12 Album Covers That Were Altered (Plus One Bonus Example)

When David Bowie turned in the artwork for his 1974 album, Diamond Dogs, executives at RCA freaked out. The album portrayed Bowie has a half-man, half-dog complete with genetalia.

“We can’t release that!” they wailed. “Fix it!” That’s how this…

David Bowie-Diamond Dogs (original)


…became this.

David Bowie-Diamond Dogs (Altered)


Yes, Bowie was neutered.  If you’re lucky enough to stumble across a copy of the album with the original artwork, you have something worth several thousand dollars.

Diamond Dogs is one example of altered album art on this list from Ultimate Classic Rock.  I’m surprised, though, they didn’t include Spinal Tap’s Smell the Glove problem.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

2 thoughts on “12 Album Covers That Were Altered (Plus One Bonus Example)

  • January 19, 2014 at 10:14 am

    odd timing to see this, I’m in the middle of the Bowie chapter in your “Alternative Rock” book and literally just read about the Diamond Dogs cover moments before logging onto Twitter.

  • January 19, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Ahh nipples and penises! My eyes! Some of them sort of made better for appealing to imagination though – Lennon-Yoko especially.


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