Controversial Album Covers IV (Pt. 1)

Hello again, it’s baaaaaaaaaaaaaack! Though, it’s going to be kind of short this year. (I’m running out of album covers. ;-; Unless anyone wants to contribute. Anyone? My e-mail is here: Now, on with the show!

Year: 1977

Lynyrd Skynyrd: Street Survivors

The Problem: The original cover sleeve for Street Survivors had featured a photograph of the band, particularly Steve Gaines, engulfed in flames. Five days after the album was released, several of the band members were killed in a fiery plane crash. Out of respect for the deceased (and at the request of Teresa Gaines, Steve Gaines’ widow), MCA Records withdrew the original cover and replaced it with a similar image of the band against a simple black background. Thirty years later, for the deluxe CD version of Street Survivors, the original “flames” cover was restored.
My Take: Again, timing is crap in this case! Cool idea, just a really, REALLY bad time. I feel for Lynyrd Skynyrd, though. They’ve been through so much. Can’t these guys just catch break?

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