Sunday, February 6, 2011

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da/ Julia

The "single" 45 blitz of 1976 continued with the release of two tracks from the Apple 2-LP/2-CD "The Beatles (White Album)" released on November 08 1976. The catalogue number is Capitol 4347 and this single was only released in North America.

The label featured the contemporary orange Capitol label and there was also a promo white label for the a-side (Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da) with a mono mix and stereo mix (Capitol P-4347). The mono mix is simply the stereo mix folded down and not the true mono mix available on the mono version of the white album available on Apple in the UK (PMC 7067-7068).

Capitol and EMI at this point must have been salivating to release as much Beatles material as they could since they could now manipulate the catalogue as they wished. The above example was an unnecessary exercise as far as I'm concerned. The single was only on the charts for six weeks and reached a high point of 47. Maybe this discouraged Capitol from releasing singles left and right (although a few LPs were forthcoming as we will see in future posts).

The single came with a picture sleeve and had the same concept as the original "White Album" cover in the sense that all the picture sleeves were sequentially numbered. It's a nice little collector's item.

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