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Past Masters: Volume Two Best of
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|1. Day Tripper|
|2. We Can Work It Out|
|3. Paperback Writer|
|5. Lady Madonna|
|6. The Inner Light|
|7. Hey Jude|
|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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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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
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.
Most recent customer reviews
This is actually a release of the original HET JUDE! Album which cannot be found on CD. I searched long and hard to find the original release on CD with no luck and actually... Read morePublished on June 2 2013 by Kelly D. Bryson
I got this for the classic Beatles songs that were once on The Beatles Again, also known as The Beatles Hey Jude, an album that has never been released on CD. Read morePublished on May 16 2013 by brotagonist
I can't believe they are still selling this for more than $20.
This is a 1988-era CD that has been supplanted by the 2009 Past Masters CD remaster. Read more
"If the rain comes they run and hide their heads
They might as well be dead
If the rain comes, if the rain comes"
"When the sun shines they slip into... Read more
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. Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2004
This second volume of Past Masters picks up where volume one left off!!! A great collection of non LP singles(Hey Jude,Revolution,Get Back,Dont Let Me Down,Ballad Of John And... Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2004 by Jason P. Pumphrey
This makes a good album, even though it is a collection of singles released by The Beatles over a course of years. Read morePublished on Jan. 11 2004
There are a bunch of good songs on this compilation... namely: We Can Work it Out, Revolution, Hey Jude and Let it Be. Read morePublished on Dec 26 2003
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... Read morePublished on Dec 22 2003 by Peter Durward Harris
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