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Alchemy/Esoterics within Album Covers/Songs

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I am a big fan of the 60s-70s progressive and psychedelic movements in music, and it seems many of them were pretty enlightened regarding these topics. Here are some examples that I found.

This is the album cover for leftover by Kansas. I feel this is an image of a philosopher hard at work, possibly trying to find the philosophers stone with the usual alchemy symbol of the fireplace behind him, however he is writing it in music form. Also the last song on the album is "magnum opus", which was another title for the great work.
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The Moody Blues had an interesting album called "in search of the lost chord". This is an obvious reference to what the masons and other esoteric groups call "the lost word" or the masters word. The bible is filled with this "word" but never actually reveals what it is, supposedly God has a name that is unpronounceable to man since the languages were "confused" at babel. The last 2 songs on the album are "the word" and "om", which implies the frequency associated with the mantra is the lost chord.
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The band earth wind and fire had an obsession with these topics as you can see by the following. Their name is a reference to 3 of the elements, wind being the same as air. This album is titled "I AM" which is a reference to the translation of the Hebrew name of God in the Torah. And you can see the Egyptian symbolism on it. The first song is "In The Stone", which is a reference to the philoshoper's stone. Here is a bit of lyrics from the song

"Deep inside, our hearts for us, To keep-lies a spark of light that never sleeps, The greatest you've ever known, Yea is written in the stone. In the stone, you'll find the meaning why you're not standing tall, in the stone the light is shining, forever touching all-"
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This is another one of their albums with the Egyptian theme again, the first song on the album is called "serpentine fire" which is a reference to the serpent of the Kundalini within the body. The writer himself said it had to do with sexual energy, so I imagine he studied Tantra deeply.
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Do you guys know of any more like these?
 

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I don't really listen to prog rock and 70's psychedelic bands a lot (with a few notable exception that I love, which were a bit more underground and experimental).

You will find something similar in the album covers of the psychedelic band Ya Ho Wha 13.
You may also like the album covers by the artist Abdul Mati Klarwein, who designed covers both for psychedelic and jazz bands. I like a lot his cover for the "Live Evil" album of Miles Davis:

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(The triplicity of Sophia, of course)

The Free Jazz music of John Zorn has countless examples of explicit references to alchemy and qabalah (though not really in the album covers, but the music itself).

... and if you move to the post-punk & Industrial music, then the examples are almost infinite.
 

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There was Dire Straits' Alchemy live album, though the cover is not very "alchemical":

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Frank Zappa had a song called "But who was Fulcanelli?" in this album:

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The Thrash Metal band Forced Entry had an album called As Above, So Below, which also had a song in it called "Macrocosm, Microcosm", which sounds suspiciously like someone in the band has read alchemical or at the very least hermetic texts:

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Heavy metal guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen had an album titled Magnum Opus which might or might not be alchemically inspired ("magnum opus" simply means "great work" and it can be applied to works that have nothing to do with alchemy):

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But then again one of his albums is plainly called Alchemy, so the previous title seems like it was alchemically inspired:

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Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson had a solo album called The Chemical Wedding (obviously in reference to a famous 17th century book) and features a song called "The Alchemist":

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JDP, its obvious the as above so below album cover has the masonic handshake of a master mason known as the "lions paw", used to resurrect Hiram Abiff the builder of Solomon's Temple. Whoever made the cover must have been a mason or studied masonry.
 

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Stairway to Heaven from Led Zeppelin has alchemical undertones in lyrics.
 

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Acherontas - "Hermeticism"

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1. Hermeticism 5:36
2. Meum Nomen Deus 4:48
3. Conjuration Of The Five Negatives 5:41​


Acrimonious - "Purulence"
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1. Call To Disorder 12:21
2. Dissolving Spirals 5:54
3. Spirit's Eclipse 5:52
4. Angel Withdrawn 6:12
5. At The Portals Of Daat' (As Above, So Below) 6:07
6. Purulence 4:58
7. A Star Within A Star 7:58​


Black Earth - "A Cryptic Howl of Morbid Truth"
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A1 A Cryptic Howl of Morbid Truth
A2 Unconscious Realities beyond the Pillars of the Unborn Empire
A3 The Severed Head of the Crow
A4 Nisi Solis Nobis Scripsimus
B1 Riding the Tiger along Kali Yuga
B2 Masks of Their Own Facelessness
B3 A Monarch Spawned in Chaos Wanders among the Ruins​


TPTCTA - "Elixer"
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1. Magus 5:50
2. Vitriol 5:21
3. Ouroborus 11:56​
 

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I believe Kimbra may have been referring to the stone when she wrote her song "goldmine". And the album cover I believe represents her conquering time and not aging possibly. There is not a single grain falling in the hourglass, and the album is called the Golden Echo..great album btw

