This page contains scans and
pictures of the commercial releases of The Beatles, both as a group and as
Most of these titles originate from the 1970's "Quadraphonic Period" and are high in demand as collectables,
sought after both by Beatles collectors and by Quad/Surround fans.
All images and logos on this page are the property of their
respective copyright holders, and no ownership of these is implied by QQ
PAGE LAST UPDATED: 5/23/2010
JOHN LENNON: IMAGINE (QLP & Q8)
John Lennon's IMAGINE album was
the only Apple quad title ever released in LP form. Since EMI had decided on
the CBS/Columbia SQ system for their Quad LP releases, IMAGINE surfaced as an SQ LP in the UK and in
Australia. It was also available in Japan in the "RM" format.
However in the US, Capitol had yet to decide on a Quadraphonic LP format,
consequently their quad releases were on eight track only.
John Lennon was on record as not
being a big fan of quad. (He was a "mono man"!)
The surround mix of IMAGINE is evidence of that, as it is one of the least aggressive quad mixes
you will find offered by the Beatles. You can find superior surround versions of some of the IMAGINE
songs on the DVD Video release "Lennon Legend"
LABEL SCANS OF THE UK IMAGINE SQ QUAD LP
NOTE: The only difference in the Australian SQ LP are the words "Mfd in Aust." instead of
"Mfd in UK". The LP jackets can be distinguished by the SQ Logo, with the
Australian logo having a black background with white graphics, as opposed to the UK having a
transparent background with black graphics.
The IMAGINE LP from Japan,
encoded in the "RM" format, which is essentially the Sansui QS format.
This version is considerably rarer than the SQ LP from the UK or Australia
The first Quad 8-Track released by Apple in the USA
was of John Lennon's IMAGINE. The above scans show the first
version of this Q8, housed in the green Apple "Quadrasonic-Eight" slipcase. There were two types of shells to be found in this slipcase.
The tape on the left above is the more common "tapered" shell, held together by clips. The center tape has a wider base, and is held
together with a rivet. This release was the only time the Apple "Quadrasonic-Eight" logo was used. It did however appear in advertisements,
as can be seen in the scan of the Yoko Ono "Fly" advertisement at the end of this page.
The above scans show the second
and more common version of the US IMAGINE Q8. These are housed in the purple shell,
and the slipcase is now
the standard Capitol/Apple gold sleeve. Unfortunately, the quad mix is the same!
In the UK, Imagine was also
issued on Q8 in two different versions. The original came in a black shell with
silver and black label (above left). The later release (above right) came in a plastic slip case with a "J Card"
graphic and a white cartridge with black and white printing.
JOHN LENNON: WALLS AND BRIDGES (Q8)
The second Quad tape from John Lennon was the "Walls
and Bridges" album.
In the '70s, there were rumors of "Mind Games" coming out on Q8, but they turned out to be just rumors.
Imagine and Walls & Bridges were the only John Lennon quad titles issued.
YOKO ONO: FLY (Q8) (Unreleased)
I am putting this in the John
Lennon section because I am sure that he would have wanted me to! <g>
This is a copy of a Billboard ad for Yoko's "Fly" Double LP. An interesting thing to note here is at the bottom
it clearly states that it is available on "Quadrasonic-Eight", with the early Apple quad logo. VERY INTERESTING!
As we all know, this title was never released in quad in any format.
HARRY NILSSON: PUSSYCATS (CD-4 LP & Q8)
While not exactly a John Lennon
release, the album "Pussycats" by John's friend Harry Nilsson is almost that.
John produced and
played on this project, and when you listen to the first track "Many Rivers to Cross", you might think
you are listening to John's own "Mind Games"! This RCA release was available on Quad 8-Track and CD-4 LP.
PAUL McCARTNEY: BAND ON THE RUN (Q8 & DTS)
The "Band on the Run" Quad 8 track was one of the most popular quad tapes of the 1970's
In 1996, when Mobile Fidelity
founder Brad Miller re-energized the surround sound music scene with DTS and the
one of the first quad titles he went back and resurrected was Band On the Run. First released in a standard sized jewel case,
the new technology DTS CD allowed people with modern surround systems to hear the quad mixes that had until then
been "lost" in the dead format wasteland of consumer electronics. Once the DVD-Audio format entered the marketplace,
the DTS CD was repackaged (above right) in the larger jewel case - however it was NEVER released as a true
DVD-Audio disc. All of the larger case discs were still DTS CDs.
initial release, purchasers found out right off the bat that something was wrong
with the music when they discovered the first three guitar
notes of the intro to the title song were missing from the CD. Some thought their decoders were slow to activate. Word spread around the internet
and it was confirmed that the first three notes were indeed missing from the CD.
