Beatles - Past Masters - Rock 180 Grm 2LP + 4 Page Booklet

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The Beatles - Past Masters

Label: Parlophone, Apple Records EMI
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Reissue
Country: US
Includes 4 page booklet
Remastered on Heavyweight 180 Grm Vinyl
2012 Issue
Released: 1992
Genre: Rock
Rock & Roll, Pop Rock

The album has been re-mastered by a dedicated team of engineers at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London over a four year period utilising state of the art recording technology alongside vintage studio equipment, carefully maintaining the authenticity and integrity of the original analogue recordings. The result of this painstaking process is the highest fidelity the catalogue has seen since its original release


A1 Love Me Do 2:23
A2 From Me To You 1:57
A3 Thank You Girl 2:04
A4 She Loves You 2:21
A5 I'll Get You 2:05
A6 I Want To Hold Your Hand 2:26
A7 This Boy 2:16
A8 Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand 2:26
A9 Sie Liebt Dich 2:19

B1 Long Tall Sally 2:03
B2 I Call Your Name 2:09
B3 Slow Down 2:56
B4 Matchbox 1:58
B5 I Feel Fine 2:19
B6 She's A Woman 3:03
B7 Bad Boy 2:02
B8 Yes It Is 2:42
B9 I'm Down 2:31

C1 Day Tripper
C2 We Can Work It Out
C3 Paperback Writer
C4 Rain
C5 Lady Madonna
C6 The Inner Light
C7 Hey Jude
C8 Revolution

D1 Get Back
D2 Don't Let Me Down
D3 The Ballad Of John And Yoko
D4 Old Brown Shoe
D5 Across The Universe
D6 Let It Be
D7 You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)

Bass, Vocals – Paul McCartney
Compiled By – Mark Lewisohn
Drums, Vocals – Ringo Starr
Guitar, Vocals – George Harrison, John Lennon
Producer – George Martin

PAST MASTERS 1 & 2 is a compilation of singles, B-sides and other tracks that did not appear on the Beatles' original British albums. The Beatles as a general rule did not include their singles on their albums in the UK.

Like the Red Album, VOLUME ONE covers the first half of the Beatles career from 1962 to 1965. Such was the enormous success of the Fab Four's breakout singles She Loves You and I Want To Hold Your Hand that their vocals were recut for German versions (Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand and Sie Liebt Dich respectively), which were originally slated for the West German market (and are included on this collection) before being released in the States. Always mindful of their influences, the Beatles in their early phase were also notable for their choice of cover songs. Carl Perkins, Larry Williams and Little Richard were all paid tribute to eventually. While Ringo Starr sang Matchbox and John Lennon handled Slow Down and Bad Boy, Paul McCartney channeled Richard Penniman. His take on Long Tall Sally induces goosebumps and the influence clearly carried over to I'm Down.

Like the Blue Album, VOLUME TWO covers the second half of the Beatles career from 1965 to 1970. During this time period, the Fab Four stopped touring and focused their energies on studio recordings. The results included some of the Beatles' more experimental forays, like their first use of backwards tape (Rain) and the breaking of the singles time barrier (Hey Jude). There are alternate versions of well-known songs (Get Back, Across The Universe), and songs influenced by Fats Domino (Lady Madonna) and Indian culture (The Inner Light). The most unusual tune included on this collection is You Know My Name (Look Up The Number). This highly unusual recording was started in May 1967 and shelved before getting completed in November 1969. The result was an avant-cabaret number conceived by John Lennon, featuring mumbled vocals, Brian Jones' saxophone playing and sound effects replicating the inside of an after-hours club.

The Beatles: John Lennon (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, percussion, sound effects): George Harrison (vocals, guitar); Paul McCartney (vocals, piano, bass, drums, maracas, sound effects); Ringo Starr (drums). Additional personnel includes: Brian Jones (saxophone); Nicky Hopkins (piano); Billy Preston (organ); Mal Evans (sound effects). Producer: George Martin. Recorded between September 4, 1962 and January 4, 1970.


