Diamond Dogs was David Bowie’s swan song as a glam rocker. He moved on to blue eyed soul and then became the thin white duke and yadda, yadda, yadda. I was unfamiliar with some of the controversy over the album cover art so it’s time to quote Wikipdedia:
The cover art features Bowie as a striking half-man, half-dog grotesque painted by Belgian artist Guy Peellaert.
It was controversial as the full painting clearly showed the hybrid’s
genitalia. Very few copies of this original cover made their way into
circulation at the time of the album’s release. According to the
record-collector publication Goldmine
price guides, these albums have been among the most expensive record
collectibles of all time, as high as thousands of US dollars for a
single copy. The genitalia were quickly airbrushed out for the 1974 LP’s gatefold sleeve, although the original artwork (and another rejected cover featuring Bowie in a sombrero cordobés holding onto a ravenous dog, an image captured by Terry O’Neill ) was included in subsequent Rykodisc/EMI re-issues.
Okey doke, here’s the cover in all it’s stretchy, freak show, canine splendor:
Here’s the LP in its entirety: