In Defense Of The Beatles US Releases

Here’s a bone of contention I’ve been meaning to address for many years. This is very long and confusing, so, I’ll get straight to the point…

Whenever the subject of the US Capitol Records Beatles releases is brought up, it never fails to morph into the usual stale “Capitol was greedy!” or “Capitol ruined everything!” nonsense. This usually occurs with fans who are either mis-informed or just like to follow the status quo. Granted. Most foreign fans had the releases as they were intended. Most Yankees were not that fortunate and the music was gleaned from what was released in the USA. With that, no one is at fault. That all changes when people start claiming “Capitol Records destroyed their music! They ruined the sound on EVERYTHING!”, and, my favorite: “The Beatles always gave value for the fan’s money! They kept the singles separate from the albums!” 

What people continuously fail to recognize is the main objective of every record label is to make money. Plain and simple. To think otherwise is downright silly, so, in early 1963- when Capitol US turned down the Beatles- it was due to the fact they’d been burned before. 99.9% of the acts they signed from the UK bombed. With that in mind, why should they take a chance on an unknown English band, who’s music was a complete radical departure from all the “safe” and stale songs of the day? Thankfully, when they heard “I Want To Hold Your Hand”, they gave the green light. Mind you, in 1963, Capitol Of Canada did sign them but the first three singles they released all bombed. Apparently, “Love Me Do’, the version with Ringo Starr on drums, sold a staggering 78 copies! Awesome! “Please Please Me” fared much better by selling an incredible 180 copies! Amazing! “From Me To You” broke all records by selling a whopping 500 copies! Yes, it was REALLY taking off with a bang, right? Yeah…..OK! Anyway, Paul White, who served as the label’s marketing manager and worked in the Artists & Repertoire Department, was the reason they were signed. He liked their “fresh, new sound”, and- after the three 45’s bombed- was asked by the higher ups, “Why are you releasing these records? They are all stiffs!” White responded, “Quite frankly, I like them. This group is dynamite, plus they’re selling zillions in England and they can’t all be wrong”. The higher ups said, “We’ll give you one more chance, but get on something different!”

So, to Paul White’s credit, Capitol Of Canada stuck it out through three dud releases by the Beatles. Had he not insisted, the head honchos would’ve dropped them like a pair of old underwear. Anyway, it was with the fourth single, “She Loves You”,  the label realized they were onto something different and special. Capitol US wasn’t so optimistic. OK. Big deal. It happens. If you are up on your Beatles history, Decca and other labels all said “no” as well. In the end, Capitol US finally woke up and made the right decision.

Just because “procedure” may be handled a certain way in a certain land, doesn’t mean it’s going to gel in other regions of the world. Here’s a prime example: In the UK, royalties are paid per album, whereas, in the USA, it’s per song. That’s big. Because of this law, it would cost Capitol a lot more in royalty payments. Hence part of the reason the US albums were recompiled to feature 11 or 12 songs instead of the 14 which is the norm in the UK. Of course, they wanted to create “more product” and why not? They would keep songs off albums, add songs from a previous album, throw in a current hit single, which- at the time- was common practice in the USA. With this approach, “more product” was achieved. This, of course, was not conducive to what the band intended, but- as a fan who collects records- it means more stuff for me to enjoy! Good! Another bonus for us Western Hemisphere types is many of the songs were alternate mixes/edits not available anywhere else. Love it. To go a step further, look to the releases from countries like Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, all the Scandinavian countries, Japan, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand etc. Check their discographies and you’ll see the practice of reconfiguring albums and singles was not exclusive to Capitol Records USA/Canada. 

Now, when it comes to the sound, this is where Capitol did screw up but it wasn’t all the time like so many want to believe. The 45’s were definitely pressed way too hot. The only excuse is they were mastered this way so they’d work well for AM radio. I agree. It’s lame, but, many US labels mastered their singles in this irritating manner. One cool aspect of the US 45’s is that Capitol created picture sleeves for each and every one of them (when Apple took over, the picture sleeves slowed a bit). Each single was like a celebration. In the UK, there were only two picture sleeves. Boring!

