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20 minutes ago, Barking Spiders said:

Not a purchase but as a pre-teen I nicked a series of these off my older brother before I graduated to Health & Efficiency magazine

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Apart from the covers those albums were always a massive disappointment, as the songs were re-recordings by some utterly naff sesssion band  :(  (so as not to pay royalties, I assume)

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3 hours ago, cetera said:

The gatefold of KISS "Alive II" had an everlasting effect on me. I'd heard their "Unmasked" album when I was in Australia in 1982 and when I came back to the UK I discovered THIS.... 😲 😲 😲

 

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Along with the Scorpions Worldwide Live and Maiden’s Live After Death, Kiss Alive ll was the album that made me want to play bass. I heard and saw all three albums around the same time thanks to my older brother getting them from the local record library. The feeling has never left me! 

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Singles rather than albums, but there's a fair few (including me) who would buy these based on the distinctive "Stencil Circle":

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Have to be this one, I was 13, obsessed with reading horror fiction ( King, Barker, Herbert etc) and saw this in the local record shop. ❤️❤️
 

 


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Cocked up photo link twice dammit

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First Motorhead album. It was 1978, I was a 16 year old Stranglers fan & I'd never heard of them, but I saw this in my local record shop & had to have it.

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To be honest the sleeve was (still is) so awesome I wouldn't have cared if it was crap. Bit of a bonus that the actual music was life-defining!

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5 hours ago, Rich said:

A schoolmate of mine was an obsessed metalhead, always on the lookout for something new as long as it was heavier than lead. He bought this Molly Hatchet album unheard, based entirely on the look of the sleeve, somehow convinced it was going to make Motorhead sound like Peters & Lee. Imagine his disappointment when it turned out to be Southern not-remotely-metal boogie rock. Oh, how the rest of us laughed. A lot.

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Indeed.  Still, he got a good 'un with FwD at least.

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This bad boy:

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It’s got this beautiful booklet that strips away the layers of the figure on the front, so I took a punt on it.

It also contained some of the best music I’d heard for a good long while.

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4 hours ago, Shaggy said:

Apart from the covers those albums were always a massive disappointment, as the songs were re-recordings by some utterly naff sesssion band  :(  (so as not to pay royalties, I assume)

When my brother didn't want them back he said I could keep them but I actually threw away the vinyl and kept the covers to put on my wall 😊

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1 hour ago, Bassassin said:

First Motorhead album. It was 1978, I was a 16 year old Stranglers fan & I'd never heard of them, but I saw this in my local record shop & had to have it.

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To be honest the sleeve was (still is) so awesome I wouldn't have cared if it was crap. Bit of a bonus that the actual music was life-defining!

I got a Motörhead compilation that looks like this having heard Metallica’s ham-fisted cover versions of 4 classic ‘head tracks.

I was not disappointed.

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I was browsing one weds afternoon in our price Tottenham Court Road and found timewind . As soon as I played it, I realised it to be an ambient classic.Great gatefold sleeve . 

That was mid '80s 

As for obituary , I saw that  in the new release section of virgin records one Friday afternoon . I Love it . ! 😼
The album cover is more blue in the flesh ..

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This was a disappointment, i'm sorry to say

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wonder if Gary Glitter bought this on the because of the Album Cover? What were they thinking, perhaps better if we don't know

 

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A friend loaned me an album in High School. Brought it in a paper bag. Nearly laughed myself to death when I saw it. Drum roll........

Trout Mask Replica.

Weasles Ripped My Flesh definitly didn't dissapoint either...

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I bought a couple of Vicky Leandros albums in a junk shop in Berlin a couple of years ago. I’ve never played any of them, obviously, in case I like them and then have to buy all her records. 
The sleeve is one of those old school laminated affairs which is great because it stops the ink from rubbing off on my face.

 

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That jumper though. If I could get my bass refinished in them stripes I would do it :)

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We had a record library in our school, a venture run single-handedly by Mr Murphy, and I never got to thank him enough. For the princely sum of 5p, you could have a week with the album of your choice, and it didn't half open my eyes...the Kiss albums I gravitated to first (the cover of Alive II was the biggie), but I played it and went 'This doesn't sound like it looks', and then I saw this:

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And that DID sound like it looked... 🙂

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Meatloaf first album when i saw it in a record store it just looked amazing. Turns out it was an incredible album and well worth the money.

Bat Out of Hell

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14 hours ago, Shaggy said:

Apart from the covers those albums were always a massive disappointment, as the songs were re-recordings by some utterly naff sesssion band  :(  (so as not to pay royalties, I assume)

A lot of them included Elton John in the band playing the songs.

It was to get around the licensing requirements and the fact that some record labels and artists (where they had enough control over how their music was used) didn't want their recordings appearing elsewhere - remember these were in the days when the record was the product. The producers of these albums would still have to pay the MCPS fees in the same way that a band putting a cover version on their album would, but these would have been a fraction of the costs of licensing the recordings by the original artists. It wasn't until first of all Arcade and K-Tel started doing compilations with the original recordings and then in the 80s the "Now" series - although those were very much biased towards artists that were signed to EMI (IIRC) who produced the Now albums.

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Two I bought at least in part thanks to the record cover were:

In Step by Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble, and Look Out For #1 by The Brothers Johnson, both as LPs.

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Even at the secondhand shop in the market I couldn't often afford to buy, but leafing through the records I was fascinated by what I now know to have been Prog Rock. All the strange titles and surrealistic images, especially those with artwork by Roger Dean. I was into the bands without ever having heard a note- yeah, I was a weird kid.

At the other end, I used to do the same in the local metal shop, back before the mainstream record stores started selling extreme music and put the specialist shops out of business. There were plenty of edgy record sleeves, and Cannibal Corpse were of course the kings of OTT album art, which made them a must-listen. However, there were a couple of NOFX albums which totally switched me off- Eating Lamb and Heavy Petting Zoo, I believe. I knew they were tongue-in-cheek, but to this day I still don't fancy listening to those records, and can't really think of NOFX without remembering the moment those images were first unveiled from behind whatever album was in front in the row.

Strange, as my humour is usually pretty puerile.

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Another band i had forgotten about from 70's and another Canadian band plus i know the keys player who is from same town as myself and we have shared a beer or 5. This was one i saw in a shop and was curious. Mate didn't join the band until their 3 rd album and i only met him just after he joined. We still keep in touch occasionally thru FB as he lives in Canada these days. Probably more a drinking buddy than a mate 😂

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