Classic album covers in Google Street View


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The rather clever folk (with clearly some time on their hands) over at The Guardian, have created a series of photos with iconic and famous album covers where they would be in a Google street view frame. Some of this include, Bob Dylan, The Beatles and Eminem.

So here they are, classic album covers in Google Street View:

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Moving Pictures by Rush. The Canadian prog legends illustrate their album with some literal moving of paintings in front of the Ontario Legislature in Toronto in 1981.

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Original Pirate Material by the Streets. Mike Skinner’s 2002 debut features the inglorious Kestrel House in Islington, London, taken from a picture by Rut Blees Luxemburg called Towering Inferno.

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The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan by Bob Dylan. A 22-year-old Bob walks down Jones Street in the West Village, New York, with his girlfriend Suze Rotolo in 1963.

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Physical Graffiti by Led Zeppelin. The East Village residential blocks on St Mark’s Place, New York, remain virtually identical to how they looked in the 1970s, with the exception of some more physical graffiti.

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Late for the Sky by Jackson Browne. A surrealist view of one of the many classy houses around Hancock Park in Los Angeles, 1974: Bob Seldemann spliced the house with another sky for a result that resembles a Magritte painting.

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(What’s the Story) Morning Glory by Oasis. This 1995 Britpop classic was shot on Berwick Street in London’s Soho, what was then an, um, oasis of record shops. Sister Ray, seen on the left, is still going strong today.

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Abbey Road by the Beatles. So famous is the cover for the Fab Four’s last studio album in 1969 that Westminster council in London have to repaint the wall next to the crossing every three months to cover over fans’ graffiti, and the street signs are mounted high above the ground because otherwise they just keep getting stolen.

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Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea by PJ Harvey. Shot in Times Square, New York, in 2000. Harvey manages to look cool despite wearing sunglasses at night as she crosses 7th Avenue.

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Willy and the Poor Boys by Creedence Clearwater Revival. The CCR lads are pictured mock-busking to local kids outside the Fish Kee Market on Hollis Street in Oakland, California in 1969. The shop has now been completely plastered over.

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The Marshall Mathers LP by Eminem. The rapper sits in front of his childhood home on Dresden street, north Detroit, just down the road from 8-Mile – the street he made famous in film – in 2000. The house was demolished last year after damage from a fire.

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Animals by Pink Floyd. Battersea Power Station in Wandsworth, London has fewer flying pigs now than it did in 1977, but is otherwise pretty much the same – though the Nine Elms project will change all that.

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Paul’s Boutique by the Beastie Boys. A clothing store in 1989 at what is now the more gentrified corner of Ludlow and Rivington on New York’s Lower East Side.

Via The Guardian


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