The Paul McCartney Project

Hey Jude

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Track list

Disc 1


1.

Can't Buy Me Love

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:14 • Studio versionB

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Acoustic rhythm guitar
George Harrison:
Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Second engineer
Norman Smith:
Engineer, Hi-hat

Session Recording:
Jan 29, 1964
Studio:
EMI Pathé Marconi Studios, Boulogne-sur-Seine, France

Session Mixing:
Jun 22, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


2.

I Should Have Known Better

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:46 • Studio version

Paul McCartney:
Bass
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Acoustic rhythm guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
George Harrison:
Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 25, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Feb 26, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


3.

Paperback Writer

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:21 • Studio version


4.

Rain

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:05 • Studio versionB

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Tambourine
John Lennon:
Guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Apr 14, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Dec 02, 1969
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


5.

Lady Madonna

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:20 • Studio version


6.

Revolution

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:27 • Studio versionB

Paul McCartney:
Bass guitar, Hammond organ, Handclaps
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Handclaps
John Lennon:
Electric guitar, Handclaps, Vocals
George Harrison:
Electric guitar, Handclaps
Nicky Hopkins:
Electric piano

Session Recording:
Jul 10, 1968
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Jul 11, 1968
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Jul 12, 1968
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Dec 05, 1969
Studio:
EMI Studios, Room 4, Abbey Road


7.

Hey Jude

Written by Lennon - McCartney

7:12 • Studio versionB

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Piano, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Backing vocals, Drums, Tambourine
John Lennon:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Ken Scott:
Engineer
Barry Sheffield:
Engineer

Session Recording & overdubs:
Jul 31, 1968
Studio:
Trident Studios, London, UK

Session Overdubs:
Aug 01, 1968
Studio:
Trident Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Dec 05, 1969
Studio:
EMI Studios, Room 4, Abbey Road


8.

Old Brown Shoe

Written by George Harrison

3:22 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Guitar, Piano
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Backing vocals
George Harrison:
Bass, Guitars, Organ, Vocals
George Martin:
Producer
Chris Thomas:
Producer
Jeff Jarratt:
Engineer

Session Recording & Overdubs:
Apr 16, 1969
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs & Mixing:
Apr 18, 1969
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


9.

Don't Let Me Down

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:38 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Harmony vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Harmony vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Glyn Johns:
Engineer
Billy Preston:
Electric piano

Session Recording:
Jan 28, 1969
Studio:
Apple Studios, 3 Savile Row, London

Session Mixing:
Apr 07, 1969
Studio:
Olympic Sound Studios, London


10.

The Ballad of John and Yoko

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:00 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Drums, Harmony vocals, Maracas, Piano
John Lennon:
Acoustic guitar, Lead guitar, Vocals
George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer

Session Recording & overdubs:
Apr 14, 1969
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Apr 14, 1969
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

About

From Wikipedia:

Hey Jude (original title: The Beatles Again) is a 1970 collection of non-album singles and B-sides by the Beatles. It included “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. The Hey Jude LP had been out of print since the late 1980s, although it remained available on cassette during the 1990s. The album was issued on CD for the first time in 2014, as an individual release and in a box set titled The U.S. Albums.

The Hey Jude album was a project conceived by Allen Klein and Apple Records. Klein had negotiated a more lucrative contract for the Beatles in 1969 and was keen to maximise the band’s income through the release of a new album. He directed Allan Steckler of Abkco/Apple to work on one. 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 the original Parlophone single version of “Love Me Do“; “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“, 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 passed over. (The single version of “Let It Be” and its B-side, “You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)“, had yet to be released.)

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 for mastering, rather than delivering them to Capitol. He would do this for several releases thereafter.

Originally, the album was to be called The Beatles Again. Shortly before the record was released, however, the title was changed to Hey Jude in order to promote the inclusion of the top-selling song that led off side two. The name-change occurred after the record labels were printed, and an untold number of copies of the LP were sold with labels with the title The Beatles Again. This was also true for cassette copies of the album, which retained the original title. Neither the front nor the back of the album jacket displayed the record’s title (or the name of the band), but most copies were sold in a jacket whose spine read Hey Jude. In an attempt to clear up any confusion caused by the preprinted labels, initial copies of the album displayed a sticker on the cover bearing the title Hey Jude. The edition of the album with The Beatles Again label bore catalogue number SO-385 on the label but not on the jacket. This is because of a similarly timed decision to reduce the price from $6.98 (SO- prefix) to $5.98 (SW- prefix). The record jacket was prepared late enough so that it lists the catalogue number as SW-385. The SW-385 catalogue number appears on the label of later pressings that bear the title Hey Jude on the label.

Klein authorised the release of the album as a sales buffer during post-production of the delayed Let It Be album. In 2007 Neil Aspinall claimed that the back cover was supposed to be the front cover and vice versa but that Klein had reversed them in error. However, at least three prototype cover designs are known to exist, with the earliest of those showing the photos “reversed”: the art department seemingly made the determination that the photo that now appears on the front cover was better suited for that purpose. The front and back cover pictures were taken at the last-ever Beatles photo session, on 22 August 1969, at John Lennon’s home Tittenhurst Park.

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, EMI issued Hey Jude in Britain on the Parlophone label on 11 May 1979 (catalogue number PCS 7184). Until the release of 1967–1970 in 1973, Hey Jude was the only way to own the extremely popular “Hey Jude” single on LP or in a stereo mix. The songs “Rain“, “Lady Madonna” and “Revolution” were also first mixed for stereo specifically for this album. Prior to the release of the “Get Back” single in the spring of 1969, all Beatles singles were issued in mono in the US. Several other countries adopted the original The Beatles Again title. Of these, the Spanish release omitted “Ballad of John and Yoko”, due to that song having been deemed offensive. (In addition to making repeated mention of Christ and crucifixion, the lyrics contain the line “Gibraltar near Spain” at a time when Spain’s Franco administration was contending with the UK over the ownership of Gibraltar.)

On the reel-to-reel and cassette tape releases, sides one and two are reversed. Although it is clear on the vinyl version that “Hey Jude” opens side two, when compiling this issue for audio tape, some compilers (at Capitol and Ampex) thought to make the change, which resulted in “Hey Jude” leading off the album. This was done because side two was the longer side, and it was the practice in some tape formats to lead the album with the longer side to avoid a large gap in the “middle” of the tape. The four-track tape, prepared by Ampex along with the reel-to-reel tape, has the songs in the original, chronological order. (The eight-track tape was treated to the usual re-ordering that eight-tracks received.)

The CD era saw the standardising of the Beatles’ discographies worldwide, and for many years the Hey Jude album was not available in that format. In January 2014 Hey Jude was issued on CD both individually and in an American Beatles album compilation box set.

All tracks written by Lennon–McCartney, except track 8 by George Harrison.

In the US, the album sold 2,321,769 copies by 31 December 1970 and 3,264,398 copies by the end of the decade.

Last updated on March 6, 2016


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