It hardly seems worth commenting on the Beatles, their history and discography are so well-known. But for anyone starting to explore the music seriously, this album is considerably better value than the 'Blue' 1967-70 album, with which it shares many tracks. In fact, for the price of the Blue album, you can acquire this album and the Magical Mystery Tour album and thereby have on CD almost all the Beatles' singles (A and B sides) from late '65 through to 1970 - and a few other gems besides. (Of course you may then need to start thinking about getting Revolver, Rubber Soul, Abbey Road, The White Album, Sgt Pepper... but that's another story!)
Nearly every track on this record swells with the confidence and savvy of a band that knows full well just how seriously good it is! There is an effortlessness with which they pound out classics like Day Tripper, Paperback Writer, Lady Madonna and even the not-universally-liked Ballad of John & Yoko (their last Number One single - George and Ringo don't even play on it). Plus this is the only CD album apart from the overpriced 'Blue' album where you will find the magnificent Hey Jude in all its seven-and-a-half minute glory.