Saturday 12 October 2013

Vinyl Feature: The Beatles - The Red and Blue Albums

The Red Album front cover

Today I am featuring two double albums together simply because they belong together having being released on the same day as complementary collections of The Beatles "A-side" singles hits spanning their career together. Despite having singles hits with cover versions this series only included songs composed by the Beatles themselves.

The first album is titled "The Beatles 1962-1966" but came to be commonly known as "The Red Album", and the second album "The Beatles 1967-1970" which came to be known as "The Blue Album". They were released together on the 2nd of April 1973 and I think it is still one of the best compilations of Beatles songs ever created.

The Blue Album front cover

My particular copies are original first edition and in near mint condition, even the covers are very good! 

The photos on the front and back of each album were taken years apart by photographer Angus McBean in the stairwell at EMI House, the EMI headquarters building in London.
The photograph used on the inside of the gatefold of both albums is from the "Mad Day Out" photo session in London on Sunday the 28th of July 1968.

Blue Album inside gatefold
 The record labels (shown below) were green apples on red and blue backgrounds respectively, whole on side one and halved on side two, and if you know what to look for on the label you can find out which edition you have. 



The inner sleeve record covers are paper, red and blue depending on album, and have the lyrics printed on the outside. The way the corners are cut also indicate first edition.


Track listing "The Red Album"

Disc 1
Side 1
Love Me Do
Please Please Me
From Me to You
She Loves You
I Want to Hold Your Hand
All My Loving
Can't Buy Me Love

Side 2
A Hard Day's Night
And I Love Her
Eight Days a Week
I Feel Fine
Ticket to Ride

Disc 2
Side 1
You've Got to Hide Your Love Away
We Can Work It Out
Day Tripper
Drive My Car
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)

Side 2
Nowhere Man
In My Life
Paperback Writer
Eleanor Rigby
Yellow Submarine

Track listing "The Blue Album"

Disc 1
Side 1
Strawberry Fields Forever
Penny Lane
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
With a Little Help from My Friends
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
A Day in the Life
All You Need Is Love

Side 2
I Am the Walrus
Hello, Goodbye
The Fool on the Hill
Magical Mystery Tour
Lady Madonna
Hey Jude

Disc 2
Side 1
Back in the U.S.S.R.
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
Get Back
Don't Let Me Down
The Ballad of John and Yoko
Old Brown Shoe

Side 2
Here Comes the Sun
Come Together
Octopus's Garden
Let It Be
Across the Universe
The Long and Winding Road

I found my copies in Malmsj√∂ HiFi Helsingborg, the owner of the store has a box of really nice vinyl on the front desk for sale and being a vinyl fan himself he can give you great advice about your sound system and turntable and he even does repairs and upgrades on premises. Tell him I sent you.


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