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  1. Pete F. says:

    Ah yes, the rarely seen “before lunch” photo of the boys popping over to Paul’s for a bite to eat between sessions. Having forgotten his sandals, Paul and the others later appear in the better known “after lunch” photo, on their way back to Cavendish to retrieve said sandals.

  2. Kwai Chang says:

    The first of six?

  3. Jennifer says:

    Awesome! : )

  4. MarkZapp says:

    Two more reminders of the never ending influence The Beatles still have on the world today:The 2012 Summer Olympics in london opened with Paul McCartney singing as the finale for the opening ceremony and John Lennon was represented in the closing ceremony through music, video and an amazing live sculpture.

  5. Ishie says:

    MarkZapp I agree 100%!

    The Beatles are eternal & their influence is for the ages. I was quite touched by the Opening & Closing Olympic Ceremonies with Paul’s exuberant performance and John’s lovely, heartfelt classic ‘Imagine’ respectively. The live Lennon sculpture was beautiful and awe inspiring … a fitting tribute indeed.

  6. Guus says:

    Pete F. Where did you find that story?
    In my knowledge they started approx. 11.35 H walking 3 x and back, while the photographer made his 6 well known pictures. no. 5 to be the sleeven, in the meantime Linda shot some more, amongst them this one.
    After that they went back inside the studio and proceeded working with the then new moog.

  7. Pete F. says:

    It was a joke Guus 😉

    Thanks for the link though, cheers!

  8. Ali says:

    Well, I liked your joke Pete.

  9. Guus says:

    Well, I liked your joke Pete too (now)

  10. Chris says:

    I just thought of something. I wonder if John, Paul and George were worried about getting fired after they got rid of Pete. You know, just a worry in the back of their minds.

  11. Pete F. says:

    I’m sure they were, and rightly so! I tried to convince Brian to fire their asses and hire my mates Nasty, Dirk & Stig to form a new group but he wouldn’t listen. And the rest, as they say, is history.

  12. Kwai Chang says:

    @Pete F.
    What is it with a planetful of people that missed the line
    “A Cellarful Of Goys”???
    (Leggy Mountbaten’s autobiography)
    Thank’s for that opportunity to stay amazed.

  13. Michael says:

    I actually looked up “goys” b/c I’d never heard the word before. Needless to say, I was amused.

  14. Adam from Canberra says:

    The sun really brings out the “ranga” in John’s hair/beard. Fanta Pants Lennon.

  15. Kwai Chang says:

    Calling all Cars!
    Be on the lookout for a seventh MacMillan shot of the crosswalk!
    Okay, I’ve owned this album forever…I have convinced myself that Iain must have shot the crosswalk with nobody crossing and then wound up shopping it out to parody artists…Or at least to the soul group New York City for their 1974 album Soulful Road. 1974 was fairly promitive time for the graphic arts industry, so I believe the shot to be taken that day by MacMillan…because the figures are obviously added. Any help is appreciated.
    Get the cover scan here:
    Thanks, all help appreciated

  16. Kwai Chang says:

    (cont. from above)
    After looking at the back cover pic to the Soulful Road album, I feel that it is very similar to the shot used on the Abbey Road album. In other words, another unused shot from MacMillan.
    So, just in case anyone is interested, here is a compressed file(6.5mb) containing four scans(300 dpi) so the whole cover may be seen. I hope we can solve this darned mystery. It’s really been buggin’ me.
    Thanks, again.

  17. Pete F. says:

    Highly unlikely imho that test shots would *not* have been made that day, before the Fabs came out to walk the walk. I mean after all, is was to be the next BEATLES album cover!

    Looking at your Soulful Road cover Kwai, it really does seem to be from the same day. Taken ever so slightly to the left of the actual AR cover shot, everything lines up, the trees, the shadows. Many of the parked vehicles are the same: of course the VW but check out the red car for example, down the road on the right.

    Is MacMillan credited on the SR cover Kwai? Is the music any good? Thanks for keeping the spark alive.

    Cheers! Pete

  18. Kwai Chang says:

    @Pete F…
    Thanks for the push…
    I’ll admit, I don’t listen to the album…
    Here’s the strange part…
    I have never seen it before, but there in the credits is the following:
    Front cover – Iain MacMillan, Back cover – Bill King…
    What a trip…I guess I was too busy looking at the front cover…
    Mini-mystery solved!
    (Now, Why is the vantage point off-center? Ladder poroblem?)
    Thanks! The bodies actually look like the Beatles own but have been resized to match the band…although, I’m a little hesitant to be sure!

  19. Michael says:

    Copyright, Johnnie…COPYRIGHT! It’s the same old song….

