While I am rating The Beatles albums it occurred to me to rate The Beatles album covers. Most of their covers are spectacular with one a few exceptions. It is as hard to rate the album covers I am finding out as it is to rate the music. The ones I ranted are the 13 UK studio albums. The Beatles album covers were as fine as the music they contained. Odd but their four best album- in my opinion are also the four best album covers- maybe not in the exact order.
#13- Let It Be- Four separate photos of each of The Beatles- the end had come.
#12- Yellow Submarine- colorful – drawing of The Beatles created by Heinz Edelman for the animated movie.
#11- Magical Mystery Tour- never cared for the album cover- but loved the 24 page booklet that came inside.
#10- Help! The Beatles spelling out NUJV in flag semaphore.
#9 A Hard Day’s Night- Just different pose’s of the individual Beatles. I always liked this cover.
#8-The Beatles For Sale- The boys look so tired- great photo though.
#7 THE BEATLES AKA THE WHITE ALBUM- An album cover- all white with The Beatles printed very small. No photo. As simple as Sgt. Pepper was extravagant.
#6- PLEASE PLEASE ME- Angus McBean took the photograph of The Beatles looking down from the stairwell at EMI Headquarters in Manchester Square. The stairwell is now gone. The recreated the photo in 1969 for the Get Back project- the 1969 photo was used for the greatest hits- blue album.
#5- With The Beatles- Bob Freeman took the photograph in the corridor at the Palace Court Hotel in Bournemouth. Ringo is down in the corner because he was the last to join and the shortest. Record executives wanted to reject the cover because The Beatles weren’t smiling. George Martin saved the day.
#4- Rubber Soul- photographer Bob Freeman took the photograph in the garden at John Lennon’s house. As far out as the album.
#3-Revolver- created by The Beatles old friend from their Hamburg days- Klaus Voorman. I spent hours listening to the album and looking at this album cover.
#2- Abbey Road – – The only Beatles album cover that you can visit- and walk across the street like The Beatles did. It was fun- but watch the traffic. it is an active street.
#1- Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band- The album cover as art. Greatest and most famous album cover ever.