The Beatles released the LP “Hey Jude” on Feb. 26, 1970. It was collection of no…
Written by megarock on February 26, 2018
The Beatles released the LP “Hey Jude” on Feb. 26, 1970. It was collection of non-album singles and B-sides by the Beatles. It included “I Should Have Known Better” and “Can’t Buy Me Love”, two singles released by Capitol Records whose only previous American album appearance had been on the A Hard Day’s Night soundtrack album which had been released by United Artists Records.
Originally, they were going to call the album “The Beatles Again”. Shortly before the record was released, however, the title was changed to Hey Jude in order to promote the inclusion of the top-selling song that led off side two. The name-change occurred after the record labels were printed, and an untold number of copies of the LP were sold with labels with the title The Beatles Again.
Contrary to popular belief, the Hey Jude album was not compiled by Capitol; the project was conceived by Allen Klein and Apple Records. Klein had negotiated a more lucrative contract for the Beatles in 1969 and was anxious to sweeten the pot with an additional album. He directed Allan Steckler of Abkco/Apple to work on one. Steckler chose songs that had not appeared on a Capitol album in the United States and which spanned the group’s career.
The front and back cover pictures were taken at the last-ever Beatles photo session, on 22 August 1969, at John Lennon’s new home, Tittenhurst Park.
Happy 48th Birthday to the LP “Hey Jude”!! Do any of you have one of the early copies with “The Beatles Again” on the disk label?