Beatles – Rock ‘N’ Roll Music (Dr. Ebbett DBM-025)

Rock ‘N’ Roll Music (Dr. Ebbett DBM-025)

Twist and Shout, I Saw Her Standing There, You Can’t Do That, I Wanna Be Your Man, I Call Your Name, Boys, Long Tall Sally, Rock and Roll Music, Slow Down, Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey, Money (That’s What I Want), Bad Boy, Matchbox, Roll Over Beethoven, Dizzy Miss Lizzie, Any Time at All, Drive My Car, Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby, The Night Before, I’m Down, Revolution, Back in the U.S.S.R., Helter Skelter, Taxman, Got to Get You into My Life, Hey Bulldog, Birthday, Get Back

Rock ‘N’ Roll Music was released on June 7th, 1976 in the US and on June 10th in the UK and is the first greatest hits compilation surrounding a particular theme.  These songs feature The Beatles’ guitar based rockers including twelve cover tunes.  Producer George Martin didn’t approve of the album as it was first presented to him and remixed five of the songs:  “Twist And Shout”, “I Saw Her Standing There”, “I Wanna Be Your Man”, “Boys” and “Roll Over Beethoven.”   

This album featured a new stereo mix of “I Call Your Name” and the first US stereo appearance of “I’m Down.”  Also the stereo image was reversed on all of the tracks. Some of the song editing is haphazard, including the fact that you can hear the opening notes of the song “Dear Prudence” following the track “Back in the USSR.”  The album sold well, reaching number 2 on the Billboard chart and ten on NME in the UK.  This transfer of the US stereo version is excellent sound quality and is an interesting release to have for the completist.   

N.B.  Although called Dr. Ebbett, these releases are silver pressed and only appropriate the name of the well known audiophile needle-drop CDR label.  In fact they have nothing to do with the real Dr. Ebbett.  However, it is good to have these releases on silver pressed commercially produced titles to make this elitist label available to all.

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