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2.86 | 9 ratings | 2 reviews | 33% 5 stars

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Boxset/Compilation, released in 1982

Songs / Tracks Listing

Side 1
1. Love Me Do (2:21)
2. From Me To You (1:56)
3. She Loves You (2:19)
4. I Want To Hold Your Hand (2:25)
5. Can't Buy Me Love (2:11)
6. A Hard Day's Night (2:29)
7. I Feel Fine (2:18)
8. Ticket To Ride (3:09)
9. Help ! (2:16)
10. Day Tripper (2:47)

Side 2
1. We Can Work It Out (2:14)
2. Paperback Writer (2:17)
3. Yellow Submarine (2:36)
4. Eleanor Rigby (2:04)
5. All You Need Is Love (3:47)
6. Hello Goodbye (3:27)
7. Lady Madonna (2:16)
8. Hey Jude (7:06)
9. Get Back (3:12)
10. The Ballad Of John And Yoko (2:58)

Total Time 56:08

Line-up / Musicians

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

Releases information

Label: Parlophone
Catalogue No.: PCTC 260
Release date: 18th October 1982
Total time: 56:08
U.K. Album Chart Detail :
Entry Date : 30th October 1982
Highest Position : 10
Weeks in Chart : 30

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2.86
(9 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(33%)
33%
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(11%)
11%
Good, but non-essential (33%)
33%
Collectors/fans only (11%)
11%
Poor. Only for completionists (11%)
11%

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Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Symphonic Team
3 stars If you are in the mood for some Beatles you might want to look elsewhere as there are better compilations available, but this is Ok for a slice of The Beatles greatness. The usual standards are found here such as Love Me Do, From Me To You, She Loves You and I Want To Hold Your Hand. For me I prefer the later tracks where The Beatles became more innovative but I can still listen without skipping to A Hard Day's Night, I Feel Fine and Ticket To Ride.

Side 2 is superior though with brilliant Beatles such as Paperback Writer, such a great track well sung by Paul, and an awesome guitar riff. I always love to hear Eleanor Rigby and All You Need Is Love, with their more complex structures and studio trickery. Get Back is another highlight and it ends with The Ballad Of John And Yoko.

Overall not too bad as a small detour from other bands you might be into, but The Beatles have so much more to offer and this is only the tip of the iceberg.

Review by jamesbaldwin
PROG REVIEWER
2 stars With the Beatles you always go on the safe side, but in this compilation (published 20 years after their first success) a lot of things does not work. First of all: why is not there any song by Sgt Pepper and Abbey Road? It seems incredible that they are missing both "With A Little Help From My Friends" and "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds"; and they are missing "Something" and "Come Together" (two sides A of the same single): in this way there is no songs of Harrison. Great mistake! But also "Penny Lane" and "Strawberry Fields Forever" (great masterpiece) are missing (they are also two sides A of the same single). And this is another crime.

Note that in the US edition of "20 Greatest Hites" there are "Penny Lane" and "Come Together". Still on the subject of singles: there are both "Yellow Submarine" and "Eleonor Rigby", two sides A of the same single. And the question comes spontaneously: "Yellow Submarine"???? Please, take it off and get one of the four songs mentioned above!

Another difference with the American edition (which, you will understand, is much better) is the absence of "Eight Days a Week" and "Yesterday", two songs released as singles in the United States, where they reached the first place. Then again, why shorten "Hey Hude"? Reasons for time, I guess, but ... what a bad thing to cut it!!! Another question: why the last song is "The Ballad of John and Yoko"? It is mediocre and unimportant! You could end up with "Let It Be" (present in the US version)!

Bad selection of songs. based on the most commercial singles. Vote 6,5. Rating: Two Stars.

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