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: