Nigel Parkinson, Cartoonist

Nigel Parkinson, Cartoonist
This is him, at a recent Comic Con (Photo (C) Alan A Andrew)

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Back in the U.S.S.R

On the left, the album everyone knows, Revolver, as issued in 1966 on the Parlophone EMI label. Wasn't it a good one?

Over in the Soviet Union in 1966, there were no Beatles records- that sort of thing was discouraged by the government. For "discouraged" read "outlawed". When Revolver was eventually released in the then-U.S.S.R on LP in 1979, it rather confusingly had a few different songs on it, and more puzzlingly, a different cover. At first glance it looks the same, but the montage of photos is different- and, curiously, the drawing itself is different! Very close, but not the same! Anyway, I'm always glad to see an illustrator get more work, so I'm OK with it.

In the end, the Revolver we all knew in our street was released in the former U.S.S.R on CD with all the right songs and the right cover! Hoorah, a victory for huge Multinationals AND art, music and illustration. Now we can sleep peacefully again.

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