This is one of those odd cases where what the artist wanted was actually way more tame than what wound up on some record store shelves. In 1968, Jimi Hendrix was ready for his first real album and had a grand vision for the art. Basically a collaboration between him and Linda Eastman, it was to be set in Central Park and feature kids of each race on a statue of Alice from Alice in Wonderland.
"OK, now Jimi, you'll be the Whiiii- Mad Hatter. You can be the Mad Hatter."
While tame by modern standards, a "one world, one race" message in the late 1960s was not appreciated by record executives, who instead went with this:
"Nothing says rock and roll like Ronald McDonald."
But in England, the label wanted to take things in, uh, kind of a different direction. They decided to humor Hendrix's race-oriented idea, and hired 21 women of many different races. The ladies were originally supposed to be around Hendrix like he was a god, but he had second thoughts and decided not to go to the shoot. When he didn't show up, the women were told that if they disrobed, they would be paid more money, and the rest is "You should have been there, man" history.
Censoring courtesy of us, because the Brits sure as hell weren't going to do it.
Afterward, Jimi would talk openly about how much he despised the English version of the album cover, which was on a completely different planet from what he wanted.
So what's the moral here? Always attend your photo shoots, because you never know when the titties are coming out.
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For album covers that maybe should've gotten a second look, check out The 19 Most Hilariously Failed Attempts at Sexy Album Covers and The 15 Worst Album Covers of All-Time.
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