Wednesday, 27 March 2013

The Beatles 1967-1970, Apple PCSP 718

The double album, The Beatles 1967-1970, compiles the remaining A sides of singles,  plus a further selection of album tracks issued during that period. The sleeve of this double album show two photographs, of The Beatles in the same pose taken eight years apart. The first is that used in 1963 for the Please Please Me album (back side), the second, taken in 1969, had been planned for the unreleased Get Back album (front side).  The Beatles 1967-1970 was issued in U.K. on 20 April 1973.
The album has a front and back laminated gatefold sleeve manufactured by Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd. The blue color of the album is associated with the color of FC Everton. The first edition had no producer George Martin’s or Phil Spector credits on the inside.

The Beatles 1967-1970 include colored inner sleeves with lyrics. First edition of The Beatles 1967-1970 has dark blue die-cut inner sleeves with the three corners cut.

1967-70 In1   1967-70 In2

1967-70 In3   1967-70 In4

However, can often find the inner sleeves with the two top corners cut.
1. First pressing, April 20, 1973. For the first pressing was used matte Apple labels on a dark blue background. Apple labels have “Mfd. in U.K.”, “An Apple Record”“An EMI Recording” and “The Gramophone Company Limited” credits. Matrix numbers: Side One: YEX 909-1, Side Two: YEX 910-1, Side Three: YEX 911-1, Side Four: YEX 912-1. Other common combinations of matrix numbers: -1/-3/-3/-1/// -2/-2/-2/-1.



2. Second pressing, 1978 – 1980. Laminated Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd. outer sleeve has producer George Martin’s credit on the inside. Glossy labels have “Mfd. in U.K.”,“An Apple Record”“An EMI Recording” and “The Gramophone Company Limited”credits. Possible combinations of matrix numbers: -4/-3/-2/-1/// -4/-3/-3/-1/// -3/-3/-2/-1/// -5/-5/-2/-3/// -6/-5/-2/-3.
Apple PCSPB 718 - THE BEATLES 1967-1970 (2-LP, blue vinyl, gatefold stickered sleeve with lyric inners; without sticker: £15)...£ 25.00 / $ 40.00


Color edition of The Beatles 1967-1970 has the round sticker glued on front sleeve.

All variations of the second pressing have blue die-cut inner sleeves with four rounded corners.



Note! Black vinyl with the same labels and sleeves published in the same period.
3. Third pressing, 1980 – 1983. Third pressing has unlaminated Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd. outer sleeve with George Martin’s credits and the same labels as the second pressing. Possible combinations of matrix numbers: -6/-5/-5/-3///-6/-6/-2/-3/// -7/-6/-3/-3/// -9/-7/-7/-6.



Blue inner sleeves does not cut the corners.



4. Fourth pressing, 1983 – 1987. Unlaminated sleeve with bar code and “Sleeve printed in England Manufactured in England” text on the back side. Blue inner sleeves does not cut the corners. Traditional Apple label on a dark green background. The rimtext reached all the way around the labels. Importantly, around the 5 ‘o’ clock position in the rimtext the wording is: “UNAUTHORISED COPYING, HIRING, RENTING, PUBLIC PERFORMANCE AND BROADCASTING…”. Matrix numbers: Side One: YEX 909-9-1-2, Side Two: YEX 910-7-1-2, Side Three: YEX 911-7, Side Four: YEX 912-6-1-3.



5. Fifth pressing, 1993. Blue vinyl, digitally re-mastered edition. Catalog number PCSPP 718 (0777 7 97039 0). Unlaminated outer sleeve with round black and white sticker and blue inner sleeves. Complete with blue poster with some The Beatles photos. Matrix numbers: Side One: PCSPP 7181 A-01-01-1, Side Two: PCSPP 7181 B-2-01-1, Side Three: PCSPP 7182 A-01-01-1, Side Four: 7182 B-01-01-1.
The Beatles / BLUE ALBUM / Limited Ed. Blue Vinyl / PCSPP - 718 (remastered) ...  £ 20.00



Round sticker.

