Header

THE BEATLES '1'

The Beatles

Proto-Prog


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

The Beatles The Beatles '1' album cover
3.91 | 69 ratings | 16 reviews | 28% 5 stars

Excellent addition to any
rock music collection


Write a review
Buy THE BEATLES Music
from Progarchives.com partners
Boxset/Compilation, released in 2000

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Love Me Do (2:21)
2. From Me To You (1:56)
3. She Loves You (2:21)
4. I Want To Hold Your Hand (2:25)
5. Can't Buy Me Love (2:12)
6. A Hard Day's Night (2:33)
7. I Feel Fine (2:18)
8. Eight Days A Week (2:44)
9. Ticket To Ride (3:11)
10. Help! (2:19)
11. Yesterday (2:05)
12. Day Tripper (2:48)
13. We Can Work It Out (2:15)
14. Paperback Writer (2:18)
15. Yellow Submarine (2:38)
16. Eleanor Rigby (2:07)
17. Penny Lane (3:00)
18. All You Need Is Love (3:47)
19. Hello, Goodbye (3:27)
20. Lady Madonna (2:17)
21. Hey Jude (7:04)
22. Get Back (3:12)
23. The Ballad Of John And Yoko (2:59)
24. Something (3:01)
25. Come Together (4:19)
26. Let It Be (3:51)
27. The Long And Winding Road (3:38)

Total Time: 79:08

Lyrics

Search THE BEATLES The Beatles '1' lyrics

Music tabs (tablatures)

Search THE BEATLES The Beatles '1' tabs

Line-up / Musicians

- John Lennon / guitars, vocals
- Paul McCartney / bass, vocals
- George Harrison / guitars, vocals
- Ringo Starr / drums, vocals

Releases information

CD Apple Corps 5299702 (2000)