As for the US LP’s, Capitol’s honcho, Dave Dexter, most certainly went too far with the added reverb, but, this was usually exclusive to the stereo pressings only. He was also attempting to do his job. He tried to make these foreign recordings sound “big” and, what, he thought, Americans would prefer the music to sound. For most of the first two US albums, plus “The Early Beatles”, the soundtrack of “Help!”, and, possibly, a few tracks on “Yesterday…And Today”, Capitol was sent stereo dubs only. No one knows why this occurred, but, it resulted in Capitol having to create crappy “fold-down” mixes for some of the monophonic releases (look up “fold down mixes”). Until a proper answer says otherwise, that blame goes to EMI in the UK. The non-fold-down-mono albums all sound great (yes people…..it’s true). The practice of creating “fake stereo” mixes from mono recordings was nothing new and most labels followed the same procedure. Do these “duophonic stereo” mixes sound good? Hell, no. They suck and should have simply been kept in their original mono format. The “worst case award” for this irritating practice has to go to “I Feel Fine” and “She’s A Woman” from the stereo pressing of “Beatles’65”. How these two sonic abominations made it past Capitol’s quality control still baffles me. Aside from the embarrassment factor, they are extremely painful to hear (IMO, the US mono mix of “I Feel Fine”– mixed with extra reverb by George Martin- is eons better than the doinky, dry UK mono version). As for the other fake stereo mixes, they all sound like pure crap. On the other hand, Parlophone UK created fake stereo mixes for “Love Me Do”, “PS I Love You” and “She Loves You”. They all suck too, so, it’s not as if they never screwed up. Once again, to go a step further, labels in other countries also created their own fake stereo mixes, yet, all the blame falls on Capitol Records. One thing is for sure, The Beatles never refused the royalty payments from any of these “dreaded” US releases, so- the concept that Capitol Records should be the one to carry the moniker of “bad guy”- is beyond silly. Please, people, STOP already!

Now for my favorite…

“The Beatles always kept singles separate from the albums”.

This notion is the most laughable. Why? Because, starting with their first UK LP, “Please Please Me”, they added both sides of TWO singles. This means, FOUR songs meant for 45’s were placed on their very first album. Yeah…OK! Nice way to start things off, guys! Granted, they utilized the version of “Love Me Do” with Andy White on drums and Ringo Starr on tambourine (as if most fans could tell the difference). Regardless, it’s still the same song! To top it all off, later, in 1963- the “Ringo drums” version- went out of print and the Andy White rendition replaced it on the 45. Then, just to make sure there would be no confusion, EMI destroyed the original master tape featuring the version with Ringo drumming. Now that was smart! Funny, no one bitches about that dopey move. I guess it was, somehow, Capitol’s fault.

Out of the twelve original UK LP’s, the Beatles fulfilled their “no-singles on albums” promise FIVE times. Let’s not forget the “We Have To Cash-in For Christmas ’66!” release “A Collection Of Beatles Oldies…But Goldies”. My question for all the anti-Capitol people is this: are you not aware that Capitol passed over this “greedy” release? Even the Beatles were against it, but, EMI/Parlophone said “Screw you! It’s coming out!” So, in the USA, there was a months long lull between “Revolver” and “Strawberry Fields Forever”. They bravely stuck it out…..and, once again, credit is earned. Don’t get me wrong! I love “Oldies But Goldies” but, please, don’t continue to only point fingers at Capitol for being “greedy”.

