As it’s feeling quite Autumnal (round here, anyway) here’s some beautiful photos from Beatles For Sale taken in Hyde Park, London in Autumn 1964. A couple of alternate photos and the proper cover.
“The album cover was rather nice: Robert Freeman’s photos. It was easy. We did a session lasting a couple of hours and had some reasonable pictures to use … The photographer would always be able to say to us, ‘Just show up,’ because we all wore the same kind of gear all the time. Black stuff; white shirts and big black scarves. We showed up in Hyde Park near the Albert Memorial and he was quite impressed by George’s hair then – a marvellous little turnip top he’d managed to create.“
“There’s priceless history between these covers. When, in a generation or so, a radioactive, cigar-smoking child, picnicking on Saturn, asks you what the Beatle affair was all about, don’t try to explain all about the long hair and the screams! Just play them a few tracks from this album and he’ll probably understand. The kids of AD2000 will draw from the music much the same sense of well being and warmth as we do today.”
[Derek Taylor, Beatles For Sale sleeve notes]
Photos by Robert Freeman.