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Summer of Love 30th Anniversary promotional CD's

(Project cancelled prior to commercial release)

All You Need Is Love promo CD
Strawberry Fields Forever promo CD
Hello Goodbye Promo CD
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In 1997, for the 30th anniversary of the "Summer of Love", Capitol Records designed a special series of three Beatles singles to be released on CD, vinyl, and cassette. The titles, taken from the original 1960s vinyl singles were:

Strawberry Fields Forever / Penny Lane (Capitol / Apple DPRO-70876-12118-2-5)
All You Need Is Love / Baby You're A Rich Man (Capitol / Apple DPRO-70876-12119-2-4)
Hello Goodbye / I Am The Walrus (Capitol / Apple DPRO-70876-12120-2-0)

The sleeves and labels were designed to resemble the original 45rpm releases. Apparently not having the original artwork, Capitol borrowed the three original picture sleeves from Beatle collector/dealer Perry Cox to copy for the covers and layout. Promotional Compact Disc copies were made of the three titles, and shortly thereafter the project was cancelled. Counter displays were also manufactured, designed to hold CD, vinyl, and cassette copies of the series. An unknown small quantity of the CD's appeared on the collectors market in September of 1997 and have been somewhat difficult to find ever since.

Summer of Love CDs - back covers

Back covers of the CD's. Click for enlargement.

Counterfeit copies - Fake copies exist of all 3 titles and can be determined by the following:

  • Originals have "MASTERED BY EMI MFG." digitally printed on inner hub of the disc (see image below).
  • The covers of the fakes have a texture to them and the image quality is not extremely sharp.

All You Need Is Love CD hub text

Inner hub of authentic CD showing the "MASTERED BY EMI MFG." text

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