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Past Masters: Volume One

The Beatles Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 Mar 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Apple/Parlophone
  • ASIN: B000002USY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,785 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Love Me Do
2. From Me to You
3. Thank You Girl
4. She Loves You
5. I'll Get You
6. I Want to Hold Your Hand
7. This Boy
8. Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand
9. Sie Liebt Dich
10. Long Tall Sally
11. I Call Your Name
12. Slow Down
13. Matchbox
14. I Feel Fine
15. She's a Woman
16. Bad Boy
17. Yes It Is
18. I'm Down

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BBC Review

Though not an official album as such, Past Masters is a firm favourite amongst fans of the Fab Four, collecting an array of The Beatles’ non-LP tracks including evergreen classics Lady Madonna and Hey Jude, and early career highs Love Me Do and She Loves You.

Initially released across two separate discs, this version – issued as part of the catalogue-wide remastered series – combines said compilations to present a neatly chronological package, replete with extensive notes written by Keith Howlett in February 2009. Listening as sequenced – from the original single version of Love Me Do through to Let It Be b side You Know My Name (Look Up the Number) – makes for an enlightening experience, and the four-piece’s studio evolution is absolutely apparent once the Revolver-era Paperback Writer and its flip-side, Rain, enter proceedings.

The naïve charm of enduring arrangements like I Feel Fine is replaced by a boldness that few early supporters of the band could have foreseen – and it’s this maverick element to The Beatles that has carried their popularity through to this day. Memorable though the simplest pieces from John Lennon and Paul McCartney are – only two George Harrison compositions feature here – it’s the multi-layered splendour of The Inner Light, The Ballad of John and Yoko and the World Wildlife Fund charity version of Across the Universe (later re-recorded for the Let It Be album) that ensured the group appealed to such a wide spectrum of music fans that few people in the world wouldn’t, in some way, be touched by their work.

The collection’s climactic You Know My Name…, while scratchy compared to a great many other pieces here, is buoyant with bonkers cheer, sitting counterpoint to the internal friction that would, just a month after its March 1970 release, lead to the band’s break-up – McCartney left in April, filing for dissolution in December. The track is the only one featured on Past Masters that wasn’t exclusively produced by long-term studio partner George Martin, indicative of the loyalty within the camp during The Beatles’ most productive, inspirational years. It is rare indeed to see such relationships today.

A special compilation rightly regarded as just as important in The Beatles’ long-play canon as Sgt. Peppers… and Rubber Soul, Past Masters might be a posthumous affair but it’s full of more life than a thousand brand-new releases filling store shelves. Investment is a no-brainer. --Mike Diver

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THE BEATLES Past Masters Volume One (1988 Dutch 18-track compilation CD album picture sleeve CDP7900432)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remastered and Sounding Great 19 Sep 2009
Format:Audio CD
'The Beatles: Past Masters' collects both volumes of the previously issued 'Past Masters' CDs, in remastered form and an attractive gatefold sleeve. For the uninitiated, these discs collect the commercially released Beatles tracks not featured on any of their albums - mostly singles and B-sides, including such legendary tracks as 'From Me To You', 'She Loves You', 'Paperback Writer', 'Hey Jude' and many more besides, as well as the German re-recordings 'Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand' and 'Sie Liebt Dich'.

The main benefit with this reissue - besides both discs being available together for the first time - is that the tracks, like the rest of the Beatles catalogue, have been extensively remastered. In some cases, the differences aren't obvious, and it's occasionally hard to tell the difference between the original CD versions and the new ones - mainly on the earlier material. But in some cases, the difference the remastering makes is astonishing - 'She's A Woman' being the most obvious example, which is now so much clearer that I was able to detect a whole piano part I hadn't previously been aware of. As with all the other remastered releases, there's a glossy booklet filled with background information, though unlike the albums, there's no additional video content, presumably due to the wide ranging nature of the material, which it would be difficult to do justice in a 4 or 5 minute featurette.

