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504 of 530 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2000
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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68 of 73 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon December 2, 2000
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. Other than a short introduction by George Martin, no written text is included, but the photos more than make up for this omission. Overall, "Beatles One" is a quality package. Yes, it's repetitive. No, it's not essential, especially not for those who own every disc in the Beatles catalogue. However, it would provide a marvelous introduction for younger fans who may not be familar with the Beatles'work. But most of all, the merit of the songs can not be debated. These 27 songs are, quite simply, some of the greatest songs of the 20th Century. Enjoy them all!
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174 of 195 people found the following review helpful
on November 25, 2000
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. I prefer the original Capitol reverb sound of "I Feel Fine" with the metallic-cymbals bleeding and distortion and overload. The "cleaned up" version loses some of the power of the original. "Day Tripper" was fixed up a bit with the right channel "drop out" being restored near the end of the song. In short, the sound quality is excellent.

This is a must-own CD. This CD has one of the greatest songs ever written, "Yesterday", and "Hey Jude", the top single of 1968 and one of the top chart singles of the 1960s. Buy it just for that alone. But you get the "Come Together"/"Something" single, "All You Need is Love", "Yellow Submarine/Eleanor Rigby", and the US Tollie 45 version of "Love Me Do". These are the songs that changed a generation. Does the concept of a number one singles album work? After all, in 1982, Capitol released the Beatles "20" album which contained the 20 no.1 singles in the US. This album only did so-so. This new CD, however, presents a comprehensive look at their number ones both in the US and UK, taking advantage of the CD format which has more space, and which is released at a time when such a retrospective is needed. So the concept is an excellent one and it works. Who can go to the Past Masters albums and then the other albums, etc., to get all the records on the CD? This CD fills a void in the Beatles discography. The Beatles were album artists to be sure, but they were also singles or 45 artists. Every four months the Beatles released a single like clockwork. So singles loom large in the legend of the Beatles. The albums were one dimension; singles were the other. Both aspects present the complete picture. Now we see why the Beatles were so influential. They were album artists and they were singles artists. They had their cake and ate it too. It took genius to realize that, which the Beatles had. It is OK to be album artists, but you need singles too. Musicians of today have forgotten that.

At any rate, this is a remarkable CD. In my opinion, any fan of music should dish out the bucks to own this one. This CD is essential. It is the one to take on a desert island. It is the Mona Lisa of music. It is our generation's Beethoven symphonies. It is a must-own. I highly recommend this CD to anyone who appreciates art.
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60 of 65 people found the following review helpful
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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80 of 89 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2000
I bought this yesterday and as a life long Beatles fan who has all the albums its brillant. Sure it's more Paul than John but that doesnt detract. Its excellent to have all the songs on one CD.
As for the guy from Washington who says the quality is crap, get a new CD player man! The quality is excellent. In particular all the old tracks like I feel fine, I want to hold your hand etc. all the hissing from the original CDs (The black and White singles collection) is gone. Tracks like cant buy me love have bits I never heard before. All I can say is put it on, crank up the volume and enjoy the greatest rock n roll band of the twentieth and the twenty first century in clear sweet digital for the first time.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon December 22, 2000
There's been quite a great deal of dismay listed below from people who clearly Beatles devotees, who are dissatisfied with the limitations of this cd (so many fine songs which weren't number one hits have been left off), or with the cd's remastering of old mono classics. Given the enormous number of great songs the Beatles put out, however, it would be impossible to produce an affordable cd that covered their full career without leaving several hits off of it, and of course this album isn't really designed for hardcore Beatles devotees anyway (who presumably have all the albums already). Nor does this cd pretend to give us "the best" of the Beatles, which would send fans screaming in disagreement no matter what was chosen.
