Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

A Collection of the Beatles Oldies – But Goodies

First released: December 10, 1966

The Beatles eighth official album release.
After the release of Revolver late in 1966, George Martin informed E.M.I. that there would be no new Beatles record in time for Christmas. This left the chance for the first Beatles “Greatest Hits” collection
This L.P. contained 8 tracks previously on other albums, and 8 tracks on L.P. in the U.K. for the first time … but … only one track (“Bad Boy”) had previously been unreleased, making it an essential purchase for the completist, but not very generous on behalf of the record company.

This was the first L.P. of The Beatles to fail to reach No.1 … which was hardly surprising at that time, as “Revolver” was still selling well, and 13 of the 16 tracks came from million selling singles. The number 1 album that Christmas was “The Sound Of Music”.

The front cover artwork in very 60’s flower power style was by David Christian, and the rear cover photograph was by Robert Whittaker (who, on this album, had gained a “t”)

  1. She Loves You – 2:21
    Recorded: July 1, 1963 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon – lead vocal, rhythm guitar
    Paul McCartney – lead vocal, bass guitar
    George Harrison – lead guitar
    Ringo Starr – drums
  2. From Me to You – 1:58
    Recorded: March 5, 1963 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon – lead vocal, rhythm guitar, harmonica
    Paul McCartney – lead vocal, bass guitar
    George Harrison – lead guitar, harmony vocal
    Ringo Starr – drums
  3. We Can Work It out – 2:15
    Recorded: October 20, 1965 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon – acoustic guitar, harmonium, harmony vocal
    Paul McCartney – lead vocal, bass guitar
    George Harrison – tambourine
    Ringo Starr – drums
  4. Help! – 2:30
    Recorded: April 13, 1965 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon – lead vocal, acoustic guitar
    Paul McCartney – bass guitar, background vocal
    George Harrison – lead guitar, background vocal
    Ringo Starr – drums, tambourine
  5. Michelle – 2:42
    Recorded: November 3, 1965 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon – acoustic guitar, background vocal
    Paul McCartney – lead vocal, bass guitar
    George Harrison – acoustic guitar, background vocal
    Ringo Starr – drums
  6. Yesterday – 2:08
    Recorded: June 14, 1965 at Abbey Road, London, England
    Paul McCartney – lead vocal, Epiphone acoustic guitar
    Session musicians – string quartet
  7. I Feel Fine – 2:20
    Recorded: October 18, 1964 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon – lead vocal, rhythm guitar, lead guitar
    Paul McCartney – bass guitar, background vocal
    George Harrison – lead guitar, background vocal
    Ringo Starr – drums
  8. Yellow Submarine – 2:41
    Recorded: May 26, 1966 at Abbey Road, London, England with special effects overdubbed June 1, 1966
    John Lennon – acoustic guitar, background vocal, blowing bubbles through a straw
    Paul McCartney – acoustic guitar, background vocal
    George Harrison – tambourine, background vocal, swirling water in a bucket
    Ringo Starr – lead vocal, drums
    Mal Evans, Neil Aspinall, George Martin, Alf, Geoff Emerick, Patti Harrison and studio staff – chorus on fadeout
    Session musicians – brass band
  9. Can’t Buy Me Love – 2:15
    Recorded: January 29, 1964 at Path? Marconi Studios, Paris, France
    John Lennon – rhythm guitar
    Paul McCartney – lead vocal, bass guitar
    George Harrison – 12-string lead guitar
    Ringo Starr – drums
  10. Bad Boy – 2:21
    Recorded: May 10, 1965 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon – lead vocal, rhythm guitar, Hammond organ
    Paul McCartney – bass guitar
    George Harrison – lead guitar
    Ringo Starr – drums, tambourine
  11. Day Tripper – 2:50
    Recorded: October 16, 1965 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon – lead vocal, rhythm guitar, tambourine
    Paul McCartney – lead vocal, bass guitar
    George Harrison – lead guitar
    Ringo Starr – drums
  12. A Hard Day’s Night – 2:32
    Recorded: April 16, 1964 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon – double-tracked lead vocal, rhythm guitar
    Paul McCartney – bass guitar, harmony vocal
    George Harrison – 12-string lead guitar
    Ringo Starr – drums
    George Martin – piano
  13. Ticket to Ride – 3:13
    Recorded: February 15, 1965 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon – lead vocal, rhythm guitar, tambourine
    Paul McCartney – bass guitar, lead guitar, harmony vocal
    George Harrison – lead guitar
    Ringo Starr – drums
  14. Paperback Writer – 2:19
    Recorded: April 13, 1966 at Abbey Road, London, England with an overdub added April 14, 1966
    John Lennon – rhythm guitar, background vocal
    Paul McCartney – lead vocal, bass guitar
    George Harrison – lead guitar, background vocal
    Ringo Starr – drums
  15. Eleanor Rigby – 2:08
    Recorded: April 28, 1966 at Abbey Road, London, England with vocals overdubbed April 29, 1966 and another McCartney vocal added June 6, 1966
    John Lennon – harmony vocal
    Paul McCartney – double-tracked lead vocal
    George Harrison – harmony vocal
    Session musicians – four violins, two violas, two cellos
  16. I Want to Hold Your Hand – 2:27
    Recorded: October 17, 1963 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon – lead vocal, rhythm guitar
    Paul McCartney – lead vocal, bass guitar
    George Harrison – lead guitar, harmony vocal
    Ringo Starr – drums