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What can you say, really? When you get right down to it, it's the greatest band in the history of pop music, the most influential, the best writers, and whatever other superlatives you can think of. Given their phenomenal output, and their huge chart success, it's no surprise that this second volume proves every bit as rich as the first. John, Paul, George, and Ringo had that rare chemistry that moved musical mountains, with more great songs than many people have had hot dinners, and they're still affecting the course of popular music. Thirty years later, all the paths they hinted at have yet to be explored, which is about as high a testament as can be given. --Chris Nickson

Customer Reviews:

  • The missing link pt 2 ("Don't you know it's gonna last?")
    Surely nowadays nobody discusses the productivity of The Beatles as creators of music. They were more prolific than any contemporary artist, and possibly than any artist *ever*. So at the time of their popularity peak they would not include singles on their albums (the UK Parlophone albums, because those are the real ones - don't listen to what Capitol says), even if they were huge hits, like other artists. That left a huge gap in their discography when it was released on CD; even releasing their 13 albums their official output was still not complete.

    Fortunately someone thought about the fans at that time and gathered together a 2 CD-set collection of "the missing link" tracks, and, as the booklet sets, "if you have the 13 CDs, plus these two, you have everything that The Beatles [...] officialy released".

    So this CD, spanning through 1966 to 1970 (and its sister volume, covering the later years from 1962 to 1975) isn't really a 'conceptual' album, it's really a collection of non-LP songs, both non album huge hits and more 'obscure' tracks:

    "Day Tripper", a "song about drugs", as John Lennon says, is an exquisit exercise in rock'n'roll riffs and vocal harmonies, and a perfect contrast to Paul McCartney's "We Can Work It Out", its original flip side (both songs were promoted as 'A-sides' so that one was a 'double A-sided single'), which is a lovely ode to the chance of finding out a solution for love troubles, a truly great sampler of The Beatles 'unplugged' (acoustic guitar, bass, harmonium, drums, tambourine), and the perfect companion to the Rubber Soul album (1965).

    "Paperback Writer" and "Rain" experiment with harder sound on the guitars. The first track, McCartney-penned, features a great story "of a dirty man", and it's one of the finest rockers in their catalogue; whilst "Rain" (my personal favorite Beatles song), is one of those few songs that make you stand up and applaud. Everything works out perfectly here: the sound of the drums is perfectly in synchronizity with the bass guitar, the guitars are intrincated but raspy and 'rainy', the vocal is distorted and the lyrics are a fantastically disguised social comment by John Lennon. This could be considered as a powerful reason to buy this CD.

    "Lady Madonna" is another Paul McCartney track in which he delivers a third-part story, this time experimenting with jazzy sounds, with piano, saxophones and great harmony vocals. Its B-side, George Harrison's "The Inner Light" doesn't even seem to appear to be performed by the same band, though. It's a preciously arranged indian track (George's third and final totally indian contribution to the band, after "Love You To" and "Within You Without You") with wise lyrics and a heartbreakingly emotional melody that even Paul McCartney praised many times. Priceless, again.

    "Hey Jude" is often regarded as Paul McCartney's best song ever, and very deservingly so, with its empathic lyrics and compelled lead vocal work; backed with this version of "Revolution" (far better than the one appearing in the White Album), they sound dramatically different, but complement eachother perfectly. John Lennon's political anthem works out perfectly in this atmosphere, just like the two tracks lifted from the never-released Get Back album, "Get Back" and "Don't Let Me Down". The latter, John Lennon composition, is a superior heartfelt, moving and emotional ballad, with a sparkling lead vocal and great guitar work; whislt "Get Back" is a great attempt at rocking by Paul McCartney. The version here is different from the ones included in the Let It Be and Let It Be... Naked album, finishing with the extra spoken verse ("get back, Loretta, your mommy's waiting for you"), which was omitted from those albums even though they were originally meant to be in the song.

