1. The Beatles

The Beatles are a rock group from Liverpool, England.

Like many British youths growing up in the fifties, the Beatles discovered rock and roll music from the merchant marines returning from America with the latest records, and from progressive commercial radio stations such as Radio Luxembourg. An indifferent student, John Lennon found purpose in life with rock and roll, not just the music of artists like Bill Haley and Chuck Berry, but also the flamboyant style of Elvis Presley. He pleaded with his mother Julia and aunt Mimi for a guitar; surprisingly it was Mimi who yielded and bought John a small Spanish model for £17. John played it constantly, and shortly thereafter started his own band, The Quarrymen.

On July 6th, 1957, Quarrymen played a church dance function. Band member Ivan Vaughan invited his schoolmate Paul McCartney, who impressed the band afterwards with his knowledge and facility with the guitar. In particular, Paul could tune a guitar, something the others had not mastered to that point. Shortly thereafter, Paul was asked to join the band.

“Paul and John formed a close camaraderie, unusual for boys that age. The two-year age difference, which at first seemed insurmountable to them, melted away in their mutual interests and similarities, although on the surface the two boys couldn’t have been more different. Baby-faced Paul was self-righteous, conscientious, and deferential to his elders. John defied authority, was hedonistic, amoral, and enjoyed his role as the outspoken iconoclast.”

— Excerpt from “The Love You Make”, by Peter Brown and Steven Gaines

In early 1958, McCartney brought along his school friend George Harrison to meet John and audition for the band; Harrison joined the band as lead guitarist. Tragedy struck in July, 1958, when John Lennon’s mother Julia was killed by an automobile. This cause a period of relative inactivity, though John and Paul still worked at writing songs together. George left the group to temporarily perform in other bands, though by late 1959 the three guitarists were performing once again as the Quarrymen. Stuart Sutcliffe, a fellow art student of Lennon’s, joined the band as a bass player, though he was a better artist than a musician.

The Reeperbahn and Brian Epstein

Two major events in the band’s history helped fulfill their destiny. Between August, 1960 and December, 1962, the band’s booking agent, Allan Williams, arranged a series of engagements in Hamburg, Germany. During this period, the band performed numerous residencies at clubs in the Reeperbahn, the city’s red-light district known for its nightclubs and sex trade. The band recruited Pete Best to be the band’s drummer during this grueling period. The band endured squalid living arrangements, and were required to perform several hours each night, seven days a week. When they returned to Liverpool, their musical ability and stage presence had improved dramatically. In July 1961, Stuart Sutcliffe left the band to pursue an art career, and Paul McCartney took over as the full-time bassist.

Brian Epstein was the son of wealthy merchants; his family owned the largest furniture business in Liverpool. A style-conscious, effeminate young man, Epstein struggled mightily to find his place in society, failing to find happiness in school, dress designing, acting, and even the national service, before returning to the family business. Brian was assigned to run the small record division for a new store in Liverpool’s city center, and within a year the North End Music Store (NEMS) grew to occupy two floors and become the largest record store in northern England. One day, a customer asked for a copy of “My Bonnie” by a group called The Beatles. While in Hamburg, the band had backed Tony Sheridan in a recording session. While researching the origin of the record, Epstein learned the Beatles performed lunchtime shows daily at the nearby Cavern Club. He visited the rowdy downstairs club, and though he felt out of place in his tailored suit and tie, he was smitten by the handsome and energetic young men. Epstein obsessively promoted “My Bonnie” in his store, and pursued a new goal in his life — managing The Beatles.

The group dismissed Allan Williams and hired Epstein to conduct the band’s affairs. Epstein booked the band at larger concert venues. He insisted the band wear matching suits to clean up their appearance, rather than the leather outfits they preferred. Most importantly, as the owner of a large record store, he had connections to British record companies. Still, success did not come easy. A first demo session with Decca Records was deemed a failure, and afterwards all but one recording company turned them down. That company was Parlophone Records, a subsidiary of EMI Records best known for producing comedy albums. Parlophone producer George Martin heard the Decca auditions and wanted to meet the band. The first EMI recording sessions, conducted in June, 1962, were once again a disappointment. Martin suggested that Pete Best’s loud, primitive drumming was unacceptable, and in August, 1962, before their next recording session, Brian Epstein was tasked with the unpopular job of firing Pete Best. Lennon and McCartney then offered the job to Ringo Starr, the top drummer in town, and the drummer for local favorites Rory Storm & The Hurricanes. He accepted when they offered him a £5 per week raise.


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John Lennon (1940-1980)
, rhythm guitar, vocals, primary songwriter
Paul McCartney (b. 1942), bass, vocals, primary songwriter
George Harrison (1943-2001), lead guitar, vocals, songwriter
Ringo Starr (aka Richard Starkey)(b. 1940), drums, vocals

Brian Epstein (1934-1967)
, manager
George Martin (b. 1926), producer, arranger, composer, engineer, musician
Billy Preston (1946-2006), keyboards

The Swift Rise to Stardom

By the spring of 1964, The Beatles were the most popular and influential music act in the English speaking world.  Over the course of 1963, their popularity spread through Great Britain and western Europe, beginning with their first #1 hit song (“Please Please Me”) and culminating with a November appearance at the Royal Command Performance.  In one of the great acts of defiance in rock history, John Lennon suggests the different ways the audience show their appreciation, before launching into their closing song, “Twist And Shout”.

