Friday, January 21, 2011

Hey Jude: The Album

Hey Jude is a Beatles album released on February 26, 1970 on the Apple label. The album was comprised of songs that had never appeared on a Capitol Records Beatles album in the United States. The songs had been issued in the U.S. as singles (or on The United Artists soundtrack of A Hard Day's Night). "I'm Down" and "The Inner Light" were not chosen for the album, however.

The project was conceived by temporary Beatles manager Allen Klein, who believed that the Beatles needed a release while the Let It Be album, delayed because of the Beatles' personal issues, was still being remixed by Phil Spector.

The original title of the album was The Beatles Again, although the title was hastily changed to help promote the recent single release of "Hey Jude." Some of the vinyl and cassette copies of the album were issued with the original title on the record's circular label and/or packaging. No title appeared on the front or back covers of the album. Subsequent copies were released with the title Hey Jude on the album jacket's spine.

The photographs for the front and back covers were taken at the Beatles' final photo session on August 22, 1969 at Lennon's estate at Tittenhurst Park. The group wears black, and all but McCartney have very long hair and dark beards.

The track list is as follows:

Side One

Can't Buy Me Love
I Should Have Known Better
Paperback Writer
Lady Madonna

Side Two

Hey Jude
Old Brown Shoe
Don't Let Me Down
The Ballad of John and Yoko

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