Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery – Part 3

A couple of posts ago we featured some of the album covers which blatantly copied or where perhaps inspired by the Beatles Let It Be. That followed this fairly similar copy from back in 2010 of the cover for their compilation The Beatles Number 1. 

Now it’s time for the White Album.

Released in 1968, its cover was a simple and stark contrast to the visual complexity of the Sgt Pepper LP which (at least in Britain) immediately preceded it:TheBeatles68LP

Since that austere, one-colour look with absolutely minimal text there has been more than a few followers to have worked the same theme. Here, in no particular order, are just some of the many:

Brian Eno - Music For Films -Talking HeadsLive at Leeds

Of course, good old plain black has been very popular over the years:Metallica_-_Metallica_coverSpinal+Tap+-+This+Is+Spinal+Tap+-+LP+RECORD-441227The_Roots_-_OrganixDire Straights making_moviesarctic_monkeys_suck_it_and_see_2011_retail_cd-front1gangof4The+Undertones+-+Positive+Touch+-+LP+RECORD-129174The FieldBeggarsBanquetLPOf course, John Lennon’s own Live Peace in Toronto probably qualifies too: john-lennon-live-peace-in-toronto

So too does McCartney’s side project The Fireman with his 1993 release Strawberries Oceans Ships Forest:Fireman_Strawberries_Oceans_Ships_ForestKnow of any more? Let us know.

See also Part 1 and Part 2.

4 thoughts on “Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery – Part 3

  1. A variation on this: In 1980, National Lampoon issued a comedy record entitled “The White Album.” Instead of imitating the Beatles’ all-white jacket, the sleeve depicted a group of Klansmen in a recording studio.


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