Worst "Special Edition" album cover changes

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Helter Skelter, Nov 8, 2018.

  1. Helter Skelter

    Helter Skelter A Dark Horse Thread Starter

    Examples of when they rereleased an album and messed around with the artwork making it worse.

    For example. From this:


    To this:


    Any more good (or in this case bad) examples?
  2. Bingo Bongo

    Bingo Bongo Music gives me Eargasms

    Ya, I never understood why they change it???? Kinda stupid!
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  3. davebush

    davebush New Test Leper

    St. Catharines, ON
    I'm not entirely sure that's worse, to be honest.
  4. zen

    zen Forum Resident

    Nuff said.
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  5. Helter Skelter

    Helter Skelter A Dark Horse Thread Starter

    I found this one to be more egregious to be honest.
  6. zen

    zen Forum Resident

    I can see why. But this one fits the Thriller concept at least. But maybe there were songs about baby tigers I can't remember.
  7. ebro

    ebro The Green Manalishi

    Haverhill, MA, USA
    The latest Phil Collins deluxe edition remasters where his 80’s album covers that have his face on them are replaced with how he looks present day. Quite creepy, and the original covers weren’t great to begin with.
  8. Colocally

    Colocally One Of The New Wave Boys

    Surrey BC.
    They should have done them as lenticular sleeves.
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  9. Mr.Sean

    Mr.Sean Senior Member

    2011 reissue cover
  10. GubGub

    GubGub Forum Resident

    Every Talking Elephant Fairport Convention reissue, for example this

    to this
  11. Complier

    Complier Forum Resident

    Harrisburg, PA
    Rush 40th anniversary reissues
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  12. Morrissey's 'Kill Uncle' is the first that comes to mind. It's not a great album, and the cover's nothing special, but it's a lot better than the pointless expanded edition remaster;

  13. Rich C

    Rich C Forum Resident

    Northbrook, IL
    Agreed. I was always so busy looking at the dude in the tube in the lower right corner that I never really noticed the machine was a robot's 'face'.
  14. Kiss73

    Kiss73 Forum Resident

    mmmm.....I could see why they wanted to change the original....but not sure they succeeded it making it more desirable.....
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  15. Just stumbled across this co-incidentally. It seems Paddy McAloon's great I Trawl the Megahertz is being remastered, and re-released and rebranded as a Prefab Sprout album in February. While the new cover isn't awful, I don't think it has the understated simplicity of the original.

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  16. Andersoncouncil

    Andersoncouncil Forum Resident

    upstate NY
    I don't know how to post it here, but the 20th anniversary CD of Dark Side of the Moon where they changed this iconic cover. A travesty! And on top of that it sounded like crap. At least the postcards were cool.
  17. Slackhurst Broadcasting

    Slackhurst Broadcasting Forum Resident

    I liked them, kind of a memento mori.
  18. The Lone Cadaver

    The Lone Cadaver Forum Resident

    I wish they hadn't done this to the box set cover.
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  19. davebush

    davebush New Test Leper

    St. Catharines, ON
    Thanks for this. I've always wanted a copy of it.
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  20. My pleasure. There's also a dedicated thread that I was going to post this in until I saw that I'd been beaten to it…

    Paddy Mcaloon's I Trawl The Megahertz reissue
  21. beatleroadie

    beatleroadie Forum Resident

    I thought how Led Zeppelin changed the color scheme on their special editions was really bad.
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  22. Apache Chief

    Apache Chief Forum Resident

    Omaha, Nebraska
    All the '93 MCA Jimi Hendrix reissues
    For Example:
    to this
  23. OldSoul

    OldSoul Shattered

    Vallejo, CA
    I think these were slipcovers, but still.
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  24. zen

    zen Forum Resident

    I had no problem with the slipcover. And as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.
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  25. Maurice

    Maurice Forum Resident

    North Yarmouth, ME
    I always hated the colorized Rykodisc cover for David Bowie's Station to Station. It loses all of the stark coldness and austerity of the original black, white and red original album cover, which fit in so well with the music. Thankfully, the original cover was restored with the 2010 reissue.



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