When I encountered THIS.
Is this the worst album cover EVER?
It is the Columbia budget-label reissue, from 1973, of Szell’s 1961 landmark recording of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
Szell, who died in 1970, would have turned over in his grave if he knew how his recordings were being marketed only three years after his death.
Did Szell’s widow, Helena, a remarkable woman by all accounts, not have approval over Szell’s album covers? From the sight of this atrocity, I would guess not.
I asked my mother and father whether they recognized this album cover from visits to record shops in 1973. Neither recalls ever seeing this particular cover, which suggests that the marketing morons at Columbia quickly realized their boneheaded blunder (or had it pointed out to them) and pulled the cover almost instantly.
What were these people THINKING?