THE BEATLES. LET IT BE COVER, COPIED AND PARODIED (2019): Can you dig it, dig it . . .

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THE BEATLES. LET IT BE COVER, COPIED AND PARODIED (2019): Can you dig it, dig it . . .
You can't help but note that after their quickly knocked-off debut album Please Please Me (and its cover taking even less time), the Beatles' album covers were considered and became iconic.

All except those for their movies.

The cover for A Hard Day's Night was just a montage of uncredited stills from the film, Help! was shot by Robert Freeman (who did the iconic With the Beatles, Beatles for Sale and others) but it isn't up to much, and Magical Mystery Tour (also uncredited) wasn't any better.

Yellow Submarine they had little to do with.

LetitbeboxAnd that only leaves Let It Be, again just shots by Ethan A Russell taken during the sessions and more time and effort was spent on the elaborate packaging (cardboard box, book of photos) than on the actual cover itself.

Yet oddly enough the Let It Be cover became as iconic as most of their others, its four-frame photos much copied and parodied down the decades.

As we have done with Please Please Me, With the Beatles, Rubber Soul, Sgt Pepper and Abbey Road, we here look at the original cover and its trickle-down into popular culture.

And we start with the obvious . . .

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and here we go with bootlegs

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and now it just gets silly . . .

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and a New Zealand entry

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and more . . .

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Scandinavian jazz (reviewed here)

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just the two of you? No problem (reviewed here

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Teutonic rock anyone? (see here

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this is just cruel

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and lest we forget, McCartney's revisionist Let It Be production

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Mick - Jan 25, 2020

Or were the Beatles inspired by the Brady Bunch opening titles?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_The_Brady_Bunch_characters

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