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This isn't just an album, it's an event. All 27 of the Fab Four's #1 singles, together at last.

Proving yet again their willingness to dice 'n' slice their burgeoning legacy into new--if not exactly fresh--product, the Fab Four Minus One have released this single-disc compendium of their No. 1 hits. Though obviously superfluous to the faithful (who may also find themselves quibbling over the precise definition of "No. 1 hit" and the exclusion of seeming contenders like "Please Please Me" and "Strawberry Fields"), newly arrived visitors from the Pleiades star cluster and other neophytes will find it a concise and generous (nearly 80 minutes) single-disc introduction to the band's career-spanning, unparalleled dominance of pop music in the 1960s. But beyond being a mere trophy case of commercial success (and it won't be hard to find critics who'll argue that these singles aren't even the band's best work), it's also a Cliff's Notes take on a remarkable seven-year run of musical evolution, one that stretches from the neo-skiffle of "Love Me Do" through a remarkable synthesis of R&B, rockabilly, Tin Pan Alley, gospel, country, and classical that still defies efforts to effectively deconstruct it. This is the pop monument equivalent of the '27 Yankees and '90s Bulls; it's every bit as obvious and dominating--and just as essential. --Jerry McCulley

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Love Me Do
  2. From Me to You
  3. She Loves You
  4. I Want to Hold Your Hand
  5. Can't Buy Me Love
  6. A Hard Day's Night
  7. I Feel Fine
  8. Eight Days a Week
  9. Ticket to Ride
  10. Help!
  11. Yesterday
  12. Day Tripper
  13. We Can Work It Out
  14. Paperback Writer
  15. Yellow Submarine
  16. Eleanor Rigby
  17. Penny Lane
  18. All You Need Is Love
  19. Hello Goodbye
  20. Lady Madonna
  21. Hey Jude
  22. Get Back
  23. The Ballad of John & Yoko
  24. Something
  25. Come Together
  26. Let It Be
  27. The Long and Winding Road

Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 15, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: December 15, 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD, Compilation
  • Label: Apple
  • ASIN: B00004ZAV3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,513 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,665 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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516 of 542 people found the following review helpful By zzcoop on November 17, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Woah, woah, woah... for all of those who dismiss this CD because these songs are already available elsewhere, or because it doesn't contain certain tracks let me explain something here. The purpose of realeasing this disc the way they did was to showcase, in chronological order mind you, all of the Beatles singles that went to #1 in either the UK or the US. Also, you can't ignore the fact that these tracks have been digitally remastered (spectacularly I might add... especially the earlier tracks!) In my opinion, this CD is worth purchasing merely for the marvelous remastering job of "Love Me Do" alone! In addition, the obvious dropouts towards the end of "Day Tripper" have been edited back into proper audibility. However, I do have one caveat with "She Loves You." In the original version, there is a nasty edit where the phrase "pride can hurt you too, apologize to her" is dropped in (apparently from a 45, due to a mangled or missing tape.) The engineers attempted to fix this in the remaster, and they succeeded in bringing that section back down to the same level volume-wise, but right before that phrase they've created an unintentional drop-out that, all in all, almost makes the new edit worse than the original!! Regardless, as an avid Beatles fan/collector, I deem this CD an essential purchase. And that's my two cents. Peace.
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70 of 75 people found the following review helpful By paperbackriter VINE VOICE on December 2, 2000
Format: Audio CD
One hundred years from now when historians are discussing the merits of 20th Century pop music, they won't be debating the necessity of "Beatles One", they will merely focus on the greatness of these 27 songs(and MANY other Beatle tunes). Sure, this CD is a marketing coup for Capitol Records, but it's also the most enjoyable 79 minutes of music ever assembled on a single disc. The remastering job is first-rate. Many tunes -- "Can't Buy Me Love", "Eight Days A Week", and "Day Tripper" to name a few -- receive a much needed sonic facelift. The rhythm guitars on these tracks come shining through like never before. I was blown away by the sharpness of Ringo's snare and Paul's punchy bass on "Help". (Listen with headphones and see if you don't agree...) I've heard "Yesterday" thousands of times, but never has it sounded so crisp and so alive! The clarity of the string quartet (left channel)is stunning. For the first time, a distinction can be made between the violins, the viola and the cello and the result is breathtaking. Best of all is "Penny Lane", which can now be heard as the true pocket symphony that it is. Layer upon layer of pianos, flutes, and horns fill a soundscape that is nothing short of magical. Paul's double-tracked vocal really leaps out and the bass and drums are absolutely remarkable. In fact, most of the tracks sound better than ever -- the only exceptions, in my opinion, being "From Me to You" and "All You Need is Love" which seem to be lacking a little punch. The packaging is also top-notch. The glossy mini-booklet includes photos of the original picture sleeves for each song.Read more ›
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176 of 197 people found the following review helpful By Carl Savich on November 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The Beatles "1" CD is an excellent single CD compilation of the number one singles of the Beatles. The enclosed booklet of the singles sleeves from around the world is a remarkable new addition to the Beatles discography and is worth buying just for that. There are picture sleeves from the US, UK, France, Japan, Spain, and other countries. We forget that the Beatles were a global phenomenon. This CD shows their global impact. The CD is number one on 19 charts in 19 different countries, all the countries that have album charts. This is a phenomenal achievement even for the Beatles, who have accomplished so much in their careers. These global sales also show the power of the Beatles as artists. Thirty years after they broke up, they can still dominate the charts. Garth Brooks learned the hard way in 1995 not to release any material that goes up against the Beatles. The Beatles destroyed Garth Brook's CD which never got to number one but stayed at number two. Since then, Brook's career has gone south while the Beatles roll on. You can't hype a bad product. The proof is in the pudding. Once a customer is dissatisfied, that customer cannot be sold again ever. It is a tribute to the Beatles that even with songs that almost everybody already knows and already owns, they can create a buying frenzy and go number one in virtually every country on the planet. Who else can do that? Garth Brooks found out the hard way. But anybody could have told him.

