The Beatles - 1967-1970
(Apple Records 1973 PCSP718)
Double Vinyl in Nr MINT condition
(there are some surface marks visible on the vinyl when held up to the light but they don't affect the sound quality)
G&L Gatefold Sleeve in Excellent/Very Good+ condition
- some wear to edges/corners & sticker mark in top right corner
Second Inner Sleeve in Nr MINT condition - First Inner Sleeve has split in bottom
The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. With members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they became widely regarded as the foremost and most influential act of the rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented with several musical styles, ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock, often incorporating classical elements and unconventional recording techniques in innovative ways. In 1963 their enormous popularity first emerged as "Beatlemania", and as the group's music grew in sophistication in subsequent years, led by primary songwriters Lennon and McCartney, they came to be perceived as an embodiment of the ideals shared by the counterculture of the 1960s.
The Beatles built their reputation playing clubs in Liverpool and Hamburg over a three-year period from 1960, with Stuart Sutcliffe initially serving as bass player. The core of Lennon, McCartney and Harrison went through a succession of drummers, including Pete Best, before asking Starr to join them in 1962. Manager Brian Epstein moulded them into a professional act, and producer George Martin guided and developed their recordings, greatly expanding their popularity in the United Kingdom after their first hit, "Love Me Do", in late 1962. They acquired the nickname "the Fab Four" as Beatlemania grew in Britain the next year, and by early 1964 became international stars, leading the "British Invasion" of the United States pop market. From 1965 onwards, the Beatles produced increasingly innovative recordings, including the albums Rubber Soul (1965), Revolver (1966), Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), The Beatles (commonly known as the White Album, 1968) and Abbey Road (1969). After their break-up in 1970, they each enjoyed successful musical careers of varying lengths. McCartney and Starr, the surviving members, remain musically active. Lennon was shot and killed in December 1980, and Harrison died of lung cancer in November 2001.
The Beatles are the best-selling band in history, with estimated sales of over 800 million physical and digital albums worldwide. They have had more number-one albums on the British charts and sold more singles in the UK than any other act. They are also the best-selling music artists in the United States, with 178 million certified units. In 2008, the group topped Billboard magazine's list of the all-time most successful artists; as of 2017, they hold the record for most number-one hits on the Hot 100 chart with twenty. They have received seven Grammy Awards, an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score and fifteen Ivor Novello Awards. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, and all four main members were inducted individually from 1994 to 2015. They were also collectively included in Time magazine's compilation of the twentieth century's 100 most influential people.
1967–1970 (widely known as "The Blue Album") is a compilation of songs by the English rock band The Beatles, spanning the years indicated in the title. It was released with 1962–1966 ("The Red Album"), in 1973. 1967–1970 made number 1 on the American Billboard chart and number 2 on the British Album Chart. This album was re-released in September 1993 on compact disc, charting at number 4 in the United Kingdom.
The album was compiled by Beatles manager Allen Klein. 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.
As with 1962–1966, this compilation was produced by Apple/EMI at least partially in response to a bootleg collection titled Alpha Omega, which had been sold on television the previous year. Print advertising for the two records made a point of declaring them "the only authorized collection of the Beatles."
All tracks written by Lennon–McCartney, except where noted.
- Disc 1
- "Strawberry Fields Forever" – 4:10 (double A-side single, 1967)
- "Penny Lane" – 3:03 (double A-side single)
- "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" – 2:02 (from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967)
- "With a Little Help from My Friends" – 2:44 (from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band)
- "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" – 3:28 (from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band)
- "A Day in the Life" – 5:06 (from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band)
- "All You Need Is Love" – 3:48 (non-album single)
- "I Am the Walrus" – 4:37 (single B-side)
- "Hello, Goodbye" – 3:31 (non-album single)
- "The Fool on the Hill" – 3:00 (from Magical Mystery Tour, 1967)
- "Magical Mystery Tour" – 2:51 (from Magical Mystery Tour)
- "Lady Madonna" – 2:17 (non-album single, 1968)
- "Hey Jude" – 7:08 (non-album single)
- "Revolution" – 3:21 (single B-side)
- Disc 2
- "Back in the U.S.S.R." – 2:45 (from The White Album, 1968)
- "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (Harrison) – 4:45 (from The White Album)
- "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" – 3:05 (from The White Album)
- "Get Back" – 3:14 (non-album single, 1969)
- "Don't Let Me Down" – 3:33 (single B-side)
- "The Ballad of John and Yoko" – 2:59 (non-album single)
- "Old Brown Shoe" (Harrison) – 3:18 (single B-side)
- "Here Comes the Sun" (Harrison) – 3:05 (from Abbey Road, 1969)
- "Come Together" – 4:20 (from Abbey Road)
- "Something" (Harrison) – 3:03 (from Abbey Road)
- "Octopus's Garden" (Starkey) – 2:51 (from Abbey Road)
- "Let It Be" – 3:52 (single mix, from Let It Be, 1970)
- "Across the Universe" – 3:48 (from Let It Be)
- "The Long and Winding Road" – 3:38 (from Let It Be)
THE BEATLES - 1967/70 2LP BLUE ALBUM - Nr MINT UK
- Product Code: PCSP718
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