The Beatles gathered at EMI Studios (3 Abbey Rd, London) on the morning of Friday 8th August 1969 for one of the most famous photo shoots of their career. Photographer Ian Macmillan took the famous image that adorned their last-recorded album, Abbey Road.
Prior to the shoot, Paul McCartney had sketched his ideas for the cover, to which Macmillan added a more detailed illustration. (image 1)
A policeman held the traffic as Macmillan, from a stepladder positioned in the middle of the road, took six shots as the group walked across the zebra crossing just outside the studio.
Morse and I got ever so bored waiting for followers to talk to us that we built a time machine, went to 1968 and took two photos. I took photo of John and Ringo, who are my favourites. Morse took photos of George and Paul I suppose. I don’t know where Morse is though. In the meantime, enjoy these fine specimens of our time traveling adventures.
3 December 1965: The Beatles album Rubber Soul is released.
Cover photo by Robert Freeman; image courtesy of thebeatles.com.
Tracks: Drive My Car [Lennon/McCartney]; Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) [Lennon/McCartney]; You Won’t See Me [Lennon/McCartney]; Nowhere Man [Lennon/McCartney]; Think For Yourself [Harrison]; The Word [Lennon/McCartney]; Michelle [Lennon/McCartney]; What Goes On [Lennon/McCartney/Starkey]; Girl [Lennon/McCartney]; I’m Looking Through You [Lennon/McCartney]; In My Life [Lennon/McCartney]; Wait [Lennon/McCartney]; If I Needed Someone [Harrison]; Run For Your Life [Lennon/McCartney].
“Rubber Soul was my favourite album, even at that time. I think that it was the best one we made; we certainly knew we were making a good album. We did spend a bit more time on it and tried new things. But the most important thing about it was that we were suddenly hearing sounds that we weren’t able to hear before. Also, we were being more influenced by other people’s music and everything was blossoming at that time; including us, because we were still growing.” - George Harrison, The Beatles Anthology
“I liked the way we got our faces to be longer on the album cover. We
lost the ‘little innocents’ tag, the naivety, and Rubber Soul was the
first one where we were fully-fledged potheads.” - George Harrison, The Beatles Anthology