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This fantastic image, which Zappa intended as a "direct negative" of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, was created to be the cover of the Mother's third album, but was relegated to the interior gatefold because of legal action by Paul McCartney and Capitol Records (further proof that McCartney is, and always has been, a scumball).

The album itself is a brilliantly crafted lampooning of 1960's culture, and I am hard pressed to think of a way to portray that intention that tops this image. Though it was initially hidden within the album, a reissue years later would place this image in its rightful place as the cover of the album.

Date: 2013-06-24 02:44 am (UTC)
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I know a few people who've worked with Paul McCartney, including my brother, and they all think he's lovely. (And also very serious about veganism.) So there!

Date: 2013-06-24 08:21 am (UTC)
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That's very cool that you know people that had the opportunity to work with him, and I'm glad their experiences were nice.

Maybe my perception of the man would change if I had the opportunity to meet him, but everything I've read about him makes him seem like a real self-important jerk. And he is far and away my least favorite Beatle.

Date: 2013-07-20 11:08 pm (UTC)
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I never saw the reissue you speak of, but I do have two copies of the original. I've even turned a turntable backward to hear what the backwards words were: MGM forced Zappa to perform a lot of self-censorship while under contract, and he retaliated by recording some passages backward and inserting them in the record anyway. Savvy fans have been taking the LP and listening to it backward for generations now.

Date: 2013-07-20 11:32 pm (UTC)
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If I recall correctly, the reissue was a Europe-only edition and it was both WOIIFTM and Lumpy Gravy in one set.

Yeah, I've read a lot about the struggles Frank had with record labels over the years. I think the Rykodisc reissue of this album, which inferior for many reasons (new drums, etc.), does benefit from having those backwards passages set frontwards.

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