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Genre: Popular Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 24-AUG-1988


Although they were probably the band that most transformed rock from a singles medium to an album-oriented form, the Beatles also released many singles and EP tracks that never made it onto albums. In the U.S., Capitol turned the group's early LPs, through Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, into compilations, more or less, throwing the hit singles onto the vinyl to augment the album tracks. When the label later released the U.K. albums on CD, it posed a problem: What to do with the non-LP singles? Past Masters, Volume 1 compiles 18 of those singles, including some of their best-known tracks, running from "Love Me Do," "She Love You," "I Want to Hold Your Hand," and "This Boy" to "I Feel Fine" and Paul's homage to Little Richard, "I'm Down." Essential stuff. --Bill Holdship

1. Love Me Do (Single Version)
2. From Me To You
3. Thank You Girl
4. She Loves You
5. I'll Get You
6. I Want To Hold Your Hand
7. This Boy
8. Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand (I Want To Hold Your Hand)
9. Sie Liebt Dich (She Loves You)
10. Long Tall Sally
11. I Call Your Name
12. Slow Down
13. Matchbox
14. I Feel Fine
15. She's a Woman
16. Bad Boy
17. Yes It Is
18. I'm Down

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002USY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,185 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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242 of 276 people found the following review helpful By MurrayTheCat on September 8, 2004
Format: Audio CD
When EMI decided to release The Beatles' output on CD in the late 80s, they chose to issue the albums in their British formats and supplement them with two discs of non-album material called PAST MASTERS.

PAST MASTERS VOLUME ONE gives us a mix of things, mostly singles--some A-sides, some B-sides--including "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "She Loves You" sung in German. But there is a serious downside to this release: We are given the stereo versions of 11 of the 18 selections, and this is sad because, with the exception of "Bad Boy," they were originally issued on vinyl (and sounded fantastic!) in mono.

Mono was the standard for years, but in the late 60s there was a major push within the record industry to make stereo the standard. And the industry did its best to brainwash the public into thinking that stereo was better than mono in all cases. Though the industry was surprisingly successful with its marketing tactics, the truth remains that much pre-1969 stereo rock 'n' roll sounds gimmicky at best, presenting severe and perverse channel separation that often saps the music of its power and realism. It is well documented that until 1969, George Martin spent the majority of time working on the mono mixes and comparatively little time on the stereo; stereo was just not deemed as important. Sadly, today the term "mono" is associated with inferior sound in the minds of most people. This myth is so ingrained in consumers' thinking that the word "mono" does not even appear on the outside packaging of PAST MASTERS VOLUME ONE (lest it deter anyone from a purchase), even though the mono tracks are marked with an asterisk. The four-letter word appears only in fine print and somewhat hidden within the booklet.
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94 of 110 people found the following review helpful By L. Power TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 14, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This features rare Beatles classics, mostly pre 1965. I remember this was released in the UK and called Rarities, because most of the songs are not on any other Beatles albums, and were either B sides or EP tracks.

This is early Beatles at their rocking best. Almost all these songs are uptempo, with the exception of Yes It is and This Boy which are slower and feature excellent harmonies.

I can listen to this album without even thinking about pressing the skip button.

There are too many highlights on this album to number, but here goes:

1. Paul McCartney doing his Little Richard impersonation on Long Tall Sally.

2. The German versions of She Loves You and I want to hold your hand.

3. Lennon and the beautiful 12/8 rhythm on This Boy.

4. Lennon on I Call Your Name

5. McCartney singin She's A Woman.

6. The cover version of Bad Boy

7. The Little Richard style screamer I'm Down

8. Those B side rockers Thank you girl, I'll get You

9. From Me To You.

If I couldn't take the White Album to a desert island this would be a good second choice.

I hope this review was helpful.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By "bman20k" on August 29, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Past Masters 1 is a very helpful compilation that fills in the gaps for those Beatles fans that want all the official studio recordings. Because the Beatles from 1963-1965 (which is the span of this compilation) were putting stuff out in a singles era, some of these "stray" tracks are of exceptional quality and of the utmost importance to the band's history.
Love Me Do (a different version than the one on Please Please Me), From Me To You, She Loves You, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Long Tall Sally, I Feel Fine, Yes It Is, and I'm Down are key Beatles tracks. If you have an essentials-only policy, then the Red Album is sufficient for you. For those that own all the Beatles' regular albums, there's no reason not to have this too, it fills in a lot of gaps.
This CD was made to help the fans by cleaning up the band's catalogue, and it succeeded in doing so. So be aware that it is not a Greatest Hits of the early years, that there are tracks (for example the unneccessary inclusion of the German numbers) that keep this from getting a 5th star and making this album for Beatles fans (and not casual fans who'd be better served with the Red Album).
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Joe Lubow on October 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Back when these songs were new, Beatles music was released by EMI/Parlophone in England and Capitol in the US. Until Revolver, the albums were substantially different. The British albums were in a sense the definitive collection, since they each contained groups of songs recorded during the same recording sessions. Capitol - on the other hand - released hodge-podge collections; for example the songs from the British "Hard Day's Night" were spread over four albums.

On the other hand, Capitol released far more albums, and managed to eventually release most of the Beatles singles on albums. So when Capital decided to release Beatles CD's in the British version only, a whole lot of songs were missing from the catalog. These are them.

The problem, as a reviewer noted below, is that they took fabulous mono mixes and made mediocre stereo mixes of many of these songs. Stereo must surely be better, you say! Ah, not always. For Pink Floyd's Dark Side - most certainly. But stereo in early 60's rock was often an artificial and poorly engineered separation - with drums in one speaker and guitar in the other. The music often sounds better with everything front and center in MONO.

The other reviewer suggested that if you're ready to drop some bucks (about $200) you can get the "Singles Collection Box Set," which has the mono versions. But there is a way to get them for about $65. "The Capitol Collection Volume 1" is a CD release of the first four US Beatles albums. Better yet, each CD has the entire album in stereo and then in MONO. If you get "The Capitol Collection" and "Past Masters Volume 2" you will have all the missing singles except "From Me To You" "Bad Boy" and "Yes It Is".
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Past Masters (Remastered) [ENHANCED]
I believe it's an error, as there is no Past Masters mini doc.
Sep 22, 2009 by Parrot Monkey |  See all 4 posts
Past Masters-An Utterly Unnecessary Release
"Past Masters" makes no sense? What you're proposing is what makes no sense.

All of the songs on Past Masters were officially released as non-album singles (or as part of a compilation, e.g. the alternate version of "Across The Universe"). The Beatles regularly released... Read More
Sep 4, 2009 by C. Gadbois |  See all 14 posts
The Single Version of "Help!"
No, you are wrong. The mono album version is the same as the stereo version. There is a different single version. I have it on a 3" CD3 single. It also has the "B" side, I'm Down on it also in mono. The John Lennon vocal on the single version of Help is different- most noticeable... Read More
May 11, 2009 by Ernesto Amore |  See all 12 posts
Stereo version of She Loves You?
Here's my question. Presumably "Love Me Do", "She Loves You" and "I'll Get You" will all be in mono since there are no true stereo mixes which exist. So will they also be included on the "Mono Masters" collection?

Why not include the rare mono mix of... Read More
Jul 10, 2009 by Chris McKenzie |  See all 27 posts
Past Masters vs. Mono Masters
You need Past Masters for the singles that were released in stereo only that aren't included: The Ballad of John and Yoko, Old Brown Shoe, Let It Be (single version).

If you want the four YS songs in stereo, you need Yellow Submarine. If you don't care, then skip it.

Mono Masters is similar to... Read More
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