Thanks to PROGMAN for the addition
Edit this entry

THE BEATLES MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s

Buy THE BEATLES The Beatles '1' Music


The Beatles: Rock 'N' Roll Music, Vol. 1The Beatles: Rock 'N' Roll Music, Vol. 1
EMI Distribution 1991
Audio Cassette$34.98
$1.45 (used)
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
The Beatles - 1 (2000) CD - 27 TRACKS - UK FREE FASTPOST CD USD $8.96 Buy It Now 2h 43m
The Beatles - 1 (2000) USD $14.06 Buy It Now 5h 22m
The Beatles #1 CD (Remaster Edition) USD $2.99 [0 bids]
8h 56m
The Beatles Alpha Omega Volume 1 set 8 Track " Still Original Sealed" Rare! USD $99.99 [0 bids]
USD $150.00 Buy It Now
9h
The Beatles: 1 Album Artwork Christmas Bauble / Glass Ornament - New In Box USD $19.54 Buy It Now 10h 19m
Beatles 1 (Remastered) [CD New] USD $9.50 Buy It Now 10h 33m
BEATLES**1 (GATEFOLD)**2 VINYL SET USD $28.50 Buy It Now 10h 47m
VINYL RECORD LP BEATLE JOHN LENNON PLASTIC ONO BAND UK 1ST PRESS WITH SLEEVE USD $89.99 Buy It Now 12h 10m
PETER & GORDON I DON'T WANT TO SEE YOU AGAIN 45 CAPITOL RECORDS # 5272 1st PRESS USD $13.99 Buy It Now 15h 31m
John Lennon & Yoko Ono on the Howard Smith Show WABC-FM - Beatle Interview Pt. 1 USD $9.00 [0 bids]
USD $11.70 Buy It Now
16h 6m
Anthology 1 by The Beatles (CD, Nov-1995, 2 Discs, ) + 3 more Beatle CDs USD $8.99 [0 bids]
16h 17m
THE BEATLES 1ST LIVE RECORDINGS VOL I SPC 3662 VINYL LP 1979 GREAT COND! NM!! USD $18.99 Buy It Now 21h 29m
The Beatles Pete Best Original Beatle Drummer Signed Photo 1 USD $117.34 Buy It Now 1 day
BEATLES With The Beatles~1st Press ~STEREO! 1963~STO / ZTOX with BIEM credit~EX! USD $391.13 Buy It Now 1 day
Beatles - 1 - DLP - Cat No: 7243 5 29325 1 1 USD $39.10 Buy It Now 1 day
THE BEATLES 1 CD 27-Track Greatest Hits Hey Jude, Come Together, Something USD $3.99 [0 bids]
1 day
BEATLES MEET THE BEATLES 1ST PRINTING RECORDED IN ENGLAND SCRATCHED USD $24.99 Buy It Now 1 day
THE BEATLES - 1 - CD MINI LP - OBI -NEW USD $14.75 Buy It Now 1 day
The Beatles Sgt. Pepper Lonely Hearts MFSL 1-100 LP- EXCELLENT!! USD $69.99 [1 bids]
1 day
Sinatra's Sinatra Mofi Original Master Recording MFSL 1-333 Serial 1720 USD $50.00 [0 bids]
1 day
THE BEATLES: ONE 1, NEW CD! USD $2.99 [0 bids]
USD $7.49 Buy It Now
1 day
The Beatles - 1st Live Recordings Hamburg Germany 1962 Vol 1 (1979 SPC-3661) NEW USD $24.00 Buy It Now 1 day
The Beatles - 1 CD NEW [Remastered] USD $21.67 Buy It Now 1 day
The Beatles 1st U.S. Concert! Sealed 1st Press 1986 Japanese LP Paul Mccartney USD $68.95 Buy It Now 1 day
The Beatles Ones Promotional Only Poster Rolling Stones Kinks Who Paul McCartney USD $34.95 Buy It Now 1 day
The Beatles Ones Love is All You Need Promotional Only Poster Set Kinks Who USD $28.95 Buy It Now 1 day
The Beatles "1" Collection, Apple - 27 Tracks - w/ Size 'L' Beatles "1" T-Shirt USD $14.95 [0 bids]
USD $19.95 Buy It Now
1 day
THE BEATLES 1st Live Recordings Hamburg Germany 1962 Vol.1 LP Record USD $6.99 Buy It Now 2 days
BEATLES ONE VERY RARE UKR ORIGINAL TAPE CASSETTE SEALED WITH HOLOGRAM LEGEND!! USD $14.24 Buy It Now 2 days
Beatles 1 Vinyl LP EMI Sealed USD $4.99 [1 bids]
USD $69.99 Buy It Now
2 days
