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The Beatles: 1962-1966 [Original recording remastered]

The BeatlesAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (October 19, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Apple Records
  • ASIN: B003YNFYCO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (340 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Love Me Do
2. Please Please Me
3. From Me to You
4. She Loves You
5. I Want to Hold Your Hand
6. All My Loving
7. Can't Buy Me Love
8. A Hard Day's Night
9. And I Love Her
10. Eight Days a Week
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Help!
2. You've Got to Hide Your Love Away
3. We Can Work It Out
4. Day Tripper
5. Drive My Car
6. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
7. Nowhere Man
8. Michelle
9. In My Life
10. Girl
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Editorial Reviews

Digitally remastered two CD digipak reissue of this classic Beatles compilation spanning the years 1962-1966. Originally released in 1973, the 'Red' collection was released in conjunction with the 'Blue' compilation, which focused on the band's later years, 1967-1970. Both releases were hugely successful and remain two of the best selling compilations of all time. 26 tracks.

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106 of 114 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "...Love Was Such An Easy Game To Play..." October 19, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Commonly known as the "Red Album", the 2LP vinyl set "1962 - 1966" became an instant classic when it was first released in April 1973 (as did its "Blue" counterpart "1967-1970"). When they were finally reissued onto the new CD format in 1993 however, they caused consternation because of their extortionate full price.

So is this newly remastered 2010 mid-priced 2CD reissue on EMI/Apple 5099990675225 any better - the answer is an emphatic 'yes'.

PACKAGING:
The first thing you notice is that the clunky double jewel-case of the 1993 reissue has been dumped for a three-way foldout card sleeve. The centre and right flaps picture the photograph on the inner gatefold of the original vinyl double album (St. Pancras Old Church in London, 27 July 1969, The Beatles with the public looking through the railings). It also houses the two CDs - CD1 has the full Apple label (13 tracks, 31:02 minutes) and the 2nd CD has the half Apple logo (13 tracks, 31:45 minutes). The vinyl set is yet to come, the Digital Download versions are available from 25 Oct 2010 and there's also an issue that lumps both the Red & Blue reissues together as one package in late November.

The left flap houses a new 32-page booklet. The lyrics are intact from the inner sleeves of the original album issue, there's new liner notes by BILL FLANAGAN the MTV Executive and author of "Evening's Empire" (a book on Rock in the Sixties) and there's plenty of superb colour photos from the period - it's impressively done. Downsides - some complained that the 09/09/09 card digipak sleeves for The Beatles reissues were easy to smudge once out of the shrinkwrap and worse - the inner flaps easy to tear as you removed the disc. I'm afraid these are the same.
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141 of 156 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A terrific anthology ruined by executive greed January 11, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I bought the red and the blue on vinyl when they were released in 1973. At that time, album sides could not hold 30 minutes of music, hence the need for a double album.
The CD version was planned for 1992 then delayed until 1993. Prior to both projected release dates, it was announced that it would be a double disc affair even though the entire two albums could fit on one disc with 15 minutes to spare.
If this is due to the desire of preserving the original appearance of the album as a double anthology, I don't buy it.
Today, double discs are now presented in the slim CD case that look like single CDs. Therefore, they should release its blue album this way, put the red album on one disc and they would look comparable.
That way we would save a few bucks. Now for the music...
The first four songs are mono. The two track stereo tapes for Love Me Do and She Loves You are no longer in existence.
When The Beatles rerecorded their two biggest hits I Want To Hold Your Hand and She Loves You in German in early 1964, they were able to just record the vocal track over the existing backing track of Hand. Since She Loves You's two tracks had been erased, they had to record a whole new rendition.
Please Please Me and From Me To You are also in mono. There are stereo masters for these but since Please Please Me in stereo has a vocal flub it was not used. It was announced there was no clean stereo master for From Me To You.
I do enjoy this compilation. It's great to have these songs remastered in the early 1990's, and I love hearing All My Loving, Can't Buy Me Love, A Hard Day's Night, And I Love Her, and Eight Days A Week in stereo.
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The return of Red & Blue October 19, 2010
Format:Audio CD
I must admit to feeling a bit foolish for buying the Red & Blue albums AGAIN this time, despite already owning the Mono Box and the 9/9/9 Abbey Rd and Let It Be editions. The reason I got these is that when I first owned Beatles music on vinyl, I actually had these Red & Blue sets before I got most of the individual Beatles albums (except Abbey Rd & the White album). I've most likely listened to Red & Blue as much or more often than the individual albums. The specific sequence of songs on these two double albums just feels "right" to me, and I want to experience that again in this newly remastered form. Experiencing it all over again is just as grand: the wonderful harmonies, marvelous playing, amazing production, and - most of all - the terrific, life-altering songs.

