Worst "Special Edition" album cover changes

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

  1. theshape

    theshape Forum Resident

    Saint Joseph, MO
    See, I kinda lean more toward the newer Risk cover. Not sure why. I do agree that neither were anything special. Lol
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  2. Svetonio

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  3. Mal

    Mal Phorum Physicist

    I don't know about 'worst' but the rotated coverart on the Expanded and Deluxe editions of Moondance emphasises the large image, totally changing the effect of the original cover:


    Also, with the original artwork, the LP comes out of the top of Van's head but with the Deluxe Edition the wording at the top spoils that effect (the Expanded Edition also has the rotated artwork but the discs come out of the side so the effect is lost there too):

  4. eddiel

    eddiel Forum Resident

    Toronto, Canada
    I hated the new covers for all three. Bought them, but still hated them. Couldn't understand why anyone would even suggest it, let alone do it. The stamp sheets that came with the early releases were kind of neat though, as the images weren't necessarily bad, they were just unnecessary as new covers.
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  5. Helter Skelter

    Helter Skelter A Dark Horse Thread Starter

    Baby (Tiger) Be Mine?
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  6. Slackhurst Broadcasting

    Slackhurst Broadcasting Forum Resident

    Perhaps they thought people wouldn't recognise him.
  7. DaleClark

    DaleClark Forum Resident

    Bexley, Ohio
    Imagine if they did this with Elvis Presley covers based on how he looks now
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  8. Saul Pimon

    Saul Pimon Co-host of Nothing Is Real - A Beatles Podcast

    It’s funny but I first experienced Station to Station on CD, and so in my mind the colour cover is the cover. It was only some time later I realised that it had originally come out in the black and white cover with the white border. So I’m still very fond of the full colour cover.

    (And I quite like the updated I, Robot too. The background picture on the original does tend to date it a little bit.)
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  9. CBackley

    CBackley Chairman of the Bored

    Would they be for Halloween?!
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  10. Vinylfindco

    Vinylfindco Forum Resident

    [​IMG]I never understood this change at all.[​IMG]
  11. intv7

    intv7 Forum Resident

    Boston, MA, USA
    Back covers? I bought all the super deluxe boxes, and these are the covers to the bonus discs, completely separate from covers on the original albums. Were these the back covers on the standard releases?
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  12. DetroitDoomsayer

    DetroitDoomsayer Forum Middle Child

    Detroit, Michigan
    They are the back covers to the 2CD deluxe editions.
    The single disc remasters have the original back covers.
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  13. jmpatrick

    jmpatrick Forum Resident

    Detroit, MI
    He was thinking that soon I won't need a comb.
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  14. jmpatrick

    jmpatrick Forum Resident

    Detroit, MI
    This was disappointing...

    Original issue:


    2013 Box set:

  15. mark winstanley

    mark winstanley Pick up a fast car, burn my name in the road

    Nice observations... the music came straight out if hus head :)
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  16. mark winstanley

    mark winstanley Pick up a fast car, burn my name in the road

    Nice thread idea.
    Most reussues aren't too bad, some leave you scratching your head for sure.
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  17. Whizz Kid

    Whizz Kid Forum Resident

    For the 30th anniversary re-issue of Ian Hunter's 'Schizophrenic' album, they inexplicably reversed the image.
    Hand and glasses are on the right side instead of the left... :confused:

    Was it an error that somebody missed? ...or did some punk millenial graphic designer just think he knew better? :rolleyes:

    More inexplicable is the fact that I owned the new version for two years before I noticed the difference. :p :cool:


    Original cover:
  18. phillyal1

    phillyal1 Forum Resident

    philadelphia, pa.
    Many years ago I was in the offices of Bowie's management Mainman, and saw framed on the wall , the color photo. Blew me away. That was supposed to be the cover of the record, but RCA cheaped out for some reason. Was glad to finally see it restored.
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  19. bataclan2002

    bataclan2002 All You Need Is Now.

    The concept is kinda neat I thought. But it makes one think they are re recorded version which they are not. Brave idea, terrible execution.
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  20. jpmosu

    jpmosu a.k.a. Mr. Jones

    Ohio, USA
    I genuine appreciate Phil’s lack of vanity - I like how he owns the aging process.

    But I prefer the original.
  21. Zeroninety

    Zeroninety Forum Resident

    I'm a hardliner: with a reissue, any change, to either the cover or the sounds within, is artistically invalid and inappropriate.
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  22. SJP

    SJP Forum Resident

    Don't get me wrong, I totally dig the concept. But the execution could have been awesome (in my opinion) as I described with maintaining the original on the digipak and adding a slip sleeve with the "older" version.

    Do these deserve mention in "worst special edition cover changes"? I think so. I don't loathe the covers and it certainly didn't prevent me from buying five of the seven albums for the first time. I just think they could have thought it through and made a good concept truly great and still maintained the familiarity of the original releases.
  23. Diego Lucas

    Diego Lucas Forum Resident

    If this thread has a king, probaly is Morrissey.
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  24. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

    Alexandria VA
    "PYT" was originally meant to stand for "Pretty Young Tiger"...
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  25. Slackhurst Broadcasting

    Slackhurst Broadcasting Forum Resident

    Lousy change of typeface, too.
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