Sunday, May 7, 2017

DOOBIE BROTHERS - "BEST OF THE DOOBIES"


Artist: The Doobie Brothers
Album: Best of the Doobie Brothers
Label:Warner Brothers
Catalog: BSK 3112
Year: 1976
Genre: rock
Grading: VG+ cover / VG+ LP
Sleeve design: Bruce Steinberg
Cover photo: Bruce Steinberg
Grade: ***** stars



Wow, I wonder how much time I spent listening to the Doobies while I was in high school and college.  I can clearly remember running cross country practices with them playing on my little portable cassette player.  Anyhow, one of the '70s classic FM bands turn in a classic "best of" abum with a cover that combines my affection for diners and jukeboxes.   Near perfect in my narrow worldview.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

ENOCH LIGHT - "PRESENTS SPACED OUT"


Artist: Enoch Light
Album: Presents Spaced Out
Label: Project 3
Catalog: PR 5043SD
Year: 1969
Genre: pop
Grading: VG+ cover / VG+ LP
Sleeve design: not listed
Cover photo: not listed
Grade: **** stars




Classic time piece.  Project 3's marketing department seems to have splurged on this cover concept.  What's a roll of tin foil cost?  $2.00?  Showcasing a cute red head cloaked in tin foil bikini and go-go boots, I'm not sure anything else needs to be said about this cover.  

Sunday, April 2, 2017

BOBBY WOMACK - "PIECES"


Artist: Bobby Womack
Album: Pieces
Label: Columbia
Catalog: JC 35083
Year: 1978
Genre: soul
Grading: VG+ cover / VG+ LP
Sleeve design: Lanning Stern - Nancy Donald
Cover photo: Sam Emerson
Grade: * star



Great album including duets with David Ruffin ('Trust Your Heart') and Candi Staton ('Stop Before We Start'), but the cover ...   Seriously bad.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

JOHN ENTWISTLE - "SMASH YOUR HEAD AGAINST THE WALL"


Artist: John Entwistle
Album: Smash Your Head Against the Wall
Label: Decca
Catalog: DL 79183
Year: 1971
Genre: rock
Grading: VG+ cover / VG+ LP
Sleeve design: Graham Hughes and John Entwistle
Cover photo: Graham Hughes
Grade: * star



The late John Enwistle was known for his dark, dry sense of humor so I'm guessing the cover photo was meant to be funny.  That said, the combination of Entwistle wearing death mask superimposed over an x-ray taken from a dying man was simply gory and ghastly.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

THE ELECTRIC PRUNES - "RELEASE OF AN OATH"


Artist: The Electric Prunes
Album: Release of An Oath
Label: Reprise
Catalog: RS 6318
Year: 1969
Genre: progressive
Grading: VG+ cover / VG+ LP
Sleeve design: Ed Thrasher
Cover photo: Sid Avery
Grade: **** stars



Yeah, it was credited to The Electric Prunes, but for all intents and purposes this was a David Axelrod release.  And it's a fascinating album.  The album's secular nature means it won't appeal to everyone and the Sid Avery cover photo is going to have the same effect.  Interestingly it took me years to figure out the hands were open in praise.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

WHITE NOISE - "AN ELECTRIC STORM"


Artist: White Noise
Album: An Electric Storm
Label: Island
Catalog: ILPS-9099
Year: 1969
Genre: progressive
Grading: VG+ cover / VG+ LP
Sleeve design: not listed
Cover art: not listed
Grade: **** stars



Cool cover for a completely strange album.  I won't go into the details - there are plenty of on-line reviews, including the BadCatRecords overview at: http://badcatrecords.com/BadCat/WHITEnoise.htm

The cover was based of a silkscreen by some forgotten art student.  The group originally intended for the cover to be luminous, but  based on cost, Island Records killed the concept.


      




Saturday, December 31, 2016

ALAN HULL - "PIPEDREAM"


Artist: Alan Hull
Album: Pipedream
Label: Elektra
Catalog: EKS 75075
Year: 1974
Genre: folk-rock
Grading: VG+ cover / VG+ LP
Sleeve design: Ian Vincenti
Cover art: Rene.Magritte
Grade: **** stars



Seriously ?  What more is there to say about this one other than the cover is by Belgian artist Rene Magritte ?  The original painting is entitled "La Lampe Philosophique".