The Subway As Album Cover Art

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The New York subway has inspired not just songs but a great deal of album cover art. A new exhibition at the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn displays over 30 years of record covers featuring the subway.

The albums show an evolution in musical and artistic styles from the 1950's to the 1980's, as well as the changing face of the subway.

Robert Del Bagno, director of exhibitions at the museum talks about the exhibition. Then, we check in with "Latin Soul King" Joe Bataan, whose 1968 album, Subway Joe, -- featuring the infectious Boogaloo hit of the same name -- is part of the exhibit.

(And you can make your own subway "album cover" at the Transit Museum's live band karaoke night.)

The cover photo of Simon & Garfunkel's 1964 album Wednesday Morning, 3AM was shot in the 53rd Street station.

 

The cover photo of Simon & Garfunkel's 1964 album Wednesday Morning, 3am was shot in the 53rd Street station.

 

The Velvet Underground's 1970 album Loaded featured cover art by Stanislaw Zigorski.

 

The Velvet Underground's 1970 album 'Loaded' featured cover art by Stanislaw Zigorski.

 

The Ramones' 1983 album Subterranean Jungle.

 

The Ramones' 1983 album 'Subterranean Jungle.'

 

Grandmaster Flash's 1985 album 'The Source.

 

Grandmaster Flash's 1985 album 'The Source.'