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1962–1966
Greatest hits by The Beatles
Released 19 April 1973
Recorded 1962–1966,
Abbey Road Studios, London and Pathé Marconi Studios,Paris
Genre Rock
Length 63:00
Language English
Label Apple
Producer George Martin
Compiler George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr
Professional reviews
The Beatles chronology
The Beatles' Christmas Album
(1970)
1962–1966
(1973)
1967–1970
(1973)

1962–1966 (widely known as The Red Album) is a compilation of The Beatles' greatest hits from 1962 to 1966. It was released with its counterpart 1967–1970 (The Blue Album), a compilation of their greatest hits from 1967 to 1970. 1962–1966 reached #3 in the UK and managed to reach #1 in the U.S. Cashbox albums chart. However, in the U.S. the official chart was administered by Billboard, where 1962–1966 peaked at #3, while 1967–1970 managed to meet the summit. This album was re-released in September 1993 charting at #3 in the UK.

The album was compiled by Beatles manager Allen Klein, with his selections approved by the Beatles themselves.[1] Even though the group had had success with cover versions of songs, most notably with "Twist and Shout", which made #2 on the Billboard charts, only songs composed by The Beatles themselves were included.

It is recognised as the first Beatles compilation since their breakup on 31 December 1970. Both it and 1967–1970 were produced by Apple/EMI at least partially in response to a bootleg compilation titled Alpha Omega, which had been sold on television the previous year.

Contents

Album covers

For the group's 1963 debut LP Please Please Me, photographer Angus McBean was asked to take the distinctive colour photograph of the group looking down over the stairwell inside EMI House (EMI's London headquarters in Manchester Square, now demolished).

In 1969, The Beatles asked McBean to recreate this shot. Although the 1969 photograph was originally intended for the then-planned Get Back album, it was not used when that project saw eventual release in 1970 as Let It Be. Instead, the 1969 photograph, along with an unused photograph from the 1963 photo shoot, was used for both this LP and The Beatles 1967 - 1970.

The inner gatefold photo for both LPs is from the "Mad Day Out" photo session, London, 28 July 1968.

Release variations

  • Original 1973 release: Apple SKBO-3403 (whole and sliced apples on red background)
  • Second pressings: Capitol SKBO-3403 (Capitol target logo on back of album cover, red labels with "Capitol" in light red at bottom. There are also copies erroneously pressed with the BLUE labels for the 1967–1970 pressings.)
  • First red vinyl issue: Capitol SEBX-11842 (Capitol dome logo on back of album cover, large dome logo at top of labels)

The British and American versions of the vinyl album contain notable differences; for example, "Help!" on the American edition includes the same "James Bond Intro" as the mix found on the American Help! soundtrack LP, while the same song on the British edition does not. Also, the British LP uses the stereo "whispering intro" mix of "I Feel Fine," while the US LP uses the mix from Beatles '65, which is the duophonic mix drenched in reverb. (See Mix Variations below.)

The Compact Disc version was released on two discs for the price of two albums, though it could have fit on to a single disc; EMI stated that this was done to match the release of 1967–1970. The CD version used new digital masters. The first four tracks on the CD release are in mono; the rest of the tracks are in stereo. The tracks "All My Loving", "Can't Buy Me Love", "A Hard Day's Night", "And I Love Her" and "Eight Days a Week" made their CD stereo debut with this release.

Track listing

  • Although it appeared on the Vee Jay compilation Jolly What! The Beatles and Frank Ifield on Stage, this is the first appearance of "From Me to You" on a U.S. Capitol album.
  • "A Hard Day's Night" also makes its U.S. Capitol album debut here, previously only featured on the United Artists soundtrack album.
  • All tracks written by Lennon/McCartney.
Side one
  1. "Love Me Do" – 2:23
  2. "Please Please Me" – 2:03
  3. "From Me to You" – 1:57
  4. "She Loves You" – 2:22
  5. "I Want to Hold Your Hand" – 2:26
  6. "All My Loving" – 2:08
  7. "Can't Buy Me Love" – 2:13
Side two
  1. "A Hard Day's Night" – 2:34
  2. "And I Love Her" – 2:31
  3. "Eight Days a Week" – 2:45
  4. "I Feel Fine" – 2:19
  5. "Ticket to Ride" – 3:10
  6. "Yesterday" – 2:05
Side three
  1. "Help!" – 2:19
  2. "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" – 2:11
  3. "We Can Work It Out" – 2:16
  4. "Day Tripper" – 2:49
  5. "Drive My Car" – 2:27
  6. "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" – 2:05
Side four
  1. "Nowhere Man" – 2:44
  2. "Michelle" – 2:42
  3. "In My Life" – 2:27
  4. "Girl" – 2:31
  5. "Paperback Writer" – 2:31
  6. "Eleanor Rigby" – 2:08
  7. "Yellow Submarine" – 2:37