Early Beatles records and concerts featured many “cover” songs, those written by other composers, but soon they compiled a fine collection of their own songs.    John and Paul developed a knack for writing love songs with clever, complex chord structures and melodies.   The band’s live performances generated a hysterical reaction from their female fans, who screamed their approval in loud unison.  The height of “Beatlemania” intensity is captured in this video of the brilliant “She Loves You”:

“The Beatles arrived full-fledged. You could argue that they are more sophisticated as the years went by, but not that they got a whole lot “better” because rock and roll doesn’t get better than this. “She Loves You” is the Beatles song with the “Yeah, yeah, yeah” chorus that nonbelievers made fun of when they first hit the States. Of course, any rock fan would understand that the exuberance of “yeah, yeah, yeah” is the whole essence of the form. As millions took it to heart, it was “She Loves You” more than any other record which established the Beatles as the soul of pop culture.”

— Dave Marsh, “The Heart of Rock and Soul”

Amazon.com Link to “The Heart of Rock ad Soul”, by Dave Marsh

They were, in a word, adorable.  In my lifetime, no other rock band elicits this reaction from the girls.  Handsome and clean cut, they played sweet, smart, rocking music, with a hint of menace bubbling under the surface.  Elvis Presley’s early career is the only comparison.  He achieved massive popularity seemingly overnight, and young women would scream their approval every time Elvis wiggled a little, but the Beatles endured constant, ear-splitting screams throughout their short concerts, a phenomenon they soon grew tired of. But in 1963, if you were lucky, it was still possible to see them perform without the screams.

The Beatles made their first trip to the United States in early 1964, a ten day tour that included two appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show, a popular Sunday night variety show. On February 9th, over seventy million people tuned into the first program, the highest percentage of American households ever tuned into one television program. Once home in Britain, the band was given seven weeks in their breakneck schedule to write music and star in a motion picture.

A Hard Day’s Night

A Hard Day’s Night was released in July of 1964, and was a surprise hit, achieving financial success and critical acclaim. It remains one of my favorite movies of all-time. Second only to my father, the Beatles are my idols. Ever since my mother started buying Beatles records in 1964, I’ve wanted to be like the Beatles as portrayed in A Hard Day’s Night. It left a powerful imprint about the way life should be.

“Many critics attended the movie and prepared to condescend, but the movie could not be dismissed: It was so joyous and original that even the early reviews acknowledged it as something special. After more than three decades, it has not aged and is not dated; it stands outside its time, its genre and even rock. It is one of the great life-affirming landmarks of the movies.

In 1964, what we think of as “The ’60s” had not yet really emerged from the embers of the 1950s. Perhaps this was the movie that sounded the first note of the new decade–the opening chord on George Harrison’s new 12-string guitar. The film was so influential in its androgynous imagery that untold thousands of young men walked into the theater with short haircuts, and their hair started growing during the movie and didn’t get cut again until the 1970s.

The most powerful quality evoked by “A Hard Day’s Night” is liberation. The long hair was just the superficial sign of that. An underlying theme is the difficulty establishment types have in getting the Beatles to follow orders. (For “establishment,” read uptight conventional middle-class 1950s values.) Although their manager (Norman Rossington) tries to control them and their TV director (Victor Spinetti) goes berserk because of their improvisations during a live TV broadcast, they act according to the way they feel.

When Ringo grows thoughtful, he wanders away from the studio, and a recording session has to wait until he returns. When the boys are freed from their “job,” they run like children in an open field, and it is possible that scene (during “Can’t Buy Me Love”) snowballed into all the love-ins, be-ins and happenings in the park of the later ’60s. The notion of doing your own thing lurks within every scene.

When a film is strikingly original, its influence shapes so many others that you sometimes can’t see the newness in the first one. Godard’s jump cuts in “Breathless” (1960) turned up in every TV ad. Truffaut’s freeze frame at the end of “The 400 Blows” (1959) became a cliche. Richard Lester’s innovations in “A Hard Day’s Night” have become familiar; because the style, the subject and the stars are so suited to one another, the movie hasn’t become dated. It’s filled with the exhilaration of four musicians who were having fun and creating at the top of their form and knew it.”

— Roger Ebert, “Great Movie: A Hard Day’s Night”

The Mersey Beat

The Beatles retired as public performers in 1966; the touring became counterproductive to the greater goal of making music. As great and popular as the band’s early music is, most critics believe it is the second half of their career which yielded the greatest music. I agree to an extent; a quick perusal of my song ratings indicates I consider Revolver and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band the two best albums, with A Hard Day’s Night a close third. But there’s something special about the early records. Happy, uplifting dance music, with ringing guitars and bright harmonies from deep in the heart of England — the Mersey Beat. Producer George Martin proved to be the perfect collaborator; his expertise at producing different types of audio recordings served them beautifully through their career. Early Beatles records sound unlike anything else; the sound jumps off the CD grooves. John Lennon is especially strong in the early days, both as a singer and a rhythm guitarist. Songs like “All My Loving”, “And I Love Her” and “I’m Happy Just To Dance With You” still rank among the best examples of rhythm guitar playing in pop music.

