The Beatles – The Collection Vol.1

This month, I will only be posting Beatles specific playlists. Having completed a couple of what-if Beatles compilations over the past few months, I thought it was time to look at some playlists I put together a few years back. So much has been written down the years about the band that nothing I could write here would add anything new, so the notes for this collection will be brief. The Beatles are without doubt one of the most influential bands of all time and they were a band that I spent a lot of my childhood listening to. My father had bought the singles, EP and album collections home when they came out in the early 80s and I played them, a lot. I look forward to each new release, but after the Let It Be anniversary in 2020, what else will be released? Well quite a lot (if you know where to look) but it is whether they can actually agree to release it or not.   

This first volume covers the time period from 1963 to 1967 and it brings into sharp focus how much the music changed within those four years. It is also clear how much the band were influenced by what was around them as they developed their songwriting craft. Genres that come and go are pop, rock n roll, folk rock, folk and psychedelia, and I am sure that I have missed one or two off from this list. 

In this first volume, you may noticed an almost complete lack of George Harrison songs. Only Taxman has made the cut and that is purely down to personal preferences. I used The Beatles in Mono boxed set to compile this compilation because these are the mixes The Beatles approved of. I also decided against using any of the covers that the band performed on their records because Lennon & McCartney were producing classic songs, so there was just enough room to fit their songs onto a standard length CD. There was no need to include any songs they did not write themselves. Maybe I’ll do a covers only album in future. 

Disc 1

  1. I Saw Her Standing There
  2. Please Please Me
  3. There’s A Place
  4. All My Loving
  5. I Won’t Be Long
  6. I Want To Hold Your Hand
  7. She Loves You
  8. Can’t Buy Me Love
  9. And I Love Her
  10. If I Fell
  11. A Hard Day’s Night
  12. I Should Have Known Better
  13. Tell Me Why
  14. Things We Said Today
  15. I’ll Be Back
  16. I’m Down
  17. Help!
  18. I’ve Just Seen A Face
  19. Yesterday
  20. You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away
  21. I’ll Get You
  22. I Feel Fine
  23. Ticket To Ride
  24. Day Tripper
  25. I’m A Loser
  26. Eight Days A Week
  27. Girl
  28. Michelle
  29. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
  30. I’ll Follow The Sun
  31. You Won’t See Me
  32. Every Little Thing
  33. In My Life

Disc 2

  1. Taxman
  2. Drive My Car
  3. We Can Work It Out
  4. Nowhere Man
  5. Paperback Writer
  6. RainHere, There & Everywhere
  7. ForNo One
  8. Got To Get You Into My Life
  9. Good Day Sunshine
  10. And Your Bird Can Sing
  11. I’m Only Sleeping
  12. Elanor Rigby
  13. She Said She Said
  14. Strawberry Fields Forever
  15. Penny Lane
  16. All You Need Is Love
  17. I Am The Walrus
  18. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
  19. Getter Better
  20. Fixing A Hole
  21. She’s Leaving Home
  22. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite
  23. Lovely Rita
  24. Good Morning Good Morning
  25. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
  26. A Day In The Life

The front cover is taken from the compilation 1962-1966 and shows the band looking down from the stairwell in the now demolished London headquarters of EMI in Manchester House, London. Images form this photo shoot would also be used for the covers of the bands debut LP (Please, Please Me) and their 1963 EP, No. 1. 

Spotify does not have the Mono mixes on its platform, so I had to compile this using the Stereo versions instead. Damn you Spotify. 

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