Rejected Album Titles of Classics
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.
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.