ON THIS DATE (33 YEARS AGO)
May 11, 1979 – The Beatles: Hey Jude (The Beatles Again) is released in the UK.
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Hey Jude (original title: The Beatles Again) is a collection of non-album Beatles singles and B-sides, as well as “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. It was released on this date in May, 1979 in the UK, 9 years after its appearance in the US (February 1970).
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 group in 1969 and was anxious to sweeten the pot with an additional album. He directed Allan Steckler of Abkco/Apple to work on an album. Steckler chose songs that had not appeared on a Capitol album in the United States and which spanned the group’s career. He also focused more on recent singles than on earlier material. The absence of the songs from a US Capitol album was partially a consequence of The Beatles’ unwillingness to include single releases on their contemporaneous albums, partially a consequence of their arrangement with United Artists in 1964, and partially due to the habit (of EMI affiliates worldwide) of recompiling The Beatles’ British releases for local markets. Steckler chose not to include “A Hard Day’s Night”, which had been released as a single by Capitol and was available on the United Artists soundtrack album, “I’m Down”, which was the B-Side of “Help!”, and “The Inner Light”, which was the B-Side of “Lady Madonna”. He also overlooked “From Me to You”, “Misery” and “There’s a Place”, which were first issued in the US by Vee Jay Records but had not yet been issued on a Capitol album. “Sie Liebt Dich”, a German-language version of “She Loves You,” and the single version of “Get Back” were also ignored.
Steckler and Apple had become disappointed with the Capitol Records release schedules and determined to promote the new album themselves. Steckler also took the tapes to Sam Feldman at Bell Sound Studios (in New York), rather than delivering them to Capitol. He would do this for several releases thereafter.
The compilation was released in many countries, including the United States, Canada, Australia, Spain, Germany, France, Greece, Japan, Mexico and most of South America. It was also available to other countries as an “export” from Britain (Parlophone/Apple CPCS-106) but was not at first issued in Britain, although it was a popular import to the UK.The first issue in New Zealand was on the gloss black Apple label with the catalogue number CPCS-106.The matrix numbers were identical to those on the UK “export” issue. Because of its popularity worldwide, Parlophone released Hey Jude in Britain on 11 May 1979.
All tracks written by Lennon–McCartney, except where noted.
“Can’t Buy Me Love” – 2:19
“I Should Have Known Better” – 2:39
“Paperback Writer” – 2:14
“Rain” – 2:58
“Lady Madonna” – 2:14
“Revolution” – 3:21
“Hey Jude” – 7:05
“Old Brown Shoe” (George Harrison) – 3:16
“Don’t Let Me Down” – 3:30
“The Ballad of John and Yoko” – 2:55