Ready for a little London Tour? Today we will show you London through the most iconic british albums. So if you will do this tour please don’t forget you iPod.
The Beatles ‘Abbey Road’: Abbey Road, NW8.
Let’s be honest, as soon as you saw this post you thought of this album. It was nearly left off the list for fear of it being too obvious, but that would have been silly so let’s get it out the way first.
Photographer Ian Macmillan was given ten minutes to climb a stepladder while a policeman stopped traffic and at approximately 11:30 am on 8 August 1969 music history was made.
David Bowie ‘The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars’: 23 Heddon Street, W1
This album catapulted Bowie onto the hall of fame of british music. It’s based loosely around a story involving an alien that, well like this sounds a bit rubbish… so don’t pay attention about the concept, just listen to how good the record still sounds nearly 40 years after its release.
The cover was shot outside the K West on Heddon Street (just off Regent Street). The back cover was shot inside a telephone box on the same street.
Morrissey ‘Under The Influence’: The Grave Maurice pub, Whitechapel
Technically is not a Morrissey studio album, ‘Under The Influence’ features a photo of Steven Patrick Morrissey posing outside The Grave Maurice pub in Whitechapel. Sadly the pub closed down last year and has been replaced by a Paddy Power although the words ‘Grave Maurice Rebuilt 1874’ are still engraved on the first floor wall.
Pink Floyd ‘Animals’: Battersea Power Station
Battersea Power Station has to be one of the most iconic buildings in London. Everyone could sketch it within seconds; a rectangle with four tall white chimneys at each corner.
Oasis ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?’: Berwick Street
The cover for the album was taken down Berwick Street, then filled pretty much solely with music shops. The great and greatly missed Selectadisc can be seen on the left hand side of the sleeve.
Music shops may not be quite so predominant down Berwick Street today but it’s still a very good starting place if you want to look for some killer independent stores, including Sister Ray occupying the hallowed ground Selectadisc used to call its own.
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