Then, there’s the case of the “single in disguise” known as the “Extended Play Record”. These SEVEN INCH, 45RPM SINGLES featured four songs taken off the band’s latest album or combining hit tracks from previously released 45’s. Supposedly, the justification for this was they were sold as “poor man’s albums”. OK. Granted. Younger fans across the globe were usually low on funds and would settle for buying these nifty little creations with the unique picture sleeves. However, the EP was never embraced in the USA, and younger American fans were just as broke as the kids in the UK and every other country. I’m sure Mommy and Daddy helped more often than not, but, fans always found a way to buy their records. Heck. I can’t count how many times I bought them using nothing but pennies! Still, the albums, singles and EP’s all sold in the millions across the globe. I’ve been told the four-song UK EP’s usually cost about 14-15 shillings and fourteen-song LP’s were 25 shillings. In comparison, doesn’t that seem a bit pricey for a supposed “poor man’s album” that only offered four tracks? What of the instances where two EP’s were pulled from the same album? If fans went that route, they’d dish out 30 shillings for eight songs. Of course, there were “coupons” known as “record tokens”, but, how many purchases had to be made to earn one those thingies?

In The USA, Capitol Records released two Beatles EP’s and both bombed. At least they gave the format a shot. Anyway, with the UK EP’s, Parlophone pulled EIGHT SONGS from “Please Please Me”, “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Beatles For Sale” and FOUR from “With The Beatles”, “Help!” and “Rubber Soul”. They even repeated a song on the clunky double-EP, “Magical Mystery Tour”, yet, they kept “singles” separate?

No! They did not! 😡

No matter what your opinion is of EP’s, they are still 45’s/singles! That’s that. If the Beatles really tried to live up to their promise, there would be nothing from any album available in seven-inch form. So, in the UK, every album through “Revolver” had songs pulled from it for release as seven-inch records. Same applies to the last three LP’s the Beatles released. Are we not supposed to acknowledge this fact?

Sorry. Not happening.

There is absolutely no legitimate justification for it. Aside from making a ton of cash, I get the feeling Parlophone justified packing album tracks and 45 hits onto EP’s by stating how convenient they are. Well, so did Capitol Records USA, but, they did it their own way via the singles and LP’s. Different procedures for different lands. That is, most certainly, a proper justification. 

The usual approach to this subject is to dissect all the US releases, but, I’m not going to do that. Instead, I will dissect the UK releases so everyone can see the facts which are always conveniently ignored.

 

Here we go……

 

Album: “Please Please Me” (3/22/63): 

“Love Me Do”, “PS I Love You”, “Please Please Me” and “Ask Me Why” were all available on 45’s. 

 

EP’s pulled from LP:

“Twist And Shout” (7/12/63): “Twist And Shout”, “A Taste Of Honey”, “Do You Want To Know A Secret”, “There’s A Place”

“The Beatles No. 1″ (11/1/63): ” I Saw Her Standing There”, “Misery”, “Anna (Go To Him)”, “Chains” 

    

The “Twist And Shout” EP was released four months after the LP. “The Beatles No.1”? This thing came out EIGHT MONTHS after the album! Well, wait. In between these two issues, Parlophone released “The Beatles Hits” EP (9/6/63). This extended single featured “From Me To You” and “Thank You Girl” in their SECOND UK appearance within 4 1/2 months, plus, “Please Please Me” and “Love Me Do…..each for a THIRD TIME. After all was said and done, between the two singles and two EP’s, TWELVE of the fourteen songs from this UK LP were made available on 7” discs. This is supposed to appease those with lower funds? Yeah, right. No greed there, guys! 🙄🙄🙄🙄

 

 

Album: “With The Beatles” (11/22/63):

Hooray! They got it right! The LP was released in time for all that glorious extra cash for Christmas ‘63, and, no singles are featured! But, wait……..

 

EP’s pulled from LP:

“All My Loving” (2/7/64): “All My Loving”, “Ask Me Why”, “Money (That’s What I Want)”, “PS I Love You”.

Oh look! Only TWO songs pulled from the LP! Wasn’t that nice of Parlophone? Should I mention, with this release, both “Ask Me Why” and “PS I Love You” were released in the UK for a THIRD TIME within a year and a half? Nah. I won’t say anything about that. It has to be the fault of Capitol Records. 

