What's Hidden Inside Your Favorite Classic Rock Records?

Get the scoop on some of hidden messages that can be found in some of your favorite classic rock songs and the accompanying album artwork.

1. The Hidden Track on the First Pressing of 'London Calling' called 'Train In Vain'

By the time this track had been recorded by The Clash and added to the album, the cover art had already been sent to the printers so it was too late to add it.
The Clash Hidden Song "Train In Vain" Off London Calling Was Originally Supposed To Be A Give-Away Track


2. 'Over The Rainbow' in 'Tomorrow Never Knows' 

Crank up Phil Collins singing 'Tomorrow Never Knows' at 4:14 and you'll hear a very soft and mellow version of 'Over The Rainbow.'

Phil Collins - Tomorrow Never Knows

Phil Collins did a cover version of The Beatles' song on his 1981 album Face Value. The song included instruments and vocals playing in reverse while Collins provided multi-layered background vocals and sparse drumming. After the song ends, Collins can be heard almost silently singing "Over the Rainbow".


3. The Backwards Message on Pink Floyd's 'Empty Spaces'  

If you play 'The Wall' backwards during 'Empty Spaces' then you might hear a secret message from Pink Floyd. According to Vice, the message spoken by Roger Waters says, "Congratulations, you have just discovered the secret message...send your answer to Old Pink, care of the funny farm, Chalfont..."

Pink Floyd - Empty Spaces (backward message) (vinyl LP)

Pink Floyd "Empty Spaces" backward message - here it is from 'The Wall" LP side 2 - the section of the song forwards, then the reverse button pressed, then you can hear "congratulations, you have just discovered the secret message...send your answer to Old Pink, care of the funny farm, Chalfont.."" (interruption: "Roger, Carolyn's on the phone") November 30th marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Pink Floyd "The Wall".


4. An Etched Message on The Dead Wax of 'Hotel California' 

On the run out groove of The Eagles best-selling album, there are two messages on each side of the vinyl. On side 1 of the album, the message says, "Is it 6 o'clock yet?"; On side 2 of the album, the message says "V.O.L. is a Five-Piece Live," indicating the track 'Victim of Love' was recorded live in the studio with the full five-piece band.


5. Another Dead Wax Message Was on Zeppelin's 'Immigrant Song' 

On the first pressings of the 'Immigrant Song' single, you can find a quote etched in the dead wax near the run out groove. The quote was by Aleister Crowley and said, "Do what thou wit shall be the whole of the law."

6. The Backwards Phrase on 'Free As A Bird' 

John Lennon utters a phrase near the end of the track, 'Free As A Bird.' When played backwards, you can clearly hear John say, "Turned Out Nice Again."

The Beatles : Free as a Bird : end played backwards

A short demonstration that Lennon's closing phrase "made by John Lennon" is actually "turned out nice again" played backwards.


7. The License Plate in 'Abbey Road' (and other 'Paul is Dead' rumors)

The license plate literally on the Beetle on the album cover of 'Abbey Road' reads, "28IF." Some think this signified that Paul McCartney would have been 28 if he were alive. You can read more about the 'Paul is dead' conspiracy here.  

beatles abbey


8. The Watercolors on 'In Through The Out Door' 

At first it may have seemed like the album sleeves of Zeppelin's 'In Through The Out Door' may have been a bit bland with the simple black and white colors. However, they are actually watercolor paintings. With the magic of a little water, the covers change to color.

'In Through the Outdoor' Easter Egg

Just messing around with the water color feature on the Led Zeppelin 'In Through the Outdoor' album sleeve.


9. Tom Petty's Message to CD Listeners 

If you owned the 'Full Moon Fever CD, you received a special interlude message from Petty saying the following, "Hello, CD listeners. We’ve come to the point in this album where those listening on cassette or record will have to stand up (or sit down) and turn over the record (or tape). In fairness to those listeners, we’ll now take a few seconds before we begin side two… thank you. Here is side two."

Tom Petty Hello CD Listeners...

Track del CD Full Moon Fever en consideración a los que tienen que voltear su cassette o disco de vinil...


10. Unlisted Track on 'The Spaghetti Incident' 

The Guns N' Roses album included an unlisted, bonus track entitled 'Look At Your Game, Girl.' The interesting thing about the unlisted track was that it was written by Charles Manson.

Guns N' Roses - Look At Your Game, Girl

Album:The Spaghetti Incident, 1993 Label:Geffen Records


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