Re-Repackaging the Beatles

  You could call it a cottage industry, but that would miss the point of the millions and millions of albums and singles that the Beatles have released and sold since they broke up in 1970.   In fact, "Let It Be," the last Beatles album, is technically a post-break up album as it was […]

Last Updated: August 18, 2009 @ 5:57 PM

 

You could call it a cottage industry, but that would miss the point of the millions and millions of albums and singles that the Beatles have released and sold since they broke up in 1970.
 
In fact, "Let It Be," the last Beatles album, is technically a post-break up album as it was actually released on May 8, 1970 — just under a month after Paul McCartney announced publicly he was leaving the band.
 
Since they split, the Beatles have had a fairly steady series of releases — and that’s just as a band, as solo artists, the greatest hits and compilations have come fast and furiously as well.
 
Now, some of these Beatles compilations, such as “Rock N Roll Music” and “Love Songs” were released by record companies without any imput or permission from the former Beatles. Not that they didn’t have their fingers in other releases — the band did agree to let Capitol Records put out “The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl” in 1977.
 
And other compilations — like the famed multi-platinum “Red” and “Blue” greatest hits albums that everyone seemed to have in the 1970s and the multi-disc “Anthology” series in the mid-1990s — had the personal touch of the Fab Four all over them.
 
In fact, while the band released only 12 albums together, they have released over two dozen since calling it a day.
 
For good reason: “Beatles 1,” released over 30 years after the band split, proved one of their most successful releases ever, selling over 31 million copies worldwide. Which isn’t bad at all for what is, really" 1982’s "20 Greatest Hits," with George Harrison’s  “Something” added.
 
Ladies and gentlemne, the complete post-breakup Beatles:
 
1973
"1962-1966: The Red Album"
"1967-1970: The Blue Album"
 
1976
"Rock N Roll Music" (re-released in 1980 as two volumes)
 
1977
"Live! at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany"
"The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl"
"Love Songs"
 
1979
"The Beatles Collection" (box set)
 
1980
"Rarities"
 
1982
"Reel Music" (Beatles music from their movies)
"20 Greatest Hits"
 
1987
The first official US releases of the band’s early U.K. albums:
"Please Please Me"
"With the Beatles"
"A Hard’s Day Night"
"Beatles for Sale"
"Help"
"Rubber Soul"
"Revolver"
 
1988
"Past Masters Vol. 1"
"Past Masters Vol. II"
"The Beatles Box Set" (the albums released in CD format)
 
1994
"Live at the BBC"
 
1995
"Anthology 1"
"Anthology II"
 
1996
"Anthology III"
 
1999
"Yellow Submarine" (soundtrack)
 
2000
"Beatles 1"
 
2003
"Let It Be … Naked"
 
2004
"The Capitol Albums Vol. I"
 
2006
"Capitol Albums Vol. II"
"LOVE"