 

EP: “Long Tall Sally” (6/19/64):

With “Long Tall Sally, the Beatles and Parlophone gave the fans an EP featuring exclusive material. Four songs recorded during the sessions for “A Hard Day’s Night” which were only available in the UK via this disc. Hey! Two of those songs were released earlier in the USA! What? Who? Why? How? When? Where? This happened a few times for us Yankees, and, I must say, I love getting stuff before everyone else! 

 

Album: “A Hard Day’s Night” (7/10/64):

“Can’t Buy Me Love”, “You Can’t Do That”, “A Hard Day’s Night”, “Things We Said Today”, were all available on 45’s. But, wait! Parlophone couldn’t help themselves…

 

EP’s pulled from LP:

“Extracts From the Film ‘A Hard Day’s Night'” (11/6/64): “I Should Have Known Better”, “If I Fell”, “Tell Me Why”, “And I Love Her”

“Extracts From The Album ‘A Hard Day’s Night'” (11/6/64 or late December, 1964): “Anytime At All”, “I’ll Cry Instead”, “Things We Said Today”, “When I Get Home”

  

Some sources say these two EP’s were released at the same time, but, the second was most likely released two months after. Speaking of the second disc, see the track titled “Things We Said Today”? Yes, that one. With the release of this EP, that song was issued in the UK for the THIRD TIME within FIVE MONTHS!

Are you kidding me? 😳 

Hello?! In the 25+ years the Capitol releases were available, the label released that version of the song ONCE………ONE TIME…….and, yet- within 5 months- Parlophone practically saturates the market with it? No greed? Wow! 🙄

I can see everyone sitting around, drinking tea, in the Abbey Road Studios canteen, when someone blurts out:

“Sure! We said no singles on albums, and, out of three LP’s, we’ve already screwed up twice! However! We never said anything about EP’s! Hehehehehe!”

Unreal.

Anyway, between the two singles and two EP’s, ELEVEN of the thirteen songs from this UK LP were made available on 7” 45rpm discs. If poorer fans followed suit, and bought only the singles and extended singles, they’d wind up spending more than it would’ve cost for all three Beatles LP’s they supposedly couldn’t afford. Nice!

Great marketing there, EMI/Parlophone! Of course, this is not greed. How could anyone suggest such a thing? Obviously, it’s a conspiracy conjured up by Capitol Records. Obviously!

 

Album: “Beatles For Sale” (12/4/64):

Hooray! For the fourth album, they got it right for the second time! They even got it out in time for Christmas ‘64! Think of all that extra Yuletide revenue! Congratulations, guys! But, wait! Again, Parlophone just couldn’t help themselves…..

 

EP’s pulled from the LP: 

“Beatles For Sale” (4/6/65): “No Reply”, “I’m A Loser”, “Rock And Roll Music”, “Eight Days A Week”

“Beatles For Sale No. 2” (6/4/65): “I’ll Follow The Sun”, “Baby’s In Black”, “Words Of Love”, “I Don’t Want To Spoil The Party”

  

The first EP was released FIVE MONTHS after the LP. The second? SEVEN MONTHS after. By the time both were released, the Beatles were already well into working on the “Help!” project. Why continue to milk the previous album for what it’s worth? Oh yes! Money! In the end, EIGHT of the fourteen tracks from this UK LP wound up on 7” 45rpm discs. I say! Good show!

I guess Parlophone finally noticed that “Eight Days A Week” was a huge hit for Capitol Records and other labels in other countries.

Speaking of other countries, here’s a prime example of how albums weren’t only tampered with in the USA. This is the jacket of the Australian “Beatles For Sale”. I know it features photos from their stint in the land down under, and, I like the design, but, why was it changed? 

 

 

Album: “Help!” (8/6/65):

“Help! and “Ticket To Ride” were both available on 45’s. Let’s not forget they used “Dizzy Miss Lizzy” to fill out side two. Why was this track recorded? Well, in May, 1965, the band went into the studio to record two Larry Williams tunes specifically for the Capitol US album “Beatles VI”. Since “If You Got Trouble”, “Wait” and “That Means A lot” were not worthy of release, plus “Yes It Is” and “I’m Down” were both banished to “flip side status”, “Dizzy Miss Lizzy” filled that last void on the LP. We’ll talk about the other song, “Bad Boy”, soon enough. Had Capitol Records not requested those two extra tracks, one can’t help but wonder what they would’ve conjured up to fill out side two of this UK LP. 

