PEPPER'S REIKI HEARTS CLUB BAND...
© 2006 James Deacon
official release date for the Beatles' album "Sgt. Pepper's
Lonely Hearts Club Band" was June 1, 1967 (however in the
UK the album actually went on sale on May 26).
those unfamiliar with the album, the cover picture shows the Beatles
(dressed as Sgt. Pepper's Band), posed in front of a 'crowd scene'
comprised of more-or-less life-sized images of famous names from
various different walks of life.
Blake (who designed the Sgt Pepper album cover) asked John, Ringo,
Paul and George to make lists of people they would like included
in the 'crowd scene' collage..
also made a list himself, as did Robert Fraser, Peter's gallery
with all these lists, not everyone was going to make it into the
were dropped for expediency's sake (for example, John's list of
names had included Adolf Hitler. It had also included Jesus -
but after outrage in the US in response to John's comment about
the Beatles being "bigger than Jesus", this was another
name not to make the final list)
there were others who, although their cut-outs had been
chosen for the final lineup, didn't quite make it - one, for example,
was dropped after demanding a fee. And someone else actually asked
to be replaced with a palm tree..!
who did eventually make it onto the album cover, included:
W.C. Fields, Sigmund Freud, Edgar Allan Poe, Marlene Dietrich,
Karl Marx, Bob Dylan, Marlon Brando, Stan Laurel, Oscar Wilde,
and Oliver Hardy.
strangely, while Jesus and Hitler didn't make it, somehow Aleister
Crowley - dubbed " the wickedest man in all the world"
-did make it!)
here's the interesting part:
people are not aware that Peter Blake and photographer Michael
Cooper produced (at least) three different versions of
the cover photo...
is a (cropped) copy of the version that actually made it onto
the album cover:
the other versions? Well, it seems they have been almost entirely
a copy (again, cropped) of one of the versions that didn't
make it to the album cover (in this one, Paul is sitting on the head
of the stone bust). There's yet another version below.
what's all this have to do with Reiki", I hear someone say.
Well, LOOK CLOSELY
just recognise three familiar Reiki faces