I haven’t done one of these for a while. It’s been over a year in fact. The last Beatle-related “Label Variations” was Part Five – and that was way back in February, 2011.
(You can see Parts One, Two, Three, Four, and Five plus the Beatles “Love” variations here and here. There’s also a comprehensive post on all the extensive variations of the McCartney/Fireman “Electric Arguments” release, the Twin Freaks LP and singles, and McCartney‘s recent “Kisses On The Bottom” CD’s and LP. There is also a post on some George Harrison “All Things Must Pass” label variations).
So it’s now time for another. This time some label variations of the Beatles legendary 1969 release “Abbey Road”, kicking off with the original UK pressing:
Here’s a more recent (1994) UK re-issue. This label is more yellow/green:
Here are some Australian pressings:
The Australian “Abbey Road” front cover is distinguished by the word “Stereo” on the top right-hand side:
Here’s a couple of examples from New Zealand, starting with the original Apple pressing. As you can see the Apple colour on NZ pressings is quite a pale, washed-out green:
Incidentally, these early copies of “Abbey Road” in New Zealand came in covers with the old-fashioned external tab-fold on the rear of the cover:
These first New Zealand copies also come in a black paper inner sleeve.
Here’s a more recent black and silver Parlophone label from New Zealand:
Next an Apple label from Germany:
One made in France by Pathe Marconi:
This label below is the one used by EMI for Asian markets (Hong Kong, South East Asia and Malaysia):
And finally the fairly plain USA label:
I’ve also got a few copies of “Abbey Road” on CD (I really love this album!)
This first one is the original UK pressing:
And here’s the Australian CD, which is quite similar to the UK:
And the EU version of the very impressive 2009 Beatles digital remasters version:
Lastly, a CD that I think is an illegal copy from China. I got a series of these on a trip to Vietnam (you can read some more about this here). The series is called the Beatles “Double Golden Collection”. There are two CD’s in each jewel box and you get one 2009 remastered album on each disc, complete with the bonus mini documentary. Disc One, shown here, has “Abbey Road” (the other in this set has “Let It Be” on the second disc):
If anyone else has some “Abbey Road” labels they’d like to share please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
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