1967–1970

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1967–1970
Beatles19671970.jpg
Compilation album by
Released2 April 1973[1]
Recorded28 November 1966 – 1 April 1970
StudioEMI, Olympic, Apple and Trident, London
GenreRock, psychedelic rock[2]
Length99:40
LabelApple
ProducerGeorge Martin, Phil Spector
CompilerAllen Klein
The Beatles chronology
1962–1966
(1973)
1967–1970
(1973)
The Singles Collection 1962–1970
(1976)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[2]
Blender[3]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[5]

1967–1970, also known as the Blue Album, is a compilation album of songs by the English rock band the Beatles, spanning the years indicated in the title. A double LP, it was released with 1962–1966 (the "Red Album") in April 1973. 1967–1970 topped the Billboard albums chart in the United States and peaked at number 2 on the UK Albums Chart. It was re-released in September 1993 on CD, charting at number 4 in the United Kingdom.

The album was instigated by Apple Records manager Allen Klein during his final months before being dismissed from that position.[6] As with 1962–1966, the compilation was created by Apple and EMI/Capitol Records 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".[7] The success of the two official double LP compilations inspired Capitol's repackaging of the Beach Boys' 1960s hits, starting with the 1974 album Endless Summer.[8]

Album covers[edit]

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, demolished in 1995).[9]

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 by Don McCullin from the "Mad Day Out" photo session in London on Sunday 28 July 1968.[10][11]

The album cover was designed by Tom Wilkes.[12]

International versions[edit]

Unlike the 1962–1966 collection, the Blue Album was largely the same in the US and UK, although there were some variations.

The US edition had "Strawberry Fields Forever" in its original 1967 stereo mix while both "Penny Lane" and "Hello, Goodbye" were presented in fake stereo, and "I Am the Walrus" with a four-beat electric piano introduction; the UK version had the more common six-beat beginning.

The albums had several other variants and anomalies. "Get Back" was described as the album version in the US liner notes, although it was in fact the single version. In both countries, "Hey Jude" was around nine seconds shorter than it had been on the original single, although the full length was restored for the 1993 compact disc edition.

The original vinyl version faded in during the crowd noise at the beginning of "A Day in the Life". The fade in was different on both the UK and US versions. The original compact disc edition, meanwhile, featured a clean version previously heard on the Imagine: John Lennon soundtrack album in 1988.[13]

In the Spanish edition "One After 909" replaced "The Ballad of John and Yoko", a song that had been banned from the airwaves shortly after being released as a single in 1969, for its allusions to "Christ" and "Gibraltar" in the lyrics.[citation needed]

Release variations[edit]

  • Original 1973 UK release: Apple PCSP 7181-2
  • 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[edit]

Disc one, side one
No.TitleLength
1."Strawberry Fields Forever" (non-album single, 1967 (UK); later included on Magical Mystery Tour LP, 1967 (US))4:08
2."Penny Lane" (non-album single, 1967 (UK); later included on Magical Mystery Tour LP, 1967 (US))3:01
3."Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967)2:02
4."With a Little Help from My Friends" (from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967)2:44
5."Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" (from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967)3:29
6."A Day in the Life" (from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967)5:07
7."All You Need Is Love" (non-album single, 1967 (UK); later included on Magical Mystery Tour LP, 1967 (US))3:48
Total length:24:19
Disc one, side two
No.TitleLength
1."I Am the Walrus" (B-side, 1967; included on Magical Mystery Tour EP & LP, 1967)4:35
2."Hello, Goodbye" (non-album single, 1967 (UK); later included on Magical Mystery Tour LP, 1967 (US))3:29
3."The Fool on the Hill" (from Magical Mystery Tour EP & LP, 1967)3:00
4."Magical Mystery Tour" (from Magical Mystery Tour EP & LP, 1967)2:49
5."Lady Madonna" (non-album single, 1968)2:18
6."Hey Jude" (non-album single, 1968)7:11
7."Revolution" (non-album B-side, 1968)3:25
Total length:26:47
Disc two, side one
No.TitleLength
1."Back in the U.S.S.R." (from The Beatles, 1968)2:46
2."While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (George Harrison; from The Beatles, 1968)4:46
3."Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" (from The Beatles, 1968)3:11
4."Get Back" (non-album single, 1969)3:12
5."Don't Let Me Down" (non-album B-side, 1969)3:35
6."The Ballad of John and Yoko" (non-album single, 1969)3:01
7."Old Brown Shoe" (Harrison; non-album B-side, 1969)3:21
Total length:23:52
Disc two, side two
No.TitleLength
1."Here Comes the Sun" (Harrison; from Abbey Road, 1969)3:07
2."Come Together" (from Abbey Road, 1969)4:19
3."Something" (Harrison; from Abbey Road, 1969)3:03
4."Octopus's Garden" (Richard Starkey; from Abbey Road, 1969)2:52
5."Let It Be" (non-album single, 1970)3:52
6."Across the Universe" (from Let It Be, 1970)3:49
7."The Long and Winding Road" (from Let It Be, 1970)3:40
Total length:24:42

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1973) Position
Austrian Albums Chart[41] 3
Dutch Albums Chart[42] 10
French Albums Chart[43] 1
German Albums Chart[44] 28
Italian Albums Chart[19] 25
Japanese Albums Chart[45] 6
US Billboard Pop Albums[46] 24
Chart (1974) Position
Austrian Albums Chart[47] 4
German Albums Chart[48] 2
UK Albums Chart[49] 23
US Billboard Pop Albums[50] 70
Chart (1975) Position
German Albums Chart[51] 2
Chart (1976) Position
German Albums Chart[52] 4
Chart (1977) Position
German Albums Chart[53] 21
Chart (1978) Position
German Albums Chart[54] 23
Chart (1993) Position
Canadian Albums Chart[55] 82
Dutch Albums Chart[56] 54
Italian Albums Chart[29] 106
Japanese Albums Chart[57] 94

Certifications[edit]

In the US, the album sold 1,294,896 LPs by 31 December 1973 and 5,850,026 LPs by the end of the decade.[58]


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[59] Platinum 60,000^
Australia (ARIA)[60] 5× Platinum 350,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[61] 3× Platinum 150,000*
Belgium (BEA)[62] Platinum 50,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[63] Diamond 1,000,000^
Denmark (IFPI Danmark)[64] 3× Platinum 60,000double-dagger
France (SNEP)[66] 2× Platinum 2,227,600[65]
France (SNEP)[67]
2010 remaster
Gold 50,000*
Germany (BVMI)[68] 3× Platinum 1,500,000^
Italy (FIMI)[69] Gold 25,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[70][71] 2× Platinum+Gold 807,000[20]
Netherlands (NVPI)[72] Gold 50,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[73] Platinum 15,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[74] Gold 25,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[75] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Sweden (GLF)[76] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[77] Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[78]
sales since 2010
3× Platinum 900,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[79] 17× Platinum 8,500,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

See also[edit]

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