- 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)
Past Masters Volume Two CD
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is Volume Two of the Beatles "Past Masters" collection - featuring 15 tracks on one CD. Read morePublished 5 months ago by S P Mead
Bought this because I enjoyed the first album this is as good excellent servicePublished 6 months ago by c stevenson
Had to buy another copy to replace one I left in a car when I sold on, it has the version of "across the universe" which starts with birds taking off from water is to be... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ron
Very quick delivery and product exactly as advertised. Recommended seller. Thank you.Published 10 months ago by Mark Etherington