The Beatles: 1962-1966

PrintHey, did you know The Beatles were awesome? Yeah, they were. You should listen to them.

Seriously, though, this double album, originally released in 1973, is probably the best example of how awesome they were. Because it covers the first half of their career, which, while well regarded, still kind of takes a back seat to the Dr. Pepper album and what came after. But holy balls, when you take their best stuff from that period of six albums and many more non-album singles and B-sides, you’re blonw away at just how awesome the worse half of their career was.

And not only that, this collection does it without “I Saw Her Standing There” and “Twist And Shout”. Those omissions are inexplicable and basically unforgivable if the intent was to introduce a new generation of fans to The Beatles, especially considering that clunkers like “And I Love Her” and “Michelle,” not to mention the makes-me-want-to-hit-people “Girl,” possibly the only song of The Beatles that I hate, made the cut.

This album’s companion, 1976-1970,  is better, more solid, and got a five [clown] rating, but you want this one more because it’s got a ton of great non-album tracks like “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “We Can Work It Out,” and “Day Tripper.” The fact that those last two shared both sides of a single and neither made an album is mind-boggling given how freakballs amazing they are. The Beatles definitely swung and missed a few times, but they still would pack a 45 with two brilliant songs.

Who writes this many awesome songs? Nobody. Nobody except The Beatles.

Mix: “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Ticket To Ride,” “Yesterday,” “Help!,” “We Can Work It Out,” “Drive My Car,” “Paperback Writer”
“I Feel Fine,” “Eleanor Rigby”
Really Like:
“Please Please Me,” “Eight Days A Week,” “Day Tripper”
Like: “Love Me Do,” “From Me To You,” “She Loves You,” “All My Loving,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away,” “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown),” “Nowhere Man,” “In My Life,” “Yellow Submarine”
Meh: “And I Love Her,” “Michelle”
Hate: “Girl”
Filed Between: The Beatles’ Let It Be and 1967-1970
Song Notes: After the jumpDisc 1:

  1. Love Me Do – from Please Please Me
  2. Please Please Me – from Please Please Me
  3. From Me To You – non-album track
  4. She Loves You – non-album track – here come the “Yeah Yeah Yeah” s
  5. I Want To Hold Your Hand – non-album track
  6. All My Loving – from With The Beatles
  7. Can’t Buy Me Love – from A Hard Day’s Night
  8. A Hard Day’s Night – from A Hard Day’s Night. Good God Ringo is good
  9. And I Love Her – from A Hard Day’s Night
  10. Eight Days A Week – from Beatles For Sale
  11. I Feel Fine – non-album track
  12. Ticket To Ride – from Help!
  13. Yesterday – from Help!

Disc 2:

  1. Help! – from Help!
  2. You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away – from Help!
  3. We Can Work It Out – non-album track –
  4. Day Tripper – non-album track –
  5. Drive My Car – from Rubber Soul. That piano is so awesome. Played by Paul.
  6. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) – from Rubber Soul
  7. Nowhere Man – from Rubber Soul
  8. Michelle – from Rubber Soul
  9. In My Life – from Rubber Soul
  10. Girl – from Rubber Soul – god i hate this song
  11. Paperback Writer – non-album track – such great lyrics
  12. Eleanor Rigby – from Revolver
  13. Yellow Submarine – from Revolver – I still haven’t made peace with the musical inanity of the chorus, but the rest is hella good and creative and one-of-a-kind and of course the kids love it so I have a soft spot in my heart for it for that reason.

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