10 Albums With Secret Stuffed Covers
Not everyone has the habit of consuming discs in physical versions today. Listening to music has become a facilitated activity through on-demand services such as Spotify, Rdio, and Google Play Music.
Still, every album has a cover and every cover has a primary function: to visually represent the content it packs. For this reason, some artists decided to hide little secrets in their works.
1. Soulwax - “Nite Versions” and “Any Minute Now”
Soulwax Belgians have used the same concept of optical illusion in their 2004 and 2005 albums: “Any Minute Now” and the “Nite Versions” remix CD are illustrated with patterned textures that closely mean nothing. By analyzing the covers at a distance, you can see the name of the band and album.
2. Kate Bush - "Aerial" (2005)
The landscape made up of the reflection of mountains in the water is the illustration of Kate Bush's eighth album. The image, however, is not quite what it seems: the graphic representation of the song of a bird called the blackbird is the image that acts as a mountain, because of the composition [LF1].
The reference to the bird on the cover is related to the last track of the second CD of “Aerial”, of the same name, which has the song of the bird in its melody.
3. Frank Zappa - “Trance-Fusion” (2006)
Frank Zappa's guitar solo album, recorded between 1977 and 1988, was released only in 2006, but is a great tribute to the musician.
The shape made by the set of dolphins makes up an image that mirrors the iconic mustache used by Zappa throughout his career.
4. Def Leppard - “Retro Active” (1993)
A recreation of the work of famous optical illusionist Allan Gilbert, titled All is Vanity, was chosen for the cover of Retro Active. The painting of a woman looking at herself in the mirror resembles the shape of a skull when viewed from afar.
It is noteworthy that the same illustration had already been used as inspiration in The Damned's "Stretcher Case Baby / Sick of Being Sick" in 1977 and was influenced by Aerosmith's "Devil's Got a New Disguise" in 2006.
5. The Velvet Underground - “White Light / White Heat” (1968)
The cover of The Velvet Underground's LP is pretty minimalistic at first glance: the all-black album comes with only the title, but a black overlay reveals a skull tattoo. In the slightly modified image above, you can see the art.
The origin of the drawing comes from the 1967 movie “Bike Boy” directed by Andy Warhol. In the feature, Joe Spencer takes the lead role and is seen with the same tattoo. The idea came from Warhol himself, in partnership with the band.
6. Santana - “Santana” (1969)
Santana's debut album is emblazoned with the image of a lion opening its mouth. The figure, however, is made up of a human kaleidoscope: the animal's face is made up of nine faces, and a girl's legs are located just below the cat's face.
7. Harry Nilsson & John Lennon - "Pussy Cats" (1974)
The partnership between John Lennon and Harry Nilsson culminated in the album Pussy Cats. Produced by Lennon himself, the LP represents an 18-month era known as Lost Weekend, marked by drugs and alcohol in the lives of both musicians.
As an inside joke, the cover shows the word "drugs" spelled subliminally: the junction of the block printed with a D and an S, divided by a rug, makes up the word "drugs."
8. The Beatles - “Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band ”(1967)
In addition to being one of the most successful albums in the world, with over 32 million copies sold, the Beatles' work reveals much about the band's personal tastes.
Printed with 66 handpicked personalities, the group figures in the center of the image and is accompanied by Fred Astaire, Bob Dylan, Marilyn Monroe, Sigmund Freud and even one of George Petty's pin-ups. Oh, and of course, wax figures representing the band members are positioned next to their flesh and bone versions. Nothing disturbing.
9. Alice Cooper - DaDa (1983)
DaDa is an album that has two curiosities behind its conception: Cooper does not remember having recorded the CD, due to drug use, and the singer was a good friend of Salvador Dali, which resulted in the cover that uses one of the works. of the artist.
The optical illusion is caused by the image of two Cooper-like men creating the silhouette of an elderly man's head. The image comes from a modification of a Dali painting made in 1940.
10. The Rolling Stones - Their Satanic Majesties Request (1967)
Released the same year and photographed by the same artist, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Their Satanic Majesties Request share similarities that go beyond aesthetics.
Psychedelic songs and colorful covers marked both albums, but the Rolling Stones troupe - which even admitted to being under the influence of LSD at the moment of the photo - went a little further: you can see pictures of all the Beatles members hidden in LP.