Diamond Dogs

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Diamond Dogs album cover (1990 EMI reissue)

Diamond Dogs is a concept album by David Bowie, originally released by RCA in 1974.

The cover art features a striking half-dog, half-Bowie figure painted by 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 was 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[1]) was included in subsequent Rykodisc/EMI re-issues.


  1. Terry O'Neill (1985). Legends. Viking Adult. ISBN 978-0-670-80933-2