Although cries of "Oh not another Beatles Cd !" have been heard, this compilation arguably fills a gap in that Beatles Cd market and is certainly a good value introduction to new, young fans sick of rifling through parents record collections. Apart from the 80's reissues of the original albums which did not include many of these tracks, (They were, in the main, singles only) , the black and white Past Masters compilations and the red and blue double Cds provide the only other place they can be found. The former are an odd assortment of B-sides as well as non album tracks and the latter are a bit of an investment time and moneywise. No doubt the Beatles are keen to stake their undoubted claim to greatness with a concise, millenial contemporary looking disc.Some other reviewers seem to have missed the point in their quibbles about these songs not being the bands best work as the criteria for inclusion was clearly "single" and "chart "status. Nevertheless the omission of Please Please Me and Strawberry Fields is odd given that the former was the group's first UK No1 and the latter enjoyed equal billing with Penny Lane as a double-A side. I suppose it came down to space and a compromise between UK and US markets. Finally I think the remastered sound is GREAT :Anyone who can't tell the difference between the sound on this reissue and that of previous versions well...Do an A -B test; I'll admit I did. There's no need to remix these classic tracks; the Beatles were one of the best recorded/produced bands of the 60's and the way these tracks come up proves it . To tamper too much would be like trimming Picasso or colourizing Citizen Kane: the mix, as originally realised by the artist, is an integral part of the whole sound statement. I only hope that all those classic albums get the 24-bit treatment soon and that we might even get the definitive , punchy, mono mixes of Pepper , Revolver etc.etc.