Love Songs (Beatles album)

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Love Songs
Compilation album by
Released21 October 1977 (1977-10-21)
StudioEMI and Apple studios, London
LabelCapitol (US), Parlophone (UK)
ProducerGeorge Martin and Phil Spector
The Beatles chronology
Live! at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany; 1962
Love Songs
The Beatles Collection
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Record Guide4/5 stars[2]

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.[3] The RIAA certified the album with sales of three million units in 2000 even though the compilation was deleted in the late 1980s.[3] 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.

As with the previous year's Rock 'n' Roll Music compilation, the songs were presented with the left and right channels reversed, with the four Rubber Soul tracks - Girl, In My Life, Michelle and Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) - appearing in slightly narrowed stereo. Three further tracks - Yes It Is, This Boy and P.S. I Love You - used the Duophonic mixes.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney except where noted.

Disc one
Side one
2."I'll Follow the Sun"1:47
3."I Need You" (George Harrison)2:27
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
Disc two
Side one
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.[4]

Charts and certifications[edit]


  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Marsh, Dave; Swenson, John, eds. (1983). The New Rolling Stone Record Guide. New York, NY: Random House/Rolling Stone Press. p. 31. ISBN 0-394-72107-1.
  3. ^ a b Spizer (2007), pp 159–162.
  4. ^ Spizer (2007), p157.
  5. ^ Kent, David (2005). Australian Chart Book (1940–1969). Turramurra: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-44439-5.
  6. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 5498a". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  7. ^ " – The Beatles – Love Songs". Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  8. ^ " – The Beatles – Love Songs". Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  9. ^ "The Beatles | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  10. ^ "The Beatles Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  11. ^ "Canadian album certifications – The Beatles – Love Songs". Music Canada. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  12. ^ "British album certifications – The Beatles – Love Songs". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 17 May 2016. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Love Songs in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  13. ^ "American album certifications – The Beatles – Love Songs". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 17 May 2016. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 


  • 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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