    The other non-album single from 1969 is also included, and it's another surprise because of its quality: "The Ballad Of John And Yoko" (a tricky and smart way of telling his own story to the world, written by John Lennon and recorded only by himself and Paul McCartney, who played drums on this tune) is backed up by the unfairly forgotten bluesy George Harrison tune "Old Brown Shoe", possibly his most underrated Beatle composition, a brilliant exercise in lyrics about opposites, twisted love relationships and music including a very thoughtful and carefully arranged guitar solo plus a terrific jumping bass guitar played by Harrison himself, as he declared in many interviews.

    To complete matters, there's the "Let It Be" single version, a little bit shorter (and notoriously inferior because of the different guitar solo) than the album one; its flip side, the funny "You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)", which really has no more lyrics than its title; and another different (and far inferior) version of "Across The Universe" than the one found in the Let It Be CD, this time without the orchestra, in a faster speed, and with two female fans singing backing vocals.

    These three songs, included for historical reasons, are here to make a great counterpart to the other smashing performances and unforgettable songs. Again, many people complain about the mono/stereo differences between these mixes and the original ones, found in the singles and albums, and it's true: the whole Beatle catalogue, this CD included, cries desperately for remastering or remixing. But in the meantime, this CD is one of the few cases in music where there's not a single bad track. An essential to any Beatles fan, to complete their collection, and a good addition to anyone's collection, just because for the enormous quality of the often forgotten B-sides. Get it.

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  • Past masters
    I bought this for one song, "Rain," which is not available on any other U-S release, at least to my knowledge. It's simply the best drumming by Ringo Starr!
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  • It will leave you smiling
    The tracks on this album are incredibly hard to find. This is the Beatles as they really were, not after the polishing or adjusting for various markets. A classic is 'You Know My Name', I heard this played constantly when a bartender in a pub in Salisbury, it was a forgotten memory until today. It reminds you that the Beatles did not always take themselves seriously. Or take Rain, possibly the best ever single released by the Fab Four. You could go out and buy the Blue Album which has most of these tracks, however the packaging and selection is better on this, plus no self-respecting Beatles fan owns either the Blue or Red album.

    For the die hard Beatles fan these records are the heart and soul of the band. If you ever tire of hearing the hits, this will liven up your soul and leave you smiling, for a long time...more info

  • Companion to the British albums starting with RUBBER SOUL
    In the late 80s, the two PAST MASTERS discs, consisting of the non-album songs (mostly singles), were released to supplement the original, British-format albums.

    VOLUME TWO picks up with late-1965 recordings and ends with the 1970 "Let It Be" single. Generally this compilation was welcome at the time of its initial release (we were happy to get these songs on CD), but numerous fans had some rather cold feelings regarding the poor choice to include the stereo versions of many of these songs. Excluding "You Know My Name," which has never received a stereo mix, eight of the remaining 14 tunes (those released prior to 1969's "Get Back," the first stereo Beatles single) were originally released in mono and sounded fabulous. Perhaps there's a bit of truth to Ringo's knee-slapper: "George Martin has gone deaf in one ear. Now he can only work in mono!" Martin spent the majority of time working on the mono mixes and comparatively little time on the stereo. No doubt, George Martin was a mono-mixing genius. So why did we get the inferior stereo versions here?

    Mono had been the standard for years, but there came an industry-wide push around 1969 to make stereo the standard. Ever since stereo became the norm, the record industry has tried very hard to brainwash the public into thinking that stereo is--and always was--better than mono. It is unfortunate that their efforts have been surprisingly successful because the inescapable fact remains that most stereo rock music from rock's early years sounds terribly artificial compared with what we are used to from the 70s onward. The stereo mixes of several of these songs sound grossly anemic--a far cry from their clear, full, focused, and balanced mono counterparts. So my disappointment with PAST MASTERS VOLUME TWO is simply that marketing wins out over artistic merit. (Too often we consumers suffer because of myths propagandized by corporate marketing mentality.)

