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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