Note: this release was originally purchased as an LP, later replaced by a CD. The CD I listened to was the 1993 reissue.
This album, widely known as the Red Album, was the second Beatles album I purchased (the first was 1967-1970, the Blue Album). On the whole, I prefer the group's later music to their early music, but I can't argue with the song selections on this compilation (well, maybe a few more cuts from Revolver). While the group's early albums had their fair share of cover songs, all 26 tracks here are originals. The CD set was released on two discs at a two disc price, though the music could easily have fit on to a single disc. EMI stated that this was done to match the release of 1967–1970. Whatever, EMI. An obvious money grab. The real reason to own the red and blue compilations is for the singles that weren't included on albums, a problem that was solved in 2010 when The Beatles' catalog finally reached iTunes.
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #3
Tracks: 26 tracks, 63 minutes of Beatles' hits. Here's the breakdown:
2 cuts from Please Please Me (1963)
1 cut from With The Beatles (1963)
3 cuts from A Hard Day's Night (1964)
1 cut from Beatles For Sale (1964)
4 cuts from Help! (1965)
6 cuts from Rubber Soul (1965)
2 cuts from Revolver (1966)
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: This album makes me think of a particular weekend when I was 15 years old. My parents thought that I was old enough to left alone overnight (I was) and apparently trusted me not to drive a car without a driver's license (their mistake). So, on that Sunday morning, I woke up, grabbed the keys to my father's Ford Fairmont, drove to the donut shop, bought some donut holes, drove home, then ate in my bedroom while listening to this album. I also didn't go to church that morning, because that's the kind of teenage rebel I was.
Previously revisited for the blog:
Anthology 2 (1996)
Anthology 1 (1995)
Abbey Road (1969)
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
Rubber Soul (1965)
Please Please Me (1963)