Had it not been for a very tight deadline, the now-iconic cover design for the Beatles’ classic album Abbey Road might have appeared quite differently today, according to John Kosh, the former creative director for the band’s label Apple Records. Back in 1969, he was conceiving the look for the next Beatles album titled Get Back when he later found out that it was being replaced on the release schedule by a new record called Abbey Road. Now Kosh had to quickly come up with a brand-new design before the record hit the shops. “I suddenly found myself, ‘By God, I’ve got to do this and get it out on Wednesday?’” he recalls today. “That’s how it all happened.”
Featuring Kosh’s understated yet groundbreaking design and the famous photograph by the late Iain Macmillan, Abbey Road is one of the most recognizable album covers of all time alongside the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and The Beatles (a.k.a., The White Album). On its 50th anniversary this year, Abbey Road is being reissued this Friday in a number of configurations—including a super deluxe edition set containing a newly-remastered version of the album on CD and Blu-ray along with previously unreleased music from the sessions.