the cheesiest semi-legal records in the world?

I MOVED TO CALIFORNIA from my na­tive North­eastern Penn­syl­vania in June of 1978. I naively be­lieved I would find some sem­blance of “the six­ties” hidden away in San Fran­cisco. But in only a few years, most of it had been blotted out. Oh, there were still a lot of hand-painted Vic­to­rian houses and a few hip coffee shops and bookstores.

Long­hairs still walked the streets and played in the parks. But Baghdad-by-the-Bay had changed since the brief heyday of the hip­pies. Through a se­ries of events that might make a good movie, I ended up in the Napa Valley. Need­less to say, this was one of the least “hip” parts of Northern Cal­i­fornia. There I did what every record col­lector does: I found the used record stores and closest flea mar­kets. Then I hit the garage and yard sales.

Every­where I went, I found these strange, cheaply con­structed al­bums with covers pho­to­copied from “real” al­bums. They were coun­ter­feits, man­u­fac­tured in Taiwan, of le­git­i­mate al­bums from other coun­tries. The Tai­wanese had not signed in­ter­na­tional treaties re­garding in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights.

 

The sole re­deeming quality of many of the Tai­wanese pi­rate al­bums is that many of them were pressed on bright or­ange vinyl.

 

The quality of the covers varied from album to album even within the same title by the same record com­pany! Many were count­less gen­er­a­tions re­moved from the orig­inal source.

Most of the al­bums were copies of rock al­bums from the US al­though some were from the UK. I saw few country & western, jazz, or sound­track al­bums and I don’t re­call ever seeing a clas­sical album

They sold these records to Amer­ican ser­vicemen sta­tioned in Taiwan. Ap­par­ently, they cost less than a third of the price of an au­tho­rized album. The orig­inal owners treated them poorly and few of the al­bums I saw were in “col­lec­table condition.”

When I asked other record col­lec­tors about them, they usu­ally laughed and told me to ig­nore them.

I was told, “Up north, there ain’t no­body buys them.”

And I said, “But I will.”

I did not write this ar­ticle for ed­u­ca­tional pur­poses but for en­ter­tain­ment. If you are fa­miliar with al­bums of the ’60s, you will be fa­miliar with many of the al­bums below. Below you will find such pop­ular and his­toric ti­tles as the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds, Donovan’s Sun­shine Su­perman, Jef­ferson Airplane’s Sur­re­al­istic Pillow, and the Bea­tles’ Sgt. Pepper.

 

Byrds FifthDimension LPstereo

Byrds FifthDimension LargeWorld LW 200 Taiwan 500

The album at the top is the orig­inal Co­lumbia re­lease of FIFTH DIMENSION (CS-9349) from 1966. A more gor­geous album cover I do not hope to see. The bottom image is the cheesy re­pro­duc­tion from Large World (LW-200), one of the in­fa­mous pi­rate record com­pa­nies doing busi­ness in Taiwan in the 1960s and ’70s. (Cheese Factor: 3.)

Collecting Taiwanese albums

The first time I saw the Byrds’ FIFTH DIMENSION album (Co­lumbia CL-2549) in July 1966, I bought it. The jacket had a gor­geous cover with the four Byrds posing on a beau­tiful (magic?) carpet. This photo was set against a pure black back­drop and the group ap­peared to be floating in the void of space on a magic carpet. (Whether it was outer or inner space was uncertain.)

Just as fetching were the big, psy­che­del­i­cally col­ored let­ters in “The Byrds” at the top of the cover. They stood out from any type­face I had ever seen and are still eye-catching in the 21st cen­tury. It im­me­di­ately be­came one of my fa­vorite album covers of all time, a po­si­tion it holds fifty years later.

The first time I saw a Tai­wanese pressing of FIFTH DIMENSION (Large World LW-200) in July 1978, I bought it. But I bought it for the op­po­site reason that I had pur­chased the orig­inal ver­sion a decade prior: the Tai­wanese album was so shoddy a re­pro­duc­tion of the orig­inal that it looked like a cyn­ical joke. The photo of the four Byrds was blurred and the black­ness of the void had been re­placed with a ghastly blue.

I do not nor­mally ap­pre­ciate kitsch or camp; I bought it for its sheer cheesiness!

Then I found some­thing even cheesier!

 

Beatles SgtPepper Cap SMAS 2653 600

Beatles SgtPepper Liming LM 2220 Taiwan 500

The album at the top is the orig­inal Capitol re­lease of SGY. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND (SMAS-2653) from 1967. The bottom image is the re­pro­duc­tion from Liming (LM-2200), one of the in­fa­mous pi­rate record com­pa­nies doing busi­ness in Taiwan in the 1960s and ’70s. The ma­roon border along the top is in­ter­esting, even if it de­tracts from the fa­mous photo. (Cheese Factor: 2.)

Selling Taiwanese albums

In 1980, I took my first trip to Sacra­mento to look for records that were im­por­tant for two rea­sons: I met Lee Cotten at his record shop and I found a copy of the Bea­tles’ SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND on or­ange vinyl (Liming LM-2220).

When I saw it, I thought, “Surely some­body will want this!”

So I paid $7.99 for it, which was con­sid­er­ably more than the dollar or two that most people asked for these al­bums. I put it up for auc­tion in Gold­mine mag­a­zine, which was one of the few places to reach an in­ter­na­tional market at the time.

Like most of the Tai­wanese al­bums I found, it was far from “col­lec­table con­di­tion”: I graded the jacket VG and the record VG-.

Lo and be­hold, it sold for $35!

This mo­ti­vated me to buy other Tai­wanese al­bums on col­ored vinyl for re­sale. Un­for­tu­nately, the $35 bid was a fluke, and it was dif­fi­cult to sell the other records at any price. Col­lec­tors did not see these records as nec­es­sary ad­di­tions to their col­lec­tions. They saw them as some­thing best avoided.

I never bought an­other Tai­wanese album again.

 

Monkees Monkees s 600

Monkees Monkees ChungSheng CSJ 453 Taiwan 500

The album at the top is the orig­inal Col­gems re­lease of THE MONKEES (COS-101) from 1966. The bottom image is the pi­rated ver­sion from Chung Sheng (CSJ-453), one of the in­fa­mous pi­rate record com­pa­nies doing busi­ness in Taiwan in the 1960s and ’70s. This is a com­pletely dif­ferent cover from the origin and the la­bels on the record credit the group as “The Monkegs.” (Cheese Factor: 2.)

About Taiwanese albums

These Tai­wanese records were unau­tho­rized re­pro­duc­tions and there­fore coun­ter­feits or “pi­rates.” But were tech­ni­cally legal when sold in Taiwan. After re­searching these al­bums, I am un­cer­tain of the va­lidity of many of the “facts” on the in­ternet. Here is the best sum­ma­tion I found:

“The pi­rate would ac­quire a copy of a legit LP and create a straight disc dub, which be­came the master. From the master, stam­pers were made and new LPs were then pressed in one of the plants [in Taiwan]. Up until the late 1960s, the sleeves and la­bels were printed in Taiwan. Af­ter­ward, most were printed in the Philippines.

“The al­bums were usu­ally pressed in batches of about 500, with no two batches looking or sounding the same. Covers were usu­ally re­cy­cled, meaning art for a dif­ferent album was on the re­verse side of the paper. The covers were thin paper wrapped in cellophane.