    "Day Tripper" and "We Can Work It Out" were released together as a single around the same time as RUBBER SOUL. The stereo versions of both songs give us extreme channel separation: Bass and drums are shoved far left while the vocals are far right, sounding detached and cavernous. The stereo picture sounds synthetic and gimmicky. And with the bass and drums shoved into a corner, the music's power is sapped, the rhythm section lacking sonic unity.

    The stereo version of "Paperback Writer" has the guitars and drums far left, leaving only Paul's bass far right. It sounds as though the drums and guitars are in a separate room, down a hall somewhere. The vocals, once again, sound detached and abnormal: The lead and some harmonies are in the middle while the rest of the harmonies are far right. The mono version, released as a single with "Rain" two months before REVOLVER, is shockingly powerful, focused, and realistic in comparison. Although "Rain," for the most part, was spared bizarre channel separation--the rhythm section is front and center where it should be--John's vocals (far left) are severed from the harmony vocals (far right). It's close to the mono, but the mono still sounds better.

    The album notes to the PAST MASTERS discs lead one to believe that these stereo versions were the original releases. "Lady Madonna," released as a single in March 1968, was not given its lopsided stereo remix until December 1969 for the Capitol compilation HEY JUDE. "The Inner Light," the flip side to the "Lady Madonna" single, was given its first stereo remix in January 1970 and is actually a decent representation of the original.

    This version of "Revolution," however, is anything but a decent representation of the original mono single--a song of intense, raucous power. In fact, this stereo account is perhaps the most dismembered-sounding Beatles remix of all. "Hey Jude" is not so bad in stereo--why it was spared the sonic contortions received by some of these others is beyond me--but I assure you that the mono still sounds better.

    Thankfully VOLUME TWO includes the single versions of "Get Back" and "Let It Be," which differ from the tracks on the LET IT BE and LET IT BE... NAKED albums. The stereo versions of those two songs plus "Don't Let Me Down," "The Ballad Of John And Yoko," and "Old Brown Shoe" do not sound gimmicky, and I prefer them to the mono versions. We also get the glorious original version of "Across The Universe," for years available only on the World Wildlife Fund's OUR WORLD LP. Recorded in 1968, the song received its stereo mix for the Wildlife album in October 1969. So the six stereo tunes from 1969 are the reasons why I hang on to VOLUME TWO.

    The only place I know of where you will find the original mono versions of the pre-1969 songs is THE BEATLES CD SINGLES COLLECTION, an outrageously priced boxed set of the British singles. And because of the audacious price, I will not recommend that collection to the more casual fans of this group. I do highly recommend the SINGLES COLLECTION to those fans who must have the mono; but trust me, the price is enough to make one gasp.

