Category Archives: Desert Island Albums

Desert Island Album #10: Eat a Peach

The album cover: The album cover of Eat a Peach is one of the most famous in rock ‘n’ roll history, though it’s often misinterpreted. Legend has it that the Allman Brothers Band chose the name and artwork because guitarist … Continue reading

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Desert Island Album #9: Warren Zevon

The album cover: A photo of the 29-year old Warren Zevon in black suit and unbuttoned white shirt, a dim, noirish image with only an offset stage light providing illumination.The image indicates a bit of Zevon’s past (he was a … Continue reading

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Desert Island Album #8: Electric Ladyland

The album cover: This is a fun one. The above was the cover that Reprise Records chose, a blurry red and yellow headshot of Hendrix. What Jimi wanted to use was the photo below: himself and Experience bandmates Noel Redding … Continue reading

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Desert Island Album #7: Led Zeppelin IV

The album cover: The image of the old man bent beneath the weight of the load of wood on his back is from a 19th Century oil painting Zeppelin singer Robert Plant bought at an antique shop. The painting was … Continue reading

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Desert Island Album #6: Sticky Fingers

The album cover: Truly one of the all-time iconic rock ‘n’ roll album covers, the image of a bulging crotch (the natural assumption is it’s Mick Jagger’s, though Warhol claimed it isn’t, and the exact identity of the model has … Continue reading

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Desert Island Album #5: Rubber Soul

The album cover: We see the Fab Four from below, photographed at an off angle that gives them a floating, dreamy kind of appearance, which is accentuated by the flowing script of the album title. The text is reminiscent of … Continue reading

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Desert Island Album #4: In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

The album cover: An old-time sort of drawing of a faceless girl waving goodbye to a boy. Behind them is the sea, in which we see several other children either swimming or drowning, depending on your interpretation. The cover was … Continue reading

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