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Good Stuff, not detracted by Strawberry Fields omission,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Beatles: 1 (Audio CD)
I'm not a great fan of Strawberry Fields forever...well, not the finished, over-polished version anyway, and I don't think this album loses anything by its non-inclusion.
Actually this album is rather old hat. The Bealtes have had many "greatest hits" albums, none of which are really greatest hits albums at all. The fact is, nearly every Beatles song is a great hit...but a Number One's collection is a valuable addition to the collection.
What I like about this album is that, although it's not really that representative of the Beatles absolute best stuff (for that you need to listen to every album) it is a great history. When you play it, you really do start an amazing journey: from 1962 to 1970 - aeons apart in the life of John, Paul, George and Richard: you see their development from the mop-top Rock and Roll and Mersy Beat years to the bona fide fathers of most modern music.
There are, however several classics on this album. "I Want To hold Your Hand", "I Feel Fine", "Day Tripper", "Paperback Writer" among them, and every song that's not, in my most humble opinion a real classic is still fantastic to sing along to. Undoubtedly, however, it's songs like "Eleanor Rigby" "Hey Jude" "Come Together" and "Let It Be" that are going to blow you away.
A good buy. Beginners start here, but I disagree with those who say it means nothing to the Beatles faithful: for this is surely a collection like no other. There aren't many bands that can boast 27 Number 1 hits - in eight years - and in a time when it was quite possibly twice as hard to get a number 1!