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  • Audio CD (18 Aug. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Music Club
  • ASIN: B000009Q1W
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 518,510 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. All Aboard
2. Pete's Theme
3. I'll Try Anyway
4. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love
5. If You Can't Get Her
6. I Don't Know Why I Do
7. Why Did You Leave Me Baby?
8. I'll Have Everything Too
9. More Than I Need Myself
10. The Way I Feel About You
11. Don't Play With Me
12. How Do You Get To Know Her Name?
13. She's Not The Only Girl In Town
14. Keys To My Heart
15. Castin' My Spell
16. Off The Hook

Product Description


There's a perfectly valid reason to own this album. Unfortunately, it has little to do with the music contained on the disc. Perhaps the most notorious, terminated drummer in rock & roll history, Pete Best was, of course, the original skinman in the Beatles. This 16-song collection is culled from mid-'60s sessions by Best's post-Fab ensemble, an otherwise unremarkable unit that could only coast on the fame of its unfortunate namesake for so long. While a few tracks are appealing--the robust opener "All Aboard," the Jagger/Richards-penned "Off the Hook"--most are hampered by shoddy production and haphazard performances. "If You Can't Get Her" is second rate Herman's Hermits; the Hermits were, in turn, second rate Beatles. That said, the Pete Best Combo has earned a humble niche in Brit Invasion history. Mersey Beat aficionados, take note. Casual fans, however, won't have a hard time finding something much better than Best. --Steven Stolder

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 13 Jun. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Probably the only artist who could claim to right to an album called BEST OF -which is virtually a collection of flop singles-this is a very cleverly titled album which not even the Beatles could have sued over.
Its simply one of music's biggest mysteries-how an original Beatle working in the States could have failed to crack even the bubbling under.
At the time the British Invasion is in full swing all it needed was the exposure which had been made possible by the Beatles anyway.
Even this edition of the Pete Best Four would be succesful in the 70s in the U K and Europe as half of it was the guys who wrote the hits for the Rubettes-Wayne Bickerton and Bill Waddington.Which is another mystery in itself how the Rubettes could have failed in the States.
Here though came a series of singles at least as good as most Merseybeat.You can see here the Dave Clark 5 or even Manfred Mann as Best was NOT the singer on the records the same as Clark wasn't
In the U K the Pete Best 4 had meant no more than a single on the very label which had turned down the Beatles in the first place-Decca and none of the American singles saw U K release.Not even the album which was cobbled together in the 70s when Best was working for the civil service.
Finally the CD Age made that right as Cherry Red issued the original album .
The question remains that if Best had caused such a reaction in Liverpool then why was this never to happen in the States? He was after all younger than Ringo-who was the subject of 50% of the tributes and was for what its worth even born in India.
Today with a new CD imminent and both the Casbah and Adelphi ones behind it plus the DVD and 3 books there's at least been some justice.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Entertaining, but not Best's best. 5 Dec. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Pete Best is famous more for his associations than his accomplishments. As Beatles historians know, he was The Beatles drummer until the band kicked him out in 1962 and replaced him with Ringo Starr. The rest, tritely said, is history.
The music on the album is ok. I enjoyed it for its historical value more than its musical content, but I don't think the recordings did Best justice. Listen to the Hamburg sessions the Beatles did with Tony Sheridan...Pete Best was the better drummer.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Historical 15 Oct. 1999
By Mark A., Costa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The songs are decent but Mr. Best is correct. The quality of the studio or the "combo" here does not match his work with The Beatles. Listen to his drumming on early Beatles recordings and you'll wonder ---as have millions----why they ever got that guy Ringo.
pete best: the pete best combo 10 Jan. 2013
By Jose Molist Diaz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I Love pete best. The flame of the beatles are planning in this music, and pete is a great person. Thanks for all pete
6 of 21 people found the following review helpful
If this is the best he has to offer, then it's a shame. 15 Mar. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There is a reason that Pete Best was replaced as drummer for the world's best known band. He simply was not very good. Uninspired vocal performances, poor choices of cover material, and uninteresting drumming make this CD unlistenable. Pete Best was replaced in 1962 for a reason. Lack of talent and charisma.
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