4/9/13

Album Covers #38: Beach Babes



We've established a hundred times over on Retrospace that cheesecake sells records.  More often than not, the swimsuit/beach scene was the go-to route for either compilation records or easy listening. Those type of albums tended to feature exotic (i.e. non American, often  tropical clime locals) music - and what better way to illustrate your LP of Brazilian or Tahitian than with a babe on a beach?

Also, having a dame in a bikini maximizes the skin potential.  You can't have her naked, and a gal in her bra and panties might be a tad risque for an album cover. So, how better to show the most epidermal surface area than the bathing suit?  Elementary, my dear cheesecake peddler.






Of course, from the right angle you can get away with no bathing suit at all!




I've shrunk some of these images down to conserve space; click to enlarge















This has to be Ali McGraw (with blonde hair, oddly enough).














The last four courtesy of Epilectic

12 comments:

  1. I've never really thought of the 1812 Overture as one of the "Classic Sounds of Love." I guess under the right circumstances...

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  2. This is one of the best blog posts I have ever seen. Just saying.

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  3. I am humbled in your presence. I just don't know how you do it. Notwithstanding the breadth of your archives, just your use of the language, which few might notice, has always been relentlessly, consistently grammatically correct, well rendered, and always takes an appropriate tone relative to the nature of the subject at hand. Just the topic: Babes on album covers? I mean, really, where does it end with you?

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    1. Thank you, kind sir. And were you deign to peel back the thin veneer of anonymity, I too would be humbled amid your graciousness.

      Seriously, though - thanks. Positive feedback is what keeps this train a-movin'.

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  4. Nice tribute to Annette too !

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  5. I must be the exact target audience for these. I would buy any record with a wet tee shirt on the cover regardless of the music inside....

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  6. The scientific term for this is: "CHICK-A-BOOM"! And I like me some chick-a-boom!
    Another great post. Well done sir.

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  7. I sense a crossover event in the making...Album Cover Babes and the Probability of Pancakes. At least none of these pictures have that creepy, East German, 70's Pancakes-About-to-Happen vibe about them! And yes, as creepy as that vibe is, I am unable to turn away!

    Another great post, keep up the great work!

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  8. Love bikini beach babes. Good stuff!

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  9. Amazing Grace is a pop hit? along with the Young New Mexican puppeteer?

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  10. Frank Valdor (and his Dimension-Singers) is DA BOMB!
    If you haven't heard his version of CCR's Hey Tonight! you ain't heard jack.
    Didn't see it in Youtube but it is at least on the King Size LP if that helps any...

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    1. Patron ZeroApril 20, 2013

      Frank Valdor did a passable cover of Middle of the Road's 1970 hit Chirpy Chirpy-Cheep Cheep.

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