 

EP’s pulled from LP:

“Yesterday” (3/4/66): “Yesterday”, “Act Naturally”, “You Like Me Too Much”, “It’s Only Love”. 

  

With the two “A” sides plus this, the “Yesterday” EP single, SIX of the thirteen songs on this UK LP were available on 7” 45rpm discs. That aside, I’ve always liked that each Beatle gets a lead vocal on this nifty little release. You know, the EP which was released SEVEN MONTHS after the LP? Well, in between, Parlophone did release “The Beatles Million Sellers” EP (12/6/65). This “greatest hits” extended single featured three songs which were already available on 45’s plus one which was available on a 45 and an album. Jolly good! Notice the date of release? Yes…..just in time for the Christmas rush of 1965! Whatd’ya know about that! Yup! More revenue and jingle bells! No greed there! You mean, Parlophone and the Beatles wanted to make money? Must’ve been “Evil Capitol-istic” thoughts.

 

….and, by the way, here’s the Swiss album jacket. As you can see, it’s identical to the UK…..

 

 

Album: “Rubber Soul” (12/3/65):

Hooray! For this, their SIXTH album, they lived up to the promise for a THIRD time! Mind you, the band was rushed to finish this album. Why? Because EMI “wanted it out in time for Christmas”. Mind you, on the same day, Parlophone simultaneously issued the 45 “We Can Work It Out / Day Tripper” (no singles on albums!), then, three days later, released that “Million Sellers” EP mentioned earlier. There ya go! Lots-o-goodies under British Christmas trees that year!

But, wait a minute…….Parlophone didn’t really get what it wanted for Christmas ‘65! The label decided they needed to cash-in a bit more…..

 

EP’s pulled from LP:

“Nowhere Man” (7/8/66): “Nowhere Man”, “Drive My Car”, “Michelle”, “You Won’t See Me”.

Look at that! My favorite UK EP picture sleeve and only EIGHT MONTHS after the LP! What an achievement! Guess Capitol’s decision to release “Nowhere Man” as a stand alone single, which reached #3, didn’t go unnoticed by Parlophone. They must’ve still been feeling giddy from cashing in on the popularity of “Yesterday”, they forgot to release this EP SINGLE at an earlier date. Notice the inclusion of “Michelle”? Keep reading and see why I just mentioned that groovy tune.

But one tiny pit stop…

Here ya go. The back cover of “Rubber Soul” from Italy. Nothing like using a year old photo which was already featured on the “Million Sellers” EP. Wait. That wasn’t an Italian EP, therefore, changing the back cover with this photo is justified. 🙄 “Beatles 7”? Huh? What? At least they kept the track listing intact.

 

 

Album: “Revolver” (8/5/66):

“Yellow Submarine / Eleanor Rigby” were pulled as a single from the LP and released the same day (8/5/66).

At the time of the 45’s release, George Harrison blurted: “Why should we let someone else have the hits?” Smart man, that Jorge. Why? Well, this was a lesson learned by not releasing “Michelle” as a stand alone single from “Rubber Soul”. It seems there were a few cover versions which took the glow away from the original Beatles rendition. Ah, but we do know it did come out a second time on that “Nowhere Man” EP. Yes, indeed, we do! 

 

From this point, the EP’s popularity began to wane, therefore, no more extended singles were pulled from the albums. Must’ve pushed everyone at EMI to tears.

Ah, but, wait! What have we got here? Parlophone had another ace up it’s sleeve……

 

Compilation album: “A Collection of Beatles Oldies…But Goldies” (12/9/66):

Here we go! No greed here! Parlophone UK “wanted product for Christmas ’66”, and, they got it! You see, the Beatles were taking their time working on their next LP. This annoyed the generous folks at EMI so much, they dug into their archives to compile this, the greatest hits album known as “A Collection Of Beatles Oldies…But Goldies”! You know, the compilation which Capitol Records USA completely ignored?

