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The BeatlesThe Beatles

Label:Apple Records – SWBO-101, Apple Records – SWBO 101
Format:
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Numbered, Stereo, Scranton Pressing
Country:US
Released:
Genre:Rock, Pop
Style:Pop Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Experimental, Vocal

Tracklist

A1Back In The U.S.S.R.2:45
A2Dear Prudence4:00
A3Glass Onion2:10
A4Ob-la-di Ob-la-da3:10
A5Wild Honey Pie1:02
A6The Continuing Story Of Bungalow 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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Scranton press with "IAM" in triangle on all four sides in the runout, and jacket number starting with an A and no space.

Apple label with Capitol logo

Cover with embossed title and stamped number on front lower right corner. "SWBO 101" at lower left of gatefold. "Stereo" at upper right corner of back cover. Issued with lyrics, poster and four large portrait photos.

Similar to The Beatles - The Beatles, but label lists A4 as "Ob-la-di Ob-la-da" and A6 as "The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill."
D1 is listed as "Revolution No. 1" D5 as "Revolution No. 9" and D6 as "Goodnight."

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  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A (Variant 1)): SWBO-1-101-J46
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B (Variant 1)): SWBO-2-101-J46
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C (Variant 1)): SWBO-3-101-A28
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D (Variant 1)): SWBO-4-101-A28
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A (Variant 2)): SWBO-1-101-J46 #2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B (Variant 2)): SWBO-2-101-J45¹¹#2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C (Variant 2)): SWBO-3-101-J48
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D (Variant 2)): SWBO-4-101-J45 #2
  • Matrix / Runout (Label A): SWBO1-101
  • Matrix / Runout (Label B): SWBO2-101
  • Matrix / Runout (Label C): SWBO3-101
  • Matrix / Runout (Label D): SWBO4-101
  • Matrix / Runout (All four sides): "IAM" in triangle

Other Versions (5 of 736)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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louisianagirl29
My copy is stamped: No. 2508467
I have 5 original Beatles Records
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streetmouse
As far back as the very first Beatle release, their albums had a contextual feel. With the release of the singles “Penny Lane,” and “Strawberry Fields,” followed by the albums ‘Revolver,’ ‘Sgt. Pepper,’ and ‘Magical Mystery Tour,’ the Fab Four seemed to be uniting the world through a charismatic set of themed albums revolving around the Flower Power movement, psychedelic drugs, and the ability to be able to draw us all together, united in a stance not only against the war in Vietnam, but in the power this new generation had in their hands, to change the course of social and political events. While there were signals of disillusion, and troubles within the band, as found on the George Harrison song “Blue Jay Way,” I think we all saw this as typical issues any group or family are destined to have, especially when they have worked so closely for so many years.

And the ‘White Album’ was just as prophetic in its on way. I remember hearing it not only for the first time, but the second, and third time ... and thinking that though the songs were well crafted, there was something lacking. The music seemed disjointed, like light refracted through a prism, with most of the songs more than notably written by single members of the band. Some songs seemed to be pulled or left over from other adventures, leaving me with a shattered, schizophrenic feeling ... there was nothing inter laced, nothing tying the songs together. This feeling was not lost on most fans, yet these were The Beatles, a group who had taken us on a serious journey, collimating in a series of climatic musical ecstasies, the peak of the trip, a feeling I never wanted to leave my body.

But here on the ‘White Album,’ there was nothing I could warm up to. The 'White Album' felt like the ‘crash,’ the day after the ‘trip,’ when the excesses of speed that the LSD had been cut with showed their head, leaving me with an uncomfortable feeling ... one of uncertainty, pending doom, and a disconnection to say the least ... a feeling I just wanted to sleep through, wake up and find that all of the music on this double release made sense.

I had to set this record aside for a very long time, going to places like Vietnam, where the world actually was schizophrenic. And now, nearly forty years later, while I have come to appreciated the songs as a very good grouping of music, I still see the ‘White Album’ as the light at the end of the tunnel, a tunnel that had once bathed and warmed me in strobing colours, psychedelic sensuality, pleasantly distorted shapes that would bend and ebb, as musical notes, like breezes changed my total perception ... I thought the light at the end of the tunnel would be more this, but then as The Beatles had grown up, so had I, and I was left with the reality that most things are not what they seemed.

Review by Jenell Kesler