“In 1970, there were re­port­edly over 45 modern equipped pressing plants in Taiwan. They were churning out 200,000 pi­rate al­bums per month. They were sold openly in legit record stores along­side le­git­i­mate press­ings. The [re­pros] usu­ally sold for 20–25% of the legit copy and the pi­rates out­sold the legit press­ings 5 to 1.” (Discogs)

The main com­pa­nies making these al­bums in the ’60s in­clude (but are not lim­ited to):

Black Cat
Cathay

Chung Sheng
First Record
Hae Shan
Haishan
Large World
Song Jwu
Sun Shine
Tong­sheng

 

Elvis TickleMe Haishan HS 370 Taiwan 500

Temptations SolidRocv ChungSheng CSJ 1198 TaiwanX 500

Above are im­ages of two types of al­bums not in­cluded in this ar­ticle. Elvis Presley’s Tickle Me (Haishan HS-370) is a com­pi­la­tion that may be unique to Taiwan. De­spite a cool cover taken from the poster for the movie, I did not in­clude such com­pi­la­tions be­cause they have no coun­ter­part in the US or the UK with which they can be com­pared. The Temp­ta­tions’ Solid Rock (Chung Sheng CSJ-1198) de­spite the en­joy­able mess they made of the cover be­cause it’s from 1971 and I only in­cluded al­bums from 1960-1969 in this ar­ticle. (Cheese Factor: 2 each.)

The Cheese Factor

In this ar­ticle, there are 101 covers of Tai­wanese al­bums. Some I have se­lected for their sheer ug­li­ness, others for their clev­er­ness. But most of them are third-rate and I have re­ferred to them for more al­most forty years as being “cheesy.” In pop­ular ver­nac­ular, the ad­jec­tive cheesy means “cheap, un­pleasant, or bla­tantly in­au­thentic” (Google).

All the al­bums here have of­fi­cial coun­ter­parts in the rest of the world, no­tably the US and the UK. The year of their orig­inal release—not the year of the Tai­wanese pirate’s release—are listed after each album title. Readers fa­miliar with the au­tho­rized ti­tles will know the dif­fer­ence in the reproductions.

I have rated each of the covers below for their cheesi­ness on a very simple three-part scale:

1. This is usu­ally a copy of all or part of the orig­inal album with some kind of in­ter­esting and at­trac­tive cre­ative input. Covers with a 1 should be of in­terest to a va­riety of collectors.

2. This is usu­ally a copy of all or part of the orig­inal album that shows some care or cre­ative thinking. In a few cases, it may be an al­ter­na­tive cover de­sign. Covers with a 2 should be of in­terest to col­lec­tors who have every­thing and need to look out­side their normal parameters.

3. This is usu­ally a shoddy copy of all or part of the orig­inal album without any re­deeming graphic qual­i­ties. They are of in­terest only be­cause of the ug­li­ness and shod­di­ness. Covers with a 3 should be of in­terest to col­lec­tors of ug­li­ness and shod­di­ness or those with a droll sense of humor.

Each image has the album title below it. I linked each title to a page on Discogs with the orig­inal album. That way, you can com­pare the Tai­wanese pi­rate to the Amer­ican or British original.

I use the term re­pro­duc­tion rather loosely. It means that most of these covers ap­pear to be re­pro­duc­tions made with a pho­to­copy ma­chine. Full-color copiers were not avail­able com­mer­cially until 1968 when 3M in­tro­duced the Color-in-Color copy ma­chine. Not co­in­ci­den­tally, the quality of Tai­wanese pi­rate al­bums in­creased dra­mat­i­cally in 1969.

 

PaulRevere JustLikeUs Col s 600

PaulRevere JustLikeUs First Taiwan 500

The album at the top is the orig­inal Paul Re­vere & the Raiders’ JUST LIKE US! (Co­lumbia CS-9251) from 1966. The bottom image is a pi­rated Tai­wanese ver­sion (First FL-1291). In­stead of pho­to­copying the Co­lumbia cover, First had an artist do a painting of the cover! The re­sult is an ac­com­plished painting that can look like a photo to a ca­sual ob­server. Tech­ni­cally, it is a com­pletely dif­ferent cover from the orig­inal! (Cheese Factor: 2.)

My favorite cheese 

The over­whelming ma­jority of the pi­rate al­bums here were fea­tured pho­to­copied cover art. Oc­ca­sion­ally, the record com­pany had an artist paint a copy of the orig­inal album cover photo! Most of these look like the work of a com­pe­tent fan or student.

These means that these al­bums have com­pletely “dif­ferent” covers from the orig­inal. For the few I was able to find and in­clude below, I have as­signed them a Cheese Factor of 2. No matter how much more clever they are than shoddy pho­to­copied covers, they are nonethe­less truly cheesy.

Counting the fea­tured image and the five im­ages used as il­lus­tra­tions above, there are 101 cheesy Tai­wanese pi­rate al­bums in this article . . .

 


 

A Gallery of Tai­wanese Cheese

 

Association AndThenAlongComes TaiShen KT 3077 Taiwain 500

The As­so­ci­a­tion
And Then Along Comes the As­so­ci­a­tion (1966)
Tai Shen KT-3077

Cheese Factor: 2

 

Association AndTheAlongComes Haishan HS 534 Taiwan 500

The As­so­ci­a­tion
And Then Along Comes the As­so­ci­a­tion (1966)
Haishan HS-534

Cheese Factor: 3

These two al­bums fea­ture a dif­ferent image than the orig­inal Valiant album. This photo of the group posing with an old car is a black & white photo from the back cover of the orig­inal album.

I don’t mind the de­sign, al­though it’s in­fe­rior to the orig­inal and the colors on the Tai Shen album are ef­fec­tive. Is the Haishan cover a re­pro­duc­tion of the Tai Shen cover?

When “Along Comes Mary” hit the AM radio in 1966, many lis­teners thought it was about mar­i­juana. (“Mary Jane” was sup­pos­edly a street name for pot al­though when I be­came a pot-smoker a few years later, I never heard anyone use it ex­cept iron­i­cally.) When the Association’s first album was re­leased, they looked like the straightest group on the planet!

 

 

Association InsightOut ChungSheng CSJ 633 Taiwan 500

The As­so­ci­a­tion
In­sight Out (1967)
Chung Sheng CSJ-633

Cheese Factor: 3

This is a re­pro­duc­tion of the orig­inal Warner Brothers album but with a blue back­ground in­stead of white. Dig the hand-lettered artist credit and album title and the mis­spelled hit single! In­stead of “Windy” trip­ping down the street of the city, everyone knows it’s Widy!

 

 

Astronauts Surfin HaeShan HS 234 Taiwan 500

The As­tro­nauts
Surfin’ with the As­tro­nauts (1963)
Hae Shan HS-234

Cheese Factor: 2

This album fea­tures a dif­ferent image than the orig­inal RCA Victor album. Al­though it’s an in­fe­rior image, this is not a bad-looking album.

 

 

Band TheBand ChungSheng CSJ 893 TaiwanX 500

The Band
The Band (1969)
Chung Sheng CSJ-893

Cheese Factor: 3

This is a re­pro­duc­tion of the orig­inal Capitol album that re­places the brown back­ground with mustard-yellow. Re­flecting the return-to-roots move­ment in rock music and the back-to-the-earth move­ment in the coun­ter­cul­ture, here The Band looks like the bad guys in True Grit or a spaghetti western. 

