As far as we know, it is the only album from anywhere in the world ever authorized by EMI that contained solo songs by all four Beatles. Manufactured under license in South Korea by Oasis Record Co., it contained such solo classics as "Stand By Me", "Band On the Run", "No No Song", and "Ding Dong, Ding Dong" (See complete track listing below).
|The back cover owes a lot to "Revolver".|
The disc was manufactured in Great Britain, on the EMI label, making this an extremely rare U.K. export album. In addition, under the catalog number (OL 107) on the label are the words "For Broadcast Only", and some copies sold have a paper insert. On the label is a South Korean import tax sticker. On the back cover, a separate catalog number is shown for each of the songs, indicating their release as singles in South Korea.
|With the paper insert. Also note the tax sticker on the label.|
- #9 Dream (John Lennon) 4:45 (OLE 1762)
- Old Dirt Road (John Lennon) 4:10 (OLE 1758)
- Stand By Me (John Lennon) 3:29 (OLE 2006)
- Love (John Lennon) 3:15 (OLE 1681)
- Band On The Run (Paul McCartney) 5:07 (OLE 1637)
- Only You (Ringo Starr) 2:29 (OLE 1752)
- No No Song (Ringo Starr) 2:29 (OLE 1752)
- Photograph (Ringo Starr) 2:27 (OLE 227)
- Ding Dong, Ding Dong (George Harrison) 3:38 (OLE 1977)
- Dark Horse (George Harrison) 3:52 (OLE 1978)
- Bye Bye Love (George Harrison) 4:02 (OLE 1975)
|The front cover.|
The two Koreas
North Korea, officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, is a single-party communist state, now centred on Kim Il-sung's Juche ideology, with a centrally planned industrial economy.
South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea, is a multi-party state with a capitalist market economy. The two states have greatly diverged both culturally and economically since their partition, though they still share a common traditional culture and pre-Cold War history.
What with Paul McCartney visiting South Korea for his first ever concert there in May, perhaps we will see an autographed copy of the album next?