@versionfiv: Put "alternate Abbey Road photos" into Google. Bunch of articles on it... I really don't understand why this photo keeps coming back as the main photo either. This is definitely not the best nor most interesting photo available of the guys. The Abbey Road photo that was used as the cover is more interesting than this. I think people just go "Wow, this isn't the Abbey Road cover! Amazing!" and vote it up... Bah.
i am at a loss as to why this is the most popular beatles photo... and i'm sure an overzealous journalist with an unbalanced life wrote a 5 page article about this photo though, so, anyone got a link to said essay?