Here’s a further instalment in our occasional series on Beatle (and Beatle-related) album covers or photographs that, over the years, have been borrowed as inspiration by others.
As observed on reddit recently, it’s a surprise that more bands haven’t used this iconic LP cover photograph as inspiration:
Maybe it’s because it would be limited only to EMI artists, and also that the actual building where the picture was taken now no longer exists…..
Then Blur in 1995:
Even before The Beatles looked down from that balcony, the famous English bandleader Joe Loss (signed to the EMI subsidiary label HMV) did the same pose:
And in 1983 it was Dutch Beatle Fan Club President Har van Fulpern’s turn:
When Universal Music re-issued the Beatles 1962-1965 (Red) and 1966-1970 (Blue) albums we posted some info on the Angus McBean photo shoot location here, including a video from a very keen fan who went to the trouble of tracking down the actual location of the shoot for the Red and Blue LPs – and of course for 1963’s Please Please Me release.
Both photographs of the old and new Beatles were taken at EMI’s former headquarters in Manchester Square, London – with the group looking down over the building’s stairwell. The building has since been demolished.Click here for the other posts in “Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery”.