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Beatles Ballads




Label
Parlophone
Catalogue No.
PCS 7214
Release date
13th October 1980
Total time
U.K. Album Chart Detail :
Entry Date :
15th November 1980
Highest Position :
17
Weeks in Chart :
16
Detail :
The first Beatles 20 track L.P. and the first Beatle album of the 1980's ... although yet again, nothing rare, no special versions and ten of the twenty tracks had been issued just three years earlier on the Love Songs album !
Once again, E.M.I. had minimal advertising for this L.P. (why bother releasing it then ??) ... and consequently, although it did eneter the chart one month after release, it was only in the lowest part (below the top 30).After John's murder the entire Beatles catalogue were back in demand, and with this item being relatively new in the shops, sales escalated and it moved into the Top 20.
The cover art was taken from the excellent Alan Aldridge book The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics (recently reissued as The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics) and is a painting by John Patrick Byrne which was used in the foreword on page 6. "Patrick" had also done album covers for other artists in the early seventies.
As an aside, during the week of the release of this album in October 1980, E.M.I. auctioned off some of it's studio equipment which included :The Studer J37 4-track recording machine on which the Beatles recorded Sgt. Pepper. (£500)andThe actual mellotron from the Sgt. Pepper sessions which still contained the Beatles last set-up. (£1,000 to Mike Oldfield !)
Side 1
Track
Composer
Original Source
Time
Yesterday
Lennon-McCartney
Help ! the album.
2:03
Norwegian Wood
Lennon-McCartney
Rubber Soul.
2:01
Do You Want To Know A Secret
Lennon-McCartney
Please Please Me.
1:56
For No One
Lennon-McCartney
Revolver.
1:58
Michelle
Lennon-McCartney
Rubber Soul.
2:40
Nowhere Man
Lennon-McCartney
Rubber Soul.
2:40
You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
Lennon-McCartney
Help ! the album.
2:07
Across The Universe
Lennon-McCartney
From "No-one's Gonna Change Our World" charity L.P.
3:45
All My Loving
Lennon-McCartney
With The Beatles.
2:06
Hey Jude
Lennon-McCartney
Hey Jude the single.
7:07
Side 2
Track
Composer
Original Source
Time
Something
Harrison
Abbey Road.
2:59
The Fool On The Hill
Lennon-McCartney
Magical Mystery Tour E.P.
2:57
Till There Was You
Harrison
Abbey Road.
2:59
The Long And Winding Road
Lennon-McCartney
Let it Be
3:37
Here Comes The Sun
Harrison
Abbey Road
3:04
Blackbird
Lennon-McCartney
White Album.
2:18
And I Love Her
Lennon-McCartney
A Hard Day's Night.
2:28
She's Leaving Home
Lennon-McCartney
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
3:33
Here, There And Everywhere
Lennon-McCartney
Revolver.
2:22
Let It Be
Lennon-McCartney
Let It Be the single.
3:49