When we started way back with Part One of the Beatles With Records series it was based on the premise that (quote): “Despite selling multi, multi-millions of the things, it’s kind of strange that you hardly ever see photographs of the Beatles themselves with, or listening to, records”.
Well, through lots of help from Beatles Blog readers we’ve actually amassed quite a lot of photographs to disprove that theory.
And here are some more….
Back in that first post we showed this great photo of John Lennon surrounded by guitars, amplifiers, speakers and 45 singles, listening intently to music:
Here is another angle from that same day:
John is a bit of a running theme throughout this post. In this next photograph he seems to be holding either a big reel-to-reel tape box, or some sort of record box from the classic Epic Records company:
You can clearly see the company’s old logo on the front. In the 1960s EMI, the Beatles’ record company, had a distribution deal with Epic to release their titles in the UK – so maybe it was a box of sample records from them for him to listen to?Epic is still going strong of course. Here’s another of John seeking out a track to play on a great-looking jukebox. It’d be interesting to know which song he chose to listen to….
There are no recognisable discs in this next one of John and Yoko rehearsing, but there’s a shelf full of records behind them none-the-less:
This next photograph shows the couple on the promotion trail for Imagine:
Not sure which LP John is listening to here:
Back in Part 5 we showed this photo of Beatle manager Brian Epstein holding a UK copy of Help!:
Another photo has come in which gives the close-up shot above a great deal more context. Brian was actually studying the cover of Help! amidst the hubbub of the Beatles getting ready to make some sort of an appearance, or about to go on stage: This next one is associated with the same Beatle film-related project. It’s pretty easy to guess that the band is at a press conference in the United States, only this time associated with the US version of the LP from the film Help! It came with a different cover:
Here’s another photograph of Brian Epstein, this time with a much earlier album, Please Please Me:
Meanwhile, back to John Lennon, and two photograph taken around the time of the release of Double Fantasy. Check what looks to be a sample image of the cover stuck on the noticeboard:And, in the same office, signing the back covers of promotional copies of Double Fantasy to go out to reviewers at radio stations, magazines and newspapers:
We’ve previously featured Paul McCartney besieged by fans when trying to move between a building and his car. The fans are thrusting out albums to be signed. You can see a couple of good examples in the Beatles With Records Part Twenty, and also in Part Fourteen. Sometimes, from the look on his face, you get the feeling that Paul must be thinking “Will this ever stop?”Most times though he seems very willing to smile and help fans out where he can:And to finish, a couple of earlier Paul photos with records from his Beatle days:
And from the Wings days:You can see the entire Beatles With Records series here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16,17,18,19 and 20.
In the black and white photo of John and Yoko rehearsing, you point out the shelves of records but say none of them are recognisable. I disagree. I think on the bottom shelf, you can see part of the Elvis box set which was released in 1970, not long before this photo was taken, I would guess. You can see the full box here:
Thanks Terry. Reckon you are correct with that, and very good spotting! We’ll do an update shortly.
The second to last photo looks like the cardboard cut-out of Paul in the Beatles Shop in Liverpool, hence the records on the wall…
Now that I look at that photo again I think you could be right. It does look like a cardboard cutout!