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Klaus Voormann Revolver album art
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13 February 2013
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Hello, I've searched for the answer to this question on the internet without any luck. When Klaus did the cover art for Revolver he said he had to take out one photo. Which Beatle did the photo show, and why did he have to remove it from the album cover?

 

15 February 2013
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From Robert Rodriguez's book Revolver (which I recommend):

Klaus brought the finished art over to George Martin's office at EMI in Manchester Square. Without ceremony, he set it up atop a file cabinet for the unveiling before Martin, Epstein, the four Beatles, and a secretary. There was momentary silence as they took it all in, a heavy void that only served to stir Klaus's nervousness with every passing second. It was finally broken by Paul. "Hey! That's me sitting on a toilet!" Everyone gathered closer to peer at what he'd spotted. He was right; there he was, in a photo taken in Hamburg. George Martin tsk-tsked and said, "Well, we can't have that." "No, it's great," Paul protested. (Suffice to say, the offending image was removed.)

Possibly it was this one (though he's fully clothed, so it's minimally offensive):

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Should be noted that the "Butcher" shot had already been used in a British press campaign for a single. Can't remember which off the top of my head. Maybe "Day Tripper". Like so many Beatles things in '65/'66, reactions changed when they crossed the Atlantic.

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15 February 2013
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I wonder where exactly the toilet photo would've fit in on the Revolver collage?

Possibly it's place was taken by George in the cowboy outfit, and that's the reason that photo (originally from the back cover of Rubber Soul ) was recycled?

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15 February 2013
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The Butcher cover was used for promoting the Uk Paperback Writer single - the pics i could find arent the best quality but i presume its the right one. It went pretty much unnoticed when issued, same as Johns interview with Maureen Cleeve that led to the 'Bigger Than Jesus' mayhem in the US when taken out of context.

Maybe one day we will get the original outtake Revolver pic as its probably in the Apple archive somewhere or Klaus has a print in his collection - afterall i doubt many were expecting the uncropped unaltered Rubber Soul pic to hit the web.

Makes me wonder what Brian would have thought of a naked Paul on the White Album montage and whether or not the Beatles would have overruled him. But then you are entering the whole world of what ifs as everything would have been different.

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That's the one I was referring to. Saw it in a discography book back in the '80s. The Long And Winding Road. Can't remember who it was by. Just knew it was '65 or '66. And your other reference was my other reference. The "Bigger Than Rod" controversy. A lot of fans burnt their albums. A lot more fans burnt their fingers trying to burn their albums.

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16 February 2013
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What I loved was that the radio station that started all that "Beatles bonfires" nonsense, because "The Beatles are against God", were hit by lightning a couple of days after their bonfire. Bit like the Pope resigning and the Vatican getting hit. Wait. Hang on a minute. I'm an atheist. It's just a coincidence. It's just a coincidence. It's just a coincidence...

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vonbontee said
I wonder where exactly the toilet photo would've fit in on the
Revolver collage?

Possibly it's place was taken by George in the cowboy outfit, and that's the reason that photo (originally from the back cover of Rubber Soul ) was recycled?

Could be, but aren't there other reused photos? I think it would have been interesting to see in the collage, but I think it's perfect the way it is... The best album cover in my opinion.

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OK, it's gotta be that one on the back of the "Help!" cover I was thinking about, then. (I did indicate in my post that I wasn't sure - that's what all the question marks and "I think..."s are for! Memory almost full...)

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