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The Soviet Union version of the album
5 December 2018
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I was lucky enough to find the Soviet Union version of A Hard Day’s Night vinyl album on Ebay. The Beatles’ music was banned in the Soviet Union during the 1960’s and early 70’s, but later some of their records were released there. The record I bought has hand written date and year on the cover. 14th March 1986. 

The song titles are translated to Russian, and written with Cyrillic letters. At that time there were few Russians who could speak English, so the group’s name and the names of the four Beatles were written with Cyrillic letters and Latin letters. The record was released by the Soviet Union state-owned record label Melodiya. They used a lighter blue colour on the album cover than the blue colour on the original UK version. 

When I Get Home was omitted, as the USSR government deemed the sexual connotations too strong for public release. Except from that, the Soviet Union release has the same songs in the same order as the original UK version. I have attached a link to Discogs where there is a picture of the cover and a little more information about it. After the Soviet era, in the early 1990’s there were released other Beatles albums where song titles were translated to Russian.

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For anyone interested in the Russian releases, I detailed the Melodiya releases - along with some of the history - in the Bootleg, Foreign and Unusual Releases thread.

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