 

 

BeachBoys SurferGirl LargeWorld LW 202 Taiwan 500

The Beach Boys
Surfer Girl (1963)
Large World LW-202

Cheese Factor: 3

This is a re­pro­duc­tion of the orig­inal Capitol album that re­places the white back­ground with yellow. Hell’s Belles, even the surf­board is yellow!

 

BeachBoys AllSummerLong Haishan HS 263 Taiwan 500

The Beach Boys
All Summer Long
Haishan HS-263

Cheese Factor: 2

This is a re­pro­duc­tion of the orig­inal Capitol album that re­places the white back­ground with yellow. It also re­duces the color photos to black and white. Overall, it’s a rather at­trac­tive cover.

For some reason that isn’t ob­vious, Haishan lifted the two lines of text (the artist credit, the album title, and the song ti­tles) and sep­a­rated them from the photos with an inch of the yellow back­ground. (They also elim­i­nated the nifty sun logo from the orig­inal cover.).

 

 

BeachBoys Today First Taiwan 500

The Beach Boys
The Beach Boys Today! (1965)
First FL-S-1193

Cheese Factor: 2

This is a re­pro­duc­tion of the orig­inal Capitol album that re­places the brown back­ground with yellow. Again.

 

 

BeachBoys Party Liming LM 2026 Taiwan 500

The Beach Boys
Beach Boys’ Party! (1965)
Liming LM-2026

Cheese Factor: 3

This is a re­pro­duc­tion of the orig­inal Capitol album that re­places the or­ange back­ground with pink. Re­ducing the orig­inal color photos to blue and pink was an in­ter­esting de­ci­sion; sur­rounding them with a pink back­ground was not.

 

 

BeachBoys PetSounds ChungSheng CSJ 293 Taiwan 500

The Beach Boys
Pet Sounds (1966)
Chung Sheng CSJ-293

Cheese Factor: 2

 

BeachBoys PetSounds First Taiwan 500

The Beach Boys
Pet Sounds (1966)
First FL-1362

Cheese Factor: 1

Both of these al­bums are de­cent re­pro­duc­tions of the orig­inal Capitol album but with some al­ter­ations. The Chung Sheng album has a white field at the top in­stead of green, and the orig­inal large yellow song ti­tles have been re­placed with teeny-weeny red ones. Still, it’s a nice-looking cover.

The First album has a red field at the top in­stead of green and the album title is cen­tered in­stead of flush left. The song ti­tles have been elim­i­nated com­pletely. I like this cover for its bold­ness and may prefer it to the orig­inal. (I know—I blas­pheme, but that’s life.) I es­pe­cially like the deft touch of adding a dash of red to the bits of food that Carl and Brian are of­fering the goats.

The photo that the Beach Boys or Capitol se­lected for Pet Sounds is charming but it was prob­ably not the best image to put across the “ge­nius” of Brian’s “new” music. Still, it was a huge step for­ward from striped Pendleton shirts that they wore for the “Sloop John B” pic­ture sleeve a few months earlier.

 

 

BeachBoys BestOf SunShine SS 160 Taiwan 500

The Beach Boys
Best of the Beach Boys (1966)
Sun Shine SS-160

Cheese Factor: 1

This is a re­pro­duc­tion of the orig­inal Capitol album but the orig­inal cover has the song ti­tles in red, blue, and black print. This Sun Shine cover has red and black ti­tles and adds a blue border around all four sides. This is ac­tu­ally a more ef­fec­tive design.

The photos on the cover don’t ac­knowl­edge the sixth Beach Boy, Bruce Johnson. By the time this album was re­leased, he was a per­ma­nent member, per­forming at all the group’s con­certs and singing back­ground on their records.

 

 

BeachBoys SmileySmile SongJwu SAL 7041 Taiwan

The Beach Boys
Smiley Smile (1967)
Song Jwu SAL-7041

Cheese Factor: 1

This is a de­cent re­pro­duc­tion of the orig­inal Brother album but with some al­ter­ations. On the orig­inal, the veg­e­ta­tion is sev­eral tones of green and brown with shading. The title and artist credit are green.

The Song Jwu cover changes all the veg­e­ta­tion to shades of green and changes the title and artist credit to a bright red.

This is nowhere near as lovely as the orig­inal but it is stronger graph­i­cally and would prob­ably at­tract more at­ten­tion from ca­sual browsers in a record store.

This music was re­ceived as rather “unhip” in 1967, and this cover art didn’t help. The album was used as ev­i­dence that “Brian is a ge­nius” was not an as­tute ob­ser­va­tion by Jules Siegel and Paul Williams, but merely a clever ploy to make the group look hip to the emerging hip coun­ter­cul­ture. For­tu­nately, time and suc­ceeding gen­er­a­tions have been very kind to Smiley Smile, a truly beau­tiful (if truly weird) album.

 

 

Beatles WithThebeatles 2 ChungSheng CSJ 274 Taiwan 500

The Bea­tles
With the Bea­tles (1963)
Chung Sheng CSJ-274 [a]

Cheese Factor: 3

 

Beatles WiithTheBeatles 1 ChungSheng CSJ 274 Taiwan 500

The Bea­tles
With the Bea­tles (1963)
Chung Sheng CSJ-274 [b]

Cheese Factor: 3

These al­bums fea­ture a dif­ferent image than the orig­inal Par­lophone album, using a photo from an­other source. On the image on top [a], the Bea­tles’ bodies are flat but their heads have tone and shading and jump out of the back­ground. The ef­fect is merely cheesy.

On the image on the bottom [b], the bodies and back­ground have been even more flat­tened. But the way the shaded heads pop out of the simple, bold colors is both ridicu­lous and striking. This was a common ef­fect on Tai­wanese covers and below I refer to them as “pop-out heads.”

Also, the first nine song ti­tles are typeset but the bottom four are hand-lettered.

The let­terer ran out of room for the final title, “You’ve Re­ally Got a Hold on Me”—instead of breaking it up into two lines and in­denting the second line, he curved the last three words up over Ringo’s shoulder!

 

 

Beatles MeetTheBeatles HaeShan HS 238 Taiwan 500

The Bea­tles
Meet the Bea­tles (1963)
Hae Shan HS-238

Cheese Factor: 2

 

Beatles MeetTheBeatles Haishan HS 251 Taiwan 500

The Bea­tles
Meet the Bea­tles (1963)
Haishan HS-251

Cheese Factor: 2

The Hae Shan album is a re­pro­duc­tion of the orig­inal Par­lophone album. Here Hae Shan cropped the Bea­tles’ heads out of the fa­mous blue-black back­drop of the orig­inal cover and pasted them onto a white or neu­tral field and added a few Chi­nese char­ac­ters. All in all, it’s an ef­fec­tive cover design.

The Haishan album fea­tures a dif­ferent image than the orig­inal Capitol album. It is a painting of an­other photo and looks like “fan art” that might have ap­peared in a quality fanzine.

 

 

Beatles HardDaysNight ChungSheng CSJ 34 Taiwan 500

The Bea­tles
A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
Chung Sheng CSJ-34

Cheese Factor: 3

This album fea­tures a dif­ferent image than the orig­inal Par­lophone album. It uses a photo from an­other source. This is so shoddy that even the red-on-pink color scheme can’t save it.

