Abbey Road Album Cover Posters
This poster is of the well-known cover photo of the album Abbey Road.
Four members of The Beatles -- John Lennon, Ringo Star, Paul McCartney and George Harrison -- are crossing Abbey Road in a line. Their cloths are quite different from each other. John is wearing a white suit. Ringo is wearing black suit, Paul is wearing navy-blue(or dark gray) suit, and George wears dungaree shirt with blue jeans. In addition, Paul is holding tobacco in his right hand and walking barefoot! I don't know why… This image makes me feel the sense of "not uniformed", as if it implies their fate of falling-out.
Those who salute to the Abbey Road
This photograph is famous and outstanding not only among the cover art of Beatles, but also whole history of pop music history. It has a great influence on later generations of musicians. For example, Red Hot Chili Peppers is one of those, who showed their nude in the cover photo of The Abbey Road E.P., with a strong respect to this giant in the past.
The impressive cover photo was taken by a Scottish photographer named Iain Macmillan (1938-2006). After studying photography at the Regent Street Polytechnic in London, Macmillan worked with Beatles, taken some cover photo and members’ portraits. Of course, Abbey Road would be one of his masterpieces in history.
Innovative Concept as an Art
The concept of the artwork, at that time, must have been very innovative approach. In the old ages, ordinary design of record covers was just a portrait of musicians; that is, a photograph of band members, looking into the camera and smiling, with no concepts at all.
However, on the other hand, the cover photo of Abbey Road challenges the ordinary stereotype. In its composition, all members are facing the side, and it would be obvious that Mr. Macmillan deliberately chosen this angle. As a result, the photo itself can be art with strong concept, being independent from the album.
About the Album
The eleventh studio album of The Beatles, released on September 1969 in the U.K. It was produced by George Martin, who also contributed in orchestration and sound arrangement. The album contains such beautiful musical masterpiece as Come Together, Something, Here Comes The Sun and so on.