Showing posts with label Revolver. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Revolver. Show all posts

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Beatle quotes

“I think it will go down as one of the longest sessions ever, but we’re trying to produce a really musical LP, not just record those four boys on guitars and drums! We’re using strings this time, and even trumpet on one track.”

- Ringo on Revolver, 1966

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Klaus Voormann's "Revolver" sheet music

Along with creating the cover for Revolver, Klaus Voormann also designed covers for sheet music of the album's songs. We've featured some of those in the past. Here's the entire collection.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Alles Gute zum Geburtstag, Klaus Voormann

Beatle friend, Manfred Mann bassist and Grammy-winning LP cover artist Klaus Voormann is 81 today.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Beatle Quotes

"It will be the best we’ve done. We’ll lose some fans with it, but we’ll also gain some. The fans we’ll probably lose will be the ones who like the things about us that we never liked anyway, and those we gain are the ones who want to hear us breaking into new things. Every track on the LP has something special…George wanted to get his Indian stuff on the record. I wanted to do some new electronic things, and John even had a song in which his inspiration was the Tibetan Book of the Dead."

- Paul, 1966

Sunday, December 1, 2019

"Revolver" sheet music with Klaus Voormann cover art

In addition to providing the cover to Revolver, Klaus did the artwork for a series of sheet music covers for songs from the album.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

A tribute to Beatles photographer Robert Freeman

Robert Freeman, who provided the cover photos for five Beatles albums (and nearly a sixth) died yesterday, Nov. 8, at age 82.

In an online tribute, Paul McCartney said Freeman was an "imaginative and a true original thinker" and "one of our favorite photographers during the Beatles years."

"People often think that the cover shot for 'Meet The Beatles' of our foreheads in half shadow was a carefully arranged studio shot. In fact it was taken quite quickly by Robert in the corridor of a hotel we were staying in where natural light came from the windows at the end of the corridor."

That photo, which first appeared on the Beatles' second British release, With the Beatles, captured and solidified the band's iconic early look.

Freeman also shot the cover photos for Beatles for Sale, Help! and Rubber Soul, and his individual shots of the band's members were used on the cover of A Hard Day's Night

He also prepared a cover for Revolver, but the band instead chose to use the famed black-and-white drawing and photo collage created by their friend Klaus Voormann. Freeman never provided cover art for a Beatles album again. A reported affair John Lennon had with Freeman's wife may have been a contributing cause. 

In his book about John, Lennon/Beatles biographer Philip Norman alleged that John's relationship with Sonny Freeman Drane inspired the song "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)". Cynthia Lennon also wrote about the affair in her book, "John". Even so, some of Freeman's photos of the Beatles appear in Voormann's collage. Freeman also shot the cover photos for John Lennon's 1964 and 1965 books, "In His on Write" and "A Spaniard in the Works."

Here's a selection of Freeman's Beatles covers, including the "lost" Revolver photo collage he created, followed by Paul's full tribute. You can see more of Freeman's work in "The Beatles: A Private View." 

Paul McCartney Tribute to Robert Freeman
Dear Robert Freeman has passed away. He was one of our favourite photographers during the Beatles years who came up with some of our most iconic album covers. Besides being a great professional he was imaginative and a true original thinker. People often think that the cover shot for Meet The Beatles of our foreheads in half shadow was a carefully arranged studio shot. In fact it was taken quite quickly by Robert in the corridor of a hotel we were staying in where natural light came from the windows at the end of the corridor. I think it took no more than half an hour to accomplish.
Bob also took the Rubber Soul cover; his normal practice was to use a slide projector and project the photos he’d taken onto a piece of white cardboard which was exactly album sized, thus giving us an accurate idea of how the finished product would look. During his viewing session the card which had been propped up on a small table fell backwards giving the photograph a ‘stretched’ look. Instead of simply putting the card upright again we became excited at the idea of this new version of his photograph. He assured us that it was possible to print it this way and because the album was titled Rubber Soul we felt that the image fitted perfectly.
I will miss this wonderful man but will always cherish the fond memories I have of him.
Thanks Bob.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

New Beatles-inspired guitar pedal features Klaus Voormann art

A new guitar effects pedal, Dr. Robert, from Aclam features artwork by Beatles friend Klaus Voormann.

