The cover of Jose Feliciano’s 1971 album Of Muse and Man nearly makes me want to start a “Batshit Crazy Album Covers Gallery.” I don’t know if this cover is brilliant or one of the absolutely worst album covers ever.
I’ve been sitting on this one for months, hoping to get an interview with Feliciano or someone from his camp. There are just so many questions. Why was this album released also as That the Spirit Needs? Why did you choose to cover Elton John and Cat Stevens on this album? What the hell is up with this elephant-footed double double D cup satyr?
It’s actually a pretty tasty album. I’ve liked Feliciano’s voice since I was a kid eagerly awaiting the main title sequence of Chico and the Man. And the guy is a great, great guitarist. Also, he’s blind. Seriously, I think that this cover might have been somebody’s idea of a practical joke.
Well, Jose, I’m sorry we couldn’t get an interview cooking. I’d love to learn more about this one. Regardless, I welcome you to the Bad Album Cover Hall of Fame.