Huh?! Really?! No way!

I am quite interested in hearing the “purists” justification for Parlophone releasing this blatant cash-cow. Don’t forget, it came out against the will of the Beatles themselves. In the USA, Capitol/Apple would not release a compilation set until 1970’s “Hey Jude” (AKA: “The Beatles Again”) plus 1973’s “1962-1966” and “1967-1970”. The last two were also released in the UK, which means, even more repeats over there. By the way, since the “Hey Jude” LP was such a big selling US import, it was finally released in England in 1979. Why? Because, instead of “greedy” Capitol US, Parlophone UK felt they should make money off this cash cow created for the American market by Allen Klein. Only took them nine years to cash in. Hey! That’s pretty good! 

 

Anyway! Let’s check the track listing of this greedy release. Just for the sake of accuracy, I’ll load it up with factual info. Here we go……

 

Side 1:

  1. She Loves You – now available in the UK three times in three years.
  2. From Me To You – ditto.
  3. We Can Work It Out – now available in the UK two times within one year.
  4. Help! – now available in the UK three times in 1 1/2 years.
  5. Michelle – now available in the UK three times within one year.
  6. Yesterday – now available in the UK three times in 1 1/2 years.
  7. I Feel Fine – now available in the UK three times in two years.
  8. Yellow Submarine – now available in the UK three times within four months.

 

Everyone following me here? Getting cross eyed? Good. Please, continue…

 

Side 2:

  1. Can’t Buy Me Love – now available in the UK four times in 2 3/4 years.
  2. Bad Boy – Hooray! Something new for the UK!  1 1/2 years earlier, the Beatles specifically recorded this for the US market. You’re welcome!
  3. Day Tripper – now available in the UK two times within one year.
  4. A Hard Day’s Night – now available in the UK three times in two years.
  5. Ticket To Ride – now available in the UK three times in 1 1/2 years.
  6. Paperback Writer – now available in the UK two times within seven months.
  7. Eleanor Rigby – now available in the UK three times within four months.
  8. I Want To Hold Your Hand – now available in the UK three times in three years.

 

Did you get all that?

 

Once again, I must mention Capitol Records completely ignored this “greedy cash-in for Christmas” release. Granted, a batch of the early UK singles went out of print in the mid-sixties. Wait a minute…..you mean songs like “I’ll Get You” were nowhere to be found until the big UK reissue campaign of 1976? Hmmm. Please note that all the regular issue US Capitol 45’s remained in print straight through the late 1980’s-early 90’s. Such greed!

Side Note: On October 10, 1965, Capitol released “Misery” “and “There’s A Place” as part of their green label “Starline” series. These six reissue records, with all but one song in stupid fold-down monophonic mixes, remained in print for two months (silliness). In 1971, “Misery” reared it’s cute little face again when it was reissued by Capitol’s Jacksonville, Illinois record plant……on my favorite “target label”. That didn’t stay in print for long either. So, to be fair- for a while- those two songs were nowhere to be found in the USA.

Side note again: In 1971-72, when this cash-cow LP was finally issued in Germany, it featured “Ticket To Ride” with a ridiculous edit of the 12-string Rickenbacker intro riff as well as a terrible, Odeon/Apple created fake-stereo mix of “We Can Work It Out”. Why?!

Yet, another side note: By cramming sixteen tracks onto one record, the fidelity of this album suffers. The original, now-not-so-common-mono-pressing is worse than the stereo and really sounds like crap. But, please, just keep ragging on the US releases.

 

Anyway…

 

It was early 1967 when The Beatles re-negotiated their contract with Capitol Records. Part of the deal was the label could no longer take liberties with their releases. “Sgt. Pepper” was the first of the lot not to be tampered with, and, rightfully so. And they lived happily ever after…

 

…but, not before we check out the rest of the UK discography…

 

 

Album: “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” (scheduled: 6/1/67 rush released: 5/26/67).

