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

 |   |  2 min read

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 . . .

22Ruttles2_jumbo

and here we go with bootlegs

.

847634_300

.

R_5772150_1520347447_3248.jpeg

.

getback_1

.

and now it just gets silly . . .

.

44165619_p0

.

album_1222915207

.

legoitbe

.

img

.

R_2511292_1383177501_9656.jpeg

.

anime

.

and a New Zealand entry

.

coverart

.

and more . . .

.

6f9dde227430a733a85f541fcfbdc65b

.

6WsdP6x

.

71RSOXQOlsL._SL1200_

album_Death_Breath_Let_It_Stink

.

Scandinavian jazz (reviewed here)

kullha_jona_latdetvar_101b

.

just the two of you? No problem (reviewed here

f85v11

B1

.

Teutonic rock anyone? (see here

B2

.

B3

.

this is just cruel

beatles_caricature_8080

.

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

LetItBeNaked

Share It

Your Comments

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

post a comment

More from this section   Cultural articles index

LEONIE HOLMES PROFILED (2014): An explorer in the landscape of orchestra

LEONIE HOLMES PROFILED (2014): An explorer in the landscape of orchestra

One of the pleasures of being in a university music department is the chance to put faces and personalities to people whose music you might have heard but had no other connection to.... > Read more

Ferocious: Ferocious (Rattle)

Ferocious: Ferocious (Rattle)

It should come as no surprise to anyone who has followed Bill Direen's diverse musical and literary career that he should record an album for Rattle. He was there before punk, was briefly... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Hot Smoked Salmon Pasta

Hot Smoked Salmon Pasta

Cannot tell a lie, this one is lifted directly from the Salmonman flier that we picked up somewhere. Salmonman sells all kinds of salmon -- from smoked fillets to steaks and marinated kebabs --... > Read more

Billie Holiday: Lady Sings the Blues

Billie Holiday: Lady Sings the Blues

Anyone who has followed this fairly frequent column where we suggest reasonably priced records to expand your collection knows that, as a consumer service, we try to aim wide. In the past we've... > Read more