The cover showing a streamlined Art-Deco train came from a photo that resides at Southern Methodist University’s DeGolyer Library.
According to a release from SMU, Van Halen singer David Lee Roth sent his idea for a cover, one that included a photo of the 1930s-era Henry Dreyfuss-designed locomotive, to Los Angeles-based SMOG Design, Inc.
SMOG co-owner John Heiden’s internet search led him to DeGolyer’s collection by the work of Robert Yarnall Richie, an industrial designer known for mid-century modern designs. Richie’s collection of 95,000 negatives, films, manuscripts, and photo equipment was acquired by Everett L. DeGolyer, Jr. in the 1970s.
The reunited Van Halen features singer David Lee Roth, guitar legend Eddie Van Halen, brother/drummer Alex Van Halen and Eddie’s son Wolfgang Van Halen on bass.