The Rolling Stones' "Goat's Head Soup" album cover

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  1. alan909

    alan909 Member Thread Starter

    Eastchester, NY
    I'm sure most of you are all familiar with the GHS album cover:


    All these years I never could figure what's going on in that picture. What is it that is "blurring" Jagger's face?
  2. dmt

    dmt Forum Resident

    Cypress, CA
    its like some kind of sheet.
  3. pig whisperer

    pig whisperer CD Member

    Tokyo, Japan
    A veil. The cover is veiled and muddy looking. It pictures how the album sounds. ;) A perfect cover. Too bad this was the last album produced by Jimmy Miller - after two "flops" it was time for him to go.
  4. dmt

    dmt Forum Resident

    Cypress, CA
    - Lester Bangs, Creem, December 1973
  5. Jack Son #9 Dream

    Jack Son #9 Dream I Dig Love

    It's an uneven album, but "Winter" and "Can You Hear The Music" are two of my favorite Rolling Stones songs.
  6. The Stones must have read that review, 'cause their next album kicked ***. It's Only Rock 'N Roll, but they like it!
  7. yesstiles

    yesstiles Forum Resident

    Amazing that Bangs wrote that in what was essentially the best era ever for rock music. It's like swimming in Lake Erie in 1650 and complaining that its polluted.
  8. heavyd

    heavyd Active Member

    San Diego
    People complain about the "sound quality" of this one, but I think the grainy sound suits the music. Just my opinion.
  9. christopher

    christopher Forum Neurotic

    comin' down again should describe it all.

    later, chris
  10. rburly

    rburly Forum Resident

    I agree. There was a whole lot of amazing music goin' on in 1973.

    Bangs and I must have been listening to very different music. And "Winter" is certainly in the top 10 songs by the Stones.

    I never really understood what the cover 'meant', if it was supposed to have meaning. Not my favorite Stones album, but I could let it slide with all the other great music that was out that year.
  11. Koptapad

    Koptapad Active Member

    Regarding the Bangs quote: "...Stones have abdicated their responsibilities..."
    Yeah, I can imagine Richards worrying about that while shooting up.
  12. -Alan

    -Alan Moderator Staff

    Connecticut, USA
    I don't know if it's true or not, but this site claims this was the original cover art for the Goat's Head Soup album.

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  13. slunky

    slunky Forum Resident

    MA, US
    That would have been a better cover. Makes more sense than the picture with only Mick on it.
  14. alanb

    alanb Forum Resident

    That was the free poster inside early issues.
    The cover photo is by David Bailey if i rememeber right--they all look like women (which the stones liked to do sometimes?) except Keef on the back who looks like a match going up in flame (which sums it up at the time)--
    Great album-great songs---"can you hear the music" is sublime!
    The sounds not great but that's the way it is.
  15. Baron Von Talbot

    Baron Von Talbot Well-Known Member

    i always think of a different cover with a real Goats Head on it, just ready to be cooked - taken in Morroco or somewhere on a white background - wasn't that the first cover (or was that by another group) caled Goats Head Soup ?
    I am def. sure a US girl i met in 1976 told me something about Goats Head Soups, they would cook in Morocco when i was in Torremolinos / southern spain on my way to Tanger and she asked me if i knew that cover of The Rolling Stones album "Goats Head Soup"..
    I said yes (but didn't have a copy of it, then) and till this day i have that picture of that goat looking at me in my head - but i never seen another cover than this girls panties over their heads one on the web...
  16. Wilkie

    Wilkie New Member

    Richmond, VA, USA
    Yes, he did the photography and album design. The poster (actually a flat) was done by John Pasche.
  17. Gary

    Gary Nauga Gort! Staff

    Is this the time to reveal the Special Edition for Gorts only?

    Well, here it is anyway. :)

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  18. Wilkie

    Wilkie New Member

    Richmond, VA, USA
    For some reason I expected a little "Beef" with that Gorts Head Soup. :D
  19. alanb

    alanb Forum Resident

    Boiled Gort.....oh oh the itchy trigger padlocks will be coming soon.....:angel:
  20. rburly

    rburly Forum Resident

    I never bought the album, but isn't that the inside artwork?
  21. Trebor

    Trebor Forum Resident

    Chicago, IL, USA
    I thought I remember reading at the time that the goat head pic was supposed to be the cover and the image was rejected by the big wigs, so it was included inside as an insert instead. Unless I'm thinking of the toilet cover.

    I always thought the cover made Mick look like a woman. :thumbsdn:
  22. filper

    filper Forum Resident

    Yes. Suitable for framing.
  23. filper

    filper Forum Resident

    'Winter' is lyrically brilliant. I've always loved the song musically as well.

    'Bell, book and candle'. Google it.
  24. full moon

    full moon Forum Resident

    The cover is odd, but I like it...
  25. moople72

    moople72 Forum Resident

    A perfect encapsulation of everything that was wrong those smug, snobbish early days of rock criticism.
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