You have me far too interested now to just walk away. Take The Beatles list of albums as shown in MB. (Just looking at the main releases, ignoring the compilations etc)
Seventeen albums listed.
- First eight have “The Beatles” on the cover.
- Next three have Beatles as part of the album title, no “The”, but the LP will have The Beatles on the inner
- Next two drop the band name totally, just appearing on the inner of the LP as The Beatles
- Sergeant Peppers is next - and that is “Beatles” in the flowers. But The Beatles on the inner.
- The White Album comes next with just “The Beatles” on the cover. A title that acts as both band name and album title.
- Interesting that Abbey Road nothing on the front, and “Beatles” on the back artwork, but back to the inner of the LP and the full name appears again as The Beatles.
- And finally, Let It Be is another without a band name on the front. but look at the back and inner and they stay to their standard “The Beatles”
First half of the career it is always loudly The Beatles on the cover.
Later in the career they used their name on the front cover less and less. But they still put The Beatles onto the actual LP. At that stage they were so famous they didn’t need a name on the cover.
Puzzles like this are always interesting as to how an artist changes during a career. The artwork shows that The Beatles didn’t need a name towards the end to sell records.
You can also see I am a bit of a nutter who likes looking at details like this. Sorry you got upset at my responses, but it had potential for an interesting discussion as there are bands like the Carpenters who do get misnamed regularly.
An early edit I carried out myself was the correction of the name of the Levellers as too many releases had incorrectly included the THE in the band name.
I’m off to the shops now. Will put The The on the walkman as I trawl the isles.