Beatles – UK Singles Collection Volume 2 (DBM-063)

UK Singles Collection Volume 2 (DBM-063)

(67:01):  Strawberry Fields Forever, Penny Lane, All You Need Is Love, Baby You’re A Rich Man, Hello Goodbye, I Am The Walrus, Lady Madonna, The Inner Light, Hey Jude, Revolution, Get Back, Don’t Let Me Down, The Ballad Of John And Yoko, Old Brown Shoe, Something, Come Together, Let It Be, You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)

The second volume of the UK singles collection covers the songs released between 1967 and 1970.  This is the standard demarcation when discussing The Beatles’ career.  Like the first volume, this disc is a silver pressed edition of the Dr. Ebbetts CDR released in 2005 and is a flawless copy with great sound.  All of the songs are in mono and are all sourced from either the original 45s or from the 1970s vinyl singles collection.  The singles are presented in chronological order:     

Strawberry Fields Forever / Penny Lane (Parlophone/February 17, 1967)
All You Need Is Love / Baby You’re A Rich Man (Parlophone/July 7, 1967)
Hello Goodbye / I Am The Walrus (Parlophone/November 24, 1967)
Lady Madonna / The Inner Light (Parlophone/March 15, 1968)
Hey Jude /Revolution (Apple/August 30, 1968)
Get Back / Don’t Let Me Down (Apple/April 11, 1969)
The Ballad Of John And Yoko / Old Brown Shoe (Apple/May 30, 1969)
Something / Come Together (Apple/October 6, 1969)
Let It Be / You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)(Apple/March 6, 1970)

Although an argument can be made that Rubber Soul and Revolver were their first steps into album oriented rock, their use of the medium hit its apex with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in the summer of 1967.  The first single in this collection, “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Penny Lane,” of course predated the album by several months and it is revealing that no singles were released from the LP or from The Beatles, which followed in 1968.  Their effort to “get back” to their roots in 1969 is demonstrated that both Abbey Road and Let It Be not only produced singles from the LP, but also offered non-LP songs like “Old Brown Shoe” and “You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)” like in the early days.  This is another good collection to have.       

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