Sunday, April 17, 2022

Music Album Covers with Trains on Them

A mosaic of 16 music album covers with trains on them.
A mosaic of 16 music album covers with trains on them.

In this batch of 16 albums, the train symbolizes power or plays on our nostalgic notions of trains. Over half the albums here have a title that relates directly or indirectly to trains. The albums shown here span 1962 to 2019. From this small sample, 1970s was the decade of train imagery.

We could not exclude Kraftwerk's 1977 seminal Trans Europe Express, celebrating the titular European railway service. The Trans Europ Express, or Trans-Europe Express (TEE), was an international first-class railway service in western and central Europe that was founded in 1957 and ceased in 1995. For this Kraftwerk release there were many different album cover versions. Here we use the image with the train on it obviously.  Also see: Album Covers with Trains on Them – Part II.

1962 Little Eva – Llllloco-motion
1968 The Box Tops – Non-Stop
1969 Johnny Cash – Story Songs of the Trains and Rivers
1972 Savoy Brown – Hellbound Train
1975 Phil Manzanera – Diamond Head
1976 Donny Osmond – Disco Train
1976 Mallard – Mallard
1976 The Outlaws - Lady in Waiting
1977 Kraftwerk - Trans Europe Express
1991 Mr. Big – Lean into It
1992 4 Non Blondes – Bigger, Better, Faster, More!
1993 Blur – Modern Life is Rubbish
1995 Banco de Gaia – Last Train to Lhasa
2005 The Darkness – One Way Ticket to Hell…And Back
2010 Alan Jackson – Freight Train
2019 The Be Good Tanyas – Blue Horse

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