Vintage Album Sleuth Hunts Down Locations of Covers

Album cover sleuth Bob Egan is at it again with a whole new set of locations for the albums of your favorite musical artists… this time with a heavy Billy Joel influence. In our last post we mentioned that we were lucky enough to serendipitously run across Egan in a New York eatery, where we found out about his fascinating hobby of collecting not only the locations, but the exact angles that original album cover photographs were taken from. Many of his images feature his much loved Big Apple, but in a few of his latest examples he uses the wonders of Google maps and the internet as a whole to find his locations around the world through digital means.


As mentioned, his newer location explorations delve deeply into the world of Billy Joel, finding the whereabouts of his albums 52nd Street, Turnstiles and An Innocent Man. Each example features an extensive and well-researched write-up, including overlays of the album cover and the original location in the present day. He has just released a set of “Quik Looks” of his latest detective work until he has the time to complete his fully detailed explanations, which includes the locations of The Doors’ Strange Days, Kiss’ Dressed to Kill, The Rolling Stones’ Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow, Van Morrison’s Too Long in Exile, The Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique, and many more! Not completely limiting himself to album covers, Egan also works out the filming location for Bob Dylan’s iconic song “Subterranean Homesick Blues.” Some locations are so changed it’s amazing he found them; others look almost identical to their history making past. It’s really an exciting and captivating set of work. You’ll find more examples on his website, PopSpotsNYC.

Since our first post in May, Bob has been getting a lot of attention for his incredible sleuth work (8 million views on Reddit). Check out Bob and PopSpots’ latest claim to fame on the Wall Street Journal.

Billy Joel – Turnstiles (1976) -Astor Place

Billy Joel – 52nd Street

Billy Joel – An Innocent Man – 142 Mercer Street

The Doors – Strange Days – 1967 – Sniffen Court

The Rolling Stones – Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow – 1966- 124 East 24th

Van Morrison – Too Long in Exile – 1993- 246 Pearl Street

Peter, Paul and Mary- Album 1700 – 1967 – 70 Bedford Street

Led Zeppelin – Phyical Grafitti – 1975 – 96 and 98 St. Mark’s Place

Cyndi Lauper – A Night to Remember – 1989 – Plymouth Street at Pearl, Brooklyn

Bruce Springsteen in SoHo by Fred Lombardi – 1973 – Wooster Street and Spring Street

RAMONES – Rocket to Russia – 1977 – Bowery and Second Avenue

The Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique 1989- Ludlow and Rivington Street

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