Controversial Album Covers II (Pt. 1)

Yes, kiddies! We are back with more album covers. So here we go!

Year: 1968

Richard Pryor: Richard Pryor

The Problem: The debut album of comedian Richard Pryor was recorded live at The Troubadour in West Hollywood, California. The cover was art directed and designed by Gary Burden. According to Burden, “As a result of the Richard Pryor album cover, which I loved doing, I got two letters: One was a letter from the National Geographic Society’s attorneys offering to sue me for defaming their publication. The second letter was a Grammy nomination for the best album cover.”

My Take: Ah, Mr. Pryor makes this list again this year and starts us off! Burden gets threatened to be sued and a Grammy nomination in the same day? That’s got to be the worst and best day ever.

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