Hey Jude • Beatles US album

USA vinyl album Hey Jude

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‘Hey Jude’ USA album – back cover
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‘Hey Jude’ USA album – Apple record label
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  • Label: Apple SW 385 STEREO
  • Released: 26th February 1970
  • Sales figures: after 4 months – 3 million; Certified Gold – 6th March 1970; Certified Platinum – 26th December 1991
  • Peak position:
    Billboard – #2;
    Cashbox – #2;
    Record World – #1
  • Weeks in chart: 33 – from 21st March 1970

Side A: Can’t Buy Me Love / I Should Have Known Better / Paperback Writer / Rain / Lady Madonna / Revolution
Side B: Hey Jude / Old Brown Shoe / Don’t Let Me Down / The Ballad Of John And Yoko

Produced by George Martin

All tracks by Lennon/McCartney except (8) Harrison

Total running time: 32.59

Allen Klein convinced them to put this out to raise a bit of money for the dwindling Apple empire (and to bump up his fat bank account). It looks a little bit like a Greatest Hits package, but a quick gander at the tracks reveals that that’s not the case… it’s just a collection of songs that have never been released on a Capitol LP.

There are, however, a few peculiarities. Both ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ and ‘I Should Have Known Better’ had already appeared on the ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ soundtrack – but that was a United Artists’ LP. (They had only ever been released as singles on Capitol.)

Other songs that could have been included but never made it were ‘Misery’, ‘There’s A Place’, ‘From Me To You’, ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, ‘I’m Down’ and ‘The Inner Light’. All of these songs …

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USA remastered CD album (Re-release) Hey Jude

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  • Released: 21st January 2014

This was released as part of ‘The US Albums’ box-set. The entire track-listing is repeated on the same CD twice – the first time in stereo, and the second time in the original mono.

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