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An essential puchase for any vinyl lover!,
By A Customer
This review is from: 1 [VINYL] (Vinyl)
This is a fantastic greatest hits compilation, and a superb intro to the music of the Beatles - at last we get all the UK and US No.1 hits on one double LP. And this is a far better compilation that the awful "20 Greatest Hits" LP issued back in 1982, which had different tracks included on the US and UK versions. Having all the US and UK No 1 hits on a double LP is a superb idea! The remastered sound quality of the songs is stunning. I own this LP on CD too and, even though it's mastered from a digital source, I feel the vinyl does actually sound better. Play it on a decent hi-fi system and it really gives the CD version a run for its money. Also, the packaging of this double LP is superb, with a giant poster and 4 prints a la White Album. The vinyl is very thick (feels almost like 180g) and flat too. Just shows you what these record companies can actually do with vinyl when they try! This lavish double LP package is an absolute must-have for any Beatles fan and any vinyl fan for that matter. As for the music itself it's great of course although this album does fall some way short of painting the complete picture. The Beatles revolutionised the whole popular music scene and took it in a new direction with ground-breaking recordings like Revolver and Sgt Pepper. To appreciate the Beatles fully you need to check out their albums, especially their work from 1965's Rubber Soul onwards. But let's not forget, these guys were THE masters of great pop melodies and here is the proof, if ever any was needed. Just try NOT to sing along to this stuff. I'm 31 and a life-long fan of the Fabs since I was 10. My children will listen to this music, and their children, and their children. As their producer George Martin once said, the Beatles were the classical music of their times. So, here for your listening pleasure 27 of the finest pop songs ever written. Never equalled and certainly never bettered. If you need any more convincing to buy this LP, then you really do need "HELP!"