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The Beatles: A Private View Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 30, 2003
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Some people have thought the image was a montage, but it was a single shot. The printing of the sleeve turned out much darker than expected. A lot of the textured quality in the reproduction print was lost. In fact the English version looked like four white faces in a coal cellar. Fortunately, the American version, with the title changed to Meet The Beatles, was the same black-and-white photograph with a blue tone, showing more detail in the shadow area.
This cover shot was an extension of my black-and-white jazz photography and the idea for the composition came from a photograph taken earlier the same year of three graphic designers (see previous page). The picture had a mood and directness that was the antithesis of the way groups usually appeared on album covers at that time. George Martin deserves credit for supporting this approach since colour was the norm for pop albums. Although George ran the subsidiary Parlophone label, the cover had to be approved by the management at EMI.
My original idea was to feature the picture of The Beatles across the whole album without logos or titles. By then, The Beatles were famous and their faces well known. This would have been a truly original breakthrough. But the proposal was too radical for EMI, and at the time neither Brian nor The Beatles had authority over those decisions. That changed a few years later with Rubber Soul.
I was originally offered the equivalent of $50 for the cover, which was the standard fee, but a far cry from what photographers make for covers today. However, Brian did support me in persuading EMI to pay double their normal fee--$100. A bargain considering the number of albums sold worldwide and the description in the New York Times Book Review that it was the "quintessential rock album cover." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
This author has a real flair for natural expression and the writing style is crisp and fresh. This is a book with something to offer everyone and I cannot recommend it highly enough. As the only Beatles' fan in my family, I've "introduced" many relatives to the wonderful phenomenon that was the Beatles!
This one gets a stellar endorsement and an enthusiastic "YEAH, YEAH, YEAH!" from me! I love it!
This is a different book than the original! first quality and great new pictures!
Don't waste your money - by Hoffman's or Lewisohn's chronicles book if you want nice photos, and more insightful text.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought the newer edition (used) but it came without a dust cover. Is that how it comes now? Also are there more photo's in this edition than the 1990 or '91 version? Help?Published 10 months ago by Nathan
Un magnífico libro lleno de fotografías poco conocidas o inéditas de Los Beatles, tomadas por su fotógrafo y amigo Robert Freeman, con muchos... Read morePublished on October 31, 2011 by JESUS HEREDIA LUQUE
Great never before seen pics.Fun to revisit a special time thanks to Robert Freeman's words and photographs. The whole era comes back in beautiful black and whites.Published on September 26, 2011 by Ajax
From the days when photographers survived by their wits, ideas and sheer ingenuity and well represented here with the work of Bob Freeman, a true Pro. Read morePublished on March 17, 2011 by Keith B. Trumbo