VINYL RECORD 45 SINGLE THE BEATLE JOHN LENNON HAPPY XMAS APPLE 1971 MATRIX 1U USD $9.99 Buy It Now 2 days
Factory-Sealed. The Beatles 1st Live Recordings. Volume Two. LP Pickwick USD $25.99 [0 bids]
2 days
The Beatles 1st live Recordings Volume 2 USD $0.99 [0 bids]
2 days
The Beatles - 1 (CD, Nov-2000, Apple/Capitol) ONE USD $7.81 Buy It Now 2 days
THE BEATLES 1st Live Recordings Hamburg 1962 Volume One LP PICKWICK SPC-3661 VG+ USD $4.99 [0 bids]
2 days
The Beatles - 1 CD Album USD $14.06 Buy It Now 2 days
Pickin' On The Beatles - Vol. 1-2-Pickin' On The Beatle (CD New) USD $18.07 Buy It Now 2 days
meet the beatles record 1st edition blue sleeve LP St-2047 #3 12 " rock,vinyl USD $1,000.00 Buy It Now 2 days
PICKIN ON THE BEATLES 1 -2 / VARIOUS NEW CD USD $24.89 Buy It Now 2 days
BEATLES - 1 NEW CD USD $21.21 Buy It Now 2 days
The Beatles - 1 - CD - 27 Songs! USD $9.50 Buy It Now 2 days
3 music CDs: The Beatles '1', Elton John 'Here and There' (2 disc set) USD $5.95 [0 bids]
USD $8.95 Buy It Now
2 days
The Beatles 1st Live Recordings From Hamburg Germany 1962 Vol. Pickwick SPC-3661 USD $7.99 [0 bids]
USD $10.99 Buy It Now
2 days
MINT The Beatles 1 RED ALBUM Album LP JAPAN OBI Unplayed NEW Record USD $29.01 [8 bids]
2 days
The Beatles White Album 2 CD Set Beatles Ones Greatest Hits Mint Condition USD $24.99 [0 bids]
USD $32.99 Buy It Now
2 days
THE BEATLES CIRQUE DU SOLEIL "LOVE" CD 2006 CAPITOL/APPLE AND BEATLES 1 CD USD $6.99 [0 bids]
2 days
THE BEATLES 1st Live Recordings Vol #2 LP Hamburg, Germany 12" 1979 USD $11.95 Buy It Now 2 days
Beatles 1 First Pressing 27 number one hits New Sealed EU Import 2000 33 RPM 12" USD $48.00 [0 bids]
USD $62.40 Buy It Now
2 days
The Beatles : 1 (CD, Nov-2000, Apple/Capitol) USD $9.99 Buy It Now 2 days
Pickin On The Beatles - Vol. 1-2-Pickin On The Beatle CD USD $19.09 Buy It Now 2 days
The Beatles 1 CD USD $19.43 Buy It Now 3 days
Vol. 1-minnesota Beatle Project - Minnesota Beatle Project New & Sealed CD-JEWEL USD $25.03 Buy It Now 3 days
THE BEATLE RECORD ALBUM CASSETTE ROCK N' ROLL 1 & 2 UK USD $9.99 Buy It Now 3 days
The Beatles One "1" 27 Song UK Import CD Released in 2000 USD $7.99 Buy It Now 3 days
ROCK LP - THE BEATLES 1ST LIVE RECORDINGS VOLUME 2 - PICKWICK SPC-3662 VG++ USD $9.99 Buy It Now 3 days
Beatles 1 CD USD $2.99 [0 bids]
3 days
THE BEATLES - 1 - CD album 2000 USD $1.55 [0 bids]
3 days
Pickin' On The Beatles - Vol. 1-2-Pickin' On The Beatle [CD New] USD $17.98 Buy It Now 3 days
PAUL McCartney WINGS LP BACK TO THE EGG VINYL RECORD THE BEATLES 1ST PRESS USD $46.92 Buy It Now 3 days
Paul McCartney Lot 15 Records LPs 12" Singles Wings Beatles 1 Sealed all VG+ USD $39.99 [0 bids]
USD $74.99 Buy It Now
3 days
BEATLES**1 (REMASTERED/DIGI)**CD USD $14.44 Buy It Now 3 days
The Beatles - 1 ,CD USD $1.55 [0 bids]
3 days
BEATLES 1st Live Recordings Vol. 2 vinyl LP 1979 Pickwick Records Sealed USD $17.50 [0 bids]
3 days
THE BEATLES - 1 - DOUBLE STEREO LP - MINT / BRAND NEW USD $38.31 [0 bids]
3 days
IKE TINA TURNER-LIVE-the world of-1973 USA 2LP GF-CO-beatles-1st- OST FUNK-EX+ USD $7.43 [0 bids]
USD $11.72 Buy It Now
3 days
THE BEATLES 1 VINYL LP SEALED NEW 27 CLASSIC NUMBER 1 SINGLES SEALED NEW USD $18.51 [2 bids]
3 days
