Love Songs (The Beatles album)

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Love Songs
Compilation album by The Beatles
Released 21 October 1977 (US)
19 November 1977 (UK)
Recorded 1962–1970 at EMI and Apple studios, London
Genre Rock
Length 59:05
Label Capitol
Producer George Martin and Phil Spector
The Beatles chronology
Live! at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany; 1962
(1977)
Love Songs
(1977)
The Beatles Collection
(1978)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Love Songs is a compilation album that comprises love songs recorded by The Beatles between 1962 and 1970. It was released by Capitol Records in the United States on 21 October 1977 (catalogue number SKBL-11711) and on Parlophone in the United Kingdom on 19 November 1977 (PCSP 721). The compilation peaked at #24 in Billboard's Top LPs & Tape chart during a 31-week stay that began on 12 November 1977.[2] The RIAA certified the album with sales of three million units in 2000 even though the compilation was deleted in the late 1980s.[2] The New Zealand release followed the US release with cat. no. and pressing plates, and was released on 2 different EMI labels.

The LP's original packaging included an 11 x 11" booklet, with the songs' lyrics printed, calligraphy-style, on simulated parchment paper. For the first several pressings, the cover itself was simulated leather, and the Beatles' image (a re-working of Richard Avedon's 1967 portrait, featured in Look Magazine) was simulated gold-foil. The LP was also available on yellow vinyl.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney (see Lennon–McCartney), except where noted.

LP 1

Side one
  1. "Yesterday" – 2:03
  2. "I'll Follow the Sun" – 1:47
  3. "I Need You" (George Harrison) – 2:27
  4. "Girl" – 2:30
  5. "In My Life" – 2:24
  6. "Words of Love" (Buddy Holly) – 2:12
  7. "Here, There and Everywhere" – 2:22
Side two
  1. "Something" (George Harrison) – 3:00
  2. "And I Love Her" – 2:28
  3. "If I Fell" – 2:18
  4. "I'll Be Back" – 2:21
  5. "Tell Me What You See" – 2:35
  6. "Yes It Is" – 2:38

LP 2

Side one
  1. "Michelle" – 2:40
  2. "It's Only Love" – 1:55
  3. "You're Going to Lose That Girl" – 2:16
  4. "Every Little Thing" – 2:01
  5. "For No One" – 1:59
  6. "She's Leaving Home" – 3:35
Side two
  1. "The Long and Winding Road" – 3:37
  2. "This Boy" – 2:12
  3. "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" – 2:02
  4. "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" – 2:07
  5. "I Will" – 1:46
  6. "P.S. I Love You" – 2:02

Cancelled single[edit]

Capitol Records originally intended to release a single in promotion of the compilation. The song "Girl" was going to be backed with "You're Going to Lose That Girl" as Capitol 4506. Picture sleeves for the single were printed, but the record was cancelled in early October 1977.[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b Spizer (2007), pp 159–162.
  3. ^ Spizer (2007), p157.

References[edit]

  • Spizer, Bruce (2007). The Beatles Swan Song. New Orleans: 498 Productions, L.L.C. ISBN 0-9662649-7-5. 
  • Penman, Ross (2009). The Beatles in New Zealand ... a discography. ISBN 978-0-473-15155-3. 

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