 

 

Beatles ForSale First Taiwan 500

The Bea­tles
Bea­tles for Sale (1964)
First FL-1157

Cheese Factor: 3

 

Beatles BeatlesForSale HaeShan HS 281 Taiwan 500

The Bea­tles
Bea­tles for Sale
(1964)
Hae Shan HS-281

Cheese Factor: 3

The First album is a re­pro­duc­tion of the orig­inal Par­lophone album with the back­ground whited out. Robert Freeman’s orig­inal pho­to­graph is so stun­ning that even an in­com­pe­tent de­signer can come away with a striking image.

The Hae Shan album is a re­pro­duc­tion of the orig­inal Par­lophone album but with the Bea­tles cropped out of the photo and set into a not par­tic­u­larly at­trac­tive green field. This one looks like a high-quality bootleg from the early 1970s when there were no high-quality bootleg manufacturers.

 

 

Beatles Help ChungSheng CSJ 105 Taiwan 500

The Bea­tles
Help! (1965)
Chung Sheng CSJ-105

Cheese Factor: 2

 

Beatles Help 2 First Taiwan 500

The Bea­tles
Help! (1965)
First FL-S 1198

Cheese Factor: 3

These al­bums fea­ture a dif­ferent image than the orig­inal Par­lophone album. They are re­pro­duc­tions of the orig­inal Capitol pic­ture sleeve for the “Help!” single. The mono­chro­matic blue of the Chung Sheng cover is kinda nice looking while the First album has a modest pop-out head effect.

 

 

Beatles RubberSul ChungSheng CSJ 152 Taiwan 500

The Bea­tles
Rubber Soul (1965)
Chung Sheng CSJ-152

Cheese Factor: 3

 

Beatles RubberSoul 1 First Taiwan 500.jpg

The Bea­tles
Rubber Soul (1965)
First FL-1255 [a]

Cheese Factor: 3

 

Beatles RubberSoul 2 First Taiwan 500

The Bea­tles
Rubber Soul (1965)
First FL-1255 [b]

Cheese Factor: 3

These are all re­pro­duc­tions of the orig­inal Par­lophone album, which was one of the out­standing covers of the ’60s. Each looks like a pho­to­copy many gen­er­a­tions re­moved from the original.

The second First album [b] is con­sid­er­ably sharper but still gives the Fab Four a sorta ghostly quality, which is attractive.

 

 

Beatles Revolver First Taiwan 500

The Bea­tles
Re­volver (1966)
First FL-1337

Cheese Factor: 2

 

Beatles Revolver ChungSheng CSJ 384 TaiwanX 500

The Bea­tles
Re­volver (1966)
Chung Sheng CSJ-384

Cheese Factor: 2

The First album is a rea­son­ably ac­cu­rate re­pro­duc­tion of the orig­inal Par­lophone album but with “Re­volver The Bea­tles” dropped onto Paul’s face. This gives the pris­tine look of the orig­inal a slightly tacky look. The Chi­nese char­ac­ters ac­tu­ally don’t de­tract all that much.

The Chung Sheng album fea­tures a dif­ferent image than the orig­inal Par­lophone album. It does away with the cover art and prints the lyrics to some of the songs instead.

 

 

Beatles SgtPepper BlackCat BC 4113 Taiwan 500

The Bea­tles
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
Black Cat BC-4113

Cheese Factor: 3

This album fea­tures a dif­ferent image than the orig­inal Par­lophone album. It is a re­pro­duc­tion of the in­te­rior photo on the gate­fold jacket. The album title has two typos: “Peppep’s” and “Loney.”

 

Beatles GoldenHits LargeWorld LW 299 Taiwan 500

The Bea­tles
The Golden Hits by Beatls 67′ (1967)
Large World LW-299

Cheese Factor: 3

Most readers will im­me­di­ately note the mis­spelling of the band’s name in the title. Fewer will catch the fact that the apos­trophe in the con­tracted year is in the wrong place. It should be “Bea­tles ’67” in­stead of “Beatls 67′.” (Ac­tu­ally, the title should be The Golden Hits of the Bea­tles 1967.)

Fewer still will get far enough to dis­cover that this is not a com­pi­la­tion of hits from 1967 but is, in fact, the com­plete Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album!

 

 

Beatles WhiteAlbum 2 Liming LM 2237 Taiwan 500

The Bea­tles
The Bea­tles (1968)
Liming LM-2237

Cheese Factor: 2

 

Beatles WhiteAlbum 1 Liming LM 2236 Taiwan 500

The Bea­tles
The Bea­tles (1968)
Liming LM-2238

Cheese Factor: 2

Liming 2237 con­tains sides 1 and 2 of the two-record set The Bea­tles from 1968 (also known as The White Album). Liming 2238 con­tains sides 3 and 4.

In­stead of the plain white jacket of The Bea­tles, these al­bums use the four bonus photos that were in­cluded with the orig­inal double-album.

The front cover of 2238 credits “The Bea­tles,” the back cover credits “The Beales,” and the record la­bels credits “The Bealfs.”

 

 

Byrds MrTambourineMan 1 Cathay Taiwan CA 1029 500

The Byrds
Mr. Tam­bourine Man (1965)
Cathay CA-1029

Cheese Factor: 2

 

Byrds MrTambourineMan 2 ChungSheng CSJ 244 Taiwan 500

The Byrds
Mr. Tam­bourine Man (1965)
Chung Sheng CSJ-244 [a]

Cheese Factor: 3

 

Byrds MrTambourineMan 1 ChungSheng CSJ 244 Taiwan 500

The Byrds
Mr. Tam­bourine Man (1965)
Chung Sheng CSJ-244 [b]

Cheese Factor: 3

These are all re­pro­duc­tions of the orig­inal Co­lumbia album. The Cathay album has a dark blue back­drop and com­bined with the Chi­nese char­ac­ters it is rather eye-catching. The Chung Sheng album [a] is a re­pro­duc­tion of the orig­inal Co­lumbia album but with the black back­drop re­placed with aqua­ma­rine. It also adds a yellow tint to the artist credit and the photo that en­hances the cover somewhat.

The Chung Sheng album on the bottom [b] is an even shod­dier album and may be a re­pro­duc­tion of the first one but with a pink tint to the artist credit and the photo that is less ef­fec­tive. This album looks like a kissin’ cousin to the Jimi Hen­drix Experience’s Are You Ex­pe­ri­enced on World Record below.

I bought the Mr. Tam­bourine Man album as soon as it came out in 1965. I was 13 years old and had never seen an album cover that looked any­thing like it. The fish-eye lens photo cropped into a circle set against a black back­drop looked like the Byrds were peering from Cal­i­fornia through a hole in the uni­verse into my room in Pennsylvania.

 

 

Byrds TurnTurnTurn LargeWorld LW 113 Taiwan500

The Byrds
Turn! Turn! Turn! (1965)
Large World LW-113

Cheese Factor: 3

 

Byrds TurnTurnTurn ChungSheng CSJ 245 Taiwan 500

The Byrds
Turn! Turn! Turn! (1965)
Chung Sheng CSJ-245

Cheese Factor: 3

The Large World album is a re­pro­duc­tion of the orig­inal Co­lumbia album but with the beau­tiful blue back­drop re­placed with an ugly green.

The Chung Sheng album is a re­pro­duc­tion of the orig­inal CBS from Japan but turning the beau­tiful full-color cover of the orig­inal to a garish red tone.