As important as the Beatles were to me, I don’t remember seeing them on the Ed Sullivan Show.  I’m not sure why; even though I was only five years old, it seems I would remember. I’m not sure we watched. As I age, fewer early childhood details remain in the memory banks. I do know that the school year of 1963-4 was an important year. I entered first grade well ahead of the other kids, having already learned to read, write and do simple mathematics. I was deemed a “gifted” child, and after a few weeks, I was skipped into the second grade, though I was already one of the youngest children in my grade.  I had just turned six. Later that year, I developed chronic, severe ear problems.  The decision was made to have my tonsils and adenoids taken out. After surgery, I started to hemorrhage, and for a short time the doctors had some difficulty stopping the bleeding. I was in the hospital for a week or so, and then home for another week.  During the week at home, I completed over a hundred pages, about one-third of our second grade math exercise book, in one day, and finished the book in April. Those were the glory days; maybe it’s been all downhill since.

Growing up, I never felt fitting in with the other students was a problem.  I always felt accepted, though being the youngest kid in class by more than a year robbed me of some opportunities I otherwise might have had. I went on a couple dates, and made out with girls a few times here and there, but I was a year and a half younger than most of the girls, and never had a steady girlfriend until after high school. I was a late bloomer in sports, too; I made huge strides from a tiny fourteen year old sophomore playing pee wee basketball, to a skinny sixteen year old star guard just beginning to develop his speed and strength. After high school, I took a year off from school before advancing to college.  I wanted to keep playing basketball, and when I arrived at school, I quickly fell in love for the first time.  Even the lovely Andrea was ten months older. Occasionally I question the wisdom of my parents, allowing me to skip first grade. I never got to be the big star in high school, the big man on campus, which was a real possibility had I stayed put. Did I lose confidence in the process? Or did the transition to competing with older students push me to greater levels of achievement? In both cases, the answer is probably yes.

The Stay At Home Beatles

The Beatles transitioned from their backbreaking schedule of touring and performing, fueled by alcohol, cigarettes and amphetamines, to a life of fame and privilege. A great deal of energy was still devoted to music and recording. They became seekers of greater truths and knowledge, and started to use mind-altering drugs. Beatles For Sale and Help! were created in a haze of marijuana smoke, and the use of LSD informs much of their subsequent work. In particular, John was enamored with LSD and became somewhat dependent on its mind-expanding properties. His overindulgence made him less energetic as their career progressed, and a gradual transition took place in which Paul became the more productive and impressive contributor. John was always my favorite Beatle growing up, through college and into adulthood, but today I slightly prefer Paul’s overall contribution. This does not suggest that John’s later work is substandard; songs like “Revolution” and “Don’t Bring Me Down” are among his best songs. Their camaraderie was largely based on a fierce and competitive rivalry. Paul was a hard worker, who developed into a virtuoso bassist, which is evident starting with the “Paperback Writer b/w Rain” single from 1966.  He was a competent drummer and guitarist as well, and his domineering desire to produce and excel was sometimes off-putting to his band mates.  Both John and George were a little more laid back, and a more focused on performing as a four piece band.

So far, little has been said about George and Ringo.  Both played key roles in helping the Beatles be the greatest band of their era.  George had a knack for inventive, short guitar solos, and his songwriting ability improved with age. By the time the band folded in 1970, he was a major contributor, and his song “Something” is considered by many the top song of Abbey Road. His subservient role within the band, given one or sometimes two songs per album, gnawed at him.  After the Beatles disbanded, he received critical acclaim for his album All Things Must Pass. Ringo was the quintessential support drummer, providing a syncopated beat without fanfare. He disliked the concept of soloing, and with the exception of passages in “Birthday” and “The End”, was never featured in the foreground. Though never considered a great drummer, Ringo gave the band exactly what they needed, musically and emotionally. In any great team, there is synergy among the players.  Each player must complement the others.  George and Ringo excelled at complementing the two dominant singer/songwriters.

The Love You Make

To prepare for this profile, I read “The Love You Make: An Insider’s Story Of The Beatles”, by Peter Brown and Steven Gaines. I inherited this book from my mother, who bought it in 1983 when it was released. Peter Brown was part of the Beatles’ inner circle.  He was an assistant and confidant to Brian Epstein, a friend to all four Beatles, and helped direct the band’s business affairs for several years. The book is still considered the best inside look at the personal lives of the band, but it has a tabloid quality that some surviving members considered a betrayal of trust, and Brown alienated himself by publishing it.

Amazon.com Link to “The Love You Make”, by Peter Brown and Steven Gaines

Brown and Gaines capture the happiness and excitement of the band as their popularity grows into massive stardom, but overall the story is quite depressing.  There are stories of greedy businessmen and the signing of bad contracts.  There are opportunistic charaltans, too; everybody wants a piece of the Beatles, and the naive young men, including Brian Epstein, allow much of it to happen. The Beatles engage in heavy drug and alcohol use, promiscuity, and ostentatious displays of wealth, spending beyond their means. Like many poor boys before them who got rich, they reaped the benefits and paid the heavy price for the trappings of success. Given the details shared in the book, it’s a wonder they maintained such a pleasant public image. But that was fifty years ago, when the papers tended to give major celebrities a bit more latitude. This is not to suggest that anyone in the band’s inner circle is guilty of bad intent.  As their wealth and power grew, jealousy, ambition and ultimately romantic love pulled the band apart only nine years after Ringo joined the band.

