Album Covers Superimposed onto Images of Their Original Locations Today

Ever wonder what the scenes captured in classic album covers would look like today? New York City real estate agent Bob Egan, a music lover, decided to go back to where album art originated. Using music and history, Egan combines the old and the new in his series of album covers superimposed onto modern images of their original photo shoot locations.

Egan got his start when, in 1977, he moved into an apartment in Greenwich Village only blocks away from the place where the cover for The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan was photographed. Egan realized he was surrounded by these sites with tremendous history and meaning. Thus began his search for album cover locations.

In an interview with Open Culture, Egan summed up his passion for music this way:

I grew up during the classic rock era. My ‘musical comfort food’ is Dylan, Van Morrison, Lou Reed, and The Grateful Dead…I think of it like this: If I went to England and someone asked me if I wanted to see Westminster Abbey or Abbey Road, I’d take Abbey Road.

Although Egan has a number of album covers he has yet to tackle, he has been rather successful, in no small part because many of the original spots are in New York City. But distance doesn’t stop Egan, who uses Google Maps for album locations he hasn’t traveled to. Seems nothing can get in between Egan and the origins of album covers.
 
West Side Story - Original Broadway Cast Album

Bruce Springsteen on Tenth Avenue

Creedence Clearwater Revival Willy and the Poor Boys

Led Zeppelin - Phyical Grafitti

Pretzel Logic - Steely Dan

Simon & Garfunkel Wednesday Morning, 3AM

Crosby, Stills & Nash

The New York Dolls

San Diego Zoo petting paddock, historical

Van Morrison - Too Long in Exile

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The Who The Kids Are Alright

The BUTTERFIELD BLUES BAND - EAST-WEST

Billy Joel - 52nd Street

DAVID BOWIE - ZIGGY STARDUST

Richard Thompson - Hand of Kindness

Billy Joel - Cold Spring Harbor

Peter, Paul and Mary - Album 1700

Billy Joel - Turnstiles

I WANT YOU

RAMONES - Rocket to Russia

PINK FLOYD - The Division Bell

The Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique 1989

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couple in love

The Grateful Dead - Workingman's Dead

The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan

KISS - Dressed to Kill

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes - This Time It's For Real

The Clash - The Clash

   
 
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