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‘The Beatles’ Ballads’ UK album – front cover
Front cover
‘The Beatles’ Ballads’ UK album – back cover
Back cover
  • Label: Parlophone PCS 7214
  • Released: 13th October 1980
  • Sales figures: 150,000
  • Peak position:
    NME – #21;
    Record Retailer – #17
  • Weeks in chart: 16 – from 15th November 1980
‘The Beatles’ Ballads’ UK album – outside cover, folded-out
Outside cover, folded-out
‘The Beatles’ Ballads’ UK album – Parlophone tape cassette label
Cassette label
  • Label: Parlophone TC PCS 7214
  • Released: 1980
3-star review  from  James Sturgeoff

This album should properly be called "Paul McCartney’s Greatest Hits" as 13 out of twenty tracks we’re written by him. John is woefully under-represented on this collection. Where are the Lennon ballads such as "In My Life"? "Julia"? "Strawberry Fields Forever"? "Don’t Let Me Down"? How does the toe tapper "All My Loving" qualify as a ballad? Or "Hey Jude"? And if this was intended to be a McCartney showcase (as it seems to be) where on earth is "Eleanor Rigby"? One cannot argue about the songwriting mastery of the Beatles, and every song included is a gem. It’s just that it’s a poorly balanced collection. Better you seek out a vinyl copy of "Love Songs" for a better overview of ballads.

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