Beatles Ultra Rare Introducing the Beatles 1st US release 1964 VeeJay VJLP-1062 USD $25.00 [0 bids]
USD $100.00 Buy It Now
3 days
used The Beatles 1 cd USD $3.00 [0 bids]
3 days
The Beatles 1st Live Recordings From Hamburg Germany 1962 Pickwick SPC-3661 USD $7.99 [0 bids]
USD $10.99 Buy It Now
3 days
The Beatles One CD 27 tracks digitally remastered Love Me Do Long Winding Road.. USD $28.00 [0 bids]
USD $37.00 Buy It Now
3 days
THE BEATLES 1ST LIVE RECORDINGS LP Volume one USD $16.99 Buy It Now 3 days
sealed! the Beatles 1st Live Recordings Hamburg Germany 1962 Volumes 1 USD $29.95 Buy It Now 3 days
Beatles - 1 (Remastered) CD USD $20.69 Buy It Now 4 days
Beatles' 1st Single Plus the Original Versions of Songs They Covered LP 2013 New USD $16.95 Buy It Now 4 days
BEATLES 1 China Chinese Tape Cassette Very Rare SEALED USD $9.99 Buy It Now 4 days
The Beatles - "1" USD $9.99 [0 bids]
USD $13.50 Buy It Now
4 days
The Beats You Can Argentina Beatles Tribute Band 1 New Beatle Style Song 18 tks USD $55.00 Buy It Now 4 days
1964 MEET THE BEATLES 1st album by THE BEATLES Mono LP Capitol Records T 2047 USD $20.00 [0 bids]
4 days
Beatle Years Radio Show 00-04 Paul McCartney's roots of rock pt1 USD $14.95 Buy It Now 4 days
BEATLES 1 Collection 2000 Apple/Capitol CD 27 Greatest Hits Lennon/McCartney 60s USD $14.71 Buy It Now 4 days
The Beatles EP FRENCH 1st PRESS Can't Buy Me Love SOE 3750 orange USD $39.00 [0 bids]
4 days
The Beatles LP Hey Jude 1st pressing Germany 1C 062-04 348 Apple EX/EX USD $29.00 [0 bids]
4 days
Beatles 1 - Beatles 07553424 USD $14.50 Buy It Now 4 days
The BEATLES 1 Best Of Cd Greatest Hits 27 Number Ones Help Hard Days Night JUDE USD $10.17 Buy It Now 4 days
Beatles -Love letters to the Beatles 1st 1964 with dust jacket USD $23.45 [0 bids]
4 days
Beatles "1" Limited edition double LP Unplayed 100% Perfect in every way USD $89.18 Buy It Now 4 days
THE BEATLES One After 909 THAILAND EP PICTURE SLEEVE 1970s USD $9.99 [0 bids]
4 days
THE BEATLES 1ST live recordings record album lp 1979 SEALED VOLUME ONE USD $24.95 [0 bids]
4 days
Book -- RINGO STARR -- Straight man or joker? -- Clayson -- ( Beatles) 1st ed. USD $8.99 [0 bids]
USD $12.99 Buy It Now
4 days
The Beatles 1 (CD) 2009 USD $2.00 [0 bids]
USD $6.00 Buy It Now
4 days
The Beatles - 1 John Lennon Paul McCartney Japan 27-trk CD NEW USD $14.99 Buy It Now 4 days
The Beatles 1 CD USD $6.96 Buy It Now 4 days
The Beatles, THE BEATLES '1' OFFICIAL 2000 EMI/APPLE UK TWO VINYL LP SET, MINT USD $62.58 [0 bids]
5 days
The Beatles 1st Live Recording Hamburg 1962 Vol.2 RARE Original USA STEREO LP USD $18.99 Buy It Now 5 days
CD's Frank Sinatra Love songs & All the Beatles #1 hits USD $0.49 [0 bids]
USD $3.49 Buy It Now
5 days
The Beatles - '1' - UK 2000 1st Press *MINT/SEALED* + HMV Shop Sticker USD $78.23 Buy It Now 5 days
THE BEATLES 1 CD MINI LP USD $15.49 Buy It Now 5 days
Radio Show: BEATLE YEARS: #00-23 APPLE PART 1 INTERVIEWS/13 TUNES USD $15.99 Buy It Now 5 days
Radio Show: BEATLE YEARS: #00-26 PAUL'S 58TH BIRTHDAY PART 1 INTERVIEWS/16 TUNES USD $16.99 Buy It Now 5 days
THE BEATLES "Beatles 1" (CD, 2000 Apple/Capitol) Number One Hits Collection USD $14.95 Buy It Now 5 days


