The Beatles Red & Blue Album Balcony Photo Location

The Beatles album covers of both 1962–1966 (Red) and 1967–1970 (Blue) showed The Beatles looking down from a stairwell at EMI’s Manchester Square headquarters in London.  They used pretty much the same pose, camera angle, setting and photographer (Angus McBean).

The Beatles Red Album EMI Stairwell Location

The Beatles 1967-1970 Blue Album Cover EMI Stairwell Location

The earlier photo used for the “Red Album” was taken in 1963 and produced the photo that was used on their first album, Please Please Me.


The Beatles Please Please Me Get Back Album Cover EMI House

The later photo used for the “Blue Album” was taken in 1969 and produced the photo originally intended for The Beatles Get Back album.  The Get Back album was shelved and eventually became Let It Be so the stairwell photo was only used for the Get Back single.


The Beatles Get Back Single Please Please Me EMI House Balcony Photo

Here’s some cool photos of The Beatles with George Martin the day of the first photo shoot in front of the EMI House balcony.

The Beatles 1963 EMI House Please Please Me Photo

The Beatles 1963 EMI House George Martin Please Please Me Album Cover

The building is located at 20 Manchester Square London W1U, UK. This is what it looked liked when The Beatles took their album cover photos.

EMI House Manchester Square The Beatles Balcony Photo Location

EMI House The Beatles Balcony 20 Manchester Square Get Back Please Please Me

It has since gone through renovation and now looks like this.

EMI House 20 Manchester Square The Beatles

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