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4.8 out of 5 stars


on 12 April 2017
A good collection of all of their non-albums tracks from the beautiful, "The Long And Winding Road" to the energetic and fun, "Revolution". The collections begins from their first first number ones in 1963, to their last recordings in 1969~ if you want all their stuff buy all 13 albums and this. Very good!
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on 9 July 2017
A excellent collection of songs; good to see the German versions of two of their early numbers...
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on 29 September 2017
Excellent cd brings back brilliant memories well worth every penny. Cheers
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on 26 July 2017
Past masters from the fab4 always a good listen.
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on 19 July 2017
Great CD.
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on 23 January 2017
EXCELLANT
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on 1 June 2017
fantastic nothing more to say
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 7 July 2016
This is a 2 CD set consisting of both volumes of 'Past Masters' (that is, it presents Past Masters: Volume One and Past Masters Volume Two). As such, it's far more reasonably priced as compared to purchasing each volume individually. Additionally, the tracks have - in this set - been digitally remastered for superior audio quality. As such, if you've thinking about buying the 'Past Masters', I highly recommend this edition.

What you get is a collection of songs that didn't appear on the original, British-issued studio albums. These non-album tracks were released as singles (or as 'EP's). The Beatles often issued singles that weren't included on their 'LP's'. Also, they'd occasionally release two versions of a song - one version appearing on an album, another version as a single. So, for example, the songs 'Revolution' and 'Let It Be' are included here - as their single releases differ from their album versions. There's some otherwise rather rare tracks included - such as the Beatles singing 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' and 'She Loves You' in German. Similarly, the B-sides of some of their singles were difficult to find (such as 'You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)') - but are included here.

This set of 33 tracks presents many fantastic songs. This music complements the band's studio albums - and, collectively, represents the complete 'officially' released material of the Beatles from 1962-70.
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on 19 September 2009
'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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on 13 November 2012
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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