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May The Force Be With These Star Wars Meets Classic Album Covers Hybrids

Like Star Wars, great album covers offer visual thrills that transcend the limits of language. If you ever found yourself wishing that Luke, Han, Leia, and Chewbacca had a more active presence in the world of music—or at least album covers—artist Steven Lear has just the project for you. Integrating the mega-franchise’s characters into some of the most celebrated albums of our time, Lear has visualized the ultimate Star Wars record collection. Here are some of the highlights—along with the album covers that inspired them.

For the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles brought together a variety of pop culture icons from throughout the 20th century. For the Star Wars equivalent (which seems to be called May the Force Be With You), good and evil manage to put their differences aside for a quick photo-op.

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Ever notice the resemblance between C-3PO and the figure on the cover of In Utero? Now you can finally see what Nirvana’s 1993 album would have looked like if everyone’s favourite droid got directly involved.

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Blur’s 2000 Best Of offered a cartoonish summing up of Britpop hairstyles and accessories. A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, things were a little more… ’70s.

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Right around the time that Lando Calrissian was coming to life on the set of The Empire Strikes Back, Prince was releasing his breakthrough second album. For just a moment, let’s imagine Lando took his place.

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When Star Wars arrived in theatres in May 1977, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours was the number one album in the United States. With the exception of one week in July, it would remain in that spot until November, mirroring the simultaneous box office domination of Star Wars. In other words, 1977 felt a lot like this “Rebel Fleet” album cover:

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In addition to the images above, you can see re-worked album covers (from artists like AC/DC, The Band, Björk, David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, Kraftwerk, Massive Attack, Queen, Sonic Youth, Taylor Swift, U2, and many more) at the WhyTheLongPlayFace? Facebook page.

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