A drawback of the 8-Track Cartridge and its endless loop of tape was its requirement to provide 4 programmes of music which could be accommodated within a roughly equal amount of playing time. This is because, if the tape loop was long enough to provide 10 minutes before looping around, this would be the case not only on Programme 1, but on Programmes 2, 3 and 4 aswell.
This meant that albums had to have their songs reshuffled in order to make a best fit, meaning in almost all cases 8-Track Cartridges received song orders that in no way resembled the way in which they appeared on the vinyl editions. Since Cassettes were almost always made from the same duplicating masters as 8-Track Cartridges, Cassettes tended to receive the same jumbled tracklistings too.
All of the Beatles regular albums were issued on 8-track circa 1970* including Oldies But Goldies, but Yellow Submarine (as with the cassette version) was delayed until 1974. Both the 1962-66 and 1967-70 compilations - as well as Magical Mystery Tour - were released on 8-track in 1973, Rock 'N' Roll Music was added in 1976, then came Live at the Hollywood Bowl before Love Songs turned out to be the final Beatles 8-track release in 1977.
*Date stamps on 8-Track labels only seem to have started from '7007' (July 1970), the time of the release of 'McCartney'. Many titles from the Beatles catalogue were first issued on tape (cassette and 8-Track) in Sept/Oct 1970 (being date stamped '7009' or '7010'). It is known that Sgt. Pepper and Abbey Road were available before the 'all gold' inlay style of 1972, yet Abbey Road received a date stamp of '7205' - but this may have been added because no previous datestamp could be found so the printers made a new reference code.
When the Beatles back catalogue began to appear on cassette in the UK, the order of the tracks had apparently been re-arranged with 8-track in mind. Therefore as a rule the running order of programmes 1 & 2 match side 1 of the corresponding cassette version and programmes 3 & 4 match side 2.
The two exceptions to this are Sgt.Pepper and Abbey Road (probably for the reason that these two albums were the only 8-tracks to be released after the cassette versions)
Sgt. Pepper Programme 1: Sgt.Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band / With A Little Help From My Friends / Fixing A Hole / Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! Programme 2: Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds / Getting Better / She's Leaving Home Programme 3: Within You Without You / A Day In The Life Programme 4: When I'm Sixty Four / Lovely Rita / Good Morning, Good Morning / Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
Abbey Road Programme 1: Maxwell's Silver Hammer / I Want You (She's So Heavy) Programme 2: Come Together / Oh! Darling / You Never Give Me Your Money Programme 3: Octopus's Garden / Because / Sun King / Mean Mr Mustard / Polythene Pam / She Came In Through The Bathroom Window Programme 4: Something / Here Comes The Sun / Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / The End
Re-arranging the running orders
EMI Tape Catalogue listings
The discerning listener of July 1973, upon request to their local record dealer, could receive a booklet containing listings of all available EMI tape records at the time. Here are the contemporaneous Beatle advertisements (group and solo), which co-incided with the release of 1962-1966 and 1967-1970.
For a closer look at some of these cartridges and more, click below to view...
Group Beatle Cartridges 1963-70
Thanks go to Paul Humbley who provided the inlay scans for "Please Please Me", "Oldies..." and "Pepper" and agreed for their use on this site.
then you can follow The Beatles' recording careers later on through the 8-track Cartridge format by moving on to the following section:
Solo Beatle Cartridges 1970-76
This page evolved from the following site which continues to provide the definitive resource for Beatles Compact Cassettes released in the UK, so for more details, don't hesitate to follow the link below to Syd Vliet's home of: