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It wasn’t my intention to go to the Beatles three times but…there is a reason for this one as I will explain…I didn’t know this album was a greatest hits package when I purchased it. I’m picking this album because of the personal connection to it…and it might be the album that influenced me the most in my life.

Is this the best Beatles greatest hits album? No, not by a long shot but it was the first Beatle album (or any album) I bought and was not handed down by my sister or relatives. I had some money given to me by a relative and mom helped me with the rest. The first Beatle album I listened to was my cousin’s copy of Meet The Beatles…he let me borrow it for while. The Hey Jude album sent me down the road of getting into music that was at least a generation before me…and I’m still in that generation…and I don’t regret a thing…because I’m still discovering new old music and new music that has it’s influences.

My cousin kept telling me of this great song called “Paperback Writer” and he didn’t have a copy. He built the song up so much that I had to listen to it. I found this album at a record store that I begged my mom to take me to. I went through the Beatle albums and this one had Paperback Writer. I couldn’t believe these bearded guys were the same band as on Meet The Beatles. So when I was 8 years old I got two albums… one was a birthday present… the soundtrack to Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang (that I requested) and then I bought this one. My mom asked…are you sure? A nod of my head and I bought a ticket to enter the Beatles world which I still reside.

It has an slight mixture of older, middle, and at that time, newer songs. This was a collection of non-album singles and B sides from the Beatles on the American Capitol label.

The album was conceived by Allen Klein (boooo) and Apple Records and released in 1970. The original name was going to be “The Beatles Again” but they wanted to capitalize on the hit Hey Jude. It was a nice album that should have included more of their earlier hits but it gave us a couple in Can’t Buy Me Love and I Should Have Known Better.

My favorite at that time was of course Paperback Writer…that guitar and those backing vocals…were/are great! Remember… all I’d heard to that point was their first album with Capitol… Meet The Beatles…so I couldn’t believe that “Rain” and the rest came from the same band that played I Want To Hold Your Hand. I didn’t know the history…my 8 year old mind thought…”What the hell happened?…” Where I am musically now…all started with this album purchase.

Rain…the B side to Paperback Writer…I grew to like Rain more than Paperback Writer through the years…in fact it is in my top 10 of Beatle songs.

Lady Madonna… Terrific driving piano riff that is relentless.

I will close out with an earlier Beatles song. I Should’ve Known Better is an instantly catchy song with a harmonica that they would stop using as much in the future. When looking back on their career…the early ones get forgotten sometimes and they shouldn’t be. Those early songs built the foundation.

My island is getting very Beatle-ly…and I don’t mind. I went with the album that influenced me the most at an early age…it just so happened to be a Beatles greatest hits package. This album brings back memories of playing it on a green portable turn table I had at the time with removable speakers.

Like this but green…

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Can’t Buy Me Love
I Should Have Known Better
Paperback Writer
Lady Madonna
Hey Jude
Old Brown Shoe
Don’t Let Me Down
Ballad Of John And Yoko


  1. I didn’t know what was on the ‘Hey Jude’ compilation ,now I do. Maybe not their best collection – actually quite an odd mix, but you can’t go too far wrong with any Beatles compilation – but it is nice to read about your connection to it and why it’s special. A good pick !
    I thought you might go for the Beatles this round, but guessed either the ‘red’ or ‘blue’ one. I gave a little consideration to ‘Beatles 1’ myself.

    • The red and blue were much better of course but they came out years later. Even the horrible packaged Rock and Roll Music was better but this one is a bit eclectic…but a decent package.

  2. As a kid I had no idea about Allen Klein and the business motives behind any of these releases. I remember thinking it was a peculiar album – the “Red” and “Blue” albums were the greatest hits, I thought – but I always liked the compilation. It was my introduction to Rain, which is one of my favorites also. Come to think of it, I gave this to my brother as a birthday gift because I wanted to hear it on his stereo.

    • I always thought of it as a greatest hits album but you are right…it’s more of a compilation. Whichever, it hit the spot then.

  3. Any pick with The Beatles is a great pick. I have liked the draft picks in this draft- where the album had a big impact on the person picking- obviously Hey Jude- not the greatest compilation The Beatles released- nevertheless had a big impact on you- and was your gateway drug to more and more Beatles- and a life time addiction!

  4. This is a cool mix with quite a variety of their sounds. It’s not the usual ‘red’ vs. ‘blue’ volume. Your personal story makes it a keeper. I’m sorry Klein had a hand in its release. Yuck.

  5. It’s amazing how music has an effect on us. Your take is a prime example of that. You got an early start. Age 8 and you were exposed to all this good music. You summed it up when you said “It all started with this albums purchase”.
    W will look forward to the ‘Chitty Chitty” review.

  6. Your story of how you came to buy the album is so endearing. Your cousin was a good one to look to for musical suggestions. The songlist of The Beatles are like old friends. I can’t imagine a world — or a desert island — without them. Wonderful write-up and excellent choice. You can’t go wrong with The Fab 4. They look so happy in the “Rain” video ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

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