10 Classic Car-Themed Album Covers
Our resident music expert John Paul delves into his massive record collection to take a look at some of the cooler car-themed album covers on the shelves. As with any subjective list, it’s guaranteed we’ve left out a few, so feel free to share some of your favorites in the comments below or over on the Historic Vehicle Association’s Facebook page
Nilsson Sings Newman – Harry Nilsson
Best known for singing other people’s songs (despite being a prolific songwriter in his own right) Nilsson, in cartoon form, was generous enough to drive around Randy Newman in what appears to be an approximation of a Graham.
Things We Like – Jack Bruce
The former Cream and Graham Bond Organisation bassist made it quite clear with this, his second solo album, exactly what he liked. Answer: The finer things (like this Ferrari 375). And apparently eating with his dogs.
Keep On Pushing – The Impressions
With Keep On Pushing, Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions helped create a civil rights anthem. Also helpful advice should you ever run out of gas.
Crime Pays – Willie Colón
With this 1973 release, Willie Colon showed just how well theoretical crime could pay with this gangster-homage cover featuring a fedora-clad Colon, along with Hector Lavoe, riding the running boards of an enormous Rolls-Royce.
A Caddy For Daddy – Hank Mobley
One of many mid-1960s Blue Note releases to prominently feature cars, saxophonist Hank Mobley’s 1965 A Caddy For Daddy featured one of the more iconic and eye-catching covers. We’re guessing such behavior would not be allowed on such a car these days. (ed. note: "1965" refers to the album's release date, not the car pictured on the cover.)
Alive And Well… – Wayne Cochran And His C.C. Riders
The rest of the title isn’t necessarily fit for a family publication (nor is the album’s back cover image of a shirtless Cochran rolling down the highway), but this white pompadoured soul-shouter clearly had a thing for motorcycles.
Now & Then – Carpenters
An aural and vision play on the title, the album featured soft rock renderings of some of their favorite songs in a then contemporary setting; the cover featured the Carpenter siblings in front of their childhood home in Richard’s then-new 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4.
Me And Jerry – Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed
Together, Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed cut a pair of exceptional country pickin’ records in the early 1970s. The elder Atkins was apparently content to continue doing just that while the younger Reed attempted to change a flat; that’s what happens when you play one too many sharps.
On The Beach – Neil Young
With his rather bleak On The Beach, Neil Young conveyed his sadness for having driven his Cadillac into the sand into song. That’s what this one’s about, right?
The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark – Dillard & Clark
When a former Byrd and a Dillard get together to go on a road trip, you’d better watch out and stay away from whatever it is the pair seems to be sharing on this landmark album’s cover.