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Past Masters: Volume Two Best of

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  • Audio CD (Jan. 1 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000002USZ
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,993 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Day Tripper
2. We Can Work It Out
3. Paperback Writer
4. Rain
5. Lady Madonna
6. The Inner Light
7. Hey Jude
8. Revolution
9. Get Back
10. Don't Let Me Down
11. The Ballad Of John And Yoko
12. Old Brown Shoe
13. Across The Universe
14. Let It Be
15. You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)

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Past Masters ~ Past Masters

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

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kelly L. Norman on Aug. 10 2003
Format: Audio CD
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 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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roger P. Kirby on July 13 2004
Format: Audio CD
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
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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.
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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.
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