A revised cover compact disc can occur for several reasons. A copyrighted charcter or language is used without permission; someone changes their mind about the artwork on the cover; or a cover is judged to be too offensive in some manner. The first and the last kind are usually the most collectable. Keep in mind that a revised cover cd is different from a dual cover cd in that one cover replaces the other, while in a dual cover cd both covers are being made at the same time. One way to tell whether a cd is a dual cover or a revised cover is that a dual cover will usually have a different reference number on the spine and a different sku number on the back. In general, the original cover is the rarer of the two. Below are some examples. I'll add more later. If i don't have the revised cover in my collection, i will show you the original cover and you can find the revised cover on Amazon or wickepedia. OC=original cover, RC=revised cover.
Released shortly after 9-11 the scenes of the twin towers burning was obviously a bad idea, but the cd had already been released. Although the cd was quickly pulled from the market, some copies had already been sold.
The people who make Jello weren't too happy about the use of the name of their product, so they threated to sue and the band changed their name to Green Jelly. There were lots of these already in circulation and the situation was well publicised, so it is not terribly rare at this point. Something that most people never notice. The little round creature at the middle, top, is winking about the joke.
One of the earliest and probably the most controversial of all revised covers is Body Count's first album. The title song "Cop Killer" was meant by it's creator as an indictment of police brutality in the black neighborhoods. However, it was perceived as promoting violence against all police officers. After a great deal of commotion on both side of the debate, the song was withdrawn from the album and the cover was altered by changing the tattoo on his chest from cop killer to body count.
I am not sure why this Christian band decided to change the cover for "Snuff the Punk" (meaning the devil). I guess that they figured that while it was ok to punch out the devil, it was not very Christian to pop a cap in his ass.
There was a lot of drama after the release of this album and the guitar player was asked to leave and sober up. He wasn't asked to return. The album cover was redone to reflect the changes and they chose this cover. I have no idea why.
A completely revised cover, probably because the artwork really didn't match the content. Nice skull effect on original cover (waist of her dress is the teeth if you can see it).
Some Christians felt that although POD was a Christian band, the original cover had many occult symbols. Because of that, the album was not even sold in some Christian bookstores until the cover was partially blacked out.
Aerosmith- Done With Mirrors Both cover and cd are printed backwards. The revised cd has the printing in the right direction. Good gimick but it was hard to read so they changed it.
The revised cover is a simple logo for the band. I assume that the cover was changed because the drummer left the band shortly after the cd was released, and they wanted to remove his picture. The revised issue also has an extra song.
Real Mccoy has had a confusing lineup since its beginning. In this case, another vocalist was brought in to improve on the sound that producers wanted. The cover therefore had to be recalled and redone with the picture of the new vocalist added.
Released on an independent label as pist.on with the original cover. Changed the name to piston to receive wider airplay, and changed the front cover accordingly.
Original cover is not very interesting and does not give any hints as to what type of music (hair metal) it is.
No, this is not a foreign import. "Pret a Porter" means ready to wear in the fashion industry. When this movie soundtrack was released, the first copies were titled "Pret a Porter". Before the movie was released, the name was changed to "Ready to Wear", since it would be easier to market.
On this cover the booklet is half width to expose the cd underneath. Some cds start out with a custom cover of some kind but the production costs are too expensive and they revert to a normal cover after the first batch is sold out.
Original cover was not very exciting and was difficult to read.
This is a rare and interesting cover. After the distribution of the cd was switched to another company (this usually happens when an artist outgrows a smaller company) the cover was redesigned in several ways. The colors were punched up a bit, the title was moved to a different place so that you could see the word blue, his name was made larger, and most interesting, the name of his band (the texas flood) was removed. He either had a change in his band or it's possible that there were too many references to Stevie Ray Vaughan whose first album was called Texas Flood.
This is one of my favorites that very few people know about. He starts with a gold charge card, and when the album goes platinum, he gets a platinum card.
Small record companies often try to get away with copyright infringments, because they figure they are too small to bother with. Although the cover has misfits spelled with a "z", the sides and cd itself spell it with an "s" and even use the Misfits skull logo and typeset. The cd also has a picture of Godzilla on the back and Frankenstein on the front, which are probably also copyright infringments. These small companies are rarely sued, but merely reminded of the infringment and told to change it.
I don't have any idea about why this was changed or what it is supposed to mean.
Original cover was not very exciting and was difficult to read. Color change was probably for that reason.