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22 April 2014
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Joe said
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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I don't see why this should be offensive or inappropriate!!! On the White Album there is a picture with Paul naked behind a pillar, they still left that on the back cover!

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Well, that wasn't the back cover, it was on the poster included. And there were still sensitivities about that sort of thing in '66, I guess.

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One difference between the two is that Brian was alive in '66 and wasn't in '68. Hearing George M raising his concerns at such at image appearing on a Beatles LP might have concerned him enough to act, especially with the Butcher Cover having provided a fuss in the US. 

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I may be the only Beatles fan on earth who doesn't know, and I'm loathe to reveal my ignorance.  But this has irked me for decades!  


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@stuartgardner said

I may be the only Beatles fan on earth who doesn't know, and I'm loathe to reveal my ignorance.  But this has irked me for decades!  


I have trouble with that one, too... I'm pretty sure it's John, though. 


This was posted in the other Revolver thread about cover art: 



So I'm not the only one who has a hard time drawing George! I feel so much better now. a-hard-days-night-paul-8

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I'd say the cover's a bit claustrophobic 


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@Shamrock Womlbs said here

Dunno if this is the right place to post this but Klaus Voormann is about to release a graphic book about the making of the revolver  cover. Details here

I thought the info would be a good addition to this thread too, Shamrock W. Good stuff. Thanks.

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meanmistermustard said
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.
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Wow.  I would never in a hundred years guess that Parlophone/EMI would use such a picture back then!  Nice find @meanmistermustard  & @Ron Nasty

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Poor Ron. Getting tagged all the time when people mean Ron Nasty. 

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