Sgt. Pepper cover stuff
3 Jan 2007 15:57:29 -0800
I hate those wax figures of the Beatles. The Ringo figure looks more
like Charlie Watts crossed with Keith Moon. The John figures looks
more like David Hemmings.
Who had the idea of putting the lyrics on the back which had never been
The CD booklet says the first edition came with a psychedelic wrapper -
what did it look like?
Scroll down to see what was the inner sleeve:
I remember The Fool being commissioned to do the cover, but when the
Beatles saw it, they thought it had an amateurish quality to it, so it
was rejected. Dunno what that looked like or if it ever surfaced as
(part of) something else...
Nice site. Thanks.
Wasn't there talk that Brian Epstein wanted it released in a paper bag?
Someone correct me if I'm wrong...(like that needs to be stated!)...but the
'cover' for SGT PEPPER the Fool designed (which was rejected), was used as
the inside sleeve...the 'wavy' red/pink/white design that can be seen at the
My misspost. The inside was commished to The Fool, then vetoed.
Actually, the link above bears this tale out.
To keep it close and handy:
Originally a Dutch group called the Fool had made a design for the
Miles: "Simon and Marijke painted a dream landscape of stylised
mountain peaks and wonderful birds, like an LSD-influenced Chinese
willow-pattern design. The sky was rainbow-ed with two oval panels for
text, one of which was filled with stars and comets. A further empty
panel had a flower border with a peacock draping its tail over the
side. Tiny figures of the Beatles peeped out from among the flora. The
style was Euro-psychedelic, owing much to Mucha, Beardsley, art nouveau
and nineteenth-century children's book illustrations. Unfortunately
they got the dimensions wrong, but even with a border added, the work
looked somehow second-rate. The Beatles, however, loved it."
So here's an APB for a Euro-psyche peacock by The Fool...
More art by The Fool here:
and you won't believe what else you'll find here:
Cool stuff! Thanks for the link!