Readers Poll: The Best Album Covers of All Time

Selection include 'Nevermind,' 'London Calling' and 'Sticky Fingers'

blog comments powered by Disqus

7. The Beatles, 'Revolver'

German-born artist and musician Klaus Voorman was a longtime friend of the Beatles, and an obvious choice to draw the Revolver cover. The group played him their new track "Tomorrow Never Knows" before he sketched his first draft. "They were being so avant-grarde," Voorman has said. "I thought the cover has to do the same thing. How far can I go? How surreal and strange can it be?"

He asked the Beatles to give him old photos of themselves, and he pasted some of them onto his own drawings. He had trouble with George Harrison's face, so he pasted newspaper photos of eyes and lips onto it. For many years Voorman worried that the original was lost – but he claims to have recently tracked it down. "I'm not going to tell you where!" he said. "It's well kept and looked after and I'm happy about that." 


Photos: Linda McCartney's Shots of Paul and Other Iconic Musicians

The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: The Beatles' Revolver

The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time: The Beatles

Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.