As 1978 wore on, it was decided to release a picture disc of the "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" LP in the United States - catalogue number Capitol SEAX-11840 with the record having an enlarged picture of the front cover on side one and the Pepper bass drum logo on side two. One of the reasons for the release was the interest of the group stirred on by the movie of the same name featuring Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees. Although the film flopped, the picture disc version sold reasonably well at the time. Capitol Records in the US also re-issued the following LPs on coloured vinyl: "The Beatles (White Album)" 2-LP set on white vinyl with the catalogue number Capitol SEBX-11841; "The Beatles 1962-1966" 2-LP set on red vinyl with the catalogue number Capitol SEBX-11842; "The Beatles 1967-=1970" 2-LP set on blue vinyl with the catalogue number Capitol SEBX-11843. The above record were available as limited editions with 150,000 copies. All of the above were released on August 15 1978.
In December 1978, Capitol in the United States released "Abbey Road" as a picture disc which was housed in a cut out cover (similar to the "Pepper" picture disc) with the front cover photo on side one and the back cover photo on side two. The catalogue number for this one was Capitol SEAX-11900.
In the UK, only the greatest hits double LPs were released. "The Beatles 1962-1966" was re-issued on red vinyl with the catalogue number Parlophone 717 and "The Beatles 1967-1970" was re-issed on blue vinyl with the catalogue number Parlophone 718. Both releases were issued on September 30 1978.
In Canada, Capitol of Canada basically issued the same vinyl coloured discs as the Unites States with the exception of the "Pepper" picture disc. In it's place, Capitol of Canada issued a marble colour vinyl version of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (Capitol of Canada SEAV-11840) as well as previously issued the 2-LP set "Love Songs" on yellow/gold vinyl (Capitol of Canada SEBX-11844).