 

 

Byrds YoungerThanYesterday SunShine SS 120 Taiwan 500

The Byrds
Younger than Yes­terday (1967)
Sun Shine SS-120

Cheese Factor: 3

This is a re­pro­duc­tion of the orig­inal Co­lumbia album. If I had to choose a Fa­vorite Album Cover of All Time, it would be the cover to the orig­inal stereo re­lease of Younger Than Yes­terday. But all the sub­tlety and beauty of the orig­inal is lost on this Sun Shine album.

The pointil­list ef­fect of the orig­inal cover art (click on the link on the title above) was lost in the mul­tiple gen­er­a­tions of pho­to­copies used for this cover. The glo­rious color photo was re­duced to black and white with pink, green, and blue tones added. This makes the four Byrds look like crea­tures from a bad horror movie!

 

 

JohnnyCash IWalkTheLine ChungSheng CSJ 49 Taiwan 500

Johnny Cash
I Walk the Line (1964)
Chung Sheng CSJ-49

Cheese Factor: 3

This is a re­pro­duc­tion of the orig­inal Co­lumbia album but the re­sults are so bizarre I am un­cer­tain as to whether Johnny’s face is a dis­torted photo or just some ugly art­work! Ei­ther way, it makes Johnny look like he was au­di­tioning for Eraser­head.

 

 

PetulaClark ICouldntLive BlackCat BC 4064 Taiwan 500

Petula Clark
Chante en Anglais (1966)
Black Cat BC-4064

Cheese Factor: 2

This is a re­pro­duc­tion of the orig­inal Vogue album but with the back­ground re­placed with a pink field. There is also a pop-out ef­fect on Pet’s head. (I also re­member when girls drank sodas out of bot­tles with two straws. I don’t know why, but I found it sexy. Sigh . . .)

 

 

Cream WheelsOfFire ChungSheng CSJ 815 TaiwanX 500

Cream
Wheels of Fire (1968)
Chung Sheng CSJ-815

Cheese Factor: 3

 

Cream WheelsOfFire First FLS 1629 Taiwan white 500

Cream
Wheels of Fire (1968)
First FLS-1629/1620

Cheese Factor: 2

The Chung Sheng album is a re­pro­duc­tion of the orig­inal Atco album but with a yellow border. The orig­inal Atco album fea­tured one of the first out­ra­geous album covers with black line-drawings by Martin Sharp. The art was cov­ered with a faux silver foil finish that made the gate­fold jacket shine.

The clothes that Baker, Bruce, and Clapton wore and the in­stru­ments they played during their mind-altering tour of the US in 1968 were de­signed and painted by Simon Posthuma and Mar­ijke Koger They were the leaders of a Dutch art col­lec­tive known as The Fool. While Cream was col­or­fully psy­che­delic in person, little on this album topped Dis­raeli Gears for psychedelicness.

The First album elim­i­nated the orig­inal cover art and re­placed it with graphics that look like they were done by an 8-year-old. This may be the cheesiest cover on this page! In fact, I awarded it a 2 in­stead of 3 for sheer chutzpah.

 

 

CreedenceClearwater First TaiShen KT 3070 Taiwain 500

Cree­dence Clear­water Revival
Cree­dence Clear­water Re­vival (1968)
Tai Shen KT-3070

Cheese Factor: 3

This is a re­pro­duc­tion of the orig­inal Fan­tasy album but with a pop-out ef­fect on the en­tire figure of the four band mem­bers. The orig­inal cover de­sign was kind of cheesy: a nice color photo of CCR hanging out in the woods was bor­dered on three signs by what looks like the type of fil­i­gree art as­so­ci­ated with 19th-century books.

 

 

Donovan SunshineSuperman Liming LM 2117 Taiwan 500

Donovan
Sun­shine Su­perman (1966)
Liming LM-2117

Cheese Factor: 1

 

Donovan SunshineSuperman SunShine SS 147 Taiwan 500

Donovan
Sun­shine Su­perman (1966)
Sun Shine SS-147

Cheese Factor: 2

These are both re­pro­duc­tions of the orig­inal Epic album with in­ter­esting al­ter­ations in the colors. While the Epic cover is at­trac­tive, it’s also kinda laid back. I think the Liming color scheme is a more ef­fec­tive and eye-catching scheme than the Epic cover.

The Sun Shine cover looks like it was pho­to­copied from the Liming album and is a shod­dier, if still at­trac­tive, affair.

 

 

Doors Doors ChungSheng CSJ 611 Taiwan 500

The Doors
The Doors (1967)
Chung Sheng CSJ-611

Cheese Factor: 3

 

Doors First WorldRecord SLW 1642 TaiwanX 500

The Doors
The Doors (1967)
World Record SLW-1642

Cheese Factor: 2

These are both re­pro­duc­tions of the orig­inal Elektra album. The Chung Sheng album adds a white border to the photo (and red to Morrison’s lips), more or less ru­ining a great cover. The World album also adds an un­nec­es­sary border but I like pink-orange tone.

 

 

Doors StrangeDays ChungSheng CSJ 655 Taiwan 500

The Doors
Strange Days (1967)
Chung Sheng CSJ-655

Cheese Factor: 2

This album fea­tures a dif­ferent image than the orig­inal Elektra album. The orig­inal album has a photo of a group of circus people, in­cluding the gen­tleman above in the photo above. It hinted at the car­nival of sounds and ef­fects on the record within.

The Chung Sheng album uses the photo on the back cover of the Elektra album, adding a blue border. This ruins the whole ef­fect of the mar­velous orig­inal cover. The back cover of the Chung Sheng album fea­tures the lyrics to the songs.

 

 

BobDylan BringingItAllBackHome SunShine SS 176 Taiwan 500

Bob Dylan
Bringing It All Back Home (1965)
Sun Shine SS-176

Cheese Factor: 3

This is a re­pro­duc­tion of the orig­inal Co­lumbia album that blurs many of the de­tails that made the cover so in­ter­esting to Dy­lanad­dicts for years. Many of them be­lieved that Dylan se­lected and arranged the items in this Daniel Kramer pho­to­graph as clues to the puzzle that Dylan was be­coming in early 1965. 

 

 

MarianneFaithful First Taiwan 500

Mar­i­anne Faithfull
Mar­i­anne Faith­full (1965)
First FL-1302

Cheese Factor: 3

This is a re­pro­duc­tion of the orig­inal Decca album with the ad­di­tion of the hor­i­zontal bar or stripe on the left, which looks like a Japanese obi. Miss Faith­full was one of the leg­endary beau­ties of Swinging London in the ’60s. She was the one who got Mick Jagger and kept him for sev­eral years. Un­for­tu­nately, few of the pho­tographs on her records cap­ture that beauty, this one being no exception.

 

 

FourSeasons First Sherry Taiwan 500

The Four Seasons
Sherry (1962)
First FL-1070

Cheese Factor: 2

This is a re­pro­duc­tion of the orig­inal Vee-Jay album that re­places the black back­ground with a dull blue. Stereo copies of most Vee-Jay al­bums from the early ’60s are rather rare records. It’s in­ter­esting that First Record got hold of a stereo copy in Taiwan to use as the source for this cover.

 

 

ConnieFrancis NeverOnSunday Haishan HS 4 Taiwan 500

Connie Francis
Never on Sunday (1961)
Haishan HS-4

Cheese Factor: 2

 

ConnieFrancis NeverOnSunday HaeShan HS 4 Taiwan 500

Connie Francis
Never on Sunday (1961)
Haishan HS-4

Cheese Factor: 2

These al­bums fea­ture a dif­ferent image than the orig­inal MGM album. These two press­ings of Haishan 4 fea­ture photos from an­other source. The de­sign isn’t half bad.