    PAST MASTERS VOLUME TWO is okay for those who have never heard the mono versions. But to many of us who grew up listening to the glorious mono mixes of most of these tunes, PAST MASTERS VOLUME TWO was like a slap in the face. Again, those who are not used to the mono versions will have no reason to share in my hardened partiality and should be reasonably happy with the two PAST MASTERS discs; after all, they are reasonably priced. Know, however, that superior versions exist which make many of the stereo ones sound abhorrently weak.
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  • THE BEST BAND IN THE SIXTIES.
    I LOVE THE BEATLES AND THEY ARE THE BEST BAND FOR THE BEGINNING OF ROCK MUSIC. THIS IS A GREAT COMPILATION AND MY FAVORTIE SONGS ARE HEY JUDE, BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO, DAY TRIPPER, REVOLUTION AND PAPERBACK WRITER.
    I'M SORRY THAT THEY HAD TO DISBAND BUT THEIR MUSIC WILL ALWAYS LIVE....more info
  • Great Beatles Album
    I bought this album mostly because it's the only one I can find that has the song "Don't Let Me Down" on it. Probably one of my favorite Beatles songs, the rest of the album also has great great Beatles songs. Many of the songs are also on other Beatles albums, but the compilation of songs on this album makes it a nice addition to any Beatles collection....more info
  • It's the Beatles.
    What can I say ... it's the Beatles! I have not heard these songs since I got my CD player....more than 20 years ago. These songs sound just as great as they did back then and I am so glad I have them on disc. Great purchase! ...more info
  • The Early Year
    This CD is filled with the melodys the Beatles performed while breakinghinto the Industrie. Anna, Chains, A Taste of Honey...Man to get a real sense of this groups vocal range. Plug it in and leave it turned on !...more info
  • Round-up of singles never released on original albums
    In the sixties, singles were far more important than albums and it was common practice for the best tracks to be released on singles or EP's and not to appear on album until there were enough tracks for a Greatest hits. Album sales were modest compared to singles sales so the idea of using a single to promote an album had not yet been born. When it was decided to release all the original Beatles albums on CD, there were enough of these tracks to fill two CD's of their own. Past masters volumes 1 and 2 contain these tracks. In a few cases, different versions of the songs appeared on original albums. Volume 2 (this one) is the stronger of the two, but both are excellent.

    The first two tracks here, Day tripper and We can work it out, made up a double-sided single that topped the international charts. Paperback writer, Lady Madonna, Hey Jude, Get back, Ballad of John and Yoko and Let it be were the other major international hits on this collection. The version of Across the universe here was produced for use by a wildlife charity and is much better than the version on the original Let it be album.

    Since this CD was originally released, all the hits were released on the red album, 1962 to 1966, or the blue album, 1967 to 1970, so if you're just looking for hits, you might be better to buy those or the more recent Beatles 1. But if you are a serious Beatles fan, this album is just as important as the original albums....more info

  • the long lost American lp
    OK, it finally happened. Sadder than the day someone put unleaded gas in your 57 Chevy. Your lps melted, or warped, or something and you finally realized that you HAVE to upgrade: It's time to buy the Beatles CDs. Everything is going fine UNTIL....you can't find "Hey Jude"! What happened to that wonderful album with such hits as Paperback Writer and The Ballad of John and Yoko? You can't even find it on e-Bay! What's a bifocaled, befuddled Beatle fan to do?

    Here is your answer. "Hey Jude" was an American compilation, and all the CDs were made off the British masters. But the songs from "Hey Jude" are all here on "Past Masters Vol. 2", with a couple of extras thrown in. Now you can listen to "We Can Work It Out" and wonder if Jane Asher is glad they didn't work it out (as Sir Paul and Heather hog the tabloid headlines); be amazed again at the before-its-time technology of "Rain"; explain to your kids that "Lady Madonna" is not about that other Madonna; mourn Joe-Joe (the man who thought he was a loner -- Linda Eastman's first husband, who died in 1998) ; remember the concert on the roof from "Let It Be" on "Get Back"; and debate whether "The Ballad of John and Yoko" is an exercise in grandiosity or satire.

    But wait! There's more! This version of "Across the Universe", which features cricket and meadow noises, is a refreshing change from that on the Specter-produced "Let it Be" lp. And "You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)" is goofy Brit humor at its best.

    What's missing? Well, that cool picture, you know, the one with the boys in Cuban boots & hats, standing in front of huge doors? I'm on a hunt for it. I'm sure I have a copy somewhere among my books and magazines. When I find it, I'll tape it to the jewel case. Voila....more info

  • Rain
    If you have all of the Beatles albums, and the compilation 'one,' you'll get several repeats with this album. However, this CD is a must. I don't know of another place that you can get the songs Rain, The Inner Light, etc. which are among my favorite Beatles songs. If only for those two songs, it's worth it....more info
  • The Second Half of a Career for the Ages ****1/2
    Rolling Stone magazine said of REM, "Split their career down the middle and you get a musical Roger Clemens. Two hall of famers." That being true (and it is), if you split the Beatle's career down the middle you get the most influential pop band of all time (up to 1964) and the most influential rock band of all-time (1965 - 1970). This focuses on their more superior, mature, album-oriented material from the second half of their career. It does a great job summing some of the greatest singles ever and their excellent b-sides.