  20. Kwai Chang says:

    We’ll gather lilacs in an old brown shewww

  21. Kwai Chang says:

    I guess the next question about the Soulful Road album cover IS:
    Did Iain MacMillan do the ‘cut and paste’ work regarding bandmembers or did he merely provide the picture of an empty crosswalk? Because if he delivered the finished artwork as it was used, then, those might just be the Beatles own bodies with the heads of the New York City guys pasted on…so where is that shot???
    (I’m just stirring the pot, folks…I was bored)

  22. philalban7 says:

    Very interesting! Hadn’t seen the Soulful Road cover before. Must be a test picture of the empty crossing. If any trickery was to be done removing people surely they’d have done it with the actual frame used on the Abbey Road cover. Same reason applies to why they wouldn’t just cut and paste the heads.

  23. Kwai Chang says:

    Cool! You know that Lewisohn says there’s only six of The Beatles crossing the crosswalk. I wish it were more like MacMillan presented them with the ‘best’ six frames from the roll…but we’ve never seen a contact sheet so…maybe there really is only six. But, most rolls of film are 12 shots minimum…plus the back cover…it’s still within the realm of possibility…
    (I just emailed goodypress in search of Bill King with the story, scans, and a lot of begging. I hope we hear something from him…I was a subscriber for a long time.)

  24. philalban7 says:

    Looks like the Soulful shot was taken at a different time of day to all the others. If you look at the long shadow on the road behind Soulful Ringo’s back you’ll see it’s closer to the white line than on any of the pics with The Beatles in. Same for the shadow cast from the VW Beetle. Whether it was earlier or later in the day I can’t tell.

  25. Kwai Chang says:

    I wonder why the soulful shot is from slightly off center…
    Did they move the ladder out of the road for traffic every shot (or every two shots)…I’ve heard it is a pedestrian’s peril at that junction w/ Grove’s End Rd.

  26. Kwai Chang says:

    re: Shadows
    It looks like the sun is moving from right to left in the Abbey Road pictures which means the Soulful Road is after the Beatles shots. That’s strange…but, so is a relocated ladder…maybe the empty crosswalk was as afterthought.
    (I guess that’s the end of the road for this one…)

  27. Don Percy says:

    The one thing I’m certain about is that I’m not sure of anything. The tree shadows indicate a later photo. The human shadows look partially faked or ‘re-touched’ to use an older term. This would concur with bodies shot elsewhere and later inserted onto the background. The first blokes head (‘John’) shows traces of being a ‘cut out’. “Paul’s” body is too small (and dark) to belong to Beatle Paul. The faces look to have been shot in real sunlight – for a better match (than a studio set up). I think the suits are just a good match. (My two cents…)’

  28. Kwai Chang says:

    Why did the chicken cross Abbey Road?
    (To watch Lizzie watch The Beatles?…maybe)

  29. Nick says:

    30 replies for the crossing;
    6 emails to kill Bin Laden.
    Priceless! :)

  30. Terry says:

    I’ve got a threory about Soulful Road.

    Abbey Road runs north by north-west, looking in the direction the camera is facing. So the sun is roughly to the south, which would be correct for late morning and also, if you check the direction the Beatles’ shadows fall, you can tell the sun is right behind the camera. It’s close to midday.

    For the Soulful Road tree shadows to have elongated like that, it means the sun has only moved a bit – the shadows are coming down from a high angle, through the tree tops, and it’s a little later on.

    Now for my theory: That photo of New York City is real but has been heavily re-touched to make the clothing look more like the Beatles’.

    Why? Well, for one thing, check their shadows. They run slightly off towards the right, just like the tree shadows now do.

    For another thing, all the angles are right. Assuming the step ladder hadn’t moved, then the photographer has gone back up it, but not all the way. That’s why he’s slightly off-centre, and also why he’s not as high – look how much more fore-shortening there is of the road itself. The camera is lower.

    Now look at the figures crossing, and their relative heights are just about correct. They guy in white – his head is above the roof of the Beetle car, so he’s also been photographed from a lower height. And the guy next to him – his head nearly touches the “horizon”.

    Maybe they were hanging out at Abbey Road and asked Iain MacMillan to do one of them too – just for a laugh – which he did, only climbing half-way up the ladder for haste.

  31. Kwai Chang says:

    Thanks, Terry
    I wish MacMillan was still alive. Does anyone know the quantity and price of the “six prints from the A.R. session” that MacMillan produced years back? (Actually, I think there were only five prints). I guess it’s trivial to most, but I love Beatle details. I doubt that the group New York City were there that day(5 years before the 1974 album)…but I bet they got the picture from MacMillan. The question is WHO DID THE GRAPHIC ARTWORK? That still might not answer everything. I want all outtake pics from every album cover photo shoot. It would make a great book. (Kodak paper please)…

  32. Kwai Chang says:

    Where was Yoko?
    I don’t think I’ve seen any pics that confirm her attendance…
    Maybe she waited inside….

  33. Kwai Chang says:

    (previous comment De-coded):
    Where is Tammy?
    Has anyone seen her?
    She is just hiding/resting

  34. Johnny Silver says:

    isn’t today – sept 20 – the anniversary date of the infamous meeting at apple where john quit the band for good?

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