Offered for sale is an original U.S. pressing of the album Hey Jude by the Beatles with the rare title sticker on the cover.
About this copy: The copy offered for sale has a 10″x2″ sticker across the front cover that says, “HEY JUDE” in large red block letters. The sticker is attached to the cover itself, rather than the shrink wrap, though the wrap is still intact. The label has the original title, The Beatles Again, and catalog number, SO-385.
The record is a beautiful VG++, with just a couple of super-faint marks from being removed from the paper inner sleeve. It doesn’t look as if it’s been played more than once or twice. The cover is M-, with a very tiny bend in one corner. The original shrink wrap is still on the cover, and has the original breathe holes that were common to Capitol pressings. The sticker has discolored slightly at the edges due to aging.
This copy came from someone who acquired a large collection from a former Capitol Records employee. It is the only copy of this album with the sticker that we have ever seen.
Background: Following the success of 1968’s White Album, properly titled, The Beatles, Apple Records put together a compilation album of songs that had not previously been released by either Apple or Capitol Records. The resulting album was to be entitled The Beatles Again, a play on the title of their previous outing.
The songs on the album covered most of their career, starting with I Should Have Known Better and Can’t Buy Me Love from 1964, Paperback Writer and Rain, from 1966, and some non-album singles from 1968 and 1969 – The Ballad of John and Yoko and Old Brown Shoe, Lady Madonna and Don’t Let Me Down, and of course, Hey Jude and Revolution. After some records had been pressed showing the title of the album as The Beatles Again, the band and/or record company decided to change the title of the album to Hey Jude.
The finished album had one title and catalog number on the label (The Beatles Again and SO-385) and another on the cover (Hey Jude and SW-385). Not only that, but the album cover featured only a photo of the Beatles, without so much as the name of the band or the name of the album. Shortly after release, a few copies of the album were issued with stickers on the front cover with the title of the album.
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