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How ESPN Recreated Famous Album Covers Using Athletes

Original Bob Dylan freewheelin' album cover

ESPN Magazine’s Music Issue is worth checking out if you’re a fan of any of these album covers. See them again but with athletes instead of musicians on the cover this time. It’s a cool idea that entailed a strict attention to detail to get them as faithful to the original as possible. Among the covers are those from Michael Jackson, Nirvana, Katy Perry, Bob Dylan, Run DMC, and more. My favorite is the remake of Bob Dylan’s “Freewheelin”, which was taken in Greenwich Village, NYC.

Photographer Matthias Clamer, along with 14 athletes, recreated iconic album covers from the past few decades. The photo above is of NFL quarterback Josh Freeman of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers posing as Michael Jackson on the Thriller album, AKA the best-selling album of all time.

Readers are encouraged to vote for their favorite album cover! Below are the rest of the portraits shot by Clamer.:

photo of Buccaneers QG Josh Freeman recreates Michael Jackson's "Thriller"

Buccaneers QG Josh Freeman recreates Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”

photo of Olympic gold medal swimmer Ryan Lochte as the baby in Nirvana's Nevermind

Olympic gold medal swimmer Ryan Lochte as the baby in Nirvana’s Nevermind

photo of NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson and wife Chandra as Bob Dylan on "Freewheelin'"

NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson and wife Chandra as Bob Dylan on “Freewheelin’”

photo of Olympic gold medal sprinter Allyson Felix as Beyonce on "Dangerously in Love"

Olympic gold medal sprinter Allyson Felix as Beyonce on “Dangerously in Love”

photo of NFL stars Trent Richardson, LaMarr Woodley, Marshawn Lynch as Run DMC on "Greatest Hits"

NFL stars Trent Richardson, LaMarr Woodley, Marshawn Lynch as Run DMC on “Greatest Hits”

photo of Motocross racer James Stewart as Rick James on "Street Songs"

Motocross racer James Stewart as Rick James on “Street Songs”

photo of NFL stars Trent Richardson, LaMarr Woodley, Marshawn Lynch as Run DMC on "Ultimate Run DMC"

NFL stars Trent Richardson, LaMarr Woodley, Marshawn Lynch as Run DMC on “Ultimate Run DMC”

photo of MBL stars Justin Upton, Evan Longoria, Brandon Phillips, Giancarlo Stanton and Shane Victorino as Devo on "Freedom of Choice"

MBL stars Justin Upton, Evan Longoria, Brandon Phillips, Giancarlo Stanton and Shane Victorino as Devo on “Freedom of Choice”

photo of U.S. National Soccer Team Forward Alex Morgan as Katy Perry on "One of the Boys"

U.S. National Soccer Team Forward Alex Morgan as Katy Perry on “One of the Boys”

photo of Buccaneers QG Josh Freeman recreates Michael Jackson's "Off the Wall"

Buccaneers QG Josh Freeman recreates Michael Jackson’s “Off the Wall”

To keep with the music-themed issue, the athletes also composed their own playlists which can be found here.

You can also check out some of the behind-the-scenes videos and photos here:

Ryan Lochte as the baby on Nirvana’s “Nevermind”

Josh Freeman as Michael Jackson on “Thriller”

Jimmie Johnson as Bob Dylan on “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan”

What’s your favorite album cover?

Patricia Ramos the author

I am a freelance photographer who is no stranger to smudged lenses, long hours in front of the computer, heavy camera bags (and the back aches that ensued) and missing lens caps. If you know what I'm talking about, you probably have as much love and passion for photography as I do.

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