More places to buy THE BEATLES music online Buy THE BEATLES & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for THE BEATLES DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)

THE BEATLES The Beatles '1' ratings distribution


3.91
(69 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(28%)
28%
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(51%)
51%
Good, but non-essential (17%)
17%
Collectors/fans only (3%)
3%
Poor. Only for completionists (1%)
1%

THE BEATLES The Beatles '1' reviews


Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by chopper
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars An excellent compilation, bringing together all the Beatles' number ones from the UK and the US. Unfortunately, the vagaries of the early UK charts and the differences in the two countries mean we get "Love Me Do" (which only reached 17 in the UK) and we don't get "Please please me". The biggest injustice in the history of the singles chart also means we don't get "Strawberry Fields Forever" or "Penny Lane" (the greatest single of all time) as the 2 songs were counted separately and so it was beaten to the top by Englebert Humperdinck's "Please release me".

That aside, this features 27 songs which nearly everyone will know and so is a required purchase for those of you who don't already have all the other albums.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to chopper (BETA) | Report this review (#70308) | Review Permalink
Posted Thursday, February 23, 2006

Review by Guillermo
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars This is, maybe, the "essential compilation" of The Beatles `songs, as it has some of their most famous songs. I recommend it specially for new listeners of their music, as a starting point before listening to their other albums.

This album also has all the songs remastered, so the sound of this album is very good, despite having the three first songs in Mono. The booklet also has very good notes about the recording dates and release dates of each song as singles.

This album is also important because the songs are in chronological order, showing the evolution of the sound of the band between 1962 and 1970.

It also was, and maybe still is, the best, or one of the best selling albums of all times.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to Guillermo (BETA) | Report this review (#78955) | Review Permalink
Posted Sunday, May 21, 2006

Review by Australian
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars My god this album brings back so many memories. I remember when I was younger I used to listen to this album non stop all day; it was probably my first real musical interest. This led me to discover Bob Dylan which led to greater things. This album has influenced the way I play guitar more than another as my uncle is a hardcore fan of The Beatles and ever since I started playing guitar my uncle has taught me to play almost all of the songs here as well as other blues songs. If you only ever get one Beatles album, and your looking for something good then I'd recommend this album, all the hits are there. From a progressive out look 1 excludes some of the more progressive Beatles song however. I find the way all 26 songs can fit on one disc very attracting, this is a very easy album to find and enjoy. I've been listening to 1 from the day it came out apparently and it has made a giant impression on me.The problem is that most of the stuff on this album isn't really progressive as far as The Beatles go, so a healthy 3 stars is in order here.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to Australian (BETA) | Report this review (#87628) | Review Permalink
Posted Friday, August 18, 2006

Review by clarke2001
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars An excellent Beatles' compilation.

This one contains 27 songs, all of them were hits and all of them are very well known. There is not much material of interest for a progressive rock fan, simply because it's impossible to make a perfect compilation to please everybody's taste - and this one is somewhat thin on the prog side - there is no "Happiness Is A Warm Gun" or "I'm The Walrus" included.

However, all of these songs are good old rock staples - and we all know them very well. From that point of view, this is a good value for a newcomer in the world of THE BEATLES or good rock music in general.

Perhaps the best thing about the compilation is its educational value - and this is not to be overlooked by anyone who is interested in development of prog rock and rock music in general. Why an educational value? Well, listening to this album fro the first track to the very last I realised one crucial thing: the evolving, or progress, if you like it. Track listing is a perfect example of gradation between radio friendly simple rock 'n' roll hits to sophisticated psychedelia. Basically, you are listening one band evolving. This one will help you understand why some things happened in music history. Perhaps that was not the intention of compilation-makers, but it happened anyway, the tracks are sorted more or less chronologically.

It's only a pity that editors didn't took one step further and included a few highlights from the band's catalogue. However, this CD is worth having.

Four stars because of good music AND its educational value.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to clarke2001 (BETA) | Report this review (#104689) | Review Permalink
Posted Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Review by Chris H
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars This is the ultimate in Beatles compilations. Virtually every single one of the Beatles' #1 hits are included on this compilation, and for the first time in my life I think I have found a compilation that doesn't do a terrible job arranging the songs. Each song is placed in order of when it hit #1, and that creates a nice "trip through the decades" feel, while making it easier to pick out when they changed their sounds and why. Every Beatles fan should have this in their collection, and even if you aren't a Beatles fan (yet!), there is still something here for everyone. Some good rock (Get Back, Come Together, Paperback Writer), nice ballads (The Ballad of John and Yoko, We Can Work It Out), and those numerous classic Beatles hits (A Hard Day's Night, Day Tripper, Yellow Submarine).

The only gripe I have with this album, however, is the fact that due to dissimilarities between the US and UK charting processes, we miss out on the UK number one hit Please Please Me and the US number one hit Strawberry Fields Forever. Without those two songs, it cannot be a true #1 hits collection, although this certainly does come close. An excellent collection, highly recommended to anybody, fan or not.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to Chris H (BETA) | Report this review (#109237) | Review Permalink
Posted Sunday, January 28, 2007

Review by ZowieZiggy
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars I purchased this CD when it was released, and I am now one out of twenty millions by now to own this compilation.

