As The Beatles’ groundbreaking music videos come out on DVD, the Fab Four’s original 1 collection, originally released on CD in 2000, finally makes its long-awaited appearance on vinyl. Pressed as a 180g double-LP, and with brand new stereo mixes by Giles Martin and Abbey Road engineer Sam Okell, the collection presents some of the band’s most important single releases from their stunning career, as they’ve never been heard before.
Featuring 27 chart-toppers from the US and UK, 1 offers a unique take on The Beatles’ story, from their first US No.1, ‘Love Me Do’, released in 1962, to 1970’s ‘Let It Be’, from their final album. In between, it finds The Beatles in their psychedelic pomp on the likes of ‘Yellow Submarine’ and ‘Hello, Goodbye’; working amid the initial rush of Beatlemania – putting out new, game-changing music at a phenomenal rate – and issuing a string of ever inventive single releases, including ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’, ‘Ticket To Ride’ and ‘Paperback Writer’; and stripping things back to their rock’n’roll roots on the likes of ‘Come Together’.
The songs collected on 1 not only defined the 60s, but laid the template for everything that was to come; each of the 27 tracks here are building blocks in the creation of popular music as we know it, and remain timeless classics.
Fittingly, the original release itself topped the charts across the country, and, in the US, became the best-selling album of the 2000s. This new edition comes with a set of four postcards, plus a 57 x 85cm fold-out poster, replicated from the original release.