So far, Contraband is the only major bootleg label I have seen used recycled official album covers for packaging. They must have gotten these two – and only these two – for free/next to nothing and decided to use them for these reissues ca. 1975/6.
Three different covers can now be identified (unless # 3 is just a buyer substituting for a missing generic white cardboard cover but that’s rare). A cover with a male portrait shot wearing a Paisley pattern shirt or jacket, most likely by a Hispanic artist, listing an address in Spanish in Puerto Rico and one in Philadelphia; the word “Borincanas” appears in the lower part of the front cover – a nickname for a person from Puerto Rico:
Update: 29 April 2016: I was in a local small record store today and given access to a “secret back room” with higher priced originals and bootlegs, after expressing interest in first pressings. Well, among other things, here is what I came upon:
Almost always, the insert has been glued on and cannot be removed without damage but as luck would have it, this one was loose and here is the cover CBM used in all its unobstructed glory:
The second cover:
After some research I was able to identify this album. due to the fact that just like the method used for identifying a pasted over Beatles Butcher Cover – there was ‘bleed through’ of a large black ink surface, in this case even letters spelling out the name of the artist – Jackpot!
This is a 1960’s LP called Bobby King Presents Stars In Revue
A fresh discovery from late 2017:
Easy hints here for a change. Obviously, this is a jazz record and the designer’s name, Saul Stollman, is clearly visible.
This is the New York Art Quartet album, first released in 1965: