by The Beatles

Original Release Date: 2023-11-10


One thing to note about the so-called Blue Album—beyond the quality and innovation of the music itself—is how well it manages to encapsulate a period of The Beatles that isn’t that easy to encapsulate. Part of their legacy lies in helping invent our concept of the Rock Album: a continuous, unified experience closer to a novel or film than a collection of independent songs. Albums had a logic; they might even—in the case of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band or the second half of Abbey Road—have a narrative. One might even call it capital-A Art.

Of course, tracks like “A Day in the Life” and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” would be astonishing in any context. And as much fun as it is to ride the contrasts of the White Album and the loose flow of Sgt. Pepper’s, the band’s late period also produced some of their best stand-alone songs, including “Don’t Let Me Down”, “The Ballad of John and Yoko” and “Hey Jude”. (This version of The Beatles 1967-1970 also includes The Beatles’ very late-period final song, “Now and Then”, which Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr began assembling in 2022 from a late-’70s John Lennon demo.)

Hardcore fans might find most of the Blue Album kind of redundant, but to anyone looking for answers to bigger questions of who The Beatles were and what cultural changes they helped set in motion (not to mention in such a short time), 1967-1970—along with its red companion, 1962-1966—is a good start. This is when the bright-eyed, bushy-tailed innocence of pop meets the premonitions of the psychedelic underground (“I Am the Walrus”) and the rock ballad tilts toward heavy metal (“While My Guitar Gently Weeps”), when the fabled idealism of the late ’60s (“All You Need Is Love”) hits the chilly reality of what comes next (“Get Back”, “Revolution”). They didn’t write the story alone—but it’s hard to find another band that summarised it so well.


  1. Strawberry Fields Forever
  2. Penny Lane
  3. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
  4. With A Little Help From My Friends
  5. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
  6. A Day In The Life
  7. All You Need Is Love
  8. I Am The Walrus
  9. Hello Goodbye
  10. The Fool On The Hill
  11. Magical Mystery Tour
  12. Lady Madonna
  13. Hey Jude
  14. Revolution
  15. Back In The U.S.S.R.
  16. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
  17. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
  18. Get Back
  19. Don’t Let Me Down
  20. The Ballad Of John & Yoko
  21. Old Brown Shoe
  22. Here Comes The Sun
  23. Come Together
  24. Something
  25. Octopus’s Garden
  26. Let It Be
  27. Across The Universe
  28. The Long And Winding Road
  29. Now And Then
  30. Blackbird
  31. Dear Prudence
  32. Glass Onion
  33. Within You Without You
  34. Hey Bulldog
  35. Oh! Darling
  36. I Me Mine
  37. I Want You (She’s So Heavy)

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Format Vinyl 3× LP Compilation Limited Edition Reissue Remastered Stereo (Half-Speed Master, Blue)
Label Apple Records
Catalog Number 0602455920805
Notes Gatefold sleeve + insert. Hype sticker: The classic compilation now expanded with 9 extra tracks including the single Now And Then 3LP’s featuring 37 tracks Half-speed master on limited edition blue vinyl. [Universal Music Group International logo] [Apple logo] [Barcode: 0 602455 92080 5] 0602455920805 Made in the E.U. Sticker: Made in Germany ’ Matrix numbers are hand etched in the runout area. Plating marks like ‘1+X’, ‘1=⊥’, ‘1IX’, ‘1=+’,‘⊥∧’ and ‘1⋀’ are mirrored.
Discogs URL The Beatles - 1967-1970