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Past Masters is a two-disc compilation album set by the English rock band the Beatles, released on 7 March 1988 as part of the first issue of the band's entire catalogue on compact disc.[9] Compiled by noted Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn, this collection of many of the band's biggest hits, as well as rarities, includes every song released commercially by the band that was not available on the Beatles' 12 original UK albums or the Magical Mystery Tour LP.[9][10]

Past Masters
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The 2009 Past Masters album cover
Compilation album by
Released7 March 1988 (1988-03-07)
Recorded4 September 1962 – 4 January 1970
StudioEMI, Trident, Olympic and Apple studios, London; Pathé Marconi Studio, Paris; EMI Studios, London
GenreRock
Length93:29
LanguageEnglish, German ("Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand" / "Sie Liebt Dich")
LabelParlophone, Capitol, Apple
ProducerGeorge Martin
CompilerMark Lewisohn
The Beatles chronology
20 Greatest Hits
(1982)
Past Masters
(1988)
The Beatles Box Set
(1988)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic5/5 stars[1] Volume One
AllMusic5/5 stars[2] Volume Two
AllMusic5/5 stars[3] Volumes One & Two
BBC(favourable)[4]
Consequence of Sound3.5/5 stars[5]
The Daily Telegraph3/5 stars[6]
One Thirty BPM100%[7]
Pitchfork Media9.2/10[8]

The majority of the Past Masters set consists of A- and B-sides from the band's singles, including single versions of songs that appeared in a different form on the band's albums. Also included are the full contents of the UK-only Long Tall Sally EP, two German-language tracks, a song recorded for the American market and a track released on a charity compilation album.[9]

Release historyEdit

Past Masters was originally issued as two separate CDs, Past Masters, Volume One and Past Masters, Volume Two, on 7 March 1988. The two volumes were included in The Beatles Box Set. A double LP set, titled Past Masters, Volumes One & Two (also titled simply Past Masters), was subsequently released in the US on 24 October 1988 and in the UK on 10 November 1988. Both volumes were also released as a double cassette bundle on March 7, 1988.

The double set was re-released on CD, titled simply Past Masters, on 9 September 2009, as part of the remastering of the original Beatles catalogue, and was included in The Beatles (The Original Studio Recordings) box set.[11] This release includes stereo mixes of both "From Me to You" and "Thank You Girl", whereas the original 1988 issue contained the two tracks in mono. Mark Lewisohn's name was removed from this reissue. The Beatles in Mono box set, released at the same time, includes the album Mono Masters, which contains a similar track list of dedicated mono mixes.

A remastered-for-vinyl version of the Past Masters double LP set was released on 12 November 2012.[12]

Track listingsEdit

The dates provided are the dates when the tracks were originally released, not recorded.

All songs written and composed by Lennon–McCartney, except where noted. Tracks are in stereo, except where noted.

Past Masters, Volume One Edit

 
Past Masters, Volume One album cover

Contains recordings originally released between 1962 and 1965:

No.TitleLead vocalsLength
1."Love Me Do" (from 5 October 1962 A-side, the original single version on Parlophone, catalogue number 45-R4949; recorded on 4 September 1962, featuring Ringo Starr on drums; mono)Paul McCartney with John Lennon2:24
2."From Me to You" (from 11 April 1963 A-side; mono, stereo on 2009 remasters)Lennon with McCartney1:58
3."Thank You Girl" (from 11 April 1963 B-side; mono, stereo on 2009 remasters)Lennon with McCartney2:04
4."She Loves You" (from 23 August 1963 A-side; mono)Lennon and McCartney2:21
5."I'll Get You" (from 23 August 1963 B-side; mono)Lennon with McCartney2:06
6."I Want to Hold Your Hand" (from 29 November 1963 A-side)Lennon and McCartney2:27
7."This Boy" (from 29 November 1963 B-side)Lennon, with McCartney and Harrison2:16
8."Komm, gib mir deine Hand" (Lennon/McCartney/Jean Nicolas/Heinz Hellmer) (from 5 March 1964 German single; very narrow stereo, wider stereo on 2009 remasters)Lennon and McCartney2:27
9."Sie liebt dich" (Lennon/McCartney/Nicolas/Lee Montogue) (from 5 March 1964 German single; very narrow stereo, wider stereo on 2009 remasters)Lennon and McCartney2:20
10."Long Tall Sally" (Enotris Johnson, Robert Blackwell, Richard Penniman) (from 19 June 1964 Long Tall Sally EP)McCartney2:03
11."I Call Your Name" (from Long Tall Sally EP)Lennon2:09
12."Slow Down" (Larry Williams) (from Long Tall Sally EP)Lennon2:56
13."Matchbox" (Carl Perkins) (from Long Tall Sally EP)Ringo Starr1:59
14."I Feel Fine" (from 27 November 1964 A-side)Lennon2:20
15."She's a Woman" (from 27 November 1964 B-side)McCartney3:03
16."Bad Boy" (Williams) (from 14 June 1965 US album Beatles VI, 10 December 1966 UK album A Collection of Beatles Oldies)Lennon2:21
17."Yes It Is" (from 9 April 1965 B-side of "Ticket to Ride")Lennon, with McCartney and Harrison2:43
18."I'm Down" (from 23 July 1965 B-side of "Help!")McCartney2:32
Total length:42:28

Past Masters, Volume Two Edit

 
Past Masters, Volume Two album cover

Contains recordings originally released between 1965 and 1970:

No.TitleLead vocalsLength
1."Day Tripper" (from 3 December 1965 double A-side)McCartney with Lennon2:50
2."We Can Work It Out" (from 3 December 1965 double A-side)McCartney2:16
3."Paperback Writer" (from 10 June 1966 A-side)McCartney2:19
4."Rain" (from 10 June 1966 B-side)Lennon3:02
5."Lady Madonna" (from 15 March 1968 A-side)McCartney2:18
6."The Inner Light" (George Harrison) (15 March 1968 B-side, Stereo)Harrison2:37
7."Hey Jude" (from 30 August 1968 A-side)McCartney7:08
8."Revolution" (from 30 August 1968 single version B-side)Lennon3:25
9."Get Back" (from 11 April 1969 single version A-side)McCartney3:15
10."Don't Let Me Down" (from 11 April 1969 B-side)Lennon3:35
11."The Ballad of John and Yoko" (from 30 May 1969 A-side)Lennon3:00
12."Old Brown Shoe" (Harrison) (30 May 1969 B-side)Harrison3:18
13."Across the Universe" (12 December 1969 "Wildlife" version from the charity album No One's Gonna Change Our World)Lennon3:49
14."Let It Be" (from 6 March 1970 single version A-side)McCartney3:51
15."You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)" (from 6 March 1970 B-side; mono)Lennon and McCartney4:19
Total length:51:01

Past Masters, Volumes One & TwoEdit

Charts and certificationsEdit

Past Masters: Volume 1Edit

Past Masters: Volume 2Edit

Past MastersEdit

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