More album info

Released2 April 1973
Recorded1966–1969, EMI, Olympic, Apple and Trident Studios, London
ProducerGeorge Martin and Phil Spector
CompilerAllen Klein

Album cover
For the group's 1963 debut LP Please Please Me, photographer Angus McBean took the distinctive colour photograph of the group looking down over the stairwell inside EMI House (EMI's London headquarters in Manchester Square, now demolished).
In 1969, The Beatles asked McBean to recreate this shot. Although a photograph from the 1969 photo shoot was originally intended for the then-planned Get Back album, it was not used when that project saw eventual release in 1970 as Let It Be. Instead, another photograph from the 1969 shoot, along with an unused photograph from the 1963 photo shoot, was used for both this LP and 1962–1966.
The inner gatefold photo for both LPs is from the "Mad Day Out" photo session in London on Sunday 28 July 1968.
The album cover was designed by Tom Wilkes.

Release variations

  • Original 1973 release: Apple SKBO-3404 (Whole and sliced apples in blue background)
  • Second 1976 pressing: Capitol SKBO-3404 (Capitol target label on back of album cover, blue label with "Capitol" in light blue letters at bottom)
  • 1978 first blue vinyl release: Capitol SEBX-11843 (Capitol dome label on back of album cover, large dome logo at top of light blue labels)
  • 1980 East German release. Amiga 8 55 742. One disc only with 14 tracks mostly from disc one of the original version.
  • 1993 CD release. Apple 0777 7 97039 2 0 (Whole and sliced apples in blue background)
  • 2010 remastered CD release. Apple 5099990674723 (Whole and sliced apples in blue background)

Track Listing
All tracks written by Lennon–McCartney, except where noted.
Disc 1
Side 1
  1. "Strawberry Fields Forever"  – 4:10 (double A-side single, 1967)
  2. "Penny Lane"  – 3:03 (double A-side single)
  3. "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"  – 2:02 (from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967)
  4. "With a Little Help from My Friends"  – 2:44 (from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band)
  5. "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"  – 3:28 (from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band)
  6. "A Day in the Life"  – 5:06 (from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band)
  7. "All You Need Is Love"  – 3:48 (non-album single)
Side 2
  1. "I Am the Walrus"  – 4:37 (single B-side)
  2. "Hello, Goodbye"  – 3:31 (non-album single)
  3. "The Fool on the Hill"  – 3:00 (from Magical Mystery Tour, 1967)
  4. "Magical Mystery Tour"  – 2:51 (from Magical Mystery Tour)
  5. "Lady Madonna"  – 2:17 (non-album single, 1968)
  6. "Hey Jude"  – 7:08 (non-album single)
  7. "Revolution"  – 3:21 (single B-side)
Disc 2
Side 1
  1. "Back in the U.S.S.R."  – 2:45 (from The White Album, 1968)
  2. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (Harrison)  – 4:45 (from The White Album)
  3. "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"  – 3:05 (from The White Album)
  4. "Get Back"  – 3:14 (non-album single, 1969)
  5. "Don't Let Me Down"  – 3:33 (single B-side)
  6. "The Ballad of John and Yoko"  – 2:59 (non-album single)
  7. "Old Brown Shoe" (Harrison)  – 3:18 (single B-side)
Side 2
  1. "Here Comes the Sun" (Harrison)  – 3:05 (from Abbey Road, 1969)
  2. "Come Together"  – 4:20 (from Abbey Road)
  3. "Something" (Harrison)  – 3:03 (from Abbey Road)
  4. "Octopus's Garden" (Starkey)  – 2:51 (from Abbey Road)
  5. "Let It Be"  – 3:52 (single version, from Let It Be, 1970)
  6. "Across the Universe"  – 3:48 (from Let It Be)
  7. "The Long and Winding Road"  – 3:38 (from Let It Be)

Chart Positions

1973Billboard Pop Albums1
UK Albums Chart2
2010UK Albums Chart4
European Albums Chart16


Argentina (CAPIF)Platinum60,000x
Australia (ARIA)5× Platinum350,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)3× Platinum150,000x
Canada (Music Canada)Diamond1,000,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)Gold25,000^
France (SNEP)2× Platinum2,227,600
Germany (BVMI)3× Platinum1,500,000^
Japan (RIAJ)Gold100,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)Gold25,000*
Sweden (GLF)Platinum100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)Platinum50,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)2× Platinum600,000^
United States (RIAA)17× Platinum8,500,000^
*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

1 comment:

  1. The Diamond award in Canada (1,000,000 records shipped) actually means 500,000 copies of a double album shipped. In Canada, just like the USA, double albums count as two for certification purposes.