Cause I got a gold mine, it's all mine
Nobody can touch this gold of mine
I got a gold mine, it's all mine
Nobody can touch this gold of mine
I got a gold mine, it's all mine
Nobody can touch this gold of mine
It's been through the brimstone, been through the fire
Nobody can touch this gold of mine

And it's burning in the furnace
And refined in the third eye
No you won't find it on the surface
It rises out of the war cry

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Check out the band: Secret Chiefs 3


And this:


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Dream Theater's album "train of thought" has obvious esoteric themes, and the dream theater logo is obviously inspired by the Kabbalah. They have a song about freemasonry called "a rite of passage" also. But the 1st song on the train of thought album is called "I AM" and the last song is called "In the NAME of God", the I AM being the supposed translation of the Hebrew name of God.

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And the Kabbalah influenced logo for the band.

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Dream Theater's album "train of thought" has obvious esoteric themes, and the dream theater logo is obviously inspired by the Kabbalah. They have a song about freemasonry called "a rite of passage" also. But the 1st song on the train of thought album is called "I AM" and the last song is called "In the NAME of God", the I AM being the supposed translation of the Hebrew name of God.

And the Kabbalah influenced logo for the band.

One of my favorite modern groups!
 

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Anyone noticed those on the wet path?

“She Loves You” by the Beatles (1964)

She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah…
You think you've lost your love
Well, I saw her yesterday
It's you she's thinkin' of
And she told me what to say
She says she loves you
And you know that can't be bad
Yes, she loves you
And you know you should be glad
She said you hurt her so
She almost lost her mind
But now she says she knows
You're not the hurtin' kind
She says she loves you
And you know that can't be bad
Yes, she loves you
And you know you should be glad, ooh
She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah
She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah
With a love like that
You know you should be glad
You know it's up to you
I think it's only fair
Pride can hurt you, too
Apologize to her
Because she loves you
And you know that can't be bad
Yes, she loves you
And you know you should be glad, ooh
She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah
She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah
With a love like that
You know you should be glad

“Cold Sweat” by James Brown (1967)

I don't care about your past
I just want our love to last
I don't care darlin' about your faults
I just want to satisfy your pulse
When you kiss me
When you mess me
Hold my hand
Make me understand
I break out, in a cold sweat
I don't care about your wants
I just want to tell ya about the does and don'ts
I don't care about the way you treat me darlin'
I just want you to understand me honey
When you kiss me
When ya miss me
You hold me tight
Make everything all right
I break out in a cold sweat

“Unhappy Girl” by The Doors (1968)

Unhappy girl
Left all alone
Playing solitaire
Playing warden to your soul
You are locked in a prison
Of your own device
And you can't believe
What it does to me
To see you
Crying
Unhappy girl
Tear your web away
Saw through all your bars
Melt your cell today
You are caught in a prison
Of your own device
Unhappy girl
Fly fast away
Don't miss your chance
To swim in mystery
You are dying in a prison
Of your own device

“Sweet Thing” by David Bowie (1974)

It's safe in the city, to love in a doorway
To wrangle some screams from the dawn
And isn't it me, putting pain in a stranger?
Like a portrait in flesh, who trails on a leash
Will you see that I'm scared and I'm lonely?
So I'll break up my room, and yawn and I
Run to the center of things
Where the knowing one says
Boys, boys, its a sweet thing
Boys, boys, its a sweet thing, sweet thing
If you want it, boys, get it here, thing
'Cause hope, boys, is a cheap thing,
Cheap thing
I'm glad that you're older than me
Makes me feel important and free
Does that make you smile, isn't that me?
I'm in your way, and I'll steal every moment
If this trade is a curse, then I'll bless you
And turn to the crossroads of hamburgers, and...
Boys, boys, its a sweet thing
Boys, boys, its a sweet thing, sweet thing
If you want it, boys, get it here, thing
'Cause hope, boys, is a cheap thing,
Cheap thing

“Hairspray Queen” by Nirvana (1987)

I was your mind, you were my, my enemy You were mine, I was your, your enemy
You would mind, I was your, your enemy
You were mine, I was, was your ene
Ears rang
Your ears rang
I was your mind, you were my, my enemy
You were mine, I was your, your enemy
At night the witch go god
I was your mind, you were my, my enemy
You were mine, I was your, your enemy
You would mind, I was your, your enemy
You were mine, I was, was your ene
At night, wishful goddess
At night, wish the hardest
At night, disco goddess
At night, to itch so modest
At night, the Crisco Loch Ness
At right, the mouthful omelet
At sight, the fishful goblets
At night, the witch go god
 

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I think it’s more interesting when an artist doesn’t have to make direct reference to alchemy and hermeticism.
 

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