Edited Album Covers Tinge Timeless Art With Sorrow

Edited Album Covers The Beatles

Probably the most famous and influential band in history, The Beatles’ Abbey Road album stands the test of time The album’s cover image is also one of the most recognized by music fans worldwide. Source: Live I See Dead Peoples

When we purchase an album, we’re getting more than just music. The physical album is a portal into the thoughts and perspectives of an individual; the direct product of when one puts their experiences to verse. Countless album covers feature images of the artist(s) who worked so diligently to do just that. When these artists pass away, we typically mourn their loss and ponder what other music they could have made, even wondering how our lives might be different had we never heard that first, magical song of theirs.

It was apparently with this in mind that Jean-Marie Delbes and Hatim El Hihi created their Live! I See Dead People’s Tumblr photo blog in August of 2011, which showcased what classic albums would look like if the deceased were removed from the covers.

Unfortunately the blog has not been updated in three years, but the images created still stand as a haunting memorial to the musicians who have crossed over to the other side. Here are some of the most chilling:

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The Ghostly Remains Of Homs, Syria

Homs Syria 2014

Torn apart over three years by military confrontations between the Syrian military and opposition, the Homs we see today is a shell of its rich past. If Homs is rightly considered the “Capital of the Revolution,” this photo presents a harrowing assessment of the revolution’s status.

1950s and 1960s Egypt: When Arab Modernity Allowed Bikinis

If you even so much as glance at a newspaper these days, you’ll see that Egypt is very much in the throes of an identity crisis. This is nothing new, and as these images suggest, much of these differing viewpoints on what a modern Egypt “should” look like stems from social and political thought in the mid 20th century.

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1960s Egypt Color

Women and men embrace the summer heat at a beach in 1964. Source: Egyptian Streets

Egypt Boat

Sunbathers near the Port of Alexandria, 1955. Source: Foreign Policy

Women Students

Skirts and schooling for women in 1966 Aswan. Source: Egyptian Streets

1960s Egypt Nasser

Gamal Abdel Nasser shaped the face of Egypt from 1956 to 1970. A critical time on national and international fronts, his social justice-oriented ambitions did not come entirely democratically. He won his second term by legally forbidding others to run against him. Source: Shmoop

1960s Egypt Tahrir Square

Tahrir Square in the 1960s Source: Egyptian Streets

Egypt Magazine 1960s

A woman reading an Egyptian magazine in the 1950s. Source: Egyptian Streets

Egypt Vespa

Vespa uses Cairo--not Rome-- as the scenic backdrop for a 1950 advertisement. Source: Egyptian Streets

Jewish Dept. Store

An advertisement for a Jewish department store, Benzion, in Egyptian publications. Source: Egyptian Streets

1960s Egypt Bikinis

Young women hanging out at Sidi Bishr beach in 1959. Source: Foreign Policy

Swim Suits Egypt

Agami Beach, the Egyptian Saint-Tropez, in 1956. Source: Foreign Policy

1960s Egypt Beach

Friends gather at Alexandria's Sidi Bishr beach in 1959. Source: Foreign Policy


Students in the quad at Cairo University, 1960. At this point in time Egyptian education was considered by many to be one of the best in the world. Source: Egyptian Streets

Bra Ads

A 1960 ad for soap features a woman in her underwear. Source: Egyptian Streets

Bishr Beach

A couple in front of the Sidi Bishr beach cabanas in 1959. Source: Foreign Policy

1960s Egypt Beauty Pageant

A 1956 beauty competition. Source: Egyptian Streets

1960s Egypt Marlboro

Marlboro makes its way to Egypt in the 1960s; smoking is still a huge. Source: Egyptian Streets

1960s Egypt Police Woman

A woman directs traffic in the 1960s. Source: Egyptian Streets

1960s Egypt Female Soldier

A woman arming herself in 1956. During the 1950s when Egypt nationalized the Suez Canal and joined together in resistance against the Israeli-French-British attack, it wasn't uncommon for women to volunteer to fight. Unless filling administrative spots, women today cannot assume such roles. Source: Egyptian Streets

1960s Egypt Women

Women engage in political rallies in Assiut: not a single one is wearing a veil or conservative dress. Source: Egyptian Streets

1960s Egypt Coca Cola

Egyptian star Magda appears in a 1952 Coca-Cola ad. Source: Egyptian Streets

1960s Egypt Family

The Alexandria waterfront at Montaza Palace, 1956. Source: Foreign Policy

1960s Egypt Bathing Suits

Taken in 1959, this photo captures Alexandria at its cosmopolitan height. Six languages were regularly spoken in Egypt's second largest city, and Arabs, Sephardic Jews and Europeans would intermingle peacefully, sporting whatever clothing they pleased. Much of this influence changed upon the arrival of Gamal Abdel Nasser, who made it his presidential ambition to shirk Egypt of its colonial past and cultivate an "authentic" Arab identity--even if it meant repressing those whose understanding of "Arabness" included a very public display of one's religion. Today, Alexandria is one of the most conservative cities in Egypt. Source: Foreign Policy

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Paris Through Pentax

It’s hard to tell what this video makes you fall in love with more: the place or the camera.

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