It became their fifteenth Nr. 1 album in the UK. But this album broke lots of records.

It is a great collection of their best known songs and should please anyone who is willing to have these songs on one CD only. The promoter of the idea for this record must have been happy to see that the whole of these songs (twenty-seven) was clocking at seventy-nine minutes. Just the CD capacity.

Otherwise, they should have deleted one song. But which one since it is supposed to fit all their Nr. 1 songs ?

I guess that lots of people will be happy with this collection although their most creative ones are of course not available since they were not released as a single (like "Getting Better", "A Day in the Life", "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" etc.) or some jewels like "Michele", "I Want You (She's so Heavy)" or "Across the Universe".

But that was the concept of this compilation work.

How can someone resist to those timeless songs ? Very nice as well to have several songs which were unavailable on an a studio like "We Can Work it Out", "Day Tripper", "Lady Madonna", "Hey Jude" or "The Ballad of John and Yoko".

Other singles were already available on the very good US compilation "Magical Mystery Tour".

Anyway, this is an excellent way to introduce the Fab Four to the younger generations and a pleasant present for the older ones.

Four stars.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to ZowieZiggy (BETA) | Report this review (#155659) | Review Permalink
Posted Sunday, December 16, 2007

Review by Conor Fynes
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars '1' - The Beatles (Compilation)

This is the essential collection of the Beatles' hits. It's quite impressive that 27 songs are able to fit onto this single CD.

While there is none of their progressive material on here, it has most of the songs that the band is best known for, including 'Day Tripper,' 'Yesterday' and 'Ticket To Ride.'

The compilation wasn't necessarily chosen by someone, but simply a collection of each of the band's number one hits. At a whopping 27, having a compilation of all of them was inevitable.

While the songwriting is phenomenal (for the most part) on this record and gives a listener a very good idea about what the Beatles are all about, I'm afraid I can't give this a five star rating, as it doesn't have any of my personal Beatles favourites on it, or any progressive songs. For 'rock music in general' however, and for those who don't necessarily care about 'album flow,' I recommend this as high as possible.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to Conor Fynes (BETA) | Report this review (#224917) | Review Permalink
Posted Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Review by Chicapah
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars It's fall, 1963. I'm barely 14. Lights out at my house is 9pm but I usually lie in bed listening to my miniature transistor radio long after that hour because music is my escape from the humdrum of suburban life. One evening I'm tuned in to Russ "The Weird Beard" Knight's show on KLIF and he announces that he's about to play a record by a quartet from England that's unlike anything anyone listening has ever heard before. I am skeptical. He plays "I want to hold your hand." He's right. My life is forever changed.

The Beatles phenomenon will never be repeated. It was a cosmic confluence of right time, right place, right attitude and right haircuts, to be sure, but there was so much more to it than fortuitous coincidence. It required the added magical ingredients of immeasurable amounts of pure talent, unfettered creativity, limitless imagination and bold chutzpah to alter it from being just another fad into a historical line of demarcation on an equal par with Hiroshima. I can only speak from the perspective of an average American teenage boy of that era but my peers and I had just had our nave beliefs about grownups blown to smithereens by the murder of JFK. On that fateful November Friday we collectively sensed that the truth wasn't being told to us and two days later we knew it never would. (Scoff if you like but one nut/one gun doesn't have a thousand loose ends.) Our future looked dark that season so when this fabulous ray of light came streaming through our tinny radio speakers we latched onto it for dear life. Here was something we could trust wholeheartedly. The healing power of rock & roll. The swine in Washington could take their filthy politics and shove them where the sun don't shine. This new music was going to deliver us from evil and it was exclusively OURS. Keep your Sinatra and your Elvis. We don't need 'em. We've got The Beatles and they've got us. Later, gators.

