Tuesday, January 3, 2017

129. The Beatles - Help!/Abbey Road

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This work is a collage of images composed mainly of cut-outs from the cover art designs of the albums Help and Abbey Road by The Beatles.
The cut-outs are here arranged as each member of the band appears on the cover of the album Help!

The components are described in detail as follows.

H - "Harrison" was cut out from the purported signature of George Harrison.                      
E - "I Need You" is a song from Help! composed and sung by George Harrison.                     
L - "Lennon" is the author's self-styled calligraphy of the name.                                         
P - "Paul" was cut out from the purported signature of Paul McCartney.                              
! - "Oh Darling!  is a song from  Abbey Road  composed  and sang by  Paul  McCartney.  The
songwriting credits are given to John Lennon and Paul McCartney.                            

The image of the car was cut out from the front cover of Abbey Road.                     
"28IF LMW" is the car's license plate. Mail Online                                                                            

According to conspiracy theorists who advanced that Paul McCartney had died and    
had been replaced by an impostor for the album cover shot, Paul would have been   
28 IF he hadn't 'died'. In fact, Paul was only 27 when the album  was released in       
1969 but the theorists were still correct, for The Beatles had been followers of         
Indian mysticism and for them, the age of a person is counted not from birth but      
from conception. "LMW" stands for "Linda McCartney Weeps", referring to Linda        
Eastman whom Paul married earlier that year. 

A - "Starr" is the author's self-styled calligraphy of the alias. His real name is Richard           
B - "Bach" refers to Barbara Bach, Ringo Starr's second wife, who starred as Anya Amasova   
in the 1977 James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me.                                              
B - The image is from the cover of the album The Concert for Bangladesh, recordings from 
two concerts on August 1,1971 which were organised by George Harrison and Indian
sitarist Ravi Shankar in order to raise international awareness and fund relief         
efforts for refugees from East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), following the Bangladesh
Liberation War-related genocide. The shows were a pioneering charity event and    
set the model for future multi-artist rock benefits. wikipedia                                                
E - "George" is the author's self-styled calligraphy of the name.                                          
Y - "Yoko" is the author's self-styled calligraphy of the name of John Lennon's wife.             

The image of the girl in blue dress was cut from the back cover of Abbey Road.       

R - Nobody knows the identity of the girl dressed in blue. On the night of the theorists' 'car 
crash' it was raining heavily and Paul is said to have given a lift to a fan called Rita.
It could be that this girl is her, either fleeing the scene or running to get help.        
Mail Online
O - "O Garden" refers to "Octopus Garden", a song written and sung by Ringo Starr which     
appears on side A of the vinyl LP Abbey Road. It is only the second and last song      
that Ringo had written and sung for The Beatles.                                                   
A - The letter 'A' is here substituted by the legs of Ringo Starr, who appears to be flashing  
the semaphore signal for the letter "V" on the cover of Help! The signals flashed are
for 'NUJV'. Feel Numb
D - The letter 'D' stands for drum, Ringo's instrument with The Beatles.                             

The tweak of the album cover art design of Abbey Road is on this page.

This is the album cover art design of Help!

No. 119, The Virgin All-Time Album Top 1000; No. 273, Billboard, The 300 Best-Selling Albums of All Time;
No. 331, Rolling Stone, The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time

Photo by Robert Freeman. Album produced by George Martin. Parlophone 1965.

The album cover features the group with their arms positioned to spell out a word in flag semaphore, leading most to assume that the
band is spelling out the word HELP. According to cover photographer Robert Freeman,

“I had the idea of semaphore  spelling out the  letters H.E.L.P.  but when we came to
do the shot the  arrangement of the arms with  those letters didn’t look good.  So we
decided to  improvise  and ended up  with the  best graphic positioning  other arms.”

The best graphic positioning of The Beatles ended up spelling out NUJV. Feel Numb

(A) Help! - The Night Before - You've Got to Hide Your Love Away - I Need You - Another Girl - You're Going to Lose That Girl - Ticket to Ride

(A) Act Naturally - It's Only Love - You Like Me Too Much - Tell Me What You See - I've Just Seen a Face - Yesterday - Dizzy Miss Lizzy

"You're Going to Lose That Girl" live in the studio from Bruno Acevedo on YouTube.


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