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Best album you bought for the name or cover
Old 4th June 2002
Best album you bought for the name or cover

The subject says it all. What are some of the best albums you bought because you liked the title or cover and knew nothing about the band or artist. I bought the Breakestra Live Mix part 2 because of the cover and now it's a staple in my collection. Check out the front cover. On the back was a bunch of guys and the bass player had a P-bass and the guitar player has a Tele with the ashtray cover. I figured it couldn't suck too much. What have your good finds been?
Old 4th June 2002
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Old 4th June 2002
Silicone anyone? Not really my taste but I wouldn't complain. Anyway, how's the music on that one?
Old 4th June 2002
Mine was on the left, and it was back in the pre silicon days!

The music? Can't remember!

They are a good band...

to be perfectly honest, now I remember... I just had a poster for this album..

I know people do it all the time but I have NEVER bought an album - for it's cover!
Old 4th June 2002
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never bought an album in fact of the cover , too smokin
Old 5th June 2002
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Two (!) albums bought as a pre-teen for the cover;

1) "Ogden's Nut Gone Flake" by the Small Faces
2) "The 12 Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus" by Spirit

The Spirit album has always since been in my top ten faves.
It took me years to "understand" the other one, and now it's my
numero uno favorite of all! (out of 500+ in my collection)

Old 5th June 2002
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I have never bought an album for the cover, except perhaps for a couple of 7" & 12" singles.

But honestly, there are several albums that I listened to at the shop and then purchased because the cover caught my intrest in the first place.

And then there are some albums that repelled my intrest big time because of the cover... History is full of records that has been re-packaged to promote sales, often with very good results.

I could tell a horror story from my earlier days in this business when I and a couple of friends ran a record label and a particular band insisted on designing the cover themselves. The album was great but the cover sucked, so of course sales was catastrophically weak... since then, I have the greatest respect for people like Peter Saville and many of his peers.

Old 5th June 2002
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For the name:
Suckdog - "Drugs are nice"
Ok, I didn't actually buy it. I saw it listed in a catalog and wanted it just for the name, never ran across it though...
Old 6th June 2002
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In 1967, at the age of 16, I saw Freak Out by the Mothers of Invention in a department store music rack. I purchased it and was blown away. It can' t happen here, who are the brain police, I remember, doo doo, they had a swimming pool are all fresh in my mind 35 years later. Zappa kicked ass.:eek:
Old 6th June 2002
Weird... Freak Out was the first Zappa CD I bought and I think I was 16 when I got it too.
Old 6th June 2002
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The Dayglo Abortions - Feed us a Fetus

Actually it is still a fun listen... NOT for the easily offended or terminally PC. Mid late eighties raunchy sloppy punk stuff with a little bit of a metal thing goin' on. Stand out tracks are 'Argh Fuck Kill' and 'Stupid Songs'

- Jon
Old 7th June 2002
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The Monks of Doom.

Soundtrack to the film "Breakfast on the beach of deception"

A fine record and cool as hell...
Old 12th June 2002
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Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced
Cream - Disraeli Gears
Meet the Beatles

I could go on and on -
When I was growing up we used to have to travel 150 miles to buy records...Had no 'rock" a lot of my first purchases (LPs) were made because of the COVER!

Now you might say - man, that guy's an old #$%@*!
I am. (got to meet and speak with Hendrix in SA TX on his first tour at an after hours club...nice fella...he jammed with the local cover band....)rollz

Old 12th June 2002
Cool. But, where you in the cover band that got to jam with Hendrix?
Old 12th June 2002
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the name of the club was Love Street and the name of the band - ready for this "Sweet Smoke".

there were only about 20 folks in the club...Mitch Mitchell and the Chandler guy (manager) were there...
Hendrix and Mitchell got up on stage...they used the bass player...
Hendrix says "now I'm gonna do what I really like to do..."
he proceeded to play BLUES for about 45 minutes nonstop - turning a 335 upside down/sitting on the twin reverb he was playing through...heh
greatest show on earth
Old 12th June 2002
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I bought Destroyer by KISS just because I thought it looked cool. I was only a young boy so I went in with my penny collection and poured it all out on the counter. The cashier was not too happy, but there I was with this big grin on my face.

About a month later my grandma took this record and threw it in the trash. She said it was "devil music". Needless to say I went right back out and bought it along with many more KISS records over the years.
Old 18th June 2002
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Iron Maiden. All of them minus the last 4.
Old 19th June 2002
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Kiss Alive...1975...7 years old...I still want a Grabber!
ddavid...that Meet The Beatles record recently came up in conversation...Both my friend and I were in love with that cover too! Terrible dissapointment though...all interviews? We were laughing about this, cause as it turns out, we both had our mothers return the thing! Anybody else ever pull this kind of shit with vinyl? Today, that Meet The Beatles record is collectible...haven't seen a copy of it in a long time!
Old 8th August 2011
This one for the cover: Uriah Heep - Abominog.

I still have it on vinyl, as well as the one that I bought for the title: Ozzy Osbourne - Speak of the Devil.

Good tunes on both of them, coincidentally...
Old 8th August 2011
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Holy Crap...this thread is almost 10 years old!!

FWIW..... I once bought a Yes album cuz the cover art was cool. Turned out the album was great too
Old 8th August 2011
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When I was a kid I bought Iron Maiden/Iron Maiden album because of the cover, I didnt knew anything about them
Old 8th August 2011
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Old 8th August 2011
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The first single was really good.............
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Old 8th August 2011
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I bought the first album my "Mary's Danish", just because I thought it was a
great band name.

Liked the album, followed the band for a while.
Got rewarded big time by their third record, "American Standard". Killer album!

Best album title of all time IMO:
"Nothin matters and what if it did?" - John Cougar heh
Old 8th August 2011
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I bought a CD because it was in the electronic music section and the sheep on the cover looked funny. Listened to it and thought "wow they try REALLY hard to sound like aphex twin...".

Much later I stumbled over an article or post on the internet that said Richard James had made this CD under the name "The Tuss". I dug it out, listened to it again and thought "wow really nobody does it like him" heh
Old 8th August 2011
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Bought this the first time I saw it. It's now framed.

Old 9th August 2011
I bought an Orb remix album 12" of Perpetual Dawn based upon the cover art. It was really smooth.

Old 9th August 2011
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I saw this in a record shop and loved the cover but didn't buy it at first, several weeks went by. Everytime I went in the shop I saw it and I finally bought it. I'm glad I did because it's one of my favourite albums of all time.
Old 10th August 2011
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For the name: Caravan - If I Could Do It All Over Again, I'd Do It All Over You

I had to buy it just for the name, can't believe it was from so long ago!
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