1967–1970


1967–1970

Infobox Album
Name = 1967–1970
Type = compilation
Artist = The Beatles


Released = 19 April 1973
Recorded = Abbey Road, Olympic Studios, Trident Studios 1966–1970
Genre = Rock, psychedelic rock
Length = 99:34
Label = Apple
Producer = George Martin and Phil Spector
Reviews =
*Allmusic rating|4.5|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:42jc7i2jg78r link]
Last album = "1962–1966"
(1973)
This album = "1967–1970"
(1973)
Next album = "Rock 'n' Roll Music"
(1976)

"1967–1970" (widely known as "The Blue Album") is a compilation of many of The Beatles' most popular tracks from 1967 to 1970. It was released with "1962–1966" ("The Red Album"), which covered their earlier period. "1967–1970" made #1 on the U.S. Billboard chart and #2 on the U.K. Album Chart.

The cover art shows the band once again looking down the stairwell of EMI's Manchester Square headquarters in London; the same pose, camera angle, setting and photographer (Angus McBean) as used for the cover on the "Please Please Me" and "1962–1966" albums, which used different photos from the same photo session. The image was originally shot for the "Get Back" album, which later became "Let It Be", but in the end the photograph was not used for that project.

The Beatles themselves participated in selecting the songs for inclusion, as well as the colours and pictures. Songs performed by the Beatles as solo artists were also considered for inclusion, but like the cover songs on "1962–1966", limited space resulted in this idea having to be abandoned.

Release variations

*Original 1973 release: Apple SKBO-3404 (Whole and sliced apples in blue background)
*Second pressing: Capitol SKBO-3404 (Capitol target label on back of album cover, blue label with "Capitol" in light blue letters at bottom)
*First blue vinyl release: Capitol SEBX-11843 (Capitol dome label on back of album cover, large dome logo at top of light blue labels)

Track listing

*The CD version was released on two discs.
*The first side comprises popular selections from the Sgt. Pepper recording sessions along with "All You Need Is Love" which was released within the same summer as Sgt. Pepper. While the first 3 tracks of Sgt. Pepper are in order, for CD release a unique 'clean' edition of "A Day in the Life" is included, without the cross-fade from "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)". On vinyl editions the track starts with a fade-in before the cross-fade.
*The single versions of "Get Back" and "Let It Be" make their U.S. album debut with this compilation (The latter erroneously shows the LP running time of 4:01)
*The US version has "Hello Goodbye" in mono and "I Am The Walrus" with the four-beat intro. This was corrected for the CD release.
*All tracks written by Lennon-McCartney, except where noted.

ide one

#"Strawberry Fields Forever" – 4:10
#"Penny Lane" – 3:03
#"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" – 2:02
#"With a Little Help from My Friends" – 2:44
#"Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" – 3:28
#"A Day in the Life" – 5:06
#"All You Need Is Love" – 3:48

ide two

#"I Am the Walrus" – 4:37
#"Hello, Goodbye" – 3:31
#"The Fool on the Hill" – 3:00
#"Magical Mystery Tour" – 2:51
#"Lady Madonna" – 2:17
#"Hey Jude" – 7:08
#"Revolution" – 3:24

ide three

#"Back in the U.S.S.R." – 2:43
#"While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (Harrison) – 4:45
#"Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" – 3:05
#"Get Back" – 3:14
#"Don't Let Me Down" – 3:33
#"The Ballad of John and Yoko" – 3:05
#"Old Brown Shoe" (Harrison) – 3:18

ide four

#"Here Comes the Sun" (Harrison) – 3:05
#"Come Together" – 4:20
#"Something" (Harrison) – 3:03
#"Octopus's Garden" (Starkey) – 2:51
#"Let It Be" – 3:52
#"Across the Universe" – 3:48
#"The Long and Winding Road" – 3:38

Chart positions

External links

* [http://www.norwegianwood.org/beatles/disko/uklp/blue.htm Notes on releases]

succession box
before = "Houses of the Holy" by Led Zeppelin
title = "Billboard" 200 number-one album
years = May 26 - June 1, 1973
after = "Red Rose Speedway" by Paul McCartney & Wings


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