Brian Epstein’s demise is particularly painful. He is portrayed as a tortured young man, with the dual curse of being both Jewish and homosexual, well before homosexuality was even marginally acceptable. He seeks out companionship in anonymous and masochistic ways, and when introduced to amphetamines by the band, he becomes hooked, and starts to use barbiturates to sleep at night. That combination often proves to be deadly.  Epstein died peacefully in his bedroom on August 27th, 1967; he was thirty-three years old. Although the band never fully accepted Epstein, being a member of upper class society, his death caused their business affairs to spiral into chaos for some time.

The final chapter of the book describes John Lennon’s assassination in considerable detail. It gives some background of the assassin Mark David Chapman and how he planned the murder. There are descriptions of the two meetings between Chapman and the Lennons: at 5:00 PM, John signed his new Double Fantasy album for the deranged fan, and at 10:50 PM Chapman shot Lennon five times, witnessed by his wife Yoko Ono, in front of their apartment building in New York City. The day was December 8th, 1980. My girlfriend Andrea turned twenty-three that day, and I was playing a college basketball game against Cal State University – Bakersfield when it happened.

Three days later, I had one of my most triumphant moments as a basketball player.  We traveled to Palo Alto, my hometown, where we played against Stanford University. I was a starting guard, a senior in college, and one of the team captains.  The Stanford “Marching” Band played a sad, beautiful rendition of “Yesterday” during the warmup period. Our team played well, we took an early lead, but our smaller team of non-scholarship players finally succumbed to the big university in a close game.  The score was 68-62.

I worked hard to win the starting position on the team that year, and for the first time in my life, stayed completely free of drugs and alcohol during the fall quarter leading up to basketball season.  I was in great shape, and playing the best basketball of my life.  But during the successful first weekend of the season, I allowed myself to have a few beers with my teammates afterwards. Things were still going satisfactory the day we nearly beat Stanford, but on December 26th, during the lonely winter break, I stayed up all night with acquaintances, high on whiskey and cocaine, and the following night I was tired and sluggish for an important game.  I played terribly, and missed a key free throw late in the game. Five days later, two hours into 1981, at a teammate’s New Year’s party, I drunkenly snuggled up to the family’s guard dog, and the dog bit me in the face. I was taken to the hospital and required more than twenty stitches to close the wounds. After that, I was lost.  I fell out of shape recovering from the wounds, and never regained a significant period of sobriety until years later. My poor father stopped keeping the scrapbook he so lovingly put together for years. I didn’t get to play as much, and only had one good game afterwards; while playing in San Luis Obispo, I turned to my father watching in the stands, pointed to him and yelled, “This is for you.” It was my first major mistake in life, and perhaps the biggest one. I’m not sure my parents ever trusted me after that; the coaches most certainly did not. In hindsight I’ve come to believe that these mistakes in life begin to add up, and sap a person’s self-confidence. If ever given a chance to speak to a young student-athlete about drugs, this is the story I would tell. Don’t make the first big mistake.

Did John Lennon’s death had anything to do with my fall from grace that winter?  Why did I sabotage my own success? John Lennon was still my favorite musician at the time, and his senseless killing was so very sad. But I can’t argue that was a catalyst for my downfall. I was young and naive, and though I was just beginning to understand that cocaine and alcohol were horrible for me, I didn’t know that I wasn’t able to stop when I needed to prioritize my own goals and accomplishments.  Sometimes I chose that physical sensation of pleasure at the exact wrong time.


It seems the Beatles have become passé — I often steer conversations to popular music, and rare is the occasion when somebody else mentions the Beatles. People cite bands like the Rolling Stones, or Led Zeppelin, or Pink Floyd as a favorite far more often than the Beatles. Maybe the Mersey Beat is too sweet and earnest a sound to endorse.  Everybody likes what sounds rough and cool; never mind the Beatles came from tougher circumstances than most others. The world is a harder and less optimistic place than it was fifty years ago. The Beatles are still, and always will be, the greatest rock and roll band of all-time, by a considerable margin. The question is whether they are the greatest pop musicians of the 20th century. Based on my five years of study, I’d suggest that Louis Armstrong is the most influential musician, Duke Ellington the greatest bandleader, with Lennon/McCartney and Bob Dylan as the greatest songwriters. Dylan is a story teller from the folk tradition, brilliant stories with simple melodies and chord structures.  Beatles songs echo the traditions of pop standards, with less elaborate stories bolstered by clever melodies and chord changes. Dylan is hard to characterize; his contribution is far removed from the mainstream of popular music. Both Dylan and the Beatles benefited from living at the right time; the Western world experienced a renaissance of ideas in the sixties. Before the Beatles, there weren’t any songs on the radio about the Tibetan Book of the Dead (“Tomorrow Never Knows”) or singing about the neglected concerns and fates of the elderly (“Eleanor Rigby”).

