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A Tour Of San Francisco In Album Covers
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A Tour Of San Francisco In Album Covers

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Updated: 12 July 2017
From local superstars to side projects from Boston, check out seven album covers that captured the essence of San Francisco.

2400 Fulton Street by Jefferson Airplane

Jefferson Airplane’s 1987 release, 2400 Fulton Street, is probably the most obvious record on this list. The San Francisco natives decided to make their sixth album as simple as possible and posed in front of a house at 2400 Folsom St. in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood. This was a compilation album of past songs and it peaked at #138 in the United States.

2400 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA, USA

Back in Town album © Jazz Guy/ flickr
Back in Town album | © Jazz Guy/ flickr
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Back in Town by The Kingston Trio

The Kingston Trio is a Palo Alto band that helped revive folk music in the 1950s and 1960s. Their 1964 album, Back in Town, is a live album recorded at Hungry i, and it reached #22 on the Billboard Pop Album Chart. The album cover was taken at the corner of Kearney St. and Nottingham Place. This was the final album for the group under Capitol Records.

1023 Kearney St, San Francisco, CA, USA

Dog in the Sand album © spinARt

Dog in the Sand album © spinART

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Dog in the Sand by Frank Black

After The Pixies broke up in 1993, lead singer Black Francis changed his name to Frank Black and embarked on a new project: Frank Black and the Catholics. The band’s third album, Dog in the Sand, was released in 2001. The album cover was taken at Sutro Baths in Ocean Beach. Frank Black and the Catholics never earned much success, and The Pixies would reunite in 2004.

Sutro Baths, Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 426 5240

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Warning by Green Day

Green Day’s Warning is their sixth studio album, and it reached platinum status — though not multi-platinum status, the first Green Day album to not achieve that level of success following the band’s signing with a major record label. The album peaked at number four on Billboard’s 200 chart. The album cover was taken at 133 Waverly Place in San Francisco’s Chinatown.

133 Waverly Place, San Francisco, CA, USA

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Workingman’s Dead by the Grateful Dead

Local rock stars Grateful Dead released their fifth studio album, Workingman’s Dead, in 1970. The album attained platinum status and peaked at #27 on the Billboard 200. Rolling Stone would later rank this album #262 on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The album photo was taken in the Bayview district at 1199 Evans Ave.

1199 Evans Ave, San Francisco, CA, USA

Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables by Dead Kennedys

San Francisco punk band The Dead Kennedys first studio album, Fresh Fruit for Rotten Vegetables, is the band’s most successful recording. It is certified gold and features some of their most recognized songs, including Holiday in Cambodia. The album cover shows multiple police cars on fire. The picture was taken during the White Night riots in San Francisco, which on May 21, 1979, left 140 people injured. The riots came after the permissive sentencing of Dan White, who assassinated Harvey Milk and George Moscone.

I Left My Heart in San Francisco album © Jazz Guy/ flickr
I Left My Heart in San Francisco album | © Jazz Guy/ flickr
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I Left My Heart in San Francisco by Tony Bennett

This famous San Francisco anthem was actually written by George Cory and Douglass Cross, but it gained its fame through Tony Bennett. This seven-inch single was released in 1962 and peaked at #19 on the Billboard hot 100. The song has been recorded by dozens of other artists, including Frank Sinatra and Peggy Lee. The album cover shows the Golden Gate Bridge eclipsed by Karl the Fog, a very common picture of the monument.

Battery East Trial, San Francisco, CA, USA