Rather, it's an affordable collection of their #1 hits, which allows the buyer 27 of the greatest rock songs ever written, covering almost the full span of an astonishingly varied and sophisticated career. And for what it is, it's terrific. Many of us who love the Beatles greatly--but who didn't want to invest in all their cd's--are extraordinarily grateful for this collection.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2000
I recently purchased this album as my wife & I are enormous Beatle fans. It did not disappoint! The album is a marvelous history of the Beatles music spanning 8 incredible years. Starting w/ "Love me Do" the album takes you through the early years when the music was pretty pop & illustrated their expertise in Rock N' Roll.- "I Want to Hold your Hand". Moving into the more sophisticated arrangements of "Eleanor Rigby", "Penny Lane" "Come Together", "Let it Be" and finally "The Long & Winding Road." The album has something for everyone and will fill your speakers for years to come." The book included with the CD gives an entire history of each & every cut with the release date & the date the single went #1 both in the UK and the US. It also tells you how long for how long the single was #1 . The back cover is areproduction of Richard Avedon's photos of the Beatles done for Life Magazine. It's worth it for that alone. I highly recommend it.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2000
I have all the Beatles' albums on CD AND vinyl. And I've read several of the reviews here containing complaints about "1" not being the "true album experience" or folks saying "the original 'mono' format sounds better." Although the former criticism has merit, the latter criticism is, in my opinion, totally lacking merit. These songs sounds MUCH better remasterd on this new CD. For example, anyone who ever heard the original version of "Daytripper" knows that you could never hear the guitar and vocals together. It was always one or the other. "Daytripper" sounds GREAT on this CD. The remastered version of "Let it be," likewise, is terrific. It truly has the "church-like" quality that was intended. Yes, its true, if you want the Beatles' "album experience" you need to go buy Abbey Road or Sgt. Peppers and listen to it from start to finish, but "1" is a great CD with great remastering and stereo quality.
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82 of 94 people found the following review helpful
on October 29, 2000
I can understand the feelings of some Beatles Fans. Yes, old die-hards -- like myself -- have these songs on 33-1/3 LP, 45 rpms, tapes (cassette, 8-track, and 4-track), and on CD. So, when a collection of Beatles tunes is re-packaged and re-rereleased, we sigh. Ah, if only something new would come out of the vaults.
This collection, however, is a little different. Never before have Capitol/EMI/Apple released all the Beatles number one hits in a single media. This CD is a musical history of the group, from the start of Beatlemania when "YEAH, YEAH, YEAH. . ." was the rallying cry, to the end of the group amidst constroversy and disillusionment (the 60's finally ended).
More importantly, this CD gives the "New Generation" a chance to experience the Beatles -- a rather attractive alternative when one considers the garbage that is being passed off as music these days.
This collection is put together in chronological order, so the listener has a chance to experience the Beatles from Alpha to Omega. The CD is well packaged, and the sound quality is excellent.
This CD is worthwhile for the die-hard Beatles fan, as well as for the new fans getting acquainted with the lads from Liverpool. Indeed, a Splendid Time is Guaranteed For All and, Yes, the Beatles have passed the audition.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2001
For those of you who care about audiophile sound quality, you'll be interested to know that this new compilation CD marks the first time that ANY of The Beatles music has been digitally remastered since the time of the original digital masters done in 1986-87 by George Martin for the original Beatles CD releases. Mastering technology was no where near what it is today and audiophiles have been dissapointed for years that The Beatles CDs sound so lifeless and sonically lackluster(even George Harrison has mentioned this in interviews). If you look at the credits in the booklet for this new compilation, you'll see that this disc features a brand new high bit rate digital mastering job (done by folks at Abbey Road Studios) from the original two track master tapes! I know what some of you are saying...that the re-issue of Yellow Submarine "songtrack" two years ago was a remaster right? Wrong. It was actually completely remixed from scratch, not actually a remastering of the original album two track mixes from the '60s (many Beatles fan's will always want the original versions of these songs, as opposed to a remixed version). Even the 30th anniversary White Album CD that came out two years ago was not a new mastering job, just the same old dull sounding '80s CD master used again (shame on Apple/EMI). So if you're a fan of The Beatles, and have been asking yourself, "shouldn't these Beatles CDs sound better?", then pick up the new CD. Do some A/B comparisons with the old CDs and you'll be blown away at the difference in sound quality. My hope is that Apple Records get hip and remasters The Beatles entire CD catalog. They've remastered entire catalogs by just about every "classic" artist on CD, it's about time they do it for the all time greatest...The Beatles.
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