I’m grateful to have lived when I did.  To have the Beatles come along when you’re five years old, singing clear and beautifully about love.  Producer George Martin’s now primitive recording equipment retains the human essence of the performances. That they were able to create the various sound effects featured on their recordings is a testament to hard work and ingenuity. I arrived before the business of music started to homogenize popular music in earnest. The human imperfection of great music can still be found today, but rarely will it be found on your corporate radio station. There was huge social upheaval in the world fifty years ago; the civil rights movement was in full swing, and the people of the United States would soon question the wisdom of fighting communism in southeast Asia. Looking back, it still seems the world was a far happier and more optimistic place than it is today. Maybe I was just a happy kid growing up in a nice town.

I’m grateful for having completed the first draft of my music project. I’m going to add a few more artists, and over the next year or so I’ll edit the earlier entries to reflect the improvements I’ve made.  It feels great to finish.

I’ve made lots of mistakes, though I always had the best intentions. My conscience is clear in that regard. I was fifty years old when I started the “big countdown”.  Now I’m fifty-five, and if I’m lucky, I’ll get to enjoy another twenty. More than anything, I want twenty more years to enjoy life and see what unfolds. I’m sure I’ll get many things right moving forward, and I’ll keep refining the iPod collection.

“All these places had their moments,
With lovers and friends,
I still can recall.
Some are dead and some are living,
In my life I’ve loved them all.”

—  John Lennon and Paul McCartney

Beatles Song Notes:

1. On April 4th, 1964, the Beatles held the top five positions on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart, by far the greatest dominance of the pop music business ever witnessed.

2. Two songs stand out as underrated. When asked about “I Don’t Want To Spoil The Party”, John Lennon was brief, saying that it was a very personal song.  I imagine it had something to do with his relationship with his first wife Cynthia. The song has a country and western sound, as did many of their songs in that era.  The other great underrated song is “She’s Leaving Home” from Sgt. Pepper’s.  Not strictly a Beatles performance, Paul provided most of the words and melody, and John helps out with the vocals and a few connecting phrases. The song was recorded with a string choir, and is among the greatest Beatles compositions. Composer Ned Rorem described “She’s Leaving Home” as “equal to any song that Schubert ever wrote.”

3. After the Beatles disbanded, John Lennon offered opinions on many of their songs.  The opinion I disagree with most is his dismissal of “And Your Bird Can Sing” as a “throwaway”.  While I appreciate the double entendre of “you don’t get me”, the highlight is the music, with Paul, George and Ringo making rather complex contributions to an otherwise simple song. One of the last examples of just the Fab Four playing an upbeat, two minute song.

4.  The sweetness of the Beatles’ early music belies the toughness of their upbringing.  All of them grew up in lower middle class neighborhoods, except for Ringo, whose family was very poor. John was the only one who typically had spending money.  They were really tough kids, and not averse to the occasional scuffle. Late at night, during a party to celebrate Paul’s twenty-first birthday, John flew into a drunken rage and attacked Bob Woller, a local disk jockey, breaking three of his ribs and sending him to the hospital, after Woller suggested Lennon and Brian Epstein were queer.¹

Beatles Songs:

Please Please Me

I Saw Her Standing There, The Beatles ★★★★
Misery, The Beatles ★★
Anna (Go To Him), The Beatles ★★★
Chains, The Beatles
Boys, The Beatles
Ask Me Why, The Beatles
Please Please Me, The Beatles ★★★
Love Me Do, The Beatles
P.S. I Love You, The Beatles
Baby It’s You, The Beatles ★★
Do You Want To Know A Secret, The Beatles ★★★
A Taste Of Honey, The Beatles ★★
There’s A Place, The Beatles ★★★
Twist And Shout, The Beatles ★★★

Note: Monaural versions of “I Saw Her Standing There”, Chains”, “Ask Me Why” and “Please Please Me” are also included in the collection.

With The Beatles

It Won’t Be Long, The Beatles
All I’ve Got To Do, The Beatles ★★
All My Loving, The Beatles ★★★★★
Don’t Bother Me, The Beatles ★★
Till There Was You, The Beatles ★★★
Roll Over Beethoven, The Beatles ★★★★
You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me, The Beatles ★★
I Wanna Be Your Man, The Beatles
Devil In Her Heart, The Beatles
Money (That’s What I Want), The Beatles

Note: Monaural versions of “All My Loving”, Till There Was You”, “Roll Over Beethoven” and “Money (That’s What I Want) are also included in the collection.

The Beatles’ Second Album

Devil In Her Heart (Mono), The Beatles
I Call Your Name (Mono), The Beatles ★★★

A Hard Day’s Night

A Hard Day’s Night, The Beatles ★★
I Should Have Known Better, The Beatles ★★
If I Fell, The Beatles ★★★★
I’m Happy Just To Dance With You, The Beatles ★★★★
And I Love Her, The Beatles ★★★★
Tell Me Why, The Beatles
Can’t Buy Me Love, The Beatles ★★★★
Any Time At All, The Beatles
I’ll Cry Instead, The Beatles ★★
Things We Said Today, The Beatles
You Can’t Do That, The Beatles ★★★
I’ll Be Back, The Beatles

Note: Monaural versions of “If I Fell”, “I’m Happy Just To Dance With You” and “Can’t Buy Me Love”” are also included in the collection.

