US album release: Hey Jude

The compilation album Hey Jude was issued on this day in the United States, as Apple SW 385. It brought together non-album singles and b-sides, along with Can't Buy Me Love and I Should Have Known Better, which had previously been released on the United Artists soundtrack LP for A Hard Day's Night.

Hey Jude album artworkThe idea for the compilation came from Allen Klein and Apple Corps. It came in the wake of Klein's renegotiated royalty rate with Capitol Records.

Hey Jude was intended to act as a sales buffer during the delayed release of Let It Be. Klein persuaded The Beatles that it would bring in significant extra income without any additional effort from them.

The songs were selected by Allan Stickler of Apple and Klein's company ABKCO, and were intended to span The Beatles' career, although the tracklisting focused on more recent recordings.

The album was originally to have been titled The Beatles Again, but shortly prior to its release it was changed to Hey Jude. Due to the late change, however, some labels on early pressings featured the original title. The only instance of the title anywhere on the cover was the album's spine.

In addition to the United States, the Hey Jude compilation was released in countries including Canada, Australia, Spain, Germany, France, Greece and Japan. Imported copies found their way into the United Kingdom, although it wasn't officially released there until May 1979.

The tracklisting was as follows:

Can't Buy Me Love
I Should Have Known Better
Paperback Writer
Lady Madonna

Hey Jude
Old Brown Shoe
Don't Let Me Down
The Ballad Of John And Yoko

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4 responses on “US album release: Hey Jude

  1. James T.

    I bought a copy of this album when it was released in 1970. It was nice to have stereo mixes of these songs, but I never understood why “Don’t Let Me Down” was included here. In retrospect it might have made more sense to include “From Me To You” or “I’m Down” on this album, allowing “Don’t Let Me Down” to make Let It Be a stronger album.

  2. Graham Paterson

    I got this album for Christmas 1978. I just love the songs and the cover. Whilst it is a compilation it compliments Abbey Road and Let It Be because it includes singles 1968-1969 not on those albums and their B sides and of course Paperback Writer and its great flip side Rain. The song Hey Jude is one of my favorite songs of all time and one of Paul McCartney’s greatest. Revolution, The Ballad of John and Yoko, Dont Let Me Down, Old Brown Shoe, Lady Madonna, great songs.

  3. Bongo

    It was the only Canadian Beatles album I never bought! Not sure why, just had all the others including the Red & Blue albums from 1973, so I didn’t have a need to buy it.

  4. Graham Paterson

    The photos from this great cover were of course part of The Beatles last official photo session at John and Yoko’s Tittenhurst property.

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