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25 Amazing 1970s Album Advertisements

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Taken from pages of old music magazines like Creem, Circus, Hit Parader, Smash Hits and Billboard, here is a fun collection of album advertisements from Journey, Parliament, Diana Ross, Meatloaf and more  Enjoy.

Rick James ‎– Bustin’ Out Of L Seven (1979)

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10cc- Deceptive Bends (1977)

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This should have been included in our Carried Away article: Carried Away! 40 Examples of the Most Insanely Overused Image in Vintage Pop Art

Ram Jam – Ram Jam (1977)

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“It may not actually destroy your living room, but we guarantee it’ll mess up your mind”

The Trammps ‎– Where The Happy People Go (1976)

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Meatloaf – Bat Out Of Hell (1978)

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Diana Ross – The Boss (1979)

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Dirty Diana had turned up the sex factor for the disco scene; but alas, it wasn’t one of her best records, not by a long shot.

The Dead Boys – Young, Loud and Snotty (1977)

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Boston – Don’t Look Back (1978)

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Fans would have to wait all the way until 1986 for the next Boston album… and a lot had changed in the music scene by then.

Aerosmith – Rocks (1976)

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Styx – Crystal Ball (1976)

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This was the album right before Styx went into the stratosphere with Grand Illusion (which featured “Come Sail Away”).  They were just a year away from superstardom .

Ramones – Road to Ruin (1978)

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This is the album that featured “I Wanna Be Sedated”.

Ted Nugent – Weekend Warriors (1978)

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Who would’ve guessed Ted would become such a gun enthusiast?

Slade – Slayed (1972)

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Todd Rundgren ‎– A Wizard, A True Star (1973)

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Kansas – Point of Know Return (1977)

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The Who – The Who By Numbers (1975)

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Containing the infamous “Squeeze Box”

Journey – Infinity (1978)

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Still in the Neal Schon afro era, containing “Wheel in the Sky” and “Lights”.

Parliament ‎– The Clones Of Dr. Funkenstein (1976)

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Daryl Hall & John Oates – Bigger Than Both Of Us (1976)

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These guys had actually been putting out albums since 1972 with little success; thankfully, back then, record companies let their artists grow and didn’t cut them loose after one flop.  This record contains “Rich Girl” which is where the duo finally found their sound.

Badfinger – Badfinger (1974)

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The Jam – In the City (1977)

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The Blue Öyster Cult ‎– Tyranny And Mutation (1973)

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Sid Vicious – Sid Sings (1979)

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Posthumously released of course; it contained the Sid classic “Belsen Was a Gas” and a bunch of covers.

The Dramatics ‎– Do What You Wanna Do (1978)

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The Move – Split Ends (1972)

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I don’t know why, but I love this advert for The Move’s Split Ends album the best.

  • Steve Mills

    Great post!