This is The Beatles during their early years, although towards the very end of the record, you can hear The Beatles maturing musically and giving a foretaste of things to come. The first track on this record is the single version of 'Love Me Do,' released in 1962. This features Ringo Starr on drums (this is actually quite different than the version that is typically featured on Beatles compilations; that version was featured on the 1963 'Please Please Me' album and featured British session pro Andy White on drums, and Ringo only on tambourine). This also features early songs like 'I Want to Hold Your Hand,' 'She Loves You' and 'Thank You Girl,' three of their best early songs.

It's also interesting to hear two German-sung versions of 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' and 'She Loves You.' The Beatles were not the only band to rerecord a song in the German language; The Beach Boys also rerecorded their hit 'In My Room' in the German language as well. These are interesting, but were clearly included for the Beatles collector as opposed to the casual fan.

But the highlights of this record come at the very tail end. 'She's A Woman,' 'Long Tall Sally,' 'Bad Boy' and 'Yes It Is' (why John Lennon hated this song is beyond me) are among the best songs of theirs from 1965 (and believe me, there were two studio albums worth of material in 1965, but that's a different review).

It's the early Beatles, and it's very interesting, actually. You can hear the Beatles mature throughout the record, as I stated earlier. They were experimenting with several different styles of music ('She's A Woman' is very much a 1950s-R&B influenced track, and McCartney proves how much Little Richard influenced him), something they would do frequently, especially during the next two years.

The Beatles - We Can Work It Out (2009 Stereo Remaster)

The song is an example of Lennon/McCartney collaboration at a depth that happened only rarely after they wrote the hit singles of 1963.

've never been able to choose a 'favourite' song before I found this. Everything about the middle eight is perfect.. John's harmonium & harmony vocal, Paul's lead, the plodding drums, George's timing change

From 1966 (not 1965 as it says). In Hollywood, the Beatles tangle with crooked fortune-teller and magician, "The Lucky Wizard", who imprisons them in his crystal ball.

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The Beatles - Hey Jude (2009 Stereo Remaster)

The song was originally written "Hey Jule" for John's son Julian when his parents were divorcing to cheer him up but instead they changed it to "Hey Jude".

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The Beatles - I Feel Fine (2009 Stereo Remaster)

"I Feel Fine" is a riff-driven rock song written primarily by John Lennon and released in 1964 by The Beatles as the A-side of their eighth British single. The single reached the top of the UK charts on 12 December of that year, displacing The Rolling Stones' "Little Red Rooster," and remained there for five weeks. It also reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in late 1964.

George Harrison said that Lennon's riff was influenced by a riff in "Watch Your Step", a 1961 release written and performed by Bobby Parker and covered by the Beatles in concerts during 1961 and 1962.
Paul McCartney said the drums on "I Feel Fine" were inspired by Ray Charles's "What'd I Say".
At the time of the song's recording, the Beatles, having mastered the studio basics, had begun to explore new sources of inspiration in noises previously eliminated as mistakes (electronic goofs, twisted tapes, talkback). "I Feel Fine" marks the earliest example of the use of feedback as a recording effect.

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The Beatles - Let It Be (Remastered 2009)

Wow the guitar solo in let it be here is simply incredible! These are simply amazing!

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The Beatles - Rain (2009 Stereo Remaster) (Original Promotional Video)

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The Beatles - Love Me Do (Stereo Remaster 2009)

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The Beatles - I Want To Hold Your Hand (2009 Stereo Remaster)

recorded in October 1963, it was the first Beatles record to be made using four-track equipment.

"I Want to Hold Your Hand" was the band's first number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart

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Beatles - You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)

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You Know My Name (Look Up The Number) (Stereo Remaster)

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More Information
Condition New
Format 2LP, 180 Gram
Label Apple Records
Artist Beatles
Color Black