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The Beatles 1 CD, Compilation

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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.

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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
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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 (2,134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,804 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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Format: Blu-ray Audio
The original version of "1" was released on November 13th, 2000, issued on the 30th anniversary of the band's break-up. The Beatles' first singles compilation available on a single disc, it debuted at No. 1 in its first week in both the official UK and US album charts, and topped the charts in 35 countries around the world. It went on to become the best-selling album of that year, and the best-selling album of the decade worldwide, selling 31+ million copies. 15 years later, this epic collection gets refreshed, just in time for the holiday season. Repeating the exact same tracklist, it features every No. 1 single released in the UK and US from 1962 to 1970, with a bonus disc of 27 promo videos, which is really the attraction on this deluxe package.

The song selection is nothing less than extraordinary, representing appropriately each of the band's different styles and phases: Merseybeat style (1962-1964, tracks 1-8), folk-rock (1965-1966, tracks 9-16), experimental-psychedelic (1967-1968, tracks 17-21), and back to basics-rock (1969-1970, tracks 22-27). The sound quality of the songs is, without a doubt, the very best to date. Remixed from the original multi-track masters, compared to the 2000 original release, the audio is sharper, crispier, crystal-clear, truly an audiophile's dream come true. In addition to these new stereo mixes, this blu-ray version, also, features surround sound 5.1 mixes presented as Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-HD Master Audio (Dolby Digital and DTS in the DVD version).

The video presentation is eye-popping. When someone of my generation gets to see old footage restored and enhanced to such level, then it's apparent that technology has reached inconceivable heights. The video disc alone is reason enough to buy this set.
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Format: Blu-ray Audio
Back in 1994, Apple's Neil Aspinall said 'Anthology is a ten year project'. When '1' was released in 2000, many bemoaned the lack of a DVD of promo films to accompany that CD, though there was the belief such a thing would eventually be released as part of that plan. That anticipation has now been realised. The 2015 '1' project is available in seven different configurations, and whilst it's part of the deluxe set reviewed here, reviews on the CD can be read elsewhere. It's the videos everyone is interested in.

Until now, other than the 'Anthology' series, everyone has been able to watch a lot of what's here on line but not necessarily in its entirety and, for the most part, it's usually been a painful viewing experience; but no more. Not only have the films been fastidiously restored to 4K standard, each has a 5.1 surround audio mix too. And that's one reason why it's taken this long to come to fruition. When it comes to anything Fab Four related, it has to be perfect. Unfortunately for me, I don't have a 5.1 system so cannot comment on the sound regarding that. On top of the 50 videos, this deluxe package also includes a lavish 124 page book on each track, and an essay from Mark Ellen.

The first 27 are related to the songs on the '1' CD and some have had videos especially prepared for this, whilst the 23 on the second disc are a decent selection of tracks. However, though some songs might be duplicated on the first disc, the videos are completely different, and again, some have been made exclusively for this release editing in previously unused film. All the same, it's this second disc that will probably be the most interesting of the two.
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Format: Blu-ray
Just to clarify. The content of this disc is mostly excellent. The reason that I'm only rating it 3 stars is because I feel it is a bit of a rip-off. There are 50 Beatles videos/live performaces that were remastered for the reissue of the 1 album. However you need to buy the full box set containing the CD, book, and TWO discs to get all of the video content. This is completely unnecessary. They could have easily put all 50 videos on 1 disc. They are charging FULL price for the stand alone Blu-ray and it only contains the 27 songs which correspond to the audio CD. No Strawberry Fields video, no Rain, no Revolution. Those and the rest of the 23 remailing video were put on a 2nd Blu-ray. This is completely ridiculous. I was basically roped into returning it and buying the far more expensive set. I don't even want the audio CD. Like most Beatles fans I already own their entire catalogue. I'm not complaining that the box set exists. It looks like a very nice package for a new or casual fan. I just feel that it would have made so much more sense to put ALL of the videos on the Blu-ray, especially if one is going to charge full feature price.

As for the content of what is included:
It's very, very good. The video quality is as HD as it possibly can be. Paperback Writer, shot on 35mm color film looks particularly amazing. Even the live TV footage looks and sounds decent. The nicest treat is that the songs from A Hard Day's Night and Help are not simply clips from those films, but separate promo films.

So I reluctantly must recommend that one buy the full set as I just did. The hard cover book looks nice and I will finanlly have all of their videos together. Once it arrives I'll give a full review of that.
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