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30 September 2012
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Wildcat
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To me, Beatles For Sale is about the coolest album cover of all time. The worst is the Capitol Yesterday…And Today 'trunk' cover.

If you want to include post-Beatles' releases, then I change the worst one to the Rock and Roll compilation, one of the stupidest concepts ever – the "genius" responsible for that one should have been demoted to assistant janitor.

30 September 2012
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Wildcat said

To me, Beatles For Sale is about the coolest album cover of all time. The worst is the Capitol Yesterday…And Today 'trunk' cover.

If you want to include post-Beatles' releases, then I change the worst one to the Rock and Roll compilation, one of the stupidest concepts ever – the "genius" responsible for that one should have been demoted to assistant janitor.

Its even worse since John offered to do the cover but wasnt taken up. A Beatle offers to design the album and EMI pass.

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1 October 2012
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I know! How unprecedented is that? John never really contributed to a Beatles cover, did he? Aside from maybe approving of the "Rubber Soul" cover or coming up the White Album cover. And the notion that after years of indifference he'd suddenly taken enough of an interest in a Beatles compilation to want to prepare an album cover…wow.

It's hard to imagine what that cover should've looked like. I know Ringo hated the '50s American iconography, called it inappropriate for a '60s band. I don't think conceptually it was necessarily awful, even though the final result certainly was. Too bad; that collection had a pretty excellent track listing.

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1 October 2012
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It might have been fear that caused EMI to pass considering some of the comments made about the album coming out by the ex fabs.  Two covers are horrid (whats whith the two thumbs?), the white background is the better of the lot.

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

Dont know if folks have seen these before, the first with the toothbrushes is a cover for a reportedly unused beatles album that was commisioned by Capitol.

 

 

The other is 'The Beatles – Very Together' which played on the 'Paul is Dead' nonsense (3 lit candles, one blown out) and featured tracks recorded with Tony Sheridan in 1962.  You can read about them here.

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1 October 2012
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That "Very Together" cover – I've always like it – especially since I'm pretty sure the album itself is (well, was) Canadian only.
Rock and Roll cover – I've always liked the middle cover, honestly.

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1 October 2012
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Thanks for the links MMM!

Where would they get the idea that the toothbrushes one was intended for an album cover, I wonder? It's not perfectly square like a cover would be; plus I was actually vaguely familiar with the artist. I guess it's just a standalone piece of conceptual art with no connection to Capitol records at all

I can't decide which of the three "Rock & Roll Music"s are more hideous – each one has it's "virtues".

I actually kinda like the cover of "Very Together", since it reminds me of my favourite Sonic Youth album cover. ("Daydream Nation", one of my Top 10 albums of the '80s)

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14 December 2012
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My favorite Beatles album cover is the White Album's cover. I know that might seem a bit strange, but I like it because it's so plain. You'd get the impression that the music would be plain, too, but it's anything but plain. The cover is like a mask for the collection of wonderfully diverse music that is the White Album.

My second favorite is the cover of the Blue (and possibly Red; I don't know, I don't have it) Album because they're looking down while standing on the balcony when they're older, and inside there's the same picture, but it's of the younger Beatles. I don't know if this is what it looks like in the UK or anywhere besides the US, and I have the CD, not the record (was there even a record?). But I like whatever version I have.

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15 December 2012
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The Best Album Covers

Sergent Pepper-I should mention it because it was the album of the decade

With The Beatles-one of my favorite pictures of the beatles

Worst, if There is a Worst!

I am going to cut Beatles For Sale some slack. The album cover is reflective of how tired the beatles were from touring, and I love George's turnip top hair. I don't think there is a worst album cover, they were so creative!

 

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15 December 2012
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   With the Beatles- one of my favourite pictures of the beatles

Totally agree! A lot of people think that the WTB cover is boring, and to be fair it is pretty simple compared to later album covers like Sgt Pepper…but have polo necks ever looked sexier?!…*drools*

My No.1 favourite album cover would have to be Revolver; classy black and white and not as garish, gaudy and busy as Pepper- but still striking, original, creatively designed and brilliantly drawn (Kudos to Klausa-hard-days-night-george-10)

I agree that the Rock 'n' Roll covers are, well, horrible. The boys look like melting waxworksa-hard-days-night-paul-7

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15 December 2012
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Egroeg said, "My second favorite is the cover of the Blue (and possibly Red; I don't know, I don't have it) Album because they're looking down while standing on the balcony when they're older, and inside there's the same picture, but it's of the younger Beatles. I don't know if this is what it looks like in the UK or anywhere besides the US, and I have the CD, not the record (was there even a record?)"

You must get (or look) at the Red.

The Red has the ORIGINAL picture from their beginnings. They went back to the same location to shoot the Blue picture at the end of their Beatle career. It's amusing to see how they've changed in just 7 years or so.

Yes, this was originally a record. Both Red and Blue are double albums that open up to show them intermingled in a crowd.

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15 December 2012
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Wow those covers are pretty ugly.
I love Sgt. Pepper and Revolver.

15 December 2012
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Abbey Road, but I also like Sgt Pepper and Revolver, but HDN is also good… ah crap, they are all good.

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15 December 2012
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I was about to say MMT was quite a bad cover, but then I looked at it again and decided I was wrong.

17 December 2012
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To me it's Rubber Soul – because it doesn't list the name of the band – just those four faces and you know who it is. I don't know if there had ever been an album before that where the name of the artist(s) wasn't on the front cover.

They didn't need to – they were that iconic.

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17 December 2012
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I never liked the cover of Let It Be. They all look dirty in those pictures, except maybe George. Especially John and Paul, their hair just looks super greasy.

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17 December 2012
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unknown said
I never liked the cover of Let It Be. They all look dirty in those pictures, except maybe George. Especially John and Paul, their hair just looks super greasy.

They were rockin' the grunge style before it's time :) .

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18 December 2012
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I always liked the US "Hey Jude" cover.  The US "Yesterday & Today" is awful.  

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20 December 2012
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Long John Silver
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I forgot to mention the worst :) , their worst is probably MMT.

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31 January 2013
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The best is Revolver or Sgt Pepper. They seem to be the most creative.

P.S. I'm such an artist I can draw the White Album cover.a-hard-days-night-ringo-6

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31 January 2013
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Favorite- Revolver

Least Favorite – Magical Mystery Tour : It pains me to say that because that was the album that turned me on to The Beatles when I was 4 years old. At that age, it was a "sparkly, shiny looking picture with four guys wearing animal costumes". As an adult, I find it a "hokey, low budget, let's throw this picture on the album and sell it" kinda thing.

That does not, however, diminish my love for that album. Many years later, I still get all nostalgic when I listen to it.

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