Label: Parlophone – CDP 7 90043 2, Parlophone – CD BPM1, Apple Records – CDP 7 90043 2, Apple Records – CD BPM1
Format: CD, Compilation, Reissue
Country: UK Europe
Style: Rock Roll, Pop Rock
Label: Capitol Records – CDP 7 90044 2, Parlophone – CDP 7 90044 2, Apple Records – CDP 7 90044 2
Format: CD, Compilation, Reissue
Genre: Pop, Rock
Style: Pop Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Rock Roll
Past Masters was first released as the separate CDs Past Masters, Volume One and Past Masters, Volume Two on 7 March 1988,
which were included in The Beatles Box Set. A double LP set Past Masters, Volumes One Two was subsequently released in the United States on 24
October 1988 and in the United Kingdom on 10 November 1988. A two CD set, Past Masters, which contained both volumes, was released on 9 September
2009, as part of the remastering of the original Beatles' catalogue, and was included in The Beatles Stereo Box Set. This release includes stereo
mixes of both "From Me to You" and "Thank You Girl". In The Beatles in Mono box set, the album Mono Masters took the place of Past Masters, containing
a similar track list of dedicated mono mixes. The remastered for vinyl version of the Past Masters double LP set was released on 12 November 2012.
Past Masters track listings
Tracks are in stereo unless indicated as mono. Dates provided are the dates when the tracks were originally
released, not recorded.
All songs written and composed by Lennon–McCartney except where noted.
Past Masters, Volume One
Contains recordings originally released between 1962 and 1965:
Eleven tracks from British singles (including B-sides)
Both tracks from the German single, "Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand"/"Sie Liebt Dich"
All four tracks from the Long Tall Sally EP
The US-only track, "Bad Boy", from the album Beatles VI
Past Masters, Volume Two
Contains recordings originally released between 1965 and 1970:
Fourteen tracks from British singles (including B-sides)
The "Wildlife" version of "Across the Universe" from the charity album No One's Gonna Change Our World
The Beatles bio
The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. They became the most commercially successful and
critically acclaimed act in the rock music era. The group's best-known lineup consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and
Ringo Starr. Rooted in skiffle and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later utilized several genres, ranging from pop ballads to psychedelic rock, often
incorporating classical and other elements in innovative ways. In the early 1960s, their enormous popularity first emerged as "Beatlemania", but as
their songwriting grew in sophistication, they came to be perceived by many fans and cultural observers as an embodiment of the ideals shared by the
era's sociocultural revolutions. The band built their reputation playing clubs in Liverpool and Hamburg over a three-year period from 1960.
Manager Brian Epstein moulded them into a professional act and producer George Martin enhanced their musical potential. They gained popularity in the
United Kingdom after their first modest hit, "Love Me Do", in late 1962. They acquired the nickname the "Fab Four" as Beatlemania grew in Britain over
the following year, and by early 1964 they had become international stars, leading the "British Invasion" of the United States pop market. From 1965
on, the Beatles produced what many critics consider their finest material, including the innovative and widely influential albums Rubber Soul (1965),
Revolver (1966), Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), The Beatles (1968), and Abbey Road (1969). After their break-up in 1970, they each
enjoyed successful musical careers. Lennon was shot and killed in December 1980, and Harrison died of lung cancer in November 2001. McCartney and
Starr remain musically active.
The Beatles have had more number-one albums on the British charts and sold more singles in the UK than any other act. According to the RIAA, the band
are the best-selling act in the United States, with 177 million certified units. In 2008, the group topped Billboard magazine's list of the
all-time most successful "Hot 100" artists. As of 2012, they hold the record for most number-one hits on the Hot 100 chart with 20. They have received
7 Grammy Awards, an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score and 15 Ivor Novello Awards. Collectively included in Time magazine's compilation
of the 20th century's 100 most influential people, the Beatles are the best-selling band in history, with EMI Records estimating sales of over
one billion units.