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#43: Banned!
"Fall On You" by Moby Grape


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These albums were banned and reissued with a different cover. The reasons varied. There's lots of nudity, flipping the finger, toilet seats, dirty words and questionable vulgarity. For some it was art, for others artistic freedom, a publicity stunt for a few and just bad luck for others. Thanks to Michael Cooper, Andrew Kerwin, Richard Bryan and Joel Selvin for contributing album covers.
Beatles---YesterdayNToday-1
Yesterday & Today 1
Beatles---YesterdayNToday-2
Yesterday & Today 2
Beatles

Considered to be the most common collectible album in the vinyl world. There are many thousands of "butcher covers" in the three states (original, covered over, peeled) with mono and stereo of each. However, because it's the Beatles, they're all very pricey.

Blind-Faith-1
Blind Faith 1
Blind-Faith-2
Blind Faith 2
Blind Faith

To their ultimate dismay, Atco had "blind faith" that their new band would deliver a reasonable album cover. Oh well. However, the original has become a classic.

Chantels---We-Are-1
We Are 1
Chantels---We-Are-2
We Are 2
Chantels

It's unclear why the beautiful original cover was pulled in favor of the bland jukebox cover. Some say it was because the band looked too "churchy" or like maids. Others say that it was perceived by the industry that having black folks on the cover hurt sales or kept the album out of some stores in the South. However, I don't think it hurt Little Richard's sales...

Clash---Give-Em-Enough-Rope
Give Em Enough Rope 1
Clash---Give-Em-Enough-Rope1
Give Em Enough Rope 2
The Clash

Some say that the original "chop suey" script was demeaning.

Willie Colon - La Gran Figra 1
Willie Colon - La Gran Figra
Alice-Cooper----Love-It-To-
Willie Colon - La Gran Figra 2
Willie Colon

Apparently the FBI objected!

Alice-Cooper---Love-It-To-D
Love It To Death 1
Alice-Cooper----Love-It-To-
Love It To Death 2
Alice Cooper

An airbrushed finger.

Davis_Miles---Miles-Ahead-1
Miles Ahead 1
Davis_Miles---Miles-Ahead-2
Miles Ahead 2
Miles Davis

The story goes that Miles was furious that he had been "Mitch Miller-d" with the whitest album cover imaginable. A few years later Columbia redid it.

The-Five-Keys---On-Stage-1
On Stage 1
The-Five-Keys---On-Stage-2
On Stage 2
Five Keys

The famous "penis cover" that was quickly airbrushed.

Ford_Lita---Out-For-Blood-1
Out For Blood 1
Ford_Lita---Out-For-Blood-2
Out For Blood 2
Lita Ford

Apparently it wasn't the revealing outfit, but all the blood, that dictated a second cover.

Golden-Earring---Moontan-1
Moontan 1
Golden-Earring---Moontan-2
Moontan 2
Golden Earring

Too much nudity I guess.

Guns-N-Roses---Appetite-For
Appetite For Destruction 1
Guns-N-Roses---Appetite-For1
Appetite For Destruction 2
Guns & Roses

No boobs allowed...

Hendrix_Jimi---Electric-LadFront1
Electric Ladyland UK Front
Hendrix_Jimi---Electric-Lad1
Electric Ladyland Front
Jimi Hendrix

The original was only released on the Track label in the UK. Both sides of the gatefold cover are shown for each version.

Hendrix_Jimi---Electric-Lad2
Electric Ladyland UK Back
Hendrix_Jimi---Electric-LadBack2
Electric Ladyland Back



Lennon_John-N-Yoko-Ono---TwFront1
John Lennon & Yoko Ono - Two Virgins 1 (front)
Lennon_John-N-Yoko-Ono---TwFront2
John Lennon & Yoko Ono - Two Virgins 2 (front)
John & Yoko

Not technically a second cover. It was originally released with full body nudity on both sides and sheathed in a brown paper bag. Both sides of each are shown.

Lennon_John-N-Yoko-Ono---TwBack1
John Lennon & Yoko Ono - Two Virgins 1 (back)
Lennon_John-N-Yoko-Ono---TwBack2
John Lennon & Yoko Ono - Two Virgins 2 (back)


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Little-Willie-John---Fever-1
Little Willie John - Fever 1
Little-Willie-John---Fever
Little Willie John - Fever 2
Little Willie John

The famous "nurse cover." I guess it alluded to where the thermometer had been.

Lynyrd-Skynyrd---Street-Sur1
Street Survivors 1
Lynyrd-Skynyrd---Street-Surv
Street Survivors 2
Lynyrd Skynyrd

The "flames" cover was too prophetic as most of the members died soon after in a plane crash.

Mamas-N-The-Papas---If-You-1
If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears 1
Mamas-N-The-Papas---If-You
If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears 2
Mamas & The Papas

In 1968, apparently everyone could be in a bathtub but not in a bathroom.

Moby-Grape-1
Moby Grape 1
Moby-Grape-2
Moby Grape 2
Moby Grape

The magic finger was quite a big deal back in the day.

Moms-Apple-Pie-1
Mom's Apple Pie 1
Moms-Apple-Pie-2
Mom's Apple Pie 2
Mom's Apple Pie

Surprising how the label missed the original. This cover would probably still be banned today.

Rolling-Stones---Beggars-Ba1
Beggars Banquet 1
Rolling-Stones---Beggars-B
Beggars Banquet 2
Rolling Stones

Another banned toilet. The original cover was only released in the UK.

Rolling-Stones---Some-Girls1
Some Girls 1
Rolling-Stones---Some-Girl
Some Girls 2
Rolling Stones

Lucy Arnez, or her estate, objected to her inclusion on this cover.

Roxy-Music---Country-Life-1
Country Life 1
Roxy-Music---Country-Life-2
Country Life 2
Roxy Music

A very provocative cover that is seen more often than the substitute.

Scorpions---Love-Drive-1
Love Drive 1
Scorpions---Love-Drive-2
Love Drive 2
Scorpions

Quite the original cover. What did they expect?

Sons-Of-Champlin---Loosen-
Loosen Up Naturally
Sons-Of-Champlin---Loosen-U1
Loosen Up Naturally close-up
Sons Of Champlin

On the back of the gatefold cover at the middle left, the original says "Big F*cking Deal" in very small letters (as shown in the second picture). The label quickly scratched it out in all remaining albums.

Strokes---Is-This-It-1
Is This It 1
Strokes---Is-This-It-2
Is This It 2
The Strokes

If we can't show a butt, a stupid abstract will have to do!

Three-Dog-Night---Hard-Labo1
Hard Labor 1
Three-Dog-Night---Hard-Lab
Hard Labor 2
Three Dog Night

Tsk tsk, didn't they realize that giving birth to an LP is frowned upon?

Three-Dog-Night---It-Aint-E1
It Ain't Easy 1
Three-Dog-Night---It-Aint-
It Ain't Easy 2
Three Dog Night

Too much chest for the 11 year olds who bought this album.

UFO---Force-It-1
Force It 1
UFO---Force-It-2
Force It 2
UFO

It is a little racy...

Waters_Roger---The-Pros-N-C1
The Pros N Cons Of Hitchhiking 1
Waters_Roger---The-Pros-N-
The Pros N Cons Of Hitchhiking 2
Roger Waters

No ands or butts about it.




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