In a most amazing turn of events, it was discovered that almost 7 years later, the missing notes were restored and a new disc
was pressed and released. These are the yellow discs, as shown above. One thing to note, however, is that you can be assured
that if you find a Band on the Run in the smaller jewel case, you will get the purple uncorrected CD. However, should
you find a sealed copy in the larger jewel case, there is no way to tell if you'll end up with the original purple CD, or the
corrected yellow CD.
PAUL McCARTNEY: VENUS AND MARS (Q8 & DTS)
The Venus And Mars Q8 is on Capitol, not Apple, as Paul had moved his work away from the group.
"Band on the Run", "Venus And Mars" was one of the first titles issued on
in the small standard sized jewel box. Later issues were sold in the larger DVD-Audio sized jewel case, but again all
of these discs remained as DTS CDs. There were never any DVD-Audio discs released of this title.
VENUS AND MARS track orders are
all over the place between releases.
See the chart below and see if you can figure out what they were thinking!!
|ORIGINAL LP||QUAD 8-TRACK||DTS CD|
|1||Venus And Mars||Venus And Mars||Venus And Mars|
|2||Rock Show||Rock Show||Rock Show|
|3||Love In Song||Love In Song||Letting Go|
|4||You Gave Me The Answer||Medicine Jar||You Gave Me The Answer|
|5||Magneto And Titanium Man||Magneto And Titanium Man||Love In Song|
|6||Letting Go||Letting Go||Magneto And Titanium Man|
|7||Venus And Mars (Reprise)||Venus And Mars (Reprise)||Venus And Mars (Reprise)|
|8||Spirits Of Ancient Egypt||Spirits Of Ancient Egypt||Spirits Of Ancient Egypt|
|9||Medicine Jar||You Gave Me The Answer||Call Me Back Again|
|10||Call Me Back Again||Call Me Back Again||Crossroads Theme|
|11||Listen To What The Man Said||Listen To What The Man Said||Medicine Jar|
|12||Treat Her Gently/Lonely Old People||Treat Her Gently/Lonely Old People||Listen To What The Man Said|
|13||Crossroads Theme||Crossroads Theme||Treat Her Gently/Lonely Old People|
PAUL McCARTNEY: LIVE AND LET DIE (Q8)
This was an odd release to get
in the '70s, and it's a pleasure to have here in the 21st century. Of course,
this is a soundtrack tape,
and being such is mostly the instrumental music that can be heard in the film. However, the jewel of the tape is the title song done by
Paul and Wings "Live and Let Die". The surround mix, while not overly aggressive, is still enjoyable and a must listen for any
Beatles surround fan. To this date, it has never been rereleased in a modern format. (NOTE: The scan above is the US 8-Track in the
white shell. There are also black and gold shell issues, the gold being the Canadian version.)
PAUL McCARTNEY: CHAOS AND CREATION
IN THE BACKYARD (SPECIAL EDITION CD/DVD)
The "Special Edition" CD+DVD package of this 2005 McCartney
released contained a single track in 5.1 surround that accompanied the video
for the song "Fine Line". It's a true 5.1 mix, with Paul's vocals almost solo in the center channel. It's available when the song
is selected from the DVD menu. The choices are Dolby Digital or DTS.
GEORGE HARRISON: LIVE IN JAPAN (SACD)
Released separately as a double disc SACD and as the
only 5.1 SACD in the
Dark Horse box set, this disc is sadly the
only surround disc of music by George Harrison ever released. In the '70s there were no Quadraphonic
releases of George's albums, so we are left with this poorly mixed (surround wise) live SACD.
Only time will tell if this situation will improve.
