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Past Masters Volume Two CD

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Product details

  • Audio CD (7 Mar. 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Apple/Parlophone
  • ASIN: B000002USZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,352 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Day Tripper
  2. We Can Work It Out
  3. Paperback Writer
  4. Rain
  5. Lady Madonna
  6. The Inner Light
  7. Hey Jude
  8. Revolution
  9. Get Back (with Billy Preston)
  10. Don't Let Me Down (with Billy Preston)
  11. The Ballad of John and Yoko
  12. Old Brown Shoe
  13. Across the Universe
  14. Let It Be
  15. You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)

Product Description

The Beatles, Past Masters Vol.2 EMI 15-track CD album, originally released in 1988.

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By A Customer on 5 Dec. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Look at the track listing, and remember this is a collection of singles, B-sides and a comedy song. No other band could muster such an incredible roster of non-album material. Take your pick: Hey Jude, Revolution, Paperback Writer, Lady Madonna...
My own favourite is 'Rain'. The rhythm musicianship is just out-of-this-world - Ringo plays his drums like a man possessed, and McCartney's bass lines are inspirational and unique. Add to this the fact that the original recording was *slowed down* and you get some idea of just how far ahead of its time this was.
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Three words: buy this album . Firstly for no other reason than the tracks are not available on any other beatles album . The album itself is amazing with a whos who of great songs. The album charts the beatles from 1965 to 1970. The best songs on the album are; day tripper with features what must be the most catchy guitar riff ever, paperback writeran ingenious song which moved away from the beatles trademark love songs, Lady madonna, Across the universe, Revolution, The Ballad of john and yoko, the comedic You know my name look up the number, Get Back - the list is endless .The album features one of the greatest songs ever McCartney's Hey Jude - all seven minutes of it . A complete master piece . But perhaps the stand out track on the album is Lennon's Rain . A psychadelic tune featuring the first ever backwards tapes on a record .
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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.
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There are some wonderful songs on this set. Compared with Past Masters Volume 1, it clearly shows The Beatles advances in composition and musical experimentation.
Some of the standout tracks
Day Tripper, has a sizzling Lennon vocal, with great harmonies from Paul. The song sounds like it is going to be another 12 bar blues, but the harmony changes at the least expected moment, creating an interesting variation on the form. Great use of unison bass/lead and tambourine.
[Am I also allowed to like it because it was created in the studio on my 13th birthday?]
We Can Work It Out is a fine illustration of the magic that was created when Lennon and McCartney collaborated on a song. We have Paul's optimistic pleading to his lover in the verse, while John comes in with an interesting new tune in the relative minor key for the bridge, which goes into 3 briefly, before leading back to Paul's tune. I love the use of the harmonium.
Paperback Writer is a clever composition by Paul, with a terrific bass line and interesting vocal harmonies, including the slow "Frere Jacques" backgrounds on one of the last verses. Can you hear it?
Lady Madonna is actually very simple to play (but great fun) and only has about 8 different bars in the verse and chorus. Paul's voice sounds really unusual, as he imitates his hero, Fats Domino. The weird-sounding saxes are a great feature.
The Inner Light is one of the most interesting of all Beatles' songs. I think it is the only one of George's Indian songs to which the other Beatles contributed. The song has a lovely tune and very interesting musical arrangement, which includes some unusual Indian instruments.
Hey Jude is a simple but very effective song. John thought it was one of Paul's best lyrics.
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In the sixties, singles were far more important than albums and it was common practice for the best tracks to be released on singles or EP's and not to appear on album until there were enough tracks for a Greatest hits. Album sales were modest compared to singles sales so the idea of using a single to promote an album had not yet been born. When it was decided to release all the original Beatles albums on CD, there were enough of these tracks to fill two CD's of their own. Past masters volumes 1 and 2 contain these tracks. In a few cases, different versions of the songs appeared on original albums. Volume 2 (this one) is the stronger of the two, but both are excellent.
The first two tracks here, Day tripper and We can work it out, made up a double-sided single that topped the international charts. Paperback writer, Lady Madonna, Hey Jude, Get back, Ballad of John and Yoko and Let it be were the other major international hits on this collection. The version of Across the universe here was produced for use by a wildlife charity and is much better than the version on the original Let it be album.
Since this CD was originally released, all the hits were released on the red album, 1962 to 1966, or the blue album, 1967 to 1970, so if you're just looking for hits, you might be better to buy those or the more recent Beatles 1. But if you are a serious Beatles fan, this album is just as important as the original albums.
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