Wednesday, March 11, 2015

11. The Beatles - Rubber Soul

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This is the hair we loved to wear in high school. Those memories kept me pondering on how to make these hairs look like the way they were on the cover of Revolver. I tried on several processing options,
and the best I could find was the poster edges. I also adjusted the colour of the title to resemble what I recall as the colour on the album I had. It does look lighter on this dark background.

On this image, the square original album cover design was stretched in order to fill half of an 18 x 10 frame and placed at right. A copy was flipped and added at left,
giving the viewer the feeling of being looked down upon by the Beatles and their mirrored doubles. The flipped image was then reduced and used to cover the
inverted title on the first flipped image. This process was repeated twice over, giving the viewer the feeling of being looked down upon by four more
guys on each of three levels, one on top of the other - and making him/her oblivious that its only purpose was to hide the inverted titles. 

Here's the original album cover art design.

No. 5 Rolling Stone, The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time; No. 8, Rate Your Music, The 100 Greatest Albums of All Time; No. 34, The Virgin All-Time Album Top 1000;
No. 46, Entertainment Weekly, The 100 Greatest Albums Ever; No. 153, Billboard, The 300 Best-Selling Albums of All Time.

No. 38, Music Radar, The 50 Greatest Albums Covers of All Time.

Photo by Robert Freeman, calligraphy by Charles Front. Album produced by George Martin. Parlophone 1965.

The "stretched" effect of the cover photo came about after photographer Bob Freeman had taken pictures of the group wearing suede leather jackets at Lennon's house.
Freeman showed the photos by projecting them onto an album-sized piece of cardboard to simulate how they would appear on an album cover.
The unusual Rubber Soul album cover came to be when the slide card fell slightly backwards, elongating the projected
image of the photograph and stretching it. Excited by the effect, they shouted, "Ah! Can we have that?" More

(A) Drive My Car - Norwegian Wood - You Won't See Me - Nowhere Man - Think For Yourself - The Word - Michelle

(B) What Goes On - Girl - I'm Looking Through You - In My Life - Wait - If I Needed Someone - Run For Your Life 

"Nowhere Man" live from TheBeatlesVEVOHQ on YouTube.