The Beatles Black Album – Ultra Rare Import – Double CD + Artwork!
It appears to be a Beatle album from 1972 !!! (we
all know that can't be possible but bear with me ...) We've all played the
White Album game (i. e. which tracks would've been on the single album?). Well
this takes it all to the obvious next level. What would the album after Let It
Be have been like? This appears to be the result!
Beatles Black Album
A double CD of 34 songs. The packaging is superb
and consists of a gatefold glossy cardboard sleeve with "The Beatles"
embossed on the front cover. This holds 2 inner cardboard sleeves each printed
with either a full apple or a cut apple. Inside these are 2 CDs, again printed
with a full apple or a cut apple (A & B sides). There is also a double
sided poster with full lyrics, Lennon drawings, photo montage (like the
original White Album poster and very well put together !!) and 4 individual
photos included with this set. Some of the listings on ebay don't include these
extra items ..... and these are still in mint condition!!! All of this is held
in an outer cardboard sleeve (again with "The Beatles" logo) to keep
it from damage. All protected in a plastic cover.
Here’s the full track listing:
1: Gimme Some Truth
2: Dear Boy
3: Wah Wah
5: Big Barn Bed
6: Jealous Guy
7: Another Day
8: Bring On The Lucie
9: The Back Seat Of My Car
11: What Is Life?
13: Back Off Boogaloo
14: Ram On
15: Cold Turkey
16: Give Me Love
17: Look At Me
1: Maybe I'm Amazed
2: I Found Out
3: Every Night
4: It Don't Come Easy
6: Let It Down
9: Isn't It A Pity
10: I Hate to See the Evening Sun Go
11: Hi, Hi, Hi
12: It's So Hard
13: My Sweet Lord
14: Mind Games
15: Live and Let Die
Everything looks and feels like a Beatles CD, the
quality has to be seen to be believed. A real labour of love. I've got many
other "import" Beatles CDs but nothing compares to this. Quite
amazing!!! I really can't fault it... You will not be disappointed. I'm sure
the lads themselves would be smiling at the joke. Yet, as always with The
Beatles, it's the music that makes it what it is...
copy was bought direct from Neil Aspinall, head of the Beatles' company Apple
Corps, shortly before he passed away in 2008, and I will include the
correspondence I had with Neil with the CD].
It's a wonderful selection of solo tracks from 70
to 72 (ish) all cut together or re-edited to make it feel like the Beatles did
it together. I don't know how it's been done but at times you hear John in a
Paul song, George singing along with Ringo on "It Don't Come Easy",
new endings, crossfades, count-ins, dialogue between songs etc. It's all been
put together so well !!. I've played my own copy many times and it's so easy to
believe that this is actually them ..... still together !!!.
There's 34 tracks on the 2 CDs and the song
selection isn't obvious. It doesn't come across as a greatest hits selection
but that only adds to it. Many of the tracks aren't that well known but in this
new setting suddenly become classics. A good example would be the track
"Wildlife" which just comes alive with this new edit .... It's now
one of my favourite Macca songs. There's a few obvious choices (i. e. Imagine,
My Sweet Lord, Maybe I'm Amazed) but there are enough surprises throughout this
collection to bring a smile to any Beatles fans face. The audio quality is of
the highest standard throughout.
So ..... here it is ...... Lennon, McCartney,
George Harrison and Ringo Starr are back together for one last time. If you'd
ever wondered what it would've been like if they hadn't split up then this
fantasy album shows you. A splendid joke and a real collectors piece. This will
grace the collection of any Beatles fanatic. Now for those of you who think this
is just a cheap compilation... I do understand your point. This is for the
collectors only. I'm one, with a vast collection of Beatles artifacts and
recordings and this is one of the best items I've ever owned. It'll end up
being one of the most sought after imports and will no doubt be bootlegged
itself one day... it's that good!!! There's hundreds, if not thousands, of
alternate Beatle albums to be bought and all of them sound just how you would
imagine them to sound. This is a little different from all of them and stands
head and shoulders above them all with it's packaging. Please note that this is
not an official release. The Beatles split up in 1969 !!!
This is a must for any collector of Beatles
"imports". You rarely see these on ebay and I'm selling my spare copy
due to unemployment but I assure you that you won't regret buying this. I've
seen this for sale a few times before but they don't come around that often so
get your copy while you can !!!