Tuesday, October 06, 2009

How Many Studio Albums Did the Beatles Make?

The correct answer to this, taking into account U.K. LPs from the Beatles era (1962-1970), would be twelve. U.S. LPs in this case would not count per se, as the Beatles did not compile them (Capitol Records did) and often they had a difficult time recalling their contents when playing songs to American audiences ("It's on Beatles VI...I think"). These twelve LPs include:
  • Please Please Me (22 March 1963)
  • With The Beatles (22 November 1963)
  • A Hard Day's Night (10 July 1964)
  • Beatles for Sale (4 December 1964)
  • Help! (6 August 1965)
  • Rubber Soul (3 December 1965)
  • Revolver (5 August 1966)
  • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1 June 1967)
  • The Beatles (22 November 1968)
  • Yellow Submarine (17 January 1969)
  • Abbey Road (26 September 1969)
  • Let It Be (8 May 1970)
For the CD era, EMI decided to complete the Beatles' collection by issuing the above titles plus Magical Mystery Tour, Past Masters Volume 1 and Past Masters Volume 2. Magical Mystery Tour was originally a 1967 LP released in the U.S. only (until Parlophone issued it in 1976; the Beatles originally issued the film's soundtrack as a double EP). Past Masters is simply an EMI compilation set designed to capture singles, EPs and rarities not included on the albums listed above.


DiBoLand said...
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Anonymous said...

hey Dude Revolver is August 5th. 1966

lifeofthebeatles said...

Good catch - this has been fixed.