 

 

JimiHednrix AreYouExperienced WorldRecord SLW 1652 TaiwanX 500

The Jimi Hen­drix Experience
Are You Ex­pe­ri­enced (1967)
World Record SLW-1652

Cheese Factor: 3

This is a re­pro­duc­tion of the orig­inal Reprise album that re­places the green back­ground with a dull blue. The orig­inal full-color, psy­che­delic photo by Karl Ferris has been re­placed with a black & white pho­to­copy. This album looks like a kissin’ cousin to the Byrds’ Mr. Tam­bourine Man album on Chung Sheng above.

 

 

JimiHendrix Axis First FL 1610 TaiwanX 500

The Jimi Hen­drix Experience
Axis: Bold as Love (1967)
First FL-1610

Cheese Factor: 2

This is a re­pro­duc­tion of the orig­inal Reprise album with the subtle shaded pink and or­ange rays in the back­ground turned into garish red and yellow beams. While the orig­inal is more at­trac­tive, the bold­ness of this de­sign makes the First album more of an attention-getter.

 

 

HermansHermits Introducing First Taiwan 500

Herman’s Her­mits
In­tro­ducing Herman’s Her­mits (1964)

First FL-1242

Cheese Factor: 1

This album fea­tures a dif­ferent image than the orig­inal MGM album. This de­sign is sim­ilar to the orig­inal HERMAN’S HERMITS EP album from Spain (Odeon 7EPL-14.185), but re­places the orig­inal photo with a painting of the photo! It looks like fan art that might have ap­peared in a quality fanzine.

 

 

HollyridgeStrings BeatlesSongbook First Taiwan 500

The Hol­lyridge Strings
The Bea­tles Song Book (1964)
First FL-1268

Cheese Factor: 3

This album fea­tures a dif­ferent image than the orig­inal Capitol album, using a photo from an­other source. It bears no re­sem­blance to the orig­inal album, which does not have any image, just text against a blue background.

 

 

IanSylvia EarlyMorningRain Haishan HS 528 Taiwan 500

Ian & Sylvia
Early Mornin’ Rain (1965)
Haishan HS-528

Cheese Factor: 3

This is a re­pro­duc­tion of the orig­inal Van­guard album with the colors washed out. Haishan took the orig­inal full-color photo and re­duced it to black and white, they then added blue and red tones to every­thing but the faces. In­ter­esting effect.

 

 

JeffersonAirplane SurrealisticPillow LargeWorld LW 335 Taiwan 500

Jef­ferson Airplane
Sur­re­al­istic Pillow (1967)
Large World LW-335

Cheese Factor: 1

This is the same de­sign as the orig­inal RCA Victor album but re­places the orig­inal photo with an am­a­teurish painting of the photo. It looks like fan art that might have ap­peared in a quality fanzine.

 

 

JeffersonAirplane AfterBathing LargeWorld LW 349 Taiwan 500

Jef­ferson Airplane
After Bathing at Baxter’s (1967)
Large World LW-349

Cheese Factor: 2

This is a re­pro­duc­tion of the orig­inal RCA Victor album without the big white stars in the blue banner at the top. The orig­inal de­sign and art were done by Ron Cobb, the king of the un­der­ground press car­toon­ists at the time.

After Bathing at Baxter’s is one of my fa­vorite album covers, so I even like this cheesy repro (even if it ruins the in­tri­cate col­oring of the air­plane by making every­thing green). 

 

 

JeffersonAirplane CrownOfCreation First Taiwan 500

Jef­ferson Airplane
Crown of Cre­ation (1968)
First FL-1639

Cheese Factor: 1

This album fea­tures a dif­ferent image than the orig­inal RCA Victor album. First Record took the multi-exposure photo of the group from the back cover of the orig­inal album and su­per­im­posed it over an atomic fireball.

This is a more striking de­sign than the orig­inal album! This is one of the few in­stances where a Tai­wanese de­sign team showed real cre­ativity and beat the orig­inal graphics people at their own game. 

 

 

LedZeppelin First ChungSheng CSJ 846 TaiwanX 500

Led Zep­pelin
Led Zep­pelin (1968)
Chung Sheng CSJ-846

Cheese Factor: 3

 

LedZeppelin First Union TD 1721 TaiwanX 500

Led Zep­pelin
Led Zep­pelin (1968)
Union TD-1721

Cheese Factor: 2

These are both re­pro­duc­tions of the orig­inal At­lantic album. On the Chung Sheng cover, the orig­inal white back­ground has been filled with a muddy sepia color.

The Union album uses a neg­a­tive image of the orig­inal cover to great ef­fect. I prefer it to the original.

 

 

LovinSpoonful DoYouBelieveInMagic Leico PLS 3087 Taiwan 500

The Lovin’ Spoonful
Do You Be­lieve in Magic? (1965)
Leico PLS-3087

Cheese Factor: 3

This is a re­pro­duc­tion of the orig­inal Kama Sutra album but re­places the black back­ground with an ugly blue.

 

 

Lulu ToSirWithLove First Taiwan 500

Lulu
To Sir, with Love (1967)
First FL-1523

Cheese Factor: 2

 

Lulu ToSirWithLove Liming LM 2204 Taiwan 500

Lulu
To Sir, with Love (1967)
Liming LM-2204

Cheese Factor: 2

Both of these al­bums are pack­aged as the sound­track to the movie To Sir, With Love. In fact, both con­tain the same track con­tent as Lulu’s solo album Lulu Sings to Sir with Love. At least, that’s the title of the US re­lease; in the UK, it was sad­dled with the sales-killing Love Loves to Love Lulu.

The cover for the Liming album is a col­lage that was lifted from a movie poster. The cover to the First album is a col­lage of im­ages from the movie and, while am­a­teurish, is more ef­fec­tive than the staid photo of Mr. Thack­eray (Sidney Poitier) at his desk in school gracing the cover of the ac­tual sound­track album.

 

 

MamasPapas IfYouCanBelieve TaiShen KT 3023 Taiwain 500

The Mamas & The Papas
If You Can Be­lieve Your Eyes and Ears (1966)
Tai Shen KT-3023

Cheese Factor: 2

This album crops a por­tion of the photo on the orig­inal Dun­hill album and sets it against a blue back­ground. While it ruins the charm of the orig­inal cover, it’s hard to be angry with a de­sign with a big green “Mama’s & Papa’s” on it (even if there are apos­tro­phes in­cor­rectly added to each noun).

 

 

MamasAndPapas JohnMichelle ChungSheng CSJ 445 Taiwan 500

The Mamas & The Papas
John – Michelle – Cass – Dennie (1967)
Chung Sheng CSJ-445

Cheese Factor: 2

This album fea­tures a dif­ferent image than the orig­inal Dun­hill album using a photo from an­other source.

 

 

MobyGrape First ChungSheng CSJ 599 TaiwanX 500

Moby Grape
Moby Grape
(1967)
Chung Sheng CSJ-599

Cheese Factor: 3

This is a re­pro­duc­tion of the orig­inal Co­lumbia album that re­places the black border with yellow. It’s the orig­inal, un­touched cover with Don Stevenson’s finger still at­tached to his hand.