A Hard Day’s Night – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

I’ll Cry Instead (Alt), The Beatles ★★

Beatles For Sale

No Reply, The Beatles
I’m A Loser, The Beatles ★★★
Baby’s In Black, The Beatles
Rock And Roll Music, The Beatles ★★
I’ll Follow The Sun, The Beatles ★★
Mr. Moonlight, The Beatles
Kansas City/Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!, The Beatles
Words Of Love, The Beatles
Honey Don’t, The Beatles ★★
Every Little Thing, The Beatles ★★
I Don’t Want To Spoil The Party, The Beatles ★★★★
What You’re Doing, The Beatles
Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby, The Beatles


Help!, The Beatles ★★★
The Night Before, The Beatles ★★★
You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, The Beatles ★★★
I Need You, The Beatles
Another Girl, The Beatles ★★
You’re Going To Lose That Girl, The Beatles ★★★
Ticket To Ride, The Beatles ★★★★
Act Naturally, The Beatles ★★
You Like Me Too Much, The Beatles
I’ve Just Seen A Face, The Beatles ★★
Yesterday, The Beatles ★★★★

Rubber Soul

Drive My Car, The Beatles ★★
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown), The Beatles ★★★
You Won’t See Me, The Beatles ★★★
Nowhere Man, The Beatles ★★★★★
Think For Yourself, The Beatles
The Word, The Beatles ★★
Michelle, The Beatles ★★★
Girl, The Beatles
I’m Looking Through You, The Beatles ★★
In My Life, The Beatles ★★★
If I Needed Someone, The Beatles ★★


Taxman, The Beatles ★★★
Eleanor Rigby, The Beatles ★★
I’m Only Sleeping, The Beatles ★★★
Love You To, The Beatles ★★
Here, There And Everywhere, The Beatles ★★★★★
Yellow Submarine, The Beatles ★★
She Said She Said, The Beatles ★★★
Good Day Sunshine, The Beatles ★★
And Your Bird Can Sing, The Beatles ★★★★
For No One, The Beatles ★★
Doctor Robert, The Beatles
I Want To Tell You, The Beatles
Got To Get You Into My Life, The Beatles ★★★★★
Tomorrow Never Knows, The Beatles ★★★★

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles ★★
With A Little Help From My Friends, The Beatles ★★★★★
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, The Beatles ★★★★
Getting Better, The Beatles ★★★
Fixing A Hole, The Beatles ★★
She’s Leaving Home, The Beatles ★★★★
For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite, The Beatles
Within You Without You, The Beatles ★★★
When I’m Sixty-Four, The Beatles ★★
Lovely Rita, The Beatles
Good Morning Good Morning, The Beatles
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise), The Beatles
A Day In The Life, The Beatles ★★★★

Magical Mystery Tour

The Fool On The Hill, The Beatles ★★
Flying, The Beatles
Your Mother Should Know, The Beatles
I Am The Walrus, The Beatles ★★★
Hello, Goodbye, The Beatles
Strawberry Fields Forever, The Beatles ★★★
Penny Lane, The Beatles ★★★
Baby, You’re A Rich Man, The Beatles
All You Need Is Love, The Beatles ★★★

The Beatles (White Album)

Back In The U.S.S.R., The Beatles ★★
Dear Prudence, The Beatles ★★
Glass Onion, The Beatles
Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da, The Beatles ★★
The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill, The Beatles
While My Guitar Gently Weeps, The Beatles ★★★★
Happiness Is A Warm Gun, The Beatles ★★
Martha My Dear, The Beatles ★★★
I’m So Tired, The Beatles ★★★
Blackbird, The Beatles ★★★★
Piggies, The Beatles
Don’t Pass Me By, The Beatles
Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?, The Beatles
I Will, The Beatles ★★★
Julia, The Beatles ★★★★
Birthday, The Beatles ★★
Yer Blues, The Beatles ★★
Mother Nature’s Son, The Beatles ★★★
Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except For Me And My Monkey, The Beatles ★★
Sexy Sadie, The Beatles
Helter Skelter, The Beatles ★★
Long, Long, Long, The Beatles
Revolution 1, The Beatles ★★★★
Honey Pie, The Beatles
Cry Baby Cry, The Beatles
Good Night, The Beatles ★★

Yellow Submarine

It’s All Too Much, The Beatles
All Together Now, The Beatles
Hey Bulldog, The Beatles ★★

Abbey Road

Come Together, The Beatles ★★★
Something, The Beatles ★★★
Oh! Darling, The Beatles
Octopus’s Garden, The Beatles
I Want You (She’s So Heavy), The Beatles
Here Comes The Sun, The Beatles ★★
Because, The Beatles ★★
You Never Give Me Your Money, The Beatles ★★★
Sun King, The Beatles ★★
Mean Mr. Mustard, The Beatles
Polythene Pam, The Beatles
She Came In Through The Bathroom Window, The Beatles ★★
Golden Slumbers, The Beatles ★★★
Carry That Weight, The Beatles ★★★
The End, The Beatles ★★★
Her Majesty, The Beatles

Let It Be

Two Of Us, The Beatles ★★★
I Me Mine, The Beatles
Dig It, The Beatles
Let It Be, The Beatles ★★★
I’ve Got A Feeling, The Beatles
One After 909, The Beatles
For You Blue, The Beatles
Get Back (Alt), The Beatles ★★

