Sunday, January 3, 2016

Whipped Cream and Other Delights - 1966

Whenever a list of the most memorable record covers is put together, Whipped Cream and Other Delights by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass is right at the top. According to the New Yorker, the cover "fogged the minds of many young men, as they gazed at the… personalized come-hitherhood to the woman staring back … the inner portion of a bare breast protrudes from the foam. She is licking cream from the index finger of her right hand… in the virtually pornless atmosphere of the suburban mid-sixties it was … the pinnacle of allure." The record spent 141 weeks on Billboard’s Top 40 albums chart and was the No. 1 LP for the first week of 1966 (a stint interrupted only by Rubber Soul's eight week ride at the top). In later years, at concerts, Alpert would tell audiences, "Sorry, but I can't play the cover for you."

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