 

 

Monkees Monkees LargeWorld LW 230 Taiwan 500

The Mon­kees
The Mon­kees (1966)
Large World LW-230

Cheese Factor: 2

This a re­pro­duc­tion of the orig­inal Col­gems album. The orig­inal photo is full color but here its re­duced to black and white with a red tone. But my-o-my look at those teeth! This high­lighting of the teeth oc­curs on many Taiwan al­bums, only a few of which are on this page.

 

 

Monkees More First Taiwan 500

The Mon­kees
More of the Mon­kees (1966)
First FL-1427

Cheese Factor: 3

 

Monkees More Liming LM 2157 Taiwan 500

The Mon­kees
More of the Mon­kees (1966)
Liming LM-2157

Cheese Factor: 2

Both of these al­bums are re­pro­duc­tions of the orig­inal Col­gems album but with the group’s faces en­hanced so that they have that ab­surd pop-out head effect.

 

 

Monkees Pisces ChungSheng CSJ 663 Taiwan 500

The Mon­kees
Pisces Aquarius Capri­corn & Jones Ltd. (1967)
Chung Sheng CSJ-663

Cheese Factor: 1

This album fea­tures a dif­ferent image than the orig­inal Col­gems album. It is one of the more ad­ven­turous ef­forts by a Tai­wanese record com­pany art de­part­ment. It’s also one of the more in­ter­esting covers on any Mon­kees record anywhere!

 

 

PeterPaulMary SeeWhatTomorrowBrings Liming LM 2027 Taiwan 500

Peter, Paul & Mary
See What To­morrow Brings (1965)
Liming LM-2027

Cheese Factor: 3

This is a re­pro­duc­tion of the orig­inal Warner Brothers album but is just plain ugly, re­moving all the charm of the orig­inal photo. 

 

 

PeterPaulMary LateAgain Liming LM 2247 Taiwan 500

Peter, Paul & Mary
Late Again (1968)
Liming LM-2247

Cheese Factor: 2

This album fea­tures a dif­ferent image than the orig­inal Warner Brothers album, using a photo from an­other source. It looks home-made. As cheesy as it is, I kinda like it.

 

 

GenePitney GoldenGreats SongJwu SAL 7039 Taiwan

Gene Pitney
Golden Greats (1967)
Song Jwu SAL-7039

Cheese Factor: 1

This is a de­cent re­pro­duc­tion of the orig­inal Mu­sicor album with the orig­inal solid black back­ground re­placed with bright red and all those stripes. This is a more ef­fec­tive de­sign for at­tracting the eye of a record buyer.

 

 

Elvis GoldenRecords3 First Taiwan 500

Elvis Presley
Elvis’ Golden Records Volume 3 (1963)
First FL-S-1209

Cheese Factor: 3

This is a re­pro­duc­tion of the orig­inal RCA Victor album that re­places the blue back­ground with gold. Like most of the photos used on Elvis’s al­bums and pic­tures sleeves in the ’60s, this presents the singer so blandly as to be de­void of spark and pizzazz.

 

 

Elvis ParadiseHawaiianStyle First Taiwan 500

Elvis Presley
Par­adise, Hawaiian Style (1966)
First FL-1373

Cheese Factor: 3

This is a re­pro­duc­tion of the orig­inal RCA Victor album but First Record cropped the photo of Elvis and sur­rounded it with a blue border. It’s tacky as all get-out but the blue adds a touch of drama to the blasé original.

 

 

PaulRevere MidnightRide Tongsheng MXL 1082 Taiwan 500

Paul Re­vere & The Raiders
Mid­night Ride (1966)
Tong­sheng MXL-1082

Cheese Factor: 3

This is a re­pro­duc­tion of the orig­inal Co­lumbia album but Tong­sheng cropped the group photo and sur­rounded it with a gold border added to the photo. The border makes the album look like the quadra­phonic al­bums that Co­lumbia re­leased in 1973-1975.

 

 

PaulRevere Revolution WorldRecord SLW 1648 TaiwanX 500

Paul Re­vere & The Raiders
Rev­o­lu­tion (1967)
World SLW-1648

Cheese Factor: 2

This is a re­pro­duc­tion of the orig­inal Co­lumbia album with a banner added to the top and a nice pop-out head ef­fect on the group.

 

 

CliffRichard FindersKeepers Liming LM 2153 Taiwan 500

Cliff Richard & The Shadows
Finders Keepers (1966)
Liming LM-2137

Cheese Factor: 3

This is a re­pro­duc­tion of the orig­inal Co­lumbia album in which the dismal pho­to­copy makes the boys look like some form of British un­dead. With this cover, it’s hard to be­lieve this is the sound­track album for a movie that boasts, “The beat is the wildest, the blast is the cra­ziest, and the fun is where you find it!”

 

 

RighteousBrothers SoulAndInspiration ChungSheng CSJ 363 Taiwan 500

The Right­eous Brothers
Soul and In­spi­ra­tion (1966)
Chung Sheng CSJ-363

Cheese Factor: 3

 

Righteousbrothers SoulAndInspiration 2 ChungSheng CJS 363 Taiwan 500.jpg

Right­eous Brothers
Soul and In­spi­ra­tion (1966)
Chung Sheng CSJ-363

Cheese Factor: 3

These al­bums fea­ture a dif­ferent image than the orig­inal Verve album. They use a re­pro­duc­tion of the orig­inal Moon­glow album The Best of the Right­eous Brothers. But they are so poorly re­pro­duced that Bobby Hat­field looks like he was used as a spar­ring partner (sans head­gear) in a workout with Mike Tyson (sans gloves).

 

 

RollingStones Aftermath ChungSheng CSJ 435 Taiwan 500

The Rolling Stones
Af­ter­math (1966)
Chung Sheng CSJ-435

Cheese Factor: 2

 

RollingStones Aftermath black First Taiwan 500

The Rolling Stones
Af­ter­math (1966)
First FL-1305

Cheese Factor: 1

In 1968, Mick and Keith de­cided they wanted to out­rage us all with taste­less cover art for the bril­liant Beg­gars Ban­quet album, which Decca had the good sense to quash. Most of the sleeve art that fol­lowed was tacky at best. But from 1964 through 1967, Rolling Stones pic­ture sleeves and album covers were among the most beau­tiful of the ’60s.

Af­ter­math had two covers: the one the group se­lected ap­peared on the Decca album in the UK and most of the rest of the world. Then there was an­other cover that ap­peared on the London album, ap­par­ently se­lected for the Amer­ican market. Both are fine but I prefer the London album cover.

For­tu­nately, the Tai­wanese com­pa­nies chose to ape the London album. Chung Sheng added a yucky green banner to the top so that the album looks like a bootleg. First re­duced the color photo to black and white and added a red tint, making an ef­fec­tive and at­trac­tive al­ter­na­tive to the original. 

 

 

RollingStones BigHits BlackCat BC 4110 Taiwan 500

The Rolling Stones
Big Hits (High Tide & Green Grass) (1966)
Black Cat BC-4110

Cheese Factor: 2

This is a re­pro­duc­tion of the orig­inal Decca album—which was an­other beau­tiful Stones cover—with the back­ground re­duced to black and white. The im­ages of the five Stones are in washed-out colors with a pop-out head effect.

 

 

RollingStones Flowers ChungSheng CJS 610 Taiwan 500

The Rolling Stones
Flowers (1967)
Chung Sheng CSJ-610

Cheese Factor: 2

This album fea­tures a dif­ferent image than the orig­inal London album, using a photo from an­other source. While it’s nothing like the orig­inal cover—of which I am rather fond—it’s not bad-looking.