If you own the earlier 'Past Masters' CDs, I'd say there was certainly a benefit in upgrading to the remastered edition - and it's certainly better value than before. If you don't, then there's no better time to explore this fantastic collection of popular classics and a few hidden gems.
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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
*** PAST MASTERS 09/09/09 - STEREO and MONO Comparisons ***

After the 13 official British albums by The Beatles were first reissued on CD (February to October of 1987), all the non-album tracks on UK 7" singles, the exclusive 4-songs on the "Long Tall Sally" EP and any other stragglers were then gathered up onto two separate CD compilations called "Past Masters" (Vol. 1 & 2) and issued globally on 8 March 1988 to compliment the main catalogue.

This 9 September 2009 reissue of "Past Masters" combines both of those Volumes into one 2CD set. They've been taken out of their clunky jewel cases and given a tri-gatefold card sleeve (black in colour), new 2009 remastering (mostly Stereo) and a vastly upgraded booklet. Of the 33 tracks, 29 are in STEREO with 4 being in MONO - "Love Me Do", "She Loves You", "I'll Get You" on DISC 1 and "You Know My Name (Look Up My Number)" on DISC 2.

However, there are differences between the old and new issues... The 1988 version of Disc 1 had 7 MONO tracks and not 3 (Disc 2 has remained the same) - the 4 now replaced with STEREO versions are "From Me To You", "Thank You Girl", and the two singles sung in German. But therein lies a further anomaly...

Beatles chroniclers will know that prior to the issue of "The Ballad Of John & Yoko" in May 1969 - ALL of their UK 7" singles were issued in MONO-ONLY ("The Ballad Of John & Yoko" was their first STEREO single in the UK, while their first STEREO 7" in the US was as late as "Get Back"). So while the vastly improved liner notes talk knowledgably about each British single - this set is in STEREO when they were only ever issued in MONO! Some would therefore say that this whole compilation only compounds the mistake of the 1988 issues and is a further historical travesty.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic sounding Past Masters on lp. 13 Nov 2012
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
This is just about the 2012 lp version, just ignore Amazon's bunching of reviews.
Got this yesterday in the mail because although I own the cd I was not happy with the 1988 lp version being very thin sounding.
The lp was flat, well centred and dead quiet.
Comparing to the original lp it has a lot fuller sound with good bass and detail in the treble comparable to analogue lps such as the UK Red and Blue originally issued in the 70's.
The strength of this compilation is the number of true mono and otherwise never issued on vinyl lp's true stereo mixes such as the stereo This Boy, Yes It Is, Thank You Girl all in one neat package. I felt it sounded better than the 2009 cd which is very good itself.
If you need these extra mix versions, this new lp comes recommended.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A hotchpotch but what a hotchpotch 20 Sep 2002
Format:Audio CD
This CD contains all the officially released tracks (in the pre- Anthology age) from 62 to 65, which were not featured on the original albums and thus provided a way for the cd collector to own all the official recordings. The result inevitably is somewhat mixed - 'Love Me Do' (the original single version with Ringo on drums) is still, however catchy the harmonica, a rather inane song, and the two songs in German ( versions of 'She Loves You' and 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' respectively) have little more than novelty to recommend them. Having said all that the balance of the album shows why the Beatles are still held in such awe. A great deal of attention has been paid to the Beatles later work but just listen to the energy they can summon on 'She Loves You' - not an wasted moment from that first drum break. It is amazing today that they could afford to leave such great singles as this ,'I Want to Hold Your Hand' and 'I Feel Fine' off their albums. What is even more astonishing is that a track as brilliant as 'She's A Woman' - a track ANY other band would have died for - could be relegated to a b-side, or that Paul's blistering version of 'Long Tall Sally' should be allowed to slip into semi-obscurity as an ep track. And to round off the CD 'I'm Down' - surely no-one could have had more evident fun recording a track.
Rather than buy '1', buy this and it's companion CD. So much more enjoyable.
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