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USA double vinyl album The Beatles / 1967-1970 (aka The ‘Blue Album’)

‘The Beatles / 1967-1970’ (aka The ‘Blue Album’) USA album – front cover
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‘The Beatles / 1967-1970’ (aka The ‘Blue Album’) USA album – inside cover, folded-out
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‘The Beatles / 1967-1970’ (aka The ‘Blue Album’) USA album – back cover
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  • Label: Apple SKBO 3404
  • Released: 2nd April 1973
  • Sales figures: over 8 million; Certified Gold – 13th April 1973; Certified Platinum – 26th December 1991; Certified Diamond – 25th July 2000
  • Peak position:
    Billboard – #1;
    Cashbox – #2;
    Record World – #1
  • Weeks at No.1: 1 – from 26th May 1973
  • Weeks in chart: 169 – from 14th April 1973

This was released simultaneously with ‘Red’ and went straight to the top of the charts, keeping ‘Red’ at number three. It then got knocked off one week later by Wings’ ‘Red Rose Speedway’.

Capitol decided to mix the album from tapes contained in their vaults, which resulted in a couple of strange mixing decisions. Firstly, they used the mono mix of ‘Hello, Goodbye’ (off the single), when they had a perfectly good stereo version available on the German ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ LP. They also decided to cut ‘Hey Jude’ from 7:11 to 6:54 to fit on the disc.

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USA double blue vinyl album (Re-release) The Beatles / 1967-1970 (aka The ‘Blue Album’)

‘The Beatles / 1967-1970’ (aka The ‘Blue Album’) USA album – Apple record label
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  • Label: Apple SEBX 11843
  • Released: 21st August 1978
  • Peak position:
    Billboard – #75

This special blue vinyl edition was released to coincide with the Bee Gees’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ rock-opera movie.

Whilst the movie itself was a forgetable flop, it did manage to re-ignite some interest in The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’ LP. Capitol took advantage of this renewed interest to re-release some of The Beatles’ other LPs too – one of which was ‘The Blue Album’.

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USA double CD album (Re-release) The Beatles / 1967-1970 (aka The ‘Blue Album’)

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  • Label: Apple
  • Released: 5th October 1993
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USA remastered double CD album (Re-release) The Beatles / 1967-1970 (aka The ‘Blue Album’)

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  • Label: Apple/EMI
  • Released: 19th October 2010
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