New List Reveals Nixed Beatles, Who, & Led Zeppelin Original Album Titles
Have you ever wondered what the working titles for your favorite albums were? Although some of the Beatles' temporary titles are legendary -- "The White Album" started life as A Doll's House and Abbey Road was briefly to be called Everest -- many classic albums had uniquely different titles.
Paul McCartney has always had a blast coming up with his album titles -- and has chosen some pretty off the wall names, including, Ram, Red Rose Speedway, Venus And Mars, Back To The Egg -- and the critically acclaimed 2005 set, Chaos And Creation In The Backyard. He explained to us how he stumbled upon the enigmatic -- yet surprisingly catchy -- title: "I was looking around once we'd finished the album, and 'Promise To You Girl' says, (sings) 'Looking through the backyard of my life.' So I thought, 'Backyard' -- that might be kinda good.' In 'Fine Line,' it says, 'There's a long way between chaos and creation,' but it sounded a little bit too monumental. So then I thought '. . . in the backyard,' so I just stuck those too little quotes together, and that kind of stopped it being too sort of pretentious."
Ultimate Classic Rock listed 10 legendary albums with their original names:
The Beatles' Revolver (1966)
Working titles: Abracadabra; Four Sides Of The Eternal Triangle; Magic Circles; and Beatles On Safari
The Who's Tommy (1969)
Working Title: The Deaf, Dumb & Blind Boy
The Rolling Stones' Exile On Main St. (1972)
Working Title: Tropical Disease
Pink Floyd's The Dark Side Of The Moon (1973)
Working Title: Eclipse
David Bowie's Young Americans (1975)
Working Title: Shilling The Rubes -- the working title got its name from an LP outtake.
Led Zeppelin's Presence (1976)
Working Title: Obelisk -- the "Obelisk" was the name for the unidentifiable object in the center of the dinner table.
Elvis Costello's Armed Forces (1979)
Working Title: Emotional Fascism
The Clash's London Calling (1979)
Working Title: The Last Testament
The Smiths' The Queen Is Dead (1986)
Working Title: Margaret On The Guillotine -- which Morrissey later used as the title of the final song on his 1988 solo debut, Viva Hate.