A pretty predictable Collection Of Beatles Oldies (But Goldies!)
EMI in a bit of a flap over having no prospect of a 1966 Beatlemas release, and the boys too laid back to give a damn.
Though obviously chucked together in a bit of a hurry, it did give a whole bunch of singles their debut at 33 1/3: "From Me To You"
, "We Can Work It Out"
, "I Feel Fine"
, "Day Tripper"
, "Paperback Writer"
and "I Want To Hold Your Hand"
. The mixes for the stereo edition were overseen by GM in person. "She Loves You"
was a completely new mix on account of someone having misplaced the mastertape, possibly 'lost in France'.
The selection gets as contemporary as "Eleanor Rigby"
, with "Bad Boy"
lobbed in as a bonus: up till then it had only been EPd in Britain, though released on Beatles VI
in the States. The groovy flower-power pop art cover helped bring bang up to date, too — not least in its adding a little more grist to the recently recruited Paul Is Dead
I grew to love the thing on account of a second hand eight-track that me dad had in the Austin Maxi. Got some playing, I can tell you! Though it never really set the world on fire, given the double album price-tag on The Red
, it was only rendered finally obsolete as a compilation by the arrival of the Past Masters
CDs in 1988.