|The Ballad of John And Yoko|
|Production credits unknown|
|Released on May 1969|
|UK CHART POSITION #1 . . . US CHART POSITION #8|
|Find it at GEMM|
|2531 wo. picture sleeve
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O riginally released as a standalone single (their last) and later included on the catch-all compilation Hey Jude. “The Ballad of John and Yoko” is John’s take on the recent travails that he and wife Yoko faced in the wake of their marriage. The song was apparently banned by some radio stations (including the Beeb) for the line “Christ, you know it ain’t easy.” It features only John (guitar, vocals) and Paul McCartney (everything else) and was conceived and recorded in the same day. To give credit where it’s due, these tidbits come from the web site Songfacts, where you’ll also learn that this is The Beatles’ first stereo single. Paul later revisited the A side's tropical arrangement for the song “Hot Sun” from his first solo elpee. The B side is a fine track from George Harrison that also turned up on Hey Jude and features all four Beatles. The ending always reminds me of The Stones.
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|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|US/CAN||May 1969||Apple||7"||2531||picture sleeve|
|FRA||Apple||7"||2C 006 04108||picture sleeve|
|GER||Apple||7"||C006 04108||picture sleeve|
|ITA||1969||Apple||7"||QMSP 16456||picture sleeve|
|JPN||Apple||7"||EAR-20240||gatefold picture sleeve, lyric insert|
|US||1975||Apple||7"||2531||w. All Rights Reserved on label|
|UK||1976||Apple||7"||R5786||green picture sleeve|
|US||1983||Capitol||7"||2531||black label w. colorband|
|US||1988||Capitol||7"||2531||purple label w. smooth edges|
|UK||May 1989||Apple||7"/7PIC||R/RP5786||20th anniversary, avail. as picture disc|
Did you know...
...that's actually George playing bass guitar on "Old Brown Shoe?" (Source: CREEM interview, 12/87)
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