"Whoop de doo, old geezer," you may be saying to the screen. And that's okay. You have the right to feel patronized but that's not my intent. Like so many things, I guess you had to be there. In that case I present "1" as concrete evidence to the magnitude of what the Fab Four accomplished. Facts don't lie. Greatest hits packages are a dime a dozen yet only a few contain a number one single, if at all. This has 27. From a 7 year span. Unreal. And when traveling down this aural highway even the most jaded of critic must concede the unmatched influence these songs had on musical as well as societal trends in that tumultuous decade. It's plain as the freckled nose on your face. Radio was the weathervane of those times and no matter what the elder program directors thought, they had to play whatever The Beatles put out. The public appetite for them was insatiable and there was no alternate source. We had TV, of course, but they only showcased bands that'd made it big on the airwaves first. Top 40 radio ruled and these tunes became the consciousness of a generation by default. Every new release sounded nothing like what had come before and each number reinforced our notion that we could and should think for ourselves, not just shuffle along with the accepted norm. So, what's this all got to do with prog? Everything. The Beatles sowed and cultivated the mindset that gave young musicians the courage and means to consider and explore all possibilities. John, Paul, George and Ringo made progressive rock inevitable.

"1" encapsulates 1963-1970 in a nutshell (or, as Ian Anderson would say, in a warm sporran).

Phase One: "Love Me Do," "From Me to You," "She Loves You," "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "Can't Buy me Love." Ridiculously simple fare, right? Well, after years of being beaten down by the likes of Herb Alpert, Pat Boone and Jan & Dean these songs were akin to "Close to the Edge" in comparison. The unbridled, aggressive enthusiasm these tunes contain heralded an era of puberty-fueled freedom heretofore unknown by our ancestors. Who cared if they only sang about love? It was all we needed.

Phase Two: "A Hard Day's Night," "I Feel Fine," "Eight Days a Week," "Ticket to Ride" and "Help!" Once our initial mass euphoria slacked off a bit they felt compelled to clue us in on a glimpse of reality. Since she's telling all the world that her baby buys her diamond rings, you know, you're going to have to work hard for a living for longer hours than you prefer yet don't be shocked if she flags down a train and leaves you high and dry one day and it devastates your psyche so much that you need therapy to recover.

Phase Three: "Yesterday," "Day Tripper," "We Can Work it Out," "Paperback Writer" and "Yellow Submarine." Once you get past your sappy yearning for the past when love was such an easy game to play you'll realize that chicks can be fickle as hell and it takes a lot of compromising to find compatibility with one and then when you get married your clinging wife won't understand that all you want to do is hang out with the friends who live next door and share funny cigarettes with tapered ends.

Phase Four: "Eleanor Rigby," "Penny Lane," "All You Need is Love," "Hello, Goodbye" and "Lady Madonna." It's becoming evident that all the lonely people are always going to be with us no matter what so we might as well turn on and dream of utopia because there's nothing you can do that can't be done and the planet doesn't really know if it's coming or going half the time and, anyway, did you think that money was heaven sent?

Phase Five: "Hey Jude," "Get Back," "The Ballad of John and Yoko," "Something" and "Come Together." Yo, dude, things didn't work out like you hoped so let's begin to make it better by returning to our California grass roots before they crucify us all in Vietnam and, by the way, if you're asking me if love will grow I don't know because I've got joo joo eyeballs.

Phase Six: "Let it Be" and "The Long and Winding Road." We're outa here, kids, but we'll leave you with a few tips. When you find yourself in trouble you can always go to your creator who'll tell you to leave things you can't control anyway alone already, get off your pity potty and get on with your life's journey. You ain't got it so bad, bucko.

Another point to ponder with "1" is that you didn't have to be a fan to know these songs by heart. You really had no choice. They were like the air you breathed. There's no semi- obscure album cuts on here (although that's where you'll find The Beatles' clever prog muse at her most innovative and productive) because every one of these #1 singles spent most of their allotted time spinning in heavy rotation as they beamed out from even the most remote of transmitters. They resonated throughout the globe. They served as the soundtrack for the common everyman who was coming alive in the 60s and, as I have tried to document with a dash of dry wit, their omnipresence became a running lyrical commentary, if not a major instigator, of the wholesale changes that were occurring all around him in that heady era. I know of what I speak. All I can say is that, despite all the craziness, you would've loved it there. It was a trip.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to Chicapah (BETA) | Report this review (#280696) | Review Permalink
Posted Thursday, May 06, 2010

Review by thehallway
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars How many number 1's you say?!