Let It Be… Naked

Across The Universe (Alt), The Beatles ★★

Past Masters, Volumes 1 & 2

From Me To You, The Beatles ★★
Thank You Girl, The Beatles
She Loves You, The Beatles ★★★★★
I’ll Get You, The Beatles
I Want To Hold Your Hand, The Beatles ★★
This Boy, The Beatles ★★★
Sie Liebt Dich, The Beatles
Long Tall Sally, The Beatles
I Call Your Name, The Beatles ★★★
Slow Down, The Beatles
Matchbox, The Beatles
I Feel Fine, The Beatles ★★★★
She’s A Woman, The Beatles
Yes It Is, The Beatles ★★
I’m Down, The Beatles ★★★
Day Tripper, The Beatles ★★★
We Can Work It Out, The Beatles ★★
Paperback Writer, The Beatles ★★★
Rain, The Beatles ★★★
Lady Madonna, The Beatles
The Inner Light, The Beatles ★★
Hey Jude, The Beatles ★★★
Revolution, The Beatles ★★★★
Get Back, The Beatles ★★
Don’t Let Me Down, The Beatles ★★★★
The Ballad Of John And Yoko, The Beatles ★★★
Old Brown Shoe, The Beatles
Across The Universe, The Beatles ★★★
Let It Be (Single), The Beatles ★★★
You Know My Name (Look Up The Number), The Beatles

Note: The monaural version of “From Me To You” from an older version of Past Masters, Volume 1 is included in the collection.

Unsurpassed Masters

Volume 1
There’s A Place (Take 5-6), The Beatles ★★★
I Saw Her Standing There (Take 6-9), The Beatles ★★★
A Taste Of Honey (Take 6, Track 2), The Beatles
From Me To You (Take 1-2), The Beatles

Volume 3
All You Need Is Love (Alt), The Beatles ★★
Flying (Alt), The Beatles

Volume 4
Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except For Me And My Monkey (Alt), The Beatles ★★

Volume 5
You Never Give Me Your Money (Alt), The Beatles
Let It Be (Take 27), The Beatles ★★★

Volume 6
Thank You Girl (Take 1), The Beatles

Volume 7
Do You Want To Know A Secret (Take 7), The Beatles ★★
Misery (Take 1), The Beatles
One After 909 (Alt), The Beatles
Can’t Buy Me Love (Take 2-3), The Beatles ★★★★
Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da, The Beatles

Live At The BBC

I’ll Be On My Way (Live), The Beatles
Thank You Girl (Live), The Beatles
That’s All Right (Live), The Beatles ★★★
Carol (Live), The Beatles
Soldier Of Love (Live), The Beatles ★★★
Crying Waiting, Hoping (Live), The Beatles ★★
You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me (Live), The Beatles ★★
To Know Her Is To Love Her (Live), The Beatles
A Taste Of Honey (Live), The Beatles ★★
Memphis, Tennessee (Live), The Beatles ★★
Can’t Buy Me Love (Live), The Beatles ★★★
Till There Was You (Live), The Beatles ★★★
Roll Over Beethoven (Live), The Beatles ★★
All My Loving (Live), The Beatles ★★
Sweet Little Sixteen (Live), The Beatles
Lonesome Tears In My Eyes (Live), The Beatles
Nothin’ Shakin’ (But The Leaves On The Trees) (Live), The Beatles
I Just Don’t Understand (Live), The Beatles
I Feel Fine (Live), The Beatles ★★
I’m A Loser (Live), The Beatles ★★★★
Ticket To Ride (Live), The Beatles ★★
I Got To Find My Baby (Live), The Beatles

On Air: Live At The BBC, Volume 2

I Want To Hold Your Hand (Live), The Beatles
If I Fell (Live), The Beatles ★★
And I Love Her (Live), The Beatles ★★
This Boy (Live), The Beatles

The Anthology Series

Volume 1
Ain’t She Sweet, The Beatles
Cry For A Shadow, The Beatles
Three Cool Cats, The Beatles
Please Please Me (Alt), The Beatles
I’ll Get You (Live), The Beatles
I Saw Her Standing There (Live), The Beatles ★★
From Me To You (Live), The Beatles
Money (That’s What I Want) (Live), The Beatles
She Loves You (Live), The Beatles ★★★
Twist And Shout (Live), The Beatles ★★
All My Loving (Live), The Beatles ★★
You Can’t Do That (Alt), The Beatles ★★
I Wanna Be Your Man (Alt), The Beatles
Long Tall Sally (Alt), The Beatles
Kansas City/Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!, The Beatles

Volume 2
Yesterday (Alt), The Beatles ★★
Yesterday (Live), The Beatles
Help! (Live), The Beatles ★★
I’m Looking Through You (Alt), The Beatles ★★★

Volume 3
Honey Pie (Alt), The Beatles
Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da, The Beatles
Good Night (Alt), The Beatles ★★
Cry Baby Cry (Alt), The Beatles
Sexy Sadie (Alt), The Beatles
While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Alt), The Beatles ★★
Mother Nature’s Son (Alt), The Beatles ★★
I’m So Tired (Alt), The Beatles ★★
I Will (Alt), The Beatles
Two Of Us (Alt), The Beatles ★★★
The Long And Winding Road (Alt), The Beatles ★★
All Things Must Pass, The Beatles ★★
Come Together (Take 1), The Beatles ★★
Come And Get It, The Beatles
Oh! Darling (Alt), The Beatles
Octopus’s Garden (Alt), The Beatles

