The Beatles’ seventh album was released in early August 1966. Following the release of Rubber Soul the group had embarked on what was to be their final UK concert tour and, following a lengthy break, they returned to Abbey Road to record continually for three months. Having longer in the studio had paid off with greater creativity and experimentation, and with John and Paul in fine form as writers. George also made his mark, with three of his compositions appearing on a Beatles album for the first time. The distinctive album sleeve design was the work of Klaus Voormann, an old friend from their Hamburg days.