Famous First Drafts: Rejected First Versions Of 15 Iconic Album Covers

by (@JordanRuntagh)

7. The Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd (1973)

[Photo: EMI]

[Photo: EMI]

The late Storm Thorgeson‘s cover for the gazillion-selling Dark Side has gone on to become one of the most recognizable images in pop culture. He apparently presented seven potential cover designs to the band, and they all immediately zeroed in on the prism. The six alternative ideas have tragically been lost to time, but Storm does remember that one of them was heavily inspired by the Silver Surfer Marvel comic.


Ehh, somehow it just wouldn’t have been the same.


6. Street Survivor by Lynyrd Skynyrd (1977)

[Photo: MCA]

[Photo: MCA]

Sometimes bands censor themselves, too. This was the cover of the southern rockers’ fifth album, recorded just before the devastating plane crash that claimed the lives of band membersĀ Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, and Cassie Gaines. It was chosen in favor of their original design, which featured the group (particularly Gaines) surrounded by flames.


Obviously the cover was designed before the crash, and in the new context it proved far too painful. So out of respect for their fallen mates (and at the request of Gaines’ widow), they withdrew the art for the most somber black approach.

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