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Hey Jude (The Beatles Again)
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Hey Jude (The Beatles Again)

First released: 1970, February 26

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Tracks
  1. Can't Buy Me Love (2:15)
    Recorded: January 29, 1964 at Path? Marconi Studios, Paris, France
    John Lennon - rhythm guitar
    Paul McCartney - lead vocal, bass guitar
    George Harrison - 12-string lead guitar
    Ringo Starr - drums
  2. I Should Have Known Better (2:45)
    Recorded: February 25-26, 1964 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon - double-tracked lead vocal, acoustic guitar, harmonica
    Paul McCartney - bass guitar
    George Harrison - 12-string lead guitar
    Ringo Starr - drums
  3. Paperback Writer (2:19)
    Recorded: April 13, 1966 at Abbey Road, London, England with an overdub added April 14, 1966
    John Lennon - rhythm guitar, background vocal
    Paul McCartney - lead vocal, bass guitar
    George Harrison - lead guitar, background vocal
    Ringo Starr - drums
  4. Rain (3:02)
    Recorded: April 14, 1966 at Abbey Road, London, England with overdubs added April 16, 1966
    John Lennon - lead vocal, rhythm guitar
    Paul McCartney - bass guitar, background vocal
    George Harrison - lead guitar, background vocal
    Ringo Starr - drums, tambourine
  5. Lady Madonna (2:19)
    Recorded: February 3, 1968 at Abbey Road, London, England with overdubs added February 6, 1968
    John Lennon - background vocal
    Paul McCartney - lead vocal, bass guitar, piano
    George Harrison - lead guitar, background vocal
    Ringo Starr - drums
    Ronnie Scott - saxophone
    Harry Klein - saxophone
    Bill Povey - saxophone
    Bill Jackman - saxophone
  6. Revolution (3:24)
    Recorded: July 10, 1968 at Abbey Road, London, England with overdubs added July 11-12, 1968
    John Lennon - lead vocal, lead guitar
    Paul McCartney - bass guitar, organ
    George Harrison - lead guitar
    Ringo Starr - drums
    Nicky Hopkins - piano
  7. Hey Jude (7:08)
    Recorded: July 31, 1968 at Trident Studios, London, England with the forty-piece orchestra overdubbed August 1, 1968
    John Lennon - acoustic guitar, background vocal
    Paul McCartney - lead vocal, bass guitar, piano
    George Harrison - lead guitar, background vocal
    Ringo Starr - drums, tambourine
    Forty-piece orchestra - sustained notes, clapping, "na-na-na" chorus
  8. Old Brown Shoe (3:21)
    Recorded: April 16, 1969 at Abbey Road, London, England with overdubs added April 18, 1969
    John Lennon - background vocal
    Paul McCartney - bass guitar, piano, background vocal
    George Harrison - lead vocal, lead guitar
    Ringo Starr - drums
    Billy Preston - organ
  9. Don't Let Me Down (3:35)
    Recorded: January 28, 1969 at Apple Studios, London, England
    John Lennon - double-tracked lead vocal, lead guitar
    Paul McCartney - bass guitar, harmony vocal
    George Harrison - rhythm guitar
    Ringo Starr - drums
    Billy Preston - organ
  10. The Ballad of John and Yoko (2:59)
    Recorded: April 14, 1969 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon - lead vocal, acoustic guitar, lead guitar
    Paul McCartney - bass guitar, drums, piano, maracas, harmony vocal
Credits
Producer: George Martin
Engineers: Norman Smith, Geoff Emerick
Releases
1970, February 26 Apple SO-385/SW-385 (US)
Reviews & comments
Ron Buss (2015, July 9)
Being born in 1961 & special thanks to my lovely Cousin Linda for helping to infect me with Beatlemania at age 3, I remember grooving to them on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. Thus I distinctly remember buying Beatles Again on 8-track the day of its release for when riding in my Father's car. One week later I had to buy the LP for home play. Being an LP rather than 45's person, I only had 2 of their singles; i.e.- Hey Jude/Revolution & Strawberry Fields/Penny Lane. From the get-go in '68 I always thought Hey Jude should be an album. By 1970 it was about time! I knew it was a collection of non-album 45's & that there were some songs that passed by my no-single-buying-ass. I wanted them all. Unfortunately, the album opens rather inconsistently with Can't Buy Me Love & I Should Have Known Better. I understand it was Capital Record's 1st LP release of those 2 songs originally owned by United Artists & they do hold their timeless own with the rest of the album. However, I was a bit miffed at the redundancy since I already owned A Hard Day's Night (my very 1st Beatles album). I felt like I was being double-dipped for Capital's blunder. Adding insult to injury, they omitted I'm Down & George's The Inner Light. I always felt that Beatles Again would've been a more complete & desirable album if Can't Buy Me Love & I Should Have Known Better were