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Great mid-period songs
on March 16, 2014
I already owned every song on this collection in several formats and mix variations, so why buy this. Well, first I'm a Beatles fanatic and after that you don't really need a second reason. But if pressed my reasons would be: 1. The packaging is great- the original reacalled "butcher" cover, the sticker of the replacement cover with that lovely font spelling out the title, the inner sleeve with the ads for a bunch of cheesy mostly forgotten other albums. 2. A great collection of songs from the bands highly productive mid career high point. 3. This album is by far the best of the cut and paste and come up with a "new" album strategy used by Capitol with the Beatles song output. (If you don't count the U.S. only 'Hey Jude' released much later, and more like a nice little career retrospective.
If you don't have the 2009 mono box set this is also a chance to hear these great tracks in the form the group really intended them to be heard. The notes on the back cover about stereo are amusing, as is the small print on the top right of the original cover, File Under: The Beatles (indeed!!!)
When the story of the butcher cover became well known in the seventies it was assumed by many that the band was commenting with that photo on Capitol's practice of chopping up their British album's to make more product. It seemed likely something our cheeky Beatles would do. This is in dispute however as band members have stated that the photo was just part of a session with a photographer in which many unusual and artsy types of photos were taken and that one was chosen without much deliberation from the band or their camp when yet another U.S. only release was due. Who knows for sure. We do know it is yet another of the many Beatle issues written and debated about over the years. Also, the replacement cover (the trunk photo) is one of the key artifacts in the 'Paul is dead' myth. Lots of juicy stuff for the fanatic, a bunch of great songs for fanatic and casual fan alike.