The thing about The Beatles is, it wasn’t just their music. It was everything.
Everything they touched was stretched, re-invented, looked at in a different way; expanded and transformed: clothes, their travel and exploration. Their views and philosophies. And good old album covers. Amazing things were yet to come with Revolver and Sergeant Pepper. But take a look at humble old Beatles for Sale. The discretion of the album title (smaller than EMI's logo). Their expressions (a little tired?). No longer gawky young men. They are maturing rapidly. More an up-market glossy magazine than an old cover for vinyl. The tracks proved not to be their most powerful of selections and there were still a cluster of covers to fill the album (but, we’re not fussing). But the artwork showed whatever they touched could reveal a surprise.
And read this from inside the gate-fold by Derek Taylor “ The kids of AD 2000 will draw from the music the same sense of well-being as we do today”.
Well-being. We need plenty of that in 2017.
It's another reason we love The Beatles.
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