How good is the CD? The sound quality is excellent, especially on the early records. Digital remastering has brought the singles back to life. When I listened to the CD for the first time, it was like hearing the original 45s all over again. All the excitement and euphoria and energy of the original singles was there.
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62 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on November 18, 2000
Format: Audio CD
What can be said about this latest repackaging of hits from the greatest band in pop history? [Even the 32-page booklet has only one page of text and that is a brief introduction by producer George Martin.] So rather than trying to convince you why YOU should buy this CD, let me tell you why I bought it.
1. I already own all of their albums--two sets of vinyl (I replaced my original mono vinyl purchases in 1980 with all stereo) and their entire CD catalog, so as an avid Beatles fan since 1964 it was an automatic purchase.
2. This is a 79-minute time capsule of many of the Beatles' finest moments during their all too brief career from 1962 to 1970. [Note: "Please Please me" reached No. 1 on three of the four published U.K. charts, yet it is not included. "Something" reached only No. 3 in the U.S. and No. 4 in the U.K., but it is included. Granted, it was released as a double A-side single and perhaps qualifies, but then why didn't they also include "Strawberry Fields," which was a double A-side single coupled with "Penny Lane"? To limit this to a single disc, the compilers evidently played fast and loose with the CD's title in order to keep the length under 80 minutes.]
3. Seeing the various picture sleeves used around the world for their singles was a joy--especially the picture sleeves for their U.S. releases which brought back a flood of memories. Altogether more than 150 picture sleeves are included. The only text on these pages is the recording date and the studio where the song was recorded, along with the U.K. and U.S. release dates and what weeks the song was No. 1. It does not, however, include whether it is the mono or stereo mix of these songs.
So is this an essential purchase? No, I suppose not. But for this Beatles' fan it was money well spent. Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!RECOMMENDED
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How does 1 compares to the 2009 Remasters???
I don't wish to start a huge blow up but this album was not remixed, rather just remastered. Nothing wrong with that but I think the remastering was done with modern methods whereas they went back to original or similar consoles to what Abbey Road studio 2 had in the 60s for the new album... Read More
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Mine worked with no problem. Got the CD, popped it into the CD Rom Drive and ripped it to my computer and then synced to the iPod and had no problems whatsoever...
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The CD was re-mastered at Abbey Road studios in London. So the tracks are the same world wide.
information taken from the Bruce Spizer book The Beatles On Apple, p 192.
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ok this has nothing to do with the beatles topic at all sir, think before u speak!!!! jeez
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Far Lefkas..true, Ballad of John And Yoko was banned in many markets...New York A.M. radio being one of them (albeit being a number one single in many European markets); I remember walking into Mays department store one Saturday in 1969. As always, I went straight for the record department (even... Read More
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