The pedal, manufactured by Aclam, features a look inspired by Voormann's Revolver cover art. And it promises to deliver Revolver-like sounds as well: it was designed to replicate the iconic Vox UL730 amp, used by The Beatles on Revolver and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Here's a sample:

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Artifact: Klaus Voorman "Revolver" sketch

Via Bonhams:

Klaus Voormann (German, Born 1938): The Beatles,
circa 1966,
a 'Revolver' album cover sketch in pencil, signed by the artist, in card mount, 7¾ x 8in (19.5 x 20cm)


  • Exhibited: Deutsches Haus der Geschichte, Bonn, 2006.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

New series of limited-edition Revolver collages coming from Klaus Voormann

Genesis Publications, which never produces anything I can afford, has teamed with Klaus Voormann on a series of collages based on Voormann's cover for the Beatles' Revolver LP.

Each piece is different and hand-signed by Voormann. And there will be only 250. You can learn more here.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Beatles Bits: Weekly News Roundup

Olivia Harrison has received permission from local authorities to construct a new facility to house George Harrison's private archives on the Friar Park Estate.
Olivia Harrison will remove temporary storage and utility units at Friar Park and erect new buildings after being given consent by South Oxfordshire District Council, the planning authority.

The development will nclude an archive building for the storage of family papers and objects which are currently stored in “unsuitable conditions” in various places around the estate.

The building would measure 20m by 8m and include accommodation for an archivist.

There's very little info to date, but Variety reports that producer Michael de Luca, the mastermind behind the "50 Shades of Gray" films, is working on a John Lennon and Yoko Ono biopic with Yoko's participation.
“The Theory Of Everything” writer Anthony McCarten will write the script and produce with Ono, De Luca, and Josh Bratman of Immersive Pictures.

Don't get excited by the Liverpool Echo's headline: The Sgt. Pepper suits going on display at the city's Beatles Story attraction are replicas, created in 2000. Still it's good to see that there will be a celebration there of the album's 50th anniversary.

The Beatles Story is also displaying a limited edition poster featuring an alternative photo from the album's cover shoot, which was given to 100 EMI executives on the 20th anniversary of Pepper in 1987.


Who was Pablo Fanque? This article looks at the history behind the circus poster that inspired the Beatles' "For the Benefit of Mr. Kite."


Klaus Voormann has teamed with Genesis Publications for a deluxe edition of his recent graphic novel detailing his creation of the Beatles' Revolver cover.
Each of the 500 available copies will include one of Voormann's signed original drawings from his personally curated collection. The box set, which celebrates the artist's 1967 Grammy for Best Album Cover, Graphic Awards, includes a special 12-page booklet, a foreword from Paul McCartney, an introductory letter from Ringo Starr and contributions from former Manfred Mann bandmate Mike d'Abo and Professor Lawrence Zeegen, Dean of the School of Design at Ravensbourne.
To get updates on what will likely be a very nice, but expensive, book go here. BTW: Amazon is listing a paperback "German edition" of Voorman's book for $55. The text in the preview pages is in English. So perhaps the book is printed in Germany but includes German and English text? Not sure, but it looks nice.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

History: Beatles Book Monthly November 1966

The Beatles' official magazine for November 1966 continues to update fans on the group's post-touring, pre-Sgt. Pepper activities.

There's details on John Lennon's role in "How I Won the War," along with George and Pattie Harrison's trip to India:

And an interview with Paul McCartney, in which he discusses the different track listings on the band's American releases …

… his views on the future and touring ...

and his thoughts on songwriting and why the band didn't record portions of Revolver in Memphis, as originally planned:

The news page, meanwhile, includes items about Paul's soundtrack for "The Family Way, " (referred to by a different title) and shows "She Said, She Said," coming in last in a poll of readers' favorite Revolver songs …

… among other items: