7/20/12

Album Covers #20: Vinyl Español (Part Two)


(Note: Vinyl Español Part One post located here)

It boggles the mind how social media and the blogosphere (still hate that word, but there's been no better substitute) has changed the nostalgia landscape in just a few years.  I clearly remember in 2007 being blown away by a book on bad album art (see ad at the end of this post - the book is now out of print).  Sure, I was aware of some odd covers, even in my own collection.  However, this was a revelation.... there was a whole world of INSANE covers out there that I hadn't even begun to scratch the surface of!

Fast forward nearly six years, and many of those bad covers have become downright iconic.  The Joyce LP has probably been seen by more eyes than a Radiohead album cover. In other words, an interesting cover is no longer hidden in a little book or still covered in dust in an attic.  It's been scanned and shared with the world through Facebook, Tumblr, and blogs.

So what's the point of me saying this? Well, now when I find a cool album at a flea market or yard sale, it's inevitably one that I've seen a hundred times on the interwebs.  Finding an LP that is new to my eyes has become something of a difficult task.  Thus, I've spent some time recently concentrating on foreign records via flea market finds and deep within the rarely explored recesses of the web.

So, here's some of what I've come up with.  Some interesting, some not so much. All of the ones in this post are from Spain. I hope you enjoy looking at these album and singles covers as much as I did finding them.




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And we'll end Part One with my favorite band name of all time....





11 comments:

  1. "Well, now when I find a cool album at a flea market or yard sale, it's inevitably one that I've seen a hundred times on the interwebs. Finding an LP that is new to my eyes has become something of a difficult task."

    I hear ya! I see a lot of stuff in my searches that I've seen on the web too. That's part of the reason I try and feature plenty of local stuff in my blog because I know most readers will have never seen it before.

    I'm enjoying these posts of yours featuring non-North American albums. :)

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    1. I visited all three of your blogs, Ripplin. Good stuff. I crave more. Me and retro stuff are like Bruce Dickinson and cowbells.

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  2. Post-fascist Spain slipped straight into disco filth. But it's still not on par with the Communist Yugoslavia (judging by your previous gallery) ;)

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    1. Agreed. However, wait for part 3 coming up next!

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  3. AnonymousJuly 20, 2012

    Brotherhood of Man actually looked worse than ABBA.

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    1. True. But then all bands IMHO look worse than ABBA - no one can top the Agnetha-Frida combo.

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  4. Great covers! Of all of these I'm familiar with three:
    The "Hombres G" cover is from the late 80's or early 90's and that album was a HUGE hit in Spain and all of Latin America.
    The perky light auburn-haired girl biting her finger is Yuri, who was a big star during the 80's and 90's with many hit songs. She has her own variety show on Mexican TV nowadays.
    Directly below her is the brother and sister duo "Pimpinela" from Argentina who were fairly popular across Latin America during the 80's.

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  5. These are classic! The Santa Esmerelda one is amazing XD

    http://seesusiebean.blogspot.co.uk/

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  6. My Spanish wife claims that some of these are from South America, not Spain. I can only vouch for the Brotherhood of Man who were actually, horribly, from the UK (as it says on the LP cover!). I picked up that Cocktail of Exitos record in a flea-market in Madrid - it's pretty good!

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  7. The Brotherhood Of Man also had a hit in the early 70s with "United We Stand".

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  8. Why, when I read your blog, does the song "Born to late" keep playing through my mind?

    I LOVE the "Brotherhood of Man" cover. I WANT outfits like that! I want to go to the grocery store dressed like that. Just like all of you did back in the '70s.

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