 

 

RollingStones TheirSatanic LargeWorld LW 351 Taiwan 500

The Rolling Stones
Their Sa­tanic Majesties Re­quest (1967)
Large World LW-351

Cheese Factor: 1

This is a re­pro­duc­tion of the orig­inal Decca album with the group’s name and the album title added. Orig­inal copies of the album had a plastic, lentic­ular window glued over the photo. This gave the photo a 3-D ef­fect where the parts of the photos ap­peared to move when the jacket it­self was moved.

Due to the clarity of the photo here, I as­sume that Large World used an album cover that had did not have the lentic­ular window.

 

 

Shadows OutOfTheShadows ChungSheng CSJ 81 Taiwan 500

The Shadows
Out of the Shadows (1962)
Chung Sheng CSJ-81

Cheese Factor: 3

This is a re­pro­duc­tion of the orig­inal EMI album. The orig­inal cover is full color and has the four band mem­bers posing in a black en­vi­ron­ment while being lit from their right.

(Has anyone ever sug­gested that the striking chiaroscuro ef­fect on the cover of the orig­inal Out of the Shadows album may have been the in­spi­ra­tion for Robert Freeman’s iconic photo for the With the Bea­tles album? There the four band mem­bers are posing in a black en­vi­ron­ment while being lit from their right with a striking chiaroscuro effect.)

 

 

SimonGarfunkel Parsley blue First Taiwan 500

Simon & Garfunkel
Parsley, Sage, Rose­mary & Thyme (1967)
First FL-1428

Cheese Factor: 2

 

SimonGrafunkel ParsleySage LargeWorld LW 331 Taiwan 500

Simon & Garfunkel
Parsley, Sage, Rose­mary & Thyme (1967)
Large World LW-331

Cheese Factor: 2

Both of these al­bums are re­pro­duc­tions of the orig­inal Co­lumbia album with the black back­ground re­placed with blue. The person who cropped the fore­ground photo from the black did a poor job on poor Paul’s head. In fact, it’s so poor that it gives the new image a Dada-like look. This may be my fa­vorite pop-out head ef­fect in this article!

 

 

NancySinatra Boots First Taiwan 500

Nancy Sinatra
Boots (1966)

First FL-1343

Cheese Factor: 3

This is a re­pro­duc­tion of the orig­inal Reprise album, which is one of the most dis­tinc­tive album covers of the ’60s. The re­pro­duc­tion of the photo of Nancy crops the point off the end of the boot on her right foot, making it look like her toes have been amputated!

 

 

Supremes AtTheCopa ChungSheng CSJ 197 Taiwan 500

The Supremes
The Supremes at the Copa (1965)
Chung Sheng CSJ-197

Cheese Factor: 3

 

Supremes AtTheCopa Haishan HS 405 Taiwan 500

The Supremes
The Supremes at the Copa (1965)
Haishan HS-405

Cheese Factor: 3

Both of these al­bums are re­pro­duc­tions of the orig­inal Mo­town album. The Chung Sheng album cropped the fore­ground photo (the au­di­ence, the Supremes, and the mu­si­cians) out of the orig­inal cover and re­placed the dark drapes with a plain pink screen.

The Haishan folks cropped just the Supremes and the au­di­ence out of the photo and re­placed it with a garish or­ange back­ground. The crop­ping of the fig­ures is crude, giving this cover a Dada-like look. The or­ange back­drop re­minds me of the cover for Pink Floyd’s More album.

 

 

Supremes IHearASymphony SunShine SS 121 Taiwan 500

The Supremes
I Hear a Sym­phony (1966)
Sun Shine SS-121

Cheese Factor: 3

This is a re­pro­duc­tion of the orig­inal Mo­town album. The in­tri­cacy of the lighting and shadows on the orig­inal Mo­town album were re­placed with a cheese-colored background.

 

 

Supremes GreatestHits SongJwu SAL 7042 Taiwan

Diana Ross & The Supremes
Supremes Greatest Hits (1967)
Song Jwu SAL-7042/7043

Cheese Factor: 1

The is a tasty re­pro­duc­tion of the orig­inal Mo­town album but with the dark blue back­ground re­placed with white at the top and ver­tical stripes on the bottom. This is one of the better de­sign changes on a Tai­wanese album.

 

 

 


 

JeffersonAirplane SurrealisticPillow Taiwan orange 1000

FEATURED IMAGE: The photo at the top of this page is of the World Record pressing of Jef­ferson Airplane’s Sur­re­alist Pillow (SLW-1628). It is one of many press­ings from the late ’60s made by sev­eral com­pa­nies in Taiwan (Discogs lists three). The back cover lists eleven tracks but the record la­bels only list ten (in­cluding the fa­mous “Whitt Rabbot”). Nonethe­less, the record plays all eleven tracks.

At the time these al­bums were made, Taiwan was rip­ping off Amer­ican recording artists, song­writers, record com­pa­nies, and pub­lishing com­pa­nies. Nonethe­less, the US was forcing the rest of the world to rec­og­nize the Tai­wanese gov­ern­ment (the Re­public of China) and its 14,000,000 pop­u­la­tion as the “true” China.

Within a few years, things changed and the gov­ern­ment of the People’s Re­public of China and its pop­u­la­tion of 800,000,000 were ac­knowl­edged as the China we all know and love today.

 

 

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I am going to leave this here. The quotes on the page that I clicked to get here from Hoffman and Mor­rison are still true today. Re: Morrison’s- I could not get a haircut for the past three months from the hair­cutter that has cut my hair for 25 years ’cause his shop shut down for that pe­riod of time. I had an ap­point­ment then the iso­la­tion started, so the ap­point­ment then never hap­pened. I have an ap­point­ment Friday and I have to wear a mask during it! Ridicu­lous. I hope going there won’t turn out a mis­take. Anyway, get any records lately?

Just for clarity, A. Hoffman and J. Mor­rison are quoted on, I think it was your home page, that got me to this ar­ticle. They are in red on the right side of the page.

127 Doc­tors signed a letter that cited the re­stric­tions on this Covid-19 are way over the top. That is not all, I will just stop on this topic as this is not the place for it.

Thanks, and you have a great site here!

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I moved from Boston to San Diego in 1998. As a long time record col­lector, I con­tinued to haunt yard sales and thrift shops for records. It was in SD that I first came across these Asian bootlegs.

I al­ways bought them for their “cheese factor.” At one yard sale, I asked the seller where he got them. He said they were the records that were avail­able to the GI serving in Vietnam in the 60s. They brought them home to the US when they were dis­charged. That made sense to me.

They were not avail­able in Vietnam. I was there from 12/18/69 to 2/25/1971.

I bought some of these bootlegs when I went to Taiwan for R&R. They sold for .25 each.

I still have them. They are in their orig­inal shape and prob­ably play about the same.

I’d be in­ter­ested in selling them for a price that makes it worth­while for me.

Thanks, Neal.

Looks like you’re prob­ably old too and don’t sleep at night.

Are you a Nashville cat as cool as country water!

I’m looking at ei­ther turning 71 or 72 this year. I get con­fused. Too lazy to sub­tract 1949 from 2021.

Yea, them spoons
could pick more notes
than the number of ants
on a Ten­nessee anthill!

I prob­ably have about a dozen of those al­bums. I’d have to look. The House of The Rising Sun by Frigid Pink was the main reason that I bought them.

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