|Por Siempre Beatles|
"Por Siempre Beatles" was also released in several other Spanish-speaking countries: Colombia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Uruguay and Venezuela. In Nicaragua, it was released on the Apple label, whereas the album was on Odeon elsewhere. It was pressed both in mono and stereo editions - country dependant.
The album's origin goes back to 1968. In that year, a compilation LP called "Beatles' Celebration" was planned for release (and the Odeon record company also made this public), but the project was aborted due to the album not receiving authorisation from Parlophone. This was due to a condition imposed by the Beatles themselves at the time of renegotiating their contract in 1967. They did not want to allow any EMI branch to release any more compilations when and how they wanted, which had been done previously. The order and the selection of songs for "Beatles Celebration" was slightly different from the one featured on the later released "Por Siempre Beatles" album.
The album, whose title translates to "Forever Beatles" or "Beatles Forever", is best remembered for the inclusion of two B-sides, "The Inner Light", which was the B-side to "Lady Madonna," and "I'm Down," the B-side to "Help!", neither of which were available on American or British Beatles albums until the late 1970s. Both "The Inner Light" and "I'm Down", along with "You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)" (the B-side to "Let It Be") were the only Beatles songs not to appear on an American Beatles album in the sixties or early seventies.
Because of the inclusion of "I'm Down" and the George Harrison composition, "The Inner Light," Por Siempre Beatles was, for much of the seventies, a highly-sought album among Beatles collectors.
When "I'm Down" appeared on the 1976 compilation album "Rock 'n' Roll Music" and "The Inner Light" appeared on "Rarities" (first included in the 1978 boxed set, The Beatles Collection, and then released as a separate British album in 1979), interest in "Por Siempre Beatles" waned among international collectors, but it remained popular in the countries where it was released.
|Back cover (Argentina)|
The album was also released in Brazil under the title "Beatles Forever". That was an Odeon release, but utilising the Apple label.
|Brazilian edition, "Beatles Forever"|
|Brazilian label, side 2.|
- Vacacion De Un Dia (Day Tripper)
- Si, Esto Es (Yes, It Is)
- Estoy Muy Abatido (I'm Down)
- El Loco En La Colina (The Fool On The Hill)
- Frutillas (Strawberry Fields Forever)
- Podemos Solucionarlo (We Can Work It Out)
- Tu Madre Sabria (Your Mother Should Know)
- Penny Lane
- Nene Eres Un Hombre Rico (Baby, You're A Rich Man)
- Te Nombro (I Call Your Name)
- La Luz Interior (The Inner Light)
- Triste Simple Camino (Blue Jay Way)