Album cover of the week: Beck-Ola

There’s not much room for expounding on this week’s entry, 1969’s Beck-Ola, the second and final album from the first incarnation of the Jeff Beck Group.  It’s a giant apple in a room.  Very simple, very cool-looking.

Beck-Ola album cover

The album art is a reproduction the second version of The Listening Room (1958) by the Belgian surrealist René Magritte.  The first (1952) has the apple in a wooden room.  Magritte’s work enjoyed a resurgence of popularity in the ’60s and ’70s thanks to its inclusion on other album covers, as well as by album covers inspired by his work.

Perhaps of even more interest is the note included on the original album’s back cover – “Today, with all the hard competition in the music business, it’s almost impossible to come up with anything totally original. So we haven’t. However, this disc was made with the accent on heavy music. So sit back and listen and try and decide if you can find a small place in your heads for it.”

There’s something to be said for a little honesty in advertising.

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