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11 February 2015
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^ Just goofing around is my guess.

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An update about Tim Bruckner. Last year he spent a few hours with a huge Beatles fan called Dale Applebee, and together they went over the Ringo cover to identify the cast of characters as best they could. Tim put me in touch with Dale, and I'm hoping to share the info with you all very soon.

I also asked Tim a stack of questions about working with Ringo. I think I got a bit carried away, but he's kindly offered to answer them when time allows. Here's the first:

How did you come to paint the cover of the Ringo album?

Tim Bruckner: I'd been working at a Jewelry store in Beverly Hills, Californian as a sculptor and apprentice jeweler. I'd been there almost two years when I realized that wasn't the career path for me. So, one day, sitting in my apartment, I thought I'd like to do album covers. I looked in the phone book and found two listings. There was no answer at the first one I called.  The second, Camouflage Productions, answered. I told the receptionist what I was interested in and after putting me on hold for a few minutes, asked if I'd be willing come to the studio and show my portfolio. I said yes.

The only hitch was, I didn't have a portfolio, so I took a handful of framed drawings off the wall, loaded them into the car and spent my last twenty-eight cents to get to the Hollywood hills, about twenty six miles from where I lived. I was greeted by a lovely, smoky voiced receptionist and asked to wait. Ten minutes later I was being interview by Barry Feinstein, famous art director/photographer. He looked at my stuff, seemed to like what he saw and asked me to wait.  He left the room and came back about twenty minutes later in the company of a tall, lanky, generously toothed gentlemen. I was introduced to Richard Perry, the producer for the Ringo album. He looked at my work, said something to Barry and the two left together. Shortly thereafter, Barry returned and asked if I had a passport. I did not. He told me I needed to get one as soon as possible. I was going to England to work on Ringo Starr 's album cover art.

That cover led to designing and illustrating the Average White Band Logo, Ray Charles' Renaissance album cover, a Lipps Inc cover, the prosthetic elephant nose for George Clinton's Trombipulation cover and the dust jacket for Cat Stevens' Buddha and the Chocolate Box.

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Wow. Will be fascinating to read, especially going by the one immediately above.  Imagine phoning up a company on the off-chance and an hour or so later being told you are going to be working on Ringo's album.

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Oh boy... This is FAB. He answered. It's really nice that he did it (and replied the other questions). Glad to read it

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Did you work closely with Ringo on the cover concept, or were you given free rein? What was your design brief?

Tim Bruckner: They already had the images of Ringo leaning against the giant letters, via Elvis. In the original pictures, Ringo's shirt is blue. They had it retouched to make it red. There was no concept at the time. I put together ten concept sketches and they picked the one with him on stage with a balcony full of people. There are twenty-six portraits in the balcony. The rest are people I invented.

I was working on the design at the R or R offices at night. When I needed inspiration, I'd take a walk through the London streets and come back to work inspired. I didn't meet Ringo until I went to England so I don't know what his involvement was before hand. Ringo's cover sidekick, the cherub, happened after I got home. Having met the man and spent some time with him, I understood how important humor was to him and his circle of friends. The cherub just seemed like an natural extension of that part of his character, funny and a little mischievous.

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Can anyone furnish me with a high-quality scan of the Ringo album cover? Preferably bigger than 3000x3000px, with no creases/scuffs. The biggest I can find on Google Images are around 1000px.

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Joe said
Can anyone furnish me with a high-quality scan of the Ringo album cover? Preferably bigger than 3000x3000px, with no creases/scuffs. The biggest I can find on Google Images are around 1000px.

Email me - joe at beatlesbible.com - if you can help!

I only have the CD and it is even harder to distinguish anything.

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20 February 2015
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I might have to buy a vinyl copy unless someone can help! I only have it on mp3.

Quick update. I've had some real gold from Tim Bruckner and Dale Applebee, both of whom have been incredibly generous. I won't be posting more here just now - the stuff Tim is giving me is so good it deserves to be a proper feature. Trust me, it'll be worth the wait.

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@Joe. I've asked over at bootlegzone as folk have been able to post HQ scans of other albums before. Nothing guaranteed but i figured it wouldnt hurt.

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20 February 2015
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I got a reply but it may not be very helpful sadly. Someone posted a link to a 1500 x 1500 scan of it

(http://www.albumartexchange.com/gallery ... -ringo.jpg)

but certainly for me i get a message, going direct and thru the front door, that permission is denied because of my region. Maybe you can figure a way of getting in.

Here's the thread over at bootlegzone if you wish to keep an eye on it and i'll post here if anyone else is able to help here as well.

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It says I am forbidden also with error 403

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Whats the point of a website if no one can get in it. Its LP artwork not the secret code to mankind's DNA.

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Thanks @meanmistermustard. I might be able to get a hi-res scan from Dale, though his email service seems to be a bit unreliable.

I looked at the Bootlegzone thread. Someone posted quite a big image, which I'd seen before on Google Images, but it's not the full version (it cuts off the left and right sides, including Tim Bruckner's self portrait). I traced an outline of all the figures in Photoshop before realising I needed a fuller version, but I should be able to extend it if/when one arrives.

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What about one that's about 2800x2100?

 

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EDIT: Oh, that's precious, it got resized on upload. Anyway, here's a link to download the original at the size I mentioned: 

Album cover on Flickr

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Thank you! That'll do nicely, I just have to remove the price sticker. Leave it with me.

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Thank you! That'll do nicely, I just have to remove the price sticker. Leave it with me.

The price sticker may make it more valuable (if you even place a monetary value on it :)

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OK, this has taken quite a while to pull together. Huge thanks to Tim Bruckner and Dale Applebee for patience and generous help.

I wrote a piece on the Ringo album (new content - yay!).

The second page has a breakdown of the cast of characters on the cover (alliteration - yay!).

And here's the best of all. I fired off a stack of questions to Tim Bruckner and he very kindly sent back some very detailed answers. And he sent me some rare (and I think previously unseen) artwork from the era, including work-in-progress pieces for the abandoned film Harry and Ringo's Night Out. Please do check them out because they're not to be missed.

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Thanks for putting this together for us, Joe.

A tap-dancing MBE. I wonder how many of those there are around?

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There are some of us out here who would like to see the pilot of Harry and Ringo's Night Out. If someone does have it, I hope it will come to light one of these days.

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Nice to think that my initial mention of the artist led to trcanberra suggesting "What about the artist?" leading Joe to contact the artist!

Some fascinating insight gathered there, @Joe! Interesting to see the Harry and Ringo's Night Out stuff, maybe more interesting to see Klaus' rejected album cover. I can see why it didn't make the cut, and not sure I've ever seen it before.

I'm going to make an observation on an uncommented on figure. Number 53 I think it is! Beside the Eggman, just behind Paul, there's a figure that looks like a cross between Frankenstein's monster and a teddy boy. I just wonder if this wasn't a forgotten nod toward:
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