    Most of the A-Sides "We Can Work It Out," "Hey Jude," "Day Tripper," etc. were never released on albums. And the only reason the last part of the album has songs featured on "Let it Be" is because the Beatles nor their management thought the songs would ever be released in album format. That is until (of course) "Let It Be" was issued after the band broke up. But nothing seems out of place, including the great B-Sides. What kind of a career do you have to have in order to have "Rain" not issued on an album, not issued as a single, but issued as a B-SIDE?! Listen to the song and tell me it doesn't that sums up the greatest band's legacy. And they close the album (and their career) in an unpredictable way; with humor. "You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)" is perhaps the funniest song in rock history. It's nice to hear that though the Beatles could no longer work together, they could still have a sense of humor about their work. Astounding...

    Overall: 9 out of 10....more info
  • Nice Idea...
    ...and just what a complete Beatles CD collection requires. (Volume One as well.) Maybe the very, very best ever released versions of some of these tracks aren't included, but as that's always subject to some subjectivity I'll pass on the debate over that. Let it just be said that I'm quite satisfied with the versions presented, though perhaps I'll pursue the others once life slows down enough that I'll need that kind of diversion....more info
  • And then you can start, to make it better, better, better...
    In the same tradition as the earlier Past Masters collection, this one contains the really vital songs from their dynamic later period, when their music became "something to listen to" instead of dancing to.

    "Day Tripper" about "a big teaser who took me halfway there" was built around a riff of Bobby Parker's "Watch Your Step," an obscure R&B single. It's joint A-side companion is the diplomatic and upbeat "We Can Work It Out", sung by Paul. Remember, "Life is very short and there's no time for fussing and fighting, my friend." Love the accompanying cello.

    "Paperback Writer", with a catchy rhythm, great guitar riffs by George, and falsetto harmony vocals whenever the title is sung in refrain, is another favourite song. In songwriting skill, this is one of their best.

    Then comes "Rain", best known as the first time the Beatles used a backwards tape, on the final verse. The weird stoner guitar sound was done by using a vari-speed machine to slow the instrumental guitar down, then adding vocal overdubs. Sheer genius for 1966!

    "Lady Madonna" has a happy Fats Domino-style piano awondering how woman pays her rent. Love this lyric: "Friday night arrives without a suitcase, Sunday morning creeping up like a nun, Monday's child has learned to tie his bootlace" And love that brass section. Another favourite!

    OK, lots of Indian instruments, including a sitar, tabla, and another wailing instrument, so it's gotta be by George. "The Inner Light" is the third Indian-style song following "Love You To" and "Within You Without You." There's that usual mystical quality "without looking out of your window, you can know the ways of heaven" and the backing vocals by John and Paul, "You arrive without traveling, see all without looking, do all without doing" in the lyrics, based on a poem in the Tao Te Ching.

    Who knows how many people's favourite songs list this next song is in--it's in mine. The first Apple single's 7:11 length broke the barrier for the length of a radio song. Written by Paul for John's son Julian, "Hey Jude," the best-ever Beatles song has some fine immortal lyrics, exhorting all to "take a sad song and make it better/remember to let her into your heart/then you can start to make it better" and "Anytime you feel the pain..., refrain, don't carry the world upon your shoulders, for well you know that it's a fool that plays it cool by making his world a little colder." And dig that immortal rousing finale after Paul's voice rises to a crescendo with "better, better, better, yeah!" I so go to pieces over this song, bystanders get hit by the splinters. Fortunately that's rare.

    The single version of "Revolution" with the fiery guitar is here as opposed to the slowed down No. 1 and avant-garde versions on the White Album.