Speaks for itself.

 

Woah! What is this? Just when we thought the extended single was part of yesteryear…..

 

EP: “Magical Mystery Tour” (12/8/67).

Ah yes. The clumsy, double-EP “Magical Mystery Tour” which gives us a whopping six songs spread out over two seven inch discs (yeah….that’s convenient). One track, known as “I Am The Walrus” gets a second release within two weeks as it was also the flip-side of “Hello Goodbye” (11/24/67). The goofy little film aired on Boxing Day (12/26/67), and, again, on New Year’s. Notice the double-EP was released just in time for the Christmas ’67 sales. Money! Money! Money! It’s so funny!

By the way, I love knowing Capitol’s far superior US album- which has since become part of the Beatles official discography- was so popular in the UK, it wound up charting (mono pressing is the best). In 1976, Parlophone realized it was still selling well, so, they finally released the stereo version and used the same crappy Capitol Records duophonic mixes of the three songs on side two. It’s fascinating to note, in 1971, George Martin had created fresh true stereo mixes of said three songs for the German release of the US Capitol creation. Great job there, guys!

 

Album: “The Beatles” (11/22/68).

 

Hooray! BOTH labels got it right and in time for Christmas ‘68! In some distant lands, “Back In The USSR / Don’t Pass Me By” and “Ob la Di, Ob la Da / While My Guitar Gently Weeps” were released as separate singles. Isn’t that peachy? Yes! Be sure to keep screaming about Capitol’s US releases!

 

Album: “Yellow Submarine” (1/13/69):

 

“Yellow Submarine” and “All You Need Is Love” were both available on 45’s. The former was already available as a single. an album track, and, a compilation album track. Now, it gets to be re-released in the UK for the FOURTH time in just over two years!

There ya go! Awesome! 🙄🙄🙄🙄

In some markets, record labels took liberties and decided to issue “All Together Now” / Hey Bulldog” as a single. Italy being one of them. Take a guess as to which country that 45 was not released?

It’s interesting to note that the Beatles were concerned that this LP only featured four new songs with side two devoted to George Martin’s film score. They considered, and- nearly issued- what would’ve been a very cool UK EP playing at 33 1/3RPM. A mono master tape was compiled but that was as far as it went. In 2009, these far superior dedicated monaural mixes finally saw the light of day as part of “The Beatles In Mono” box set.

The track listing would’ve been:

Side 1:

1. Only A Northern Song

2. Hey Bulldog

3. Across The Universe

Side 2:

1. All Together Now

2. It’s All Too Much

Now, that would’ve been a nice, unique EP single. Notice the two previously released tracks are nowhere to be found and a bonus song, “Across The Universe”, has been added. Note: The latter is the sped up rendition with the animal effects. Difference is, it’s a dedicated mono mix with a shorter fade and the animal effects on the coda are placed differently.

Oops! One more thing! Have you ever compared the liner notes of the UK album versus the USA? No? Well, as we all know, this LP is a soundtrack to a very clever, animated Beatles movie. The goofy liner notes on the back of the US album jacket start off with an actual history lesson (or thereabouts), and, then- appropriately- describes said movie and identifies the major characters. Meanwhile, the stupid UK liner notes reviews the previous album “The Beatles” (AKA: “The White Album”)! What the hell is that?! Again, nobody ever mentions this ridiculous fact! 

 

Album: “Abbey Road” (9/26/69):

“Something / Come Together” were pulled as a single from the LP. Same in the USA. What about that Japanese single “Oh Darling / Here Comes The Sun” (6/5/70)? Yeah, OK. Never mind. 

 

Album: “Let It Be” (5/8/70):

“Let It Be” and “Get Back” were both available as 45’s. Yes, I know. They are different edits/mixes, but they are still the identical takes/recordings featured on the singles. Same songs, people!

 

There you have it. I’m sure I will be adding to this blog, so, keep an eye out for additional sarcasm, terrible punctuation, run-on sentences, spelling and grammatical errors from me.