dropped. Then it should open with I'm Down followed by Paperback Writer, Rain, Lady Madonna, The Inner Light & Revolution to conclude Side One. Side Two was perfect needing no changes. That being said, if Capital had waited one more month for the release of Beatles Again (Hey Jude) shortly following the 45 release of Let It be/You know My Name (Look Up The Number) but prior to the release of the soundtrack LP Let It Be, finishing off Beatles Again with You Know My Name would have made that album EPIC!!! However, with all things said & done being unable to turn the clock back, Beatles Again is still a masterpiece. That includes the cover art, one of the last photo sessions taken at John's estate. A little piece of trivia: the back photo was originally supposed to be the front & visa-versa. It was a factory printing mishap that they went with, eventually realizing the cover looked better that style anyway. I always loved the 3rd photo of The Beatles in the window above the doorway = classic photo art! They could've done away with the song listing on the back, though. It seemed to cheapen the cover art &, after all, at that point in the game no one was going to scrutinize what songs are on a new Beatles album. People were going to buy it anyway. Even though the Hey Jude LP was originally intended for US release only & The Beatles themselves had little or nothing to do with it, to this day it still holds its weight as a great album & remains freshly one of my very favorite albums of all times.
Gerard Tomoculus (2013, April 3)
"I love \"Old Brown Shoe\" (I have a feeling Macca had a LOT to do with making that track come alive, not just his stunning bass line, but giving George a whole lot of ideas for turning an ordinary [in fact, rather pedestrian] song into a fabulous record.)" This is not actually a review. This is correcting Jake's assertion this is Paul McCartney playing the bass line, because in fact you will find Harrison stating in interview that it was in fact Harrison playing the bass line for this track. And it can be heard in the demo of the song that he is doing it as well, simply doubling the guitar riff. If there's an indication of what The Beatles would sound like if you split them into two factions, it is the The Ballad of John and Yoko/Old Brown Shoe 45. Side One would be The Beatles as John and Paul. Side Two would be The Beatles as George & Ringo, because it is primarily those two performing on Shoe. (With backing vocals from McCartney/Lennon) . In all honesty (and review) - the musicianship on Shoe far excels that on Ballad. Better drummer, better guitarist, and ironically enough, an equal Bass player ;)
Jake (2013, January 23)
This is actually one of my favorite Beatles albums. I love the progression of Side One from early to late. I love \"Old Brown Shoe\" (I have a feeling Macca had a LOT to do with making that track come alive, not just his stunning bass line, but giving George a whole lot of ideas for turning an ordinary [in fact, rather pedestrian] song into a fabulous record.) I love \"Rain\" but I really do think it should be remixed so the vocals are all centered. I love \"Hey Jude\" needless to say - even though it\'s bordering on being overplayed in my mind, I can still come back to it every six months and fall in love with it again.
ralph (2009, September 12)
too manny people make the mistake of thinking its the same hey jude and again. the difference is the sound is more tacky on hey jude. plus the song i should've known better has a short pause on the beatles again and not on the album hey jude
? (2003, May 18)
Pretty good collection of songs. It's not really an album or anything, so points marked down for that. On a side note, Can't Buy Me Love and I Should Have Known Better are here because they hadn't appeared on a Captiol Records Beatles album before.
All Music Guide (2002, April 28)
Kind of a catch-all record, Hey Jude was released very late in the Beatles career, and it collects several singles and B-sides that never made it onto "official" albums. As a record though, it works quite well, and given the Beatles genius, especially in the area of creating exquisite and ultra-progressive singles, it comes as no suprise. "Paperback Writer" works particularly well, not having aged at all in the three years after its release. The bass guitar sound on this record is especially revolutionary. A couple of recent tracks, "Old Brown Shoe" and "The Ballad of John And Yoko," make their vinyl debut here, and as usual give the consumer excellent value for the money. "Old Brown Shoe" (originally slated for Joe Cocker to record) is one of George Harrison's great lost classics, and the Beatles ensemble playing on this track belies the tension that was prevalent during the group's final days. — Matthew Greenwald

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