    The ballad and exploits of John and Yoko, including the bed-in and marriage in Gibraltar, with a prominent bass by Paul, is only a John and Paul affair. Love that commentary on the Lennons by the press: "they look just like two gurus in drag."

    Like "For You Blue," "Old Brown Shoe" by George sounds like a return to good old rock and roll featured in their Let It Be and Abbey Road sessions.

    This is notable for having the single versions of "Get Back" and "Let It Be." The first is the one with Billy Preston with that famous piano solo he did during the Let It Be sessions. As for the title track to those sessions, the main difference from the album version is the different guitar solo in the middle. This single version is the one I first heard. Also, "Across The Universe" has the wildlife sound effects and none of Phil Spector's wall of sound.

    The bizarre music hall number "You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)" done in piecemeal in 34 months, with silly voices, hardly sounds like anything the Beatles would do. It would've been more apropos to include this in one of the Anthology. compilations....more info

  • Good Stuff
    There are a bunch of good songs on this compilation... namely: We Can Work it Out, Revolution, Hey Jude and Let it Be. I was born in the 80's and my favorite type of music is of a metal genre, but this is good stuff to chill out to. I've always said that if everything else sucked in the 60's and 70's at least the music was good (no hip-hop - thank God) and the cars fast!...more info
  • Without "Past Masters", you miss some great Beatle moments
    When the Beatles catalogue was reissued, EMI chose to use the U.K. versions of the CDs instead of the re-arranged American renditions, reasoning that the U.K. versions were the albums as the Beatles themselves had intended the track lineups. Of course, much of their best remembered material appeared on EPs or singles and would have gone "missing" under this approach. These discs collect those strays along with B sides and other material that never appeared on the original British versions of the Beatles albums.

    HIGHLIGHTS:
    "Day Tripper" has probably the most recognized guitar riff in rock, "We Can Work it Out" is one of the few times (outside of prankster 'Weird Al' Yankovic) that accordion has been heard in a rock hit, "Paperback Writer" is clever writing from Paul and "Lady Madonna" makes ingenious use of the Beatles voices themselves as almost kazoo like 'instruments'. The distorted guitar single version of "Revolution" is far superior to "Revolution 1" from THE BEATLES (aka "The White Album".) "Get Back" is improved with Billy Preston's organ contribution (though I miss John's spoken "hope we passed the audition" from the "Let it Be" version). "Let it Be" is a Beatles hymn.

    LOWS:
    "The Inner Light" and "Old Brown Shoe" are two lesser numbers from George. "Rain" may have been great in terms of experimentation (it had been the first time backwards tape was used in a recording, as the 'B' side to "Paperback Writer") but it's really only a middling lyric. "You Know my Name (Look Up the Number)" is utter garbage, the type of studio goofing off that Martin would've cut immediately (and correctly) from an album as filler.

    BOTTOM LINE:
    Some of their best material appeared only on singles or EPs. This is a must have for any Beatles fan, diehard or casual.

    4 1/2 stars...more info
  • 5 Star!!
    My mom had this cd but she lost it.I bought "Past Masters-Vol.2",my favorite songs are "Day Tripper","We Can Work It Out","Paperback Writer" and "Hey Jude".Before I was born my mom went to see The Beatles perform at Will Call coliseum in Cincinnati.This cd is a must keep for a true Beatles fan. ...more info
  • Classic Beatles
    Great collection of songs that I'm so glad have place to call home on a "real" Beatles album. For those of you who don't know what the Past Master's series are, they are all the songs that The Beatles produced that were only released on singles, not on an album. And this is of course referring to the albums released in the UK (the only ones that really matter). So many great songs. I love it and i was super excited i didn't have to get every single lame American version albums to get own every Beatles song recorded....more info
  • A Collection of Excellent Songs
    I'm sure that everyone already knows about both of the Past Masters cds, but I feel like writing to express my opinion on this wonderful cd. First off, I would like to say that I like this cd only a bit better than the first cd, but you should check out both because both have so many great songs. Here is my opinion of this cd, song for song.

