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The BeatlesThe Beatles

Label:
Apple Records – SWBO-101, Apple Records – SWBO 101
Format:
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Numbered, Stereo, 1st Press, Capitol Text, Scranton Pressing
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Tracklist

A1Back In The U.S.S.R.2:45
A2Dear Prudence4:00
A3Glass Onion2:10
A4Obladi Oblada3:10
A5Wild Honey Pie1:02
A6Bungalow Bill3:05
A7While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Written-ByGeorge Harrison
4:46
A8Happiness Is A Warm Gun2:47
B1Martha My Dear2:28
B2I'm So Tired2:01
B3Blackbird2:20
B4Piggies
Written-ByGeorge Harrison
2:04
B5Rocky Racoon3:33
B6Don't Pass Me By
Written-ByRichard Starkey
3:52
B7Why Don't We Do It In The Road1:42
B8I Will1:46
B9Julia2:57
C1Birthday2:40
C2Yer Blues4:01
C3Mother Nature's Son2:46
C4Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey2:25
C5Sexy Sadie3:15
C6Helter Skelter4:30
C7Long, Long, Long
Written-ByGeorge Harrison
3:08
D1Revolution No. 14:13
D2Honey Pie2:42
D3Savoy Truffle
Written-ByGeorge Harrison
2:55
D4Cry Baby Cry3:11
D5Revolution No. 98:15
D6Goodnight3:14
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First pressing has "Mfd. by Capitol...." in white rim text on sides 2 and 4, with various title mistakes and unique number on the front cover.

This 1st press has A4 "Obladi Oblada", A6 "Bungalow Bill", B7 'Why Don't We Do It In the Road' (without question mark) , D1 "Revolution No. 1", D5 "Revolution No. 9" and D6 "Goodnight".
Variant 5: has A4 "Obladi Oblada", A6 "Bungalow Bill", B7 'Why Don't We Do It In the Road?' (with question mark) , D1 "Revolution No. 1", D5 "Revolution No. 9" and D6 "Goodnight".

Cover has "The Beatles" embossed, located towards the lower right corner, and sequentially numbered.

Pressed at Capitol Records Pressing Plant, Scranton, as identified by the "IAM" in a triangle stamp in the run-outs.

Comes with fold-out lyric poster and 4 glossy photos on card stock.

Variant 4 (A28, A29, B28, B29) are from a rejected stamper that was used in the initial pressings (see: The Beatles - The Beatles for individual entry). All stampers from this master were pulled from production at the request of George Harrison because of Capitol's mastering changes. Variant 4 is very rare as only one set of stampers were ever officially used containing Capitols rejected mastering. Some of these stampers have been found mixed up among other copies from this plant.

Read here for more details: http://wogew.blogspot.com/2017/02/the-compressed-white-album.html

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  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side 1): SWBO1-101
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side 2): SWBO2-101
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side 3): SWBO3-101
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side 4): SWBO4-101
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1, Runout A): SWBO-1-101-J46
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1, Runout B): SWBO-2-101-J46 #2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1, Runout C): SWBO-3-101-J47
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1, Runout D): SWBO-4-101-J45 #2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2, Runout A Etched & Stamped): SWBO1-101-J46 #2 IAM
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2, Runout B Etched & Stamped): SWBO2-101-J46 #2 IAM
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2, Runout C Etched & Stamped): SWBO3-101-J47 #3 IAM
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2, Runout D Etched & Stamped): SWBO4-101-J44 IAM
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3: Side 1 run-out, etched & stamped ): SWBO-1-101-J46¹¹ #2 IAM
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3: Side 2 run-out, etched & stamped): SWBO-2-101-J45¹¹ IAM
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3: Side 3 run-out, etched & stamped): SWBO3-101-J47 IAM
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3: Side 4 run-out, etched & stamped): SWBO4-101-J44 IAM
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4: Side 1 run-out, etched & stamped): SWBO-1-101-B29 IAM
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4: Side 2 run-out, etched & stamped): SWBO-2-101-B28 IAM
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4: Side 3 run-out, etched & stamped): SWBO-3-101-A28 IAM
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4: Side 4 run-out, etched & stamped): SWBO-4-101-A28 IAM
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 5: Side 1 run-out, etched & stamped): SWBO-1-101-J46¹¹ #2 IAM
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 5: Side 2 run-out, etched & stamped): SWBO-2-101-J45¹¹ #2 IAM
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 5: Side 3 run-out, etched & stamped): SWBO3-101-J47¹¹ #2 IAM
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 5: Side 4 run-out, etched & stamped): WBO4-101-J44¹¹ #3 IAM
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 6:Side 1 runout, etched & Stamped): SWBO1-101-J58 #4 IAM
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 6:Side 2 runout, etched & Stamped): SWBO2-101 J45 " #3 IAM
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 6:Side 3 runout, etched & Stamped): SWBO3-101-J48 #2 IAM
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 6:Side 4 runout, etched & Stamped): SWBO4-101-J44 #5 IAM

Other Versions (5 of 734)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
The Beatles (2×LP, Album, Numbered, Stereo)Apple RecordsPCSO-7067-8Australia1968
The Beatles (2×LP, Album, Numbered, Stereo)Apple Records, Apple RecordsPMCQ 31513/4, SMO 2051/52Italy1968
The Beatles (2×LP, Album, Misprint, Numbered, Mono)Apple RecordsPMC 7067/8UK1968
The Beatles (2×LP, Album, Numbered, Gatefold)Apple RecordsSMO 2051/52Germany1968
The Beatles (2×LP, Album, Numbered, Stereo)Apple RecordsPCS 7067/8UK1968

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jwhiteker
My copy of this one had J46 #4 which I don't see as a listed variant. Should I just add it to the variants in the database? All the other identifiers match correctly.
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jc4411
When opening up the gatefold I noticed that the inside is upside down. Is that normal? I have determined that I have this pressing based on the way the number is on the front cover and how the labels look. Etchings are variants though.
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jadedtom
Edited 9 years ago
As unpopular as the opinion may be, I'm with George Martin who claimed this would have been better edited down to one album.
My reflections some forty four years after this album's release: John Lennon simply KICKS ASS on this album. The curiously simple "Dear Prudence" has only become better with age. "I'm So Tired", "Yer Blues", "Sexy Sadie" and the magnificent "Happiness is a Warm Gun" are Beatles' (and Lennon) classics. The acoustic version of "Revolution" is a vast improvement over the electric one. "Everybody's Got Something to Hide" is joyful, rocking nonsense, while McCartney's "Helter Skelter" and "Birthday" are just nonsense. McCartney slips into terminal cuteness with the awful "Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da" and the fairly minor "Rocky Raccoon".

McCartney scores high for "Back in the USSR". "Martha My Dear" and "I Will" may be minor songs, but McCartney's charm shines through on these numbers, as well as "Honey Pie" and "Mother Nature's Son".

Now for the garbage. The following songs should have been doomed to unreleased acetates: "Don't Pass Me By" (terrible mix of violin and organ), "Revolution 9" (remains an uninteresting collection of sound effects), "Wild Honey Pie" (simply awful), "Long Long Long" which is essentially Harrison masturbating. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" may be considered classic, but the song has long since bored me and it is painful to listen to now.

Guilty pleasures: Paul's vocal on "Why Don't We Do It In The Road". Lennon's hauntingly hip "Cry Baby Cry" and Harrison's spirited "Savoy Truffle". "Goodnight" is terribly hokey but in the universe of the Beatles, the song strangely works.

I did say John Lennon kicked ASS on this album, didn't I?