Mix variations

Song Mix used on 1973 UK vinyl edition Mix used on 1973 US vinyl edition Mix used on 1993 CD reissue
"Love Me Do" 1963 fake stereo mix
from Please Please Me (stereo version)
1963 fake stereo mix
from The Early Beatles (stereo version)
same as UK vinyl album
1962 mono single mix
"Please Please Me" 1963 stereo mix from Please Please Me (stereo version) 1963 stereo mix from Introducing... The Beatles (stereo version); The Early Beatles (stereo version), same as UK vinyl album 1962 mono single mix
"From Me to You" 1966 stereo mix made for
A Collection of Beatles Oldies (stereo version)
1966 stereo mix made for
A Collection of Beatles Oldies (stereo version,
same as UK vinyl album, except reversed channels)
1963 mono single mix
"She Loves You" 1966 fake stereo mix made for A Collection of Beatles Oldies (stereo version) 1966 re-EQed mono
made for A Collection of Beatles Oldies (mono version)
1992 new mono edit made for 1992 EP box set on CD, made from the 1963 mono single mix
"I Want to Hold Your Hand" 1966 stereo mix made for A Collection of Beatles Oldies (stereo version) 1964 fake stereo mix made for the US Meet The Beatles (stereo version) 1966 stereo mix made for
A Collection of Beatles Oldies (stereo version)
"All My Loving" 1963 UK stereo mix
from With the Beatles (stereo version)
1963 US stereo mix
from Meet The Beatles (stereo version)
Narrowed version of 1963 stereo mix
"Can't Buy Me Love" 1964 stereo mix
from UK stereo version of A Hard Day's Night
1964 stereo mix
from stereo version of A Hard Day's Night, same as UK vinyl album
Narrowed version of 1964 stereo mix
"A Hard Day's Night" 1964 stereo mix
from UK stereo version of A Hard Day's Night
1964 mono mix
from mono version of A Hard Day's Night
same as UK vinyl album
1964 stereo mix
same as UK vinyl album
"And I Love Her" 1964 stereo mix
from UK stereo version of A Hard Day's Night
1964 stereo mix
from stereo version of Something New
same as UK vinyl album
1964 stereo mix
same as UK vinyl album
"Eight Days a Week" 1964 stereo mix
from Beatles for Sale (stereo version)
1964 stereo mix
from Beatles VI (stereo version)
same as UK vinyl album
1964 stereo mix
same as UK vinyl album
"I Feel Fine" 1964 stereo mix
unused until the UK version 1962–1966
1964 processed mono mix
from US single and Beatles '65 (mono)
1964 stereo mix
same as UK vinyl album
"Ticket to Ride" 1965 stereo mix
from UK stereo version of Help!
1965 mono mix
for single a-side and from mono variants of the Help! albums
1987 stereo remix
"Yesterday" 1965 stereo mix
from UK stereo version of Help!
1965 stereo mix
stereo version of Yesterday and Today
same as UK vinyl album
1987 stereo remix
"Help!" 1965 UK stereo mix
from UK stereo version of Help!
1965 US stereo mix
from US stereo version of Help!, with "James Bond Theme"-like intro
1987 stereo remix
"You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" 1965 UK stereo mix
from UK stereo version of Help!
1965 US stereo mix
from US stereo version of Help!
same as UK vinyl album
1987 stereo remix
"We Can Work It Out" 1966 stereo mix made for
A Collection of Beatles Oldies (stereo version)
1965 stereo mix
from stereo version of Yesterday and Today
1966 stereo mix
same as UK vinyl album
"Day Tripper" 1966 stereo mix made for
A Collection of Beatles Oldies (stereo version)
1965 stereo mix
from stereo version of Yesterday and Today
1966 stereo mix
same as UK vinyl album
"Drive My Car" 1965 stereo mix made for
UK stereo version of Rubber Soul
1965 stereo mix from stereo
version of Yesterday and Today
same as UK vinyl album
1987 stereo remix
"Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" 1965 stereo mix
from UK stereo version of Rubber Soul
1965 stereo mix
from US stereo version of Rubber Soul
same as UK vinyl album
1987 stereo remix
"Nowhere Man" 1965 stereo mix
made for UK stereo version of Rubber Soul
1965 stereo mix
from stereo version of Yesterday and Today
same as UK vinyl album
1987 stereo remix
"Michelle" 1965 stereo mix
from UK stereo version of Rubber Soul
1965 stereo mix
from US stereo version of Rubber Soul
same as UK vinyl album, except reversed channels
1987 stereo remix
"In My Life" 1965 stereo mix
from UK stereo version of Rubber Soul
1965 stereo mix
from US stereo version of Rubber Soul
same as UK vinyl album
1987 stereo remix
"Girl" 1965 stereo mix
from UK stereo version of Rubber Soul
1965 stereo mix
from US stereo version of Rubber Soul
same as UK vinyl album, except reversed channels
1987 stereo remix
"Paperback Writer" 1966 stereo mix
made for UK stereo version of A Collection of Beatles Oldies
1966 stereo mix
first released in the US on the Hey Jude Album, same as UK vinyl album
1966 stereo mix
same as both vinyl albums
"Eleanor Rigby" 1966 stereo mix
made for UK stereo version of Revolver
1966 stereo mix
made for US stereo version of Revolver
1966 stereo mix
same as both vinyl albums
"Yellow Submarine" 1966 stereo mix
from UK stereo version of Revolver
1966 stereo mix
from US stereo version of Revolver
1966 stereo mix
same as both vinyl albums

See also

References

  1. ^ Badman, Keith (2002). The Beatles: Off the Record. Omnibus Press. pp. 99. ISBN 0711991995.  

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