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John Lennon's lead vocals on all five of his songs are some of his most powerful ever. The track of "Revolution" presented is the one Lennon came up with following the rejection of his slower "Revolution 1" for consideration as the group's next single after "Lady Madonna." Commonly labeled "the fast-version," some spine-tingling guitar work make this unforgettable. The several Paul McCartney tunes were some of the group's biggest hits. George Harrison's lone contribution, "Old Brown Shoe" is high-energy and has an infectious hook.
If you don't already own this one, here is a "fab" opportunity to enjoy... THE BEATLES AGAIN!
[2:19] Can't Buy Me Love
[2:39] I Should Have Known Better
[2:14] Paperback Writer
[2:14] Lady Madonna
[7:06] Hey Jude
[3:16] Old Brown Shoe
[3:30] Don't Let Me Down
[2:55] Ballad of John and Yoko
I was ten years old in 1970, which, I believe, is the year HEY JUDE was released in the United States as an LP. It was not released in the UK at the time (and I don't know if it's ever been anything but an import there) but I do know that it had an official international release beyond the USA. My brother bought a copy in Mexico in 1971, which had the Apple label (as did the one in the United States.)
If memory serves me, ABBEY ROAD, released in 1969, came out and was followed by the HEY JUDE LP, which was followed by LET IT BE. Beatles fans know that LET IT BE was recorded before ABBEY ROAD and that the songs on HEY JUDE spanned the Beatles career, but what is more or less forgotten is that all but two of the songs were not on any LP previously and that, given that this was not released in the UK at the time, this means the United States, and much of the world, had almost a whole album's worth of Beatles material which citizens of the UK had to seek on singles.
Since it was an Apple release, I think an argument can be made that the Beatles, who ran Apple, wanted this collection to be released. While they were disappointed with the Capitol releases before SGT. PEPPER'S because the U.S. was leaving off songs or adding songs not intended for the original albums, starting with SGT. PEPPER's the albums were the same in Britain and the United States. (In an exception to this, the UK only had MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR as an EP, while the U.S. release had all the songs from the EP plus several more.) HEY JUDE becomes the final exception to this rule. Up to 1966, the UK had more complete albums, and starting in 1967, the U.S. seems to have had the same albums as the U.K. plus some extras.Read more ›
Second: One of their best albums. You can find most of the songs either Past Masters V.2 or Beatles 1, but they're not the same. This has the original releases of Lady Madonna, Hey Jude, and The Ballad of John and Yoko. Overall definatley 5 stars!
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Sounds great, but this release like all of the other US Albums releases should have used the original 60's masters.Published 1 month ago by Roger Cleven
A must-have Beatles album. How could it possibly not be 5 stars? This CD version has the songs not in the order of the original album! Wtf?!?Published 1 month ago by Bert Schneider
I have loved this music for years, so I decided to add it to my collection. The sound quality is average at best. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Leslie Joy
I loved it......was very pleased with the album and was in excellent condition!Published 2 months ago by Shinedown79
I was 21 years old when the Beatles broke up on april 10, 1970. When they were together, they were without question, the #1 act in show business in America and Europe.Published 2 months ago by Richard Whitfill