RINGO STARR: GOODNIGHT VIENNA (Q8)
A very enjoyable quadraphonic tape, Ringo's second
received the quadraphonic treatment from Apple in the US. There are many
listener will find if the carefully listen to the surround mix on this one. Some of the highlights include Elton John's piano playing on "Snookeroo", which is
very clear when pulled out of the crowded stereo mix. Another "goodie" is a bit eerie, as if you listen to the rear channels of "Only You", right at the end,
one of the "Only You's" in the rear channels is clearly the voice of John Lennon, solo. This would be a great re-release on SACD, DVD-A or some
newer surround format.
RINGO STARR: RINGO (Q8) (Unreleased)
It's a shame that this tape never appeared. It is of
some debate as to whether it was mixed and prepared for release at all. The
scan and mockup came from an eBay auction a few years ago where someone sold the artwork. I created the tape on the above right
from the scan and an Apple sleeve. It does NOT EXIST!
RINGO STARR: RINGO 5.1 (DVD-AUDIO)
Ringo had mentioned on his website that he was going to release some of his music in "surround sound", and in 2008, he actually did! Comprised of his favorite tracks from his albums "Choose Love" and "Ringo Rama", this DVD-Audio disc was released in a package with a standard CD in March 2008. It has an excellent surround mix, done by Bruce Sugar, and also has a DTS 5.1 track for those without DVD-A capability.
THE BEATLES: SGT PEPPER (QLP) (Unreleased)
In the 1970's, The Beatles Sergeant Pepper LP was mixed for
release on SQ LP by Apple/EMI. For unexplained reasons, it was
never released, however some industry insiders have admitted to hearing it so I believe it really did exist. From what they had said,
it was not that impressive. However, I am making the entry here for completion's sake. Someday we may see it, but it will not be this
(ABOVE) This is a scan of the original master tape of the Sgt. Pepper album from the EMI Vaults. Upon close examination, you can see that it was removed from the vaults on April 25th, 1973 to be remixed for QUAD!! This is the only tangible proof that the Sgt. Pepper album was prepared for quad release in the '70s.
THE BEATLES: LOVE (DVD-AUDIO)
One of the last DVD-AUDIO discs released in the US (so
far) was The Beatles "Love" disc. While some consider it to be less than a
it is quite remarkable and far more than just a bunch of "Mash-ups". Many of the songs are whole, and while there are bits and pieces of things here
and there, the chance to hear songs like "A Day in the Life" in 5.1 surround make this disc a no brainer. It also has a DTS soundtrack so those
who do not have a DVD-A player can still hear the great surround mix.
THE BEATLES SURROUND MUSIC ON VIDEO
There have been many releases over the years of the Beatles movies,
and videos on VHS, LaserDisc and DVD.
Some were issued in "Dolby Surround" and as the technology evolved, later added "Dolby Digital (AC-3)" and DTS encoding.
These older releases consisted mostly of a fake surround using delays and echoes, or mostly live performances with
crowd noise in the rears. They may be worth as collectables or as great concerts, but the titles below are
displayed because of their exceptional surround sound (excepting the "Hard Days Night", shown for "warning" purposed only)
ANTHOLOGY & YELLOW SUBMARINE (DVD)
The reissue of The Beatles Anthology on DVD brought
with it discrete Dolby Digital and DTS surround mixes of many songs
There are not many complete songs, however, what is there is a revelation! AS a bonus disc with this set, you also get the two "new" songs -
"Free as a Bird" and "Real Love" complete with 5.1 mixes. The Yellow Submarine DVD also has a great 5.1 mix, although not
as "stunning" as the mixes on the Anthology.
A HARD DAYS NIGHT (DVD & BLU-RAY)
Be warned! The 5.1 mix on the latest DVD issue of "A Hard
Day's Night" (as shown above), as well as
the current Blu-Ray version is a total MESS. It is not a discrete mix, and it does NOTHING to add to the film or the presentation.
They should have used the original mono soundtrack on this one. It's a great movie, and looks good,
but the surround experience is extremely disappointing.
The 5.1 mix on the latest release of
"HELP!" is amazing. Clear, discrete, and revealing.
It's a must "listen" for all surround Beatles fans. Almost all of the songs are complete
LENNON LEGEND & THE McCARTNEY YEARS (DVD)
These two DVD's provide the best surround mixes of the
solo efforts of these two Beatles. They are crafted with care, and make
listening to them (even without the video) a joy. The 5.1 mixes, especially on the McCartney discs, open the songs up and
allow the listener to hear minute details that would normally be obscured. These collections are worth seeking out.
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