The Artifacts Series

The Early Years
Don’t Bother Me (Take 10), The Beatles

I’m Down (Live), The Beatles

Inner Revolution
Across The Universe (Take 2), The Beatles ★★
While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Take 1), The Beatles ★★★
Goodbye (Demo), The Beatles

Get Back To Abbey Road
Her Majesty (Take 3), The Beatles

There’s A Place (Take 1), The Beatles ★★★
Dream Baby (Live), The Beatles

Ticket To Ride
1965: The Beatles Third Christmas Record, The Beatles

Alone Together
Blackbird (Take 32), The Beatles ★★★
Dear Prudence (Alt), The Beatles
Helter Skelter (Mono), The Beatles
Julia (Alt), The Beatles ★★

The Longest Road
Don’t Let Me Down (Alt), The Beatles ★★★★

Baby It’s You (CD Single)

Baby It’s You (Live), The Beatles ★★★
I’ll Follow The Sun (Live), The Beatles ★★★
Devil In Her Heart (Live), The Beatles

Free As A Bird (CD Single)

This Boy (Takes 12-13), The Beatles ★★★

The Beatles – Rare Masters

All My Loving (Alt), The Beatles ★★★★★
And I Love Her (Alt), The Beatles ★★★★
I Should Have Known Better (Alt), The Beatles ★★
I’m Only Sleeping (Alt), The Beatles ★★★
Penny Lane (Alt), The Beatles ★★

Related Songs:

Anna (Go To Him), Arthur Alexander ★★★

Chains, The Cookies ★★★

Boys, The Shirelles ★★

Baby It’s You, The Shirelles ★★★
Baby It’s You, Smith ★★

A Taste Of Honey, Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass ★★★

Twist And Shout, The Isley Brothers ★★★

Roll Over Beethoven, Chuck Berry ★★★★★
Roll Over Beethoven, Electric Light Orchestra
Roll Over Beethoven (Live), The Rolling Stones

You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me, The Miracles ★★★★

I Wanna Be Your Man, The Rolling Stones
I Wanna Be Your Man, The Smithereens ★★

Devil In Her Heart, The Donays

Money (That’s What I Want), Barrett Strong ★★★

And I Love Him, Esther Phillips ★★

Rock And Roll Music, Chuck Berry ★★★

Mr. Moonlight, Dr. Feelgood & The Interns ★★★

Kansas City/Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!, Little Richard ★★
Kansas City (Alt), Little Richard ★★
Kansas City (Live), James Brown ★★
Kansas City, Albert King ★★★
Kansas City, Wilbert Harrison ★★★★

Long Tall Sally, Little Richard ★★★
Long Tall Sally (Alt), Little Richard ★★

Words Of Love, Buddy Holly & The Crickets ★★

Honey Don’t, Carl Perkins ★★★★
Honey Don’t (Alt), Carl Perkins ★★

I Don’t Want To Spoil The Party, Rosanne Cash ★★

Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby, Carl Perkins ★★

Act Naturally, Buck Owens ★★★★

Slow Down, Larry Williams

Matchbox, Carl Perkins ★★★★
Matchbox (Alt), Carl Perkins ★★★★
Match Box Blues, Blind Lemon Jefferson ★★

We Can Work It Out, Stevie Wonder

Hey Jude, Wilson Pickett ★★★★

Got To Get You Into My Life, Earth, Wind & Fire ★★★

With A Little Help From My Friends, Joe Cocker ★★★★
With A Little Help From My Friends (Live), Joe Cocker ★★

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, Elton John
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, William Shatner

A Day In The Life (Live), Jeff Beck ★★

I Will, Alison Krauss & Union Station ★★

Here Comes The Sun, Richie Havens

That’s All Right, Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup ★★★
That’s All Right, Elvis Presley ★★★★

Carol, Chuck Berry ★★
Carol (Live), The Rolling Stones

Soldier Of Love, Arthur Alexander ★★

Crying, Waiting, Hoping, Buddy Holly ★★★
Crying, Waiting, Hoping (Alt), Buddy Holly ★★

Memphis, Tennessee, Chuck Berry ★★★★
Memphis, Tennessee, Lonnie Mack ★★★★★
Memphis, Tennessee, Johnny Rivers ★★★★
Memphis, Tennessee, Elvis Presley
Memphis, Tennessee (Live), The Rolling Stones

Sweet Little Sixteen, Chuck Berry ★★★★
Sweet Little Sixteen (Alt), Chuck Berry ★★★

Lonesome Tears In My Eyes, Johnny Burnette & The Rock ‘n’ Roll Trio
Lonesome Tears In My Eyes, Los Lobos ★★

Nothin’ Shakin’ (But The Leaves On The Trees), Eddie Fontaine ★★★

I Just Don’t Understand, Ann-Margeret ★★

Three Cool Cats, The Coasters ★★★★
Three Cool Cats (Take 11-12), The Coasters ★★★★

Ain’t She Sweet, Gene Austin & Nat Shilkret & His Orchestra

¹ Excerpt from “The Love You Make”, by Peter Brown and Steven Gaines

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