Album Covers
 
Rock and roll has always pushed the limits of music compostion, performance, attire, additude and of course presentation, namely the album covers. The following covers were banned from store shelves until they were changed or in some cases sold in a plain paper wrapper.

 

The Beatles - Yesterday and Today (1966)

For their 1966 album, Yesterday and Today, the Beatles presented themselves as butchers, with raw beef and dismembered baby dolls. The image was the oppostie of their clean public image and radio DJs were outraged. Capitol Records quickly repackaged the record with a clean image of the band and some ablums had the new cover glued over the orginal. According to the Goldmine Album Price Guide (3rd Edition) albums that never had the picture pasted over can have a value of up to $8000.00. There is an article on my blog about this cover.
The Beatles - Yesterday and Today The Beatles - Yesterday and Today clean version

 

John Lennon - Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins (1968)

John Lennon's personal and musical experimentation during the late '60s can be attributed in part to his newfound love, Yoko Ono. The nude picture on the album cover was John's idea he said that "We used the straightest, most unflattering picture just to show that we were human." The label decided to put a brown bag over the record for sales purposes. The album with the bag is valued up to $150.00 but only $50.00 without it.
John Lennon - Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins John Lennon - Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins in the paper wrapper.

 

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Electric Ladyland (1968)

For this album, Hendrix wanted his label to use a photo of his band surrounded by children in front of the Alice in Wonderland sculpture in New York City's Central Park. The label didn't go for it and pressed the album with a blurry red and yellow shot of Hendrix. A third version went to print that U.S. audiences didn't see. Released in the U.K. and Germany it featured a harem of naked women.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Electric Ladyland first cover photo The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Electric Ladyland US version
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Electric Ladyland UK version

 

Blind Faith (1969)

Featuring Traffic's Steve Winwood, Family's Ric Grech and Cream's Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker, Blind Faith are widely considered to be one of rock's first super-groups. The British version of their only album featured a topless girl, supposedly she is Baker's daughter, holding a airplane. The US version was repackaged with a band photo. The naked girl cover is valued up to $25.00.
Blind Faith girl cover Blind Faith band cover
 
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