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PAST MASTERS VOLUME 2

The Beatles

 

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Finnforest
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4 stars Important historical collection-part 2

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. The second volume is much more fun than the first as we get into some really juicy classics here covering the era from Rubber Soul until the band's demise. Included are the outstanding 65-66 singles Day Tripper/We Can Work It Out/Paperback Writer/Rain. The latter, Rain, which came out prior to Revolver, was the first serious taste of the new psychedelics-inspired material the boys were about to drop on their fans. Featuring strange sounds and backwards vocals it was the result of the band's deepening drug experimentations. We get Hey Jude/Revolution/Get Back/Don't Let Me Down. There is the first UK stereo single, the highly autobiographical Ballad of John and Yoko, the awesome Across the Universe, and Let It Be (different mixes). But the biggest reason to own this title is the last song, the best Beatles rarity of all! "You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)" was began during the Pepper sessions in '67 and was not completed until two years later. This playful "lampoon of cabaret crooners" is one of the most hilarious and high-minded tracks they ever did, and I don't mind telling you it was a real favorite of the gang I used to party with back in the day. Without question, if you love the Beatles, you need Past Masters volume 2.

Finnforest | 4/5 |

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