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USA double vinyl album The Beatles / 1962-1966 (aka The ‘Red Album’)

‘The Beatles / 1962-1966’ (aka The ‘Red Album’) USA album – front cover
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‘The Beatles / 1962-1966’ (aka The ‘Red Album’) USA album – inside cover, folded-out
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‘The Beatles / 1962-1966’ (aka The ‘Red Album’) USA album – back cover
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  • Label: Apple SKBO 3403
  • Released: 2nd April 1973
  • Sales figures: over 7 million; Certified Gold – 13th April 1973; Certified Platinum – 26th December 1991; Certified Diamond – 25th July 2000
  • Peak position:
    Billboard – #3;
    Cashbox – #1;
    Record World – #4
  • Weeks in chart: 164 – from 14th April 1973

Although EMI had released ‘A Collection Of Beatles’ Oldies’ in December ’66, no ‘best of’ Beatles album appeared in the States until ‘Red’ in ’73.

It was put together purely as a way of fulfilling the Capitol contract that they signed in ’69, which committed them to two new record releases every year – either as a band or solo performers. The decision was also hastened by a few bootlegs rattling round the bargain buckets in second-hand shops. The September ’72 edition of ‘Motor Trend’, for example, had already advertised a 100-song set called ‘The Story Of The Beatles’. But the most famous one of all (and proberly the most famous bootleg of all-time after Bob Dylan’s ‘The Basement Tapes’) was even advertised on TV! It was called ‘Alpha-Omega’ and came as a two double-disc …

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USA double red vinyl album (Re-release) The Beatles / 1962-1966 (aka The ‘Red Album’)

‘The Beatles / 1962-1966’ (aka The ‘Red Album’) USA album – Apple record label
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  • Label: Apple SEBX 11842
  • Released: 21st August 1978
  • Peak position:
    Billboard – #95

This special red 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 Red Album’.

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USA double CD album (Re-release) The Beatles / 1962-1966 (aka The ‘Red Album’)

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  • Label: Apple
  • Released: 5th October 1993
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USA remastered double CD album (Re-release) The Beatles / 1962-1966 (aka The ‘Red Album’)

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