    1. Day Tripper: This is a great leadoff song with some truly rocking guitars. It gets this cd rolling in the right direction. 10 stars (out of 10)

    2. We Can Work It Out: The B-Side of Day Tripper is just as good as its A-Side. It has more of a pop influence, but it is still an excellent song by the Fab Four. 9 stars

    3. Paperback Writer: This is a marvelous rock song with some of the best litle guitar solos ( after when everyone sings the lyric "Paperback Writeeer!!!). 10 stars

    4. Rain: The Beatles were now fully involved in psychadelic music at this point, and this song is a perfect standout. The main attraction could possibly be Ringo. Yes, Ringo. His drumming ability never sounded better. 10 stars.

    5. Lady Madonna: Another song geared toward pop music. Gotta love that sax and bouncy rhythym. 9 stars.

    6. The Inner Light: I'm not a fan of Indian-style music, but George does try hard to make it sound listenable. I will admit I like the relaxing parts when he is singing, but I have to get through the grating musical interludes. 7 stars

    7. Hey Jude: Possibly the Beatles most popular song. It's catchy. It's fun. It makes you want to sing along. Need I say more? 10 stars

    8. Revolution: Wow! This song is the perfect B-Side for Hey Jude. Much better than the other 2 Revolutions, this rocking moment can only be out-rocked (if that's even a word) by Helter Skelter. Still, it is better and more memorable than Helter Skelter. 10 stars

    9. Get Back: This song isn't as good as the one on Let It Be, but it still is entertaining for a new Beatles fan. Billy Preston helps this song with his keyboard. 8 stars

    10. Don't Let Me Down: What a song! It has a soulful performance by all four Beatles. Billy Preston adds his own special keyboard performance, which makes the song more enjoyable. Better than the single version of Get Back. 9 stars

    11. The Ballad of John & Yoko: It's a good song, but I don't like the idea of a song about Yoko. At least the rhythym is catchy. It's also amazing how it was pulled off by just John and Paul. 8 1/2 stars

    12. Old Brown Shoe: George's best song on this cd. It's catchy and it rocks out with that ringing piano. In my opinion, it should have been an A-Side instead of The Ballad of John & Yoko. 9 stars

    13. Across The Universe: I like the Let It Be version better. This "Wildlife" version is way too psychadelic. John's voice sounds highly irritating. It is a good song, but I the Let It Be track better. 7 stars

    14. Let It Be: A McCartney classic. It's a great song. I am giving it 10 stars, but the Let It Be track is only slightly better (again). This track doesn't have the rocking guitar solo, but the solo on this track is still great. 10 stars

    15. You Know My Name (Look Up The Number): This shows the Beatles have a sense of humor like the rest of us. It's funny, goofy, and entertaining. The show-stealer on this track is the last part with Brian Jones on sax. 9 stars

    The album: 9 1/2 stars. In other words, it's a great buy, so go out and buy it!...more info

  • Y MAS SORPRESAS!!
    Este volumen es el complemento de la primera parte (Past Masters 1); incluyendo mas grandiosas numeros uno como DAY TRIPPER, WE CAN WORK IT OUT, PAPERBACK WRITER, HEY JUDE, LADY MADONNA y THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO, encontramos esas canciones que se consideraban "perdidas" o "inconseguibles" pero maravillosas como RAIN, THE INNER LIGHT y la divertida YOU KNOW MY NAME (LOOK UP THE NUMBER); lados "B" inolvidables como DON'T LET ME DOWN, OLD BROWN SHOE, REVOLUTION y para los que no lo saben, las versiones de LET IT BE, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE y GET BACK son diferentes a las que estan en los LPs, por lo cual NO ESTAN REPETIDAS; al igual que el volumen 1, ES INDISPENSABLE PARA TODO AMANTE DEL POP Y ROCK!! ...more info
  • beatles - rarities
    I bought this CD because it contains some Beatles tunes that are lesser known like Rain, Inner Light, You Know My Name (Look Up the Number) and some different versions like Across the Universe. Rain is one of my favorite Beatles tunes. There was a record called Beatles RARITIES that came out in the late 70's or early 80's that had some of these songs. ...more info
  • Second Of An Essential Two-Volume Set
    There are a number of things I like about this CD. First it includes some tracks that, even with the multitude of Beatles' material available, are not all that easy to find, with Rain leading the way. This flip of the 1966 # 1 Paperback Writer didn't fare too badly on its own, getting to # 23 that summer.