One thing is strange to me, the decision to include mono mixes only with the first four (oldest) songs. Why didn't they use mono mixes of ALL the older material? (or none?) The stereo mix of "All My Loving" has the vocals only on the right channel. I would definitely have preferred the mono mix there! That's not a show-stopper, though. The overall sound quality of this edition of Red is excellent, and I've overcome my feeling of foolishness and am glad I bought this new Red.

I don't have the same negative opinion of the packaging as reviewer Mark Barry does. It looks pretty sturdy to me; I don't see the cardboard slots housing the two discs tearing apart anytime soon. I would have liked plastic sleeves for the two discs, but otherwise this packaging is OK by me.

One other note: I feel incredibly dense to have just picked up on this after many decades of being a Beatles fan -- when put together with the White album, these two collections make "Red, White & Blue." I must be the only person in the world not to see that for all these years.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good collection
I bought this collection in the hopes of gaining the song, "When I'm 64." My husband had his 64th birthday last month, and I wanted to affirm to him that I "still need... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Anne Huntley-Speare
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth it
Terrific version of music I first heard on a small transistor radio. It stands up so well with its vibrancy and charm
Published 13 days ago by John Kotsopoulos
5.0 out of 5 stars All Beatles
All Beatles and great compilation, what else are you looking for. Just simply wonderful music created by an iconic group.
Published 15 days ago by Nicholas J. Demetriades
5.0 out of 5 stars How can you not love a Beatles compilation?
Knew this well before I bouhg it, had it on vinyl years ago - or that might have been my brother's, lol.
Published 18 days ago by JMMie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of songs.
Very nice packaging, song selection, and book. My entire family is enjoying listening to this early collection from the early days of the Beatles.
Published 1 month ago by Barbara McFall
5.0 out of 5 stars The early Beatles......all the best......
These are the hits of first 5 years. Combined with the blue album, this is all I need. Over 60 songs with the 2 albums.....pretty much covers all the hits and all of my favorites. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Scotty Smithe
5.0 out of 5 stars Beatles 1962-1966
I have always loved the Beatles and have long wanted a compilation of their early hits. The digital remastering has rendered this CD with a phenomenal listening quality.
Published 1 month ago by TRUDY DORSEY
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beatles -- Dance Music
In the early days of rock, the music and lyrics were great to dance to. Here are wonderful Lennon-McCartney songs that you can truly dance to.
Published 1 month ago by Cherryl Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars beatles songs
i had no cd with any beatles songs on it. so this is great. love the new cardboard folder too, takes up less room & no hinges to break.
Published 1 month ago by BarbaraFinkelstein
5.0 out of 5 stars great product. love it. just what I needed. couldn't ask for better....
great product. love it. just what I needed. couldn't ask for better. worth every penny. best of the best. perfect.
Published 1 month ago by Jeffrey Korn
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Now if they could add The Christmas Album and Live At The Hollywood bowl to the remaster series, that would be great! Neither one has seen at CD issue in the first place!
Aug 27, 2010 by Parrot Monkey |  See all 79 posts
Good Greatest Hits Beatles Collection
"there are some who say that a reissue should conform to the original pressing. If that is the case, then the version of "HELP" on the RED CD should not have been altered by removing the James Bond homage."

Yes and no. HELP! with the Bond intro appeared on the American issue... Read more
Oct 7, 2010 by LP Quagmire |  See all 13 posts
It's Ridiculous to Complain about a Rip-off...
Hey D.I. if you want disagreement, I can give it to you. LOL But I won't.

I'm a collector and have the very nice sounding 93 remasters. I just waited until the price was what I was willing to pay then bought them. Simple enough. I wanted the packaging.

Otherwise, the only real track you are... Read more
Feb 4, 2011 by You Know My Name (Look Up The Number) |  See all 9 posts
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