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PAST MASTERS VOLUME 1

The Beatles

 

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3.46 | 73 ratings

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Finnforest
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3 stars Important historical collection

The two-part Past Masters collection is not some lame compilation of tracks from the studio albums. This is an essential set for fans because it includes the many fine Beatles songs that did NOT appear on the albums, along with some rarities and alternate takes. This first volume includes the early years from the debut album through Help (1962-1965). One highlight is hearing the boys doing their German language versions of "She Loves You" and "I Want to Hold Your Hand." Many of the others on this set were the B sides of early singles. The final number "I'm Down" is interesting in that it features a truly feverish, exuberant Paul lead vocal recorded on the afternoon June 14th 1965. Just a couple of hours after this vocal Paul recorded his legendary classic "Yesterday." These are all the 2-3 minute pop songs that you'd expect from the Beatles of this era, so of course, if your only interest is prog you needn't bother. But both parts 1 and 2 of this great collection are important and necessary for true Beatles fans because of the rarity and the quality.

Finnforest | 3/5 |

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