Yes, all 27 of the chart-topping efforts from the Fab Four are accumulated here on this handy collection. If you were to combine the sales of each track, it probably works out as one of the most best-selling compilations in history. And because it's made solely of no. 1's, any listener (from screaming fan-girl to aborigine caveman) will have been unable to avoid during their lifetime at least half of the present songs, making it already very familiar.

The main advantage of owning this compilation, is that often the Beatles would release singles and then fail to include these songs on their actual albums, making it difficult to hear every song in one place; a problem eradicated by providing every stand-alone chart-topper in one place on this album. I'm not certain, but I would guess that having this collection, as well as every Beatles album, would cover every song the band has ever outputted.

The content doesn't really require description, other than that it successfully spans the whole career of these Liverpudlians (proving how conveniently frequent their position at number 1 was), and the sound is no different to the original recordings, I think. So, while not really relevant to a prog collection, this album is a must for Beatles fans. The only trouble is that you can't play "guess the chart position" while listening to it!

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to thehallway (BETA) | Report this review (#284447) | Review Permalink
Posted Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Symphonic Team
4 stars This is one of the best compilations featuring the number one classics, many of which are only available on compilations, never released on studio albums. So it is difficult to rate this as anything under 4 stars as the songs are absolutely essential to the Beatles repertoire. In essence the songs come from all of the studio albums and there are none that are anything less than legendary.

The album begins with the early phase with the raw production of Love Me Do, From Me To You, and the smash hit She Loves You. It settles after the usual tracks on every compilation, into the better period when the band developed into proto prog such as Eleanor Rigby, Penny Lane, All You Need Is Love, and The Ballad Of John And Yoko. Of the 27 tracks perhaps the best come last in the form of the mystique of Come Together, Paul's ballad and best song from the last album, Let It Be, and finally ending with the soulful lament The Long And Winding Road.

Overall this is one of the great Beatles comps and it was a massive success in 2000, actually living up to it's title staying at number one on the charts for many weeks.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to AtomicCrimsonRush (BETA) | Report this review (#399494) | Review Permalink
Posted Saturday, February 12, 2011

Latest members reviews

5 stars I think this compilation is essential for any Beatles fan, but it is by no means definitive. This album shows the hit-single side of the Beatles, and many of the songs are phenomenal, but it doesn't break into their creative and progressive side as on Sgt. Pepper and the White Album. That being sa ... (read more)

Report this review (#352483) | Posted by Earendil | Tuesday, December 14, 2010 | Review Permanlink

4 stars In my new vision of Prog it is difficult to judge The Beatles as Prog band. But sure The Beatles are between the inventors of Prog with ''Revolver'' and ''Sgt. Pepper's...''. ''1'' is only a compilation of UK or USA #1 and for this motive (but only for this motive) this compilation is good. ... (read more)

Report this review (#216831) | Posted by 1967/ 1976 | Thursday, May 21, 2009 | Review Permanlink

3 stars As much as I usually don't do the whole greatest hits thing...this really is a good cross section of a great bands work...and unlike alot of the Emerson Lake and Palmer collections...doesn't use too much from a single album to ruin it for when you buy it. It features the good catchy singles and in ... (read more)

Report this review (#131478) | Posted by endlessepic | Friday, August 03, 2007 | Review Permanlink

3 stars This is probably the best and most conscise Beatles compilation available, It has the best assortment of songs chronilogically from their birth to their death. The songs themselves are picked to appeal to the general audience, and they picked them well in that aspect. All of the best classic Be ... (read more)

Report this review (#104685) | Posted by OGTL | Wednesday, December 27, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This is an interesting compilation, especially for the possibility of accompanying, in chronological order, how The Beatles changed so radically, from a pop band just like thousands of others, to an original and clever band that is appreciated by almost everyone, from classical composers, like Aa ... (read more)

Report this review (#94502) | Posted by Evandro Martini | Saturday, October 14, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Most groups would be happy if they ever had a single reach the #1 spot on the charts. That's what makes this particular collection astonishing. Not one or two but 27 songs by the Fab Four reached the pinnacle of modern music and, as you listen to one classic after another, you can't help but be ... (read more)

Report this review (#88412) | Posted by | Tuesday, August 29, 2006 | Review Permanlink

Post a review of THE BEATLES "The Beatles '1'"

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 1.37 seconds