In November 2000, The Beatles’ “1” (One) album finally hit the shops. This release comes a little after the 30th anniversary of break up of the Fab Four of course. In short, it’s a compilation album full of The Beatles Number one hits in the UK and the USA. Obviously The Beatles “1” (One) album is going to please those who are not too familiar with their album tracks but like the single releases. So, to listen to snippets of the songs on the album, click the play button at the top right.
Release Date: 13th November 2000
Recorded: 11th September, 1962 – 1st April, 1970
Studio: EMI, Apple, Olympic and Trident Studios, London; Pathé Marconi Studios, Paris
Album Duration: 78:39
Record Label: Apple/Parlophone, Capitol
Genre: pop, rock, Merseybeat, Psychedelic Pop, Folk Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Producers: George Martin – also Phil Spector for ‘The Long And Winding Road’
Engineers: Geoff Emerick, Phil McDonald, Glyn Johns, Jeff Jarratt, Tony Clark and Barry Sheffield
John Lennon: vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, harmonica, banjo and also some percussion
Paul McCartney: vocals, bass, guitars, keyboards, double bass, drums and also some percussion
George Harrison: vocals, guitars, violin and also some percussion
Ringo Starr: vocals, drums and also percussion
George Martin: keyboards, orchestral arrangement, some backing vocals also
Mal Evans: bass drum
Billy Preston: keyboards
Andy White: drums
The Beatles also used various session musicians on some occasions.
02) From Me To You
03) She Loves You
04) I Want To Hold Your Hand
05) Can’t Buy Me Love
06) A Hard Day’s Night
07) I Feel Fine
08) Eight Days A Week
09) Ticket To Ride
12) Day Tripper
13) We Can Work It Out
14) Paperback Writer
16) Eleanor Rigby
17) Penny Lane
18) All You Need Is Love
19) Hello, Goodbye
20) Lady Madonna
21) Hey Jude
22) Get Back
23) The Ballad Of John And Yoko
25) Come Together
26) Let It Be
27) The Long And Winding Road
Included with the CD is a small booklet together with a little information about each of the 27 number one singles. Furthermore, the cover is the same on both the CD and the vinyl LP. However, with some issues of the LP came a large poster.
All in all, this is a very effective album cover.
In the first place, what we get with The Beatles “1” album is all the Fab Four’s hits in chronological order. In other words, their first number one was “Love Me Do” so this is number one on the album. Their second number one was “From Me To You”, therefore this is second on the album and so on.
In short what we see is The Beatles as they progress and re-invent themselves over and again from their early Beatlemania days. To many people, this album is all they need of course. However, because they didn’t release any songs from some Beatles’ albums, this “1” album is lacking some of the Fab Four’s best tracks. For example, they didn’t release singles from “With The Beatles“, “Rubber Soul“, “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and the “White Album“.
While the original release in 2000 was good, there are other releases which are better. For instance, the release of a remaster in September 2011 makes the sound better still. Then in November 2015 (see below), they released the remastered and remixed version which offers even more pleasurable listening, depending on your taste.
Released: 6 November 2015
Producer: Giles Martin (son of George Martin)
Record Label: Apple/Parlophone, Capitol
On the 6th November 2015, The Beatles 1 album came out together with DVD and Blu-ray video discs. This deluxe version also includes a hardback book together with promotional films, performances, commentary and introductions from Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. In fact, there are 50 individual video clips.
Giles Martin remixed the tracks for the “+1” album after helping to fix them for the video clips.
“My approach was to be respectful of everything, I had sessions and sessions where I flipped between previously remastered stereos, the mono remasters, and the remixes we’ve done. I flip between everything and make sure I prefer what we’ve done.”
In addition to the new mixes, we get surround sound 5.1, Dolby and the usual frills together with 4k video. For those who don’t buy The Beatles’ “1” album because they own all the tracks on other albums, the stand-alone video discs are available separately. Therefore, this release has something for everyone.
With the odd exception, The Beatles’ “1” album hit the top of the charts in most countries. In brief, the album hit the top of the charts in over 35 countries. In fact, by 2009 alone, worldwide sales of the “1” album was over 31 million. So far, in 2016, it has sales of over 12,410,000 in America, over 3,230,000 in the UK and over one million in Canada. While in Australia, sales are over 750,000 and over 250,000 in New Zealand.
What the “1” album shows is that The Beatles are still as popular now as they were when they hit the charts in 1962!