    Then there's George Harrison's Inner Light, the other side of the 1968 # 4 Lady Madonna which, despite not doing nearly as well [# 96], was nevertheless a charter and, until now, found only on 45rpm and the 1980 album Rarities. Two others in the same veing - although they never charted - were the flip of Let It Be [# 1 in 1970], the oddly-titled You Know My Name (Look Up The Number), and Old Brown Shoe which backed The Ballad Of John And Yoko [# 8 in 1969].

    Something else I enjoyed were Mark Lewisohn's six pages of liner notes, which include a fascinating track-by-track commentary [he also compiled the album], the photos of the Fab Four at various stages of their career, and the excellent sound quality.

    Lewisohn's opening paragraph also nicely sums up their career: "Twenty-two singles, an EP with exclusive song material, 13 albums - one a double-set. By no means a bad haul for just seven years of recording activity. For apart from their unquestionable talent, the Beatles were mightily prodigious. So much, in fact, that to gather together a complete collection of their output is no easy task. While the material remains available - it still sells in such quantities that it has to be - the prospective purchaser has to gather up veritable armfuls of small and large sized vinyl, tape or shiny discs."

    Some may balk at the price asked for 15 tracks, but then again you may wait awhile before seeing some of these cuts all together anywhere else. ...more info
  • New mixes are EXCELLENT
    Others here have railed against the stereo mixes on the CD, as compared to the mono releases done originally.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of the original mono releases.

    But the stereo mixes on this CD are very worthwhile and in every case improve the listenability and punch. Also, glitches that appeared in the original mixes have been either highly glossed over or are completely absent on the CD.

    Lady Madonna is the shining example of a superior-in-stereo mix. In the original mono mix, the piano, bass, and guitar all come out just fine. But what George Martin has done in the remix on this CD is stunning in its simplicity and directness - the piano intro starts off in one channel, and then the bass kicks in in the other channel, and the result is powerful, really emphasizing the funk that was there all along but somehow never came through in the mono mix. It's using the same simple mixing techniques that many original Beatles albums had, but to remarkable effect....more info
  • Finally found it
    I was looking for a CD version of the Lennon song "Rain" to play for my chick. I had it on an American vinyl release from about 69 "The Beatles Again" but couldn't find it on any other CD or !Tunes. Also, the original version of "Revolution" juxtaposed next to the awesome but mellow "Hey Jude" blew me away. If you like Beatles rock, this CD is for you. Thanks Amazon...more info
  • Left Out
    This makes a good album, even though it is a collection of singles released by The Beatles over a course of years. Since the songs are ordered chronologically, you can hear how the Beatles honed their technique over the years. It is a good place to begin for people who (gasp) might not own Beatles albums--it features songs like Let It Be and Hey Jude, both big radio hits. But it's also essential for those who own all the albums, because many of these songs weren't included on the other releases....more info
  • Pure Magic!!!!
    All Beatle fans out there,if you don't have this get it. You will not be sorry!!! Also if you can afford it get the Beatles Anthology. Most excellent....more info
  • Better than expected
    The product arrived quicker than was promised and was overall better than expected. You'd be crazy not to buy from this seller!...more info