Thursday, August 12, 2021

Music album covers with the Statue of Liberty on them

Composite image made of 16 music album covers that feature the State of Liberty on them.
Composite image made of 16 music album covers that feature the State of Liberty on them.

The Statue of Liberty is an American icon located in the New York Harbor within New York City. It was dedicated on October 28, 1886, a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States. The statue represents the robed Roman goddess Libertas, the personification of liberty.

The depictions of the Statue of Liberty on popular music album covers is curious. Of course, we are only sampling a few album covers but it seems that up to 1980s, depictions are cute or celebratory. After the 1980s, Lady Liberty tends to look under siege on the covers she appears on. Many of the darker, dystopian depictions of the Statue of Liberty are on albums in the genre of heavy metal.


Row 1:
1969 Al Kooper – "I Stand Alone"
1972 The Grateful Dead – "Dick's Picks Vol 11"
1974 Kin Ping Meh – "Virtues and Sins"
1976 Kin Ping Meh – "Concrete"

Row 2:
1978 XTC – "Statue of Liberty"
1979 Gianna Nannini – "California"
1986 Jackson Browne – "Lives in Balance"
1990 Tackhead – "Friendly as a Hand Grenade"

Row 3:
1991 Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band – "The Fire Inside"
1991 Meshuggah – "Contradictions Collapse" 
1999 Golden Earring – "Last Blast of the Century"
1999 Mitch Ryder with King Chubby – "Monkey Island"

Row 4:
2001 Various Artists – "The Concert for New York City"
2005 God Forbid – "IV: Constitution of Treason"
2007 Smashing Pumpkins – "Zeitgeist"
2018 Ministry – "AmeriKKKant"



Al Kooper - I Stand Alone
The Grateful Dead - Dick's Picks Vol 11
Kin Ping Meh - Virtues and Sins
Kin Ping Meh - Concrete
XTC - Statue of Liberty
Gianna Nannini - California
Jackson Browne - Lives in Balance
Tackhead - Friendly as a Hand Grenade
Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band - The Fire Inside
Meshuggah - Contradictions Collapse
Golden Earring - Last Blast of the Century
Mitch Ryder with King Chubby - Monkey Island
Various Artists - The Concert for New York City
God Forbid - IV:Constitution of Treason
Smashing Pumpkins - Zeitgeist
Ministry - AmeriKKKant

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