Make up is called and the lighting guy
Is climbing a ladder with a flash bulb
While the prop lady plays with the car
Submerged in the pool, such a waste
She thinks as the band all take their place
And the man behind the camera shouts
Prepare for magic, an image that will not
Be lost within the folds of time,
This will be a legendary shot.
Apparently, it’s twenty five years to the day that the Be Here Now album cover was shot at a posh house in Hertfordshire. I was, therefore, having a look at that album cover and then some of my other favourites from the last thirty years or so. And there are so many good ones.
Not everyone reads books, so not everyone gets quite as excited as me about a beautiful book cover – sad, I know. But music is almost inescapable. Just driving in your car to work with the radio on opens you up to an hour of music a day and there is going to be something that you fall in love with.
And along with any good music there comes a great album cover. I guess some of the magic has been lost recently with lots more streaming and downloading, but those days when you used to take your pocket money to HMV to buy your favourite band’s CD was something very special.
I wonder what it feels like to have worked on one of those iconic shots and to have seen it in the making? I bet it’s quite a special feeling to know that you have created something that is so ingrained in the public psyche that everyone knows it, even if they don’t quite know where they know it from. That must be magic.
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Oh, I love a great album cover, Rachel! Some of them, like the cover for the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band are iconic. Others just take me back to a certain time and place. It’s something that I think is sadly missing from today’s downloaded tunes.
Well said. And I love how I still see teens today wearing Dark Side of the Moon t-shirts even though their parents weren’t born yet in 1973.