8/23/11

Album Covers #18: Censored by Retrospace


The album cover was a 12 inch canvas to which a musical artist could illustrate the theme or vibe of a record.  Some chose elaborate designs (ex. The Beatles Sgt. Pepper) while others chose to simply depict the artists themselves (ex. Michael Jackson Thriller) and then there were those that just went with boobs.

This is a post about those albums.  Albums which said to hell with art - let's see some T&A.  Unfortunately, Retrospace strives to keep a PG-13 rating; not out of high standards, but out of fear of losing these ads.  The golden rule here is: no pubes, no areolas, and no butt cracks.  Thus, all of these albums bear the mighty stamp of censorship; however, if you are 18 or older, you may click on the record and see the aforementioned naughty parts. If you're not 18 and click them, I will tell your mom.












12 comments:

  1. Believe or not, but sometimes people bought records (CDs) only for their art's sake. Obtuse? Sure, but such was the power of aesthetic. Not sure if I would resist buying THESE records if I saw them. I wonder, where would such records be released back then, in Guadalajara or Amsterdam?

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  2. I'm obtuse? Ouch: harsh. :) Honestly, I wouldn't buy a record/ CD purely for the art but I definitely appreciate it. Hmmmmmm... I am very swayed by pretty packaging and yes, actually I WOULD buy these albums just for the pics so maybe I am a little obtuse? :) Love the censored square. Cute. :)

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  3. I am shocked and offended that you would actually objectify album covers like this. AND I am even more shocked that you would present the un-objectified covers in such high quality.

    It just to show you how purulent this site is and how it strives to live up to its own standards.

    Shocked I tell you. For each and every one of the albums shown, AND the ones you did not show, but I hope to see soon in part two.

    For which I will be shocked again. Why I may even get the vapors if you keep this up.

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  4. Lacy, didn't the Vapors sing "Turning Japanese"? That's be a good one to get. :-)

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  5. Interesting. I have been into music my entire life. I was a DJ and music director at radio stations. I don't recall a single topless cover like these. Well, in the USA anyway.

    The British albums sometimes had topless covers (Hendrix, Blind Faith), but they were almost impossible to get in the States.

    That woman on the Today's Pop Hits cover is quite the EuroBabe. That would have been ear the front of the stack when I was a kid....

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  6. Awesome. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that the uncensored versions are way better. Call me crazy.

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  7. Great covers! In fact I would buy cover No. 4 not just for the toplessness but for the audacity of its statement - "Goddam Great Drum Music" - a must buy.

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  8. I remember my parents had an LP of Herb Alpert's "Whipped Cream and other delights", and I especially remember the model on the sleeve.

    Was this a case of nobody watching record sleeves in the way they were watching magazines, films and television? Were these sold in regular record stores, via mail order or other channels?

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  9. @ Mighty Fast Pig
    I think they were indeed watching...and that's why there were those record-burning events with disgusted parents tossing notorious record covers (and the albums within) into the flames...

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  10. I can't resist buying these when I see them in good quality in 2nd half shops. The music is usually very bad (like orchestras playing famous tunes) but then I can pin them on my wall for great 70s decoration!

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  11. So now I am curious... what is on the stag party records? Dirty jokes, or corny songs with suggestive lyrics?

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  12. The one called $2.00 is obviously Canadian $1 dollar bills strewn around. I have heard from somewhere that the reason the U.S. does not have a $2 dollar bill is because it was known that prostitutes charged that amount. True or not?? (The strange thing for me is up here in Canada we did have a $2 bill, yet there are only $1 bills around her.)

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