Offered for sale is a Japanese pressing of Hey Jude by the Beatles, including the original obi.
About this copy: This copy of Hey Jude is a 1976 Japanese pressing on the Apple label of an album that was originally released in 1970.
The cover is M-. The obi is M-. The lyric insert is M-.
The disc is M- and may be unplayed. Clean disc!
A nice copy of a scarce Beatles LP.
Background: Hey Jude was a compilation LP put together by Beatles management, rather than Capitol or Parlophone Records. The release was intended to capitalize on the success of the group’s then-recent #1 single, “Hey Jude.”
The album consisted of a number of songs that had either been previously released as singles or which had not previously been released on Capitol/Apple albums.
The album reached #1 in the U.S., but wasn’t released in the UK until a few years later.
Appearing in the U.S. just two months prior to the band’s April 1970 breakup, Hey Jude is one of the odder Beatles records released during the group’s lifespan. Essentially a clearinghouse for singles that never appeared on album, the record relies heavily on songs released between 1968 and 1969, but it also stretches back to get both sides of the 1966 single “Paperback Writer”/”Rain” and “Can’t Buy Me Love” and “I Should Have Known Better,” two 1964 songs that never appeared on a Capitol LP (but did show up on the soundtrack to A Hard Day’s Night, which was released by United Artists in 1964). This scope inadvertently showcases the Beatles’ versatility and growth, as they move from the exuberance of Beatlemania to the intense psychedelia of the mid-’60s and then settle into rich post-Pepper days, where John, Paul, and George (Ringo sings no songs here) were all pursuing their own obsessions.
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