The Beatles - 1962-1966
(Parlophone Records 1976 PCSP717)
French Export Pressing for UK
Double Vinyl in Nr MINT condition
(there are some surface marks visible on the vinyl when held up to the light but they don't affect the sound quality)
G&L Gatefold Sleeve in Nr MINT condition
Inner Sleeves in Nr MINT condition
- first inner has corner cut
The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. With members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they became widely regarded as the foremost and most influential act of the rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented with several musical styles, ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock, often incorporating classical elements and unconventional recording techniques in innovative ways. In 1963 their enormous popularity first emerged as "Beatlemania", and as the group's music grew in sophistication in subsequent years, led by primary songwriters Lennon and McCartney, they came to be perceived as an embodiment of the ideals shared by the counterculture of the 1960s.
The Beatles built their reputation playing clubs in Liverpool and Hamburg over a three-year period from 1960, with Stuart Sutcliffe initially serving as bass player. The core of Lennon, McCartney and Harrison went through a succession of drummers, including Pete Best, before asking Starr to join them in 1962. Manager Brian Epstein moulded them into a professional act, and producer George Martin guided and developed their recordings, greatly expanding their popularity in the United Kingdom after their first hit, "Love Me Do", in late 1962. They acquired the nickname "the Fab Four" as Beatlemania grew in Britain the next year, and by early 1964 became international stars, leading the "British Invasion" of the United States pop market. From 1965 onwards, the Beatles produced increasingly innovative recordings, including the albums Rubber Soul (1965), Revolver (1966), Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), The Beatles (commonly known as the White Album, 1968) and Abbey Road (1969). After their break-up in 1970, they each enjoyed successful musical careers of varying lengths. McCartney and Starr, the surviving members, remain musically active. Lennon was shot and killed in December 1980, and Harrison died of lung cancer in November 2001.
The Beatles are the best-selling band in history, with estimated sales of over 600 million records worldwide. They 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 Beatles are also the best-selling music artists in the United States, with 178 million certified units. In 2008, the group topped Billboard magazine's list of the all-time most successful "Hot 100" artists; as of 2017, they hold the record for most number-one hits on the Hot 100 chart with twenty. They have received ten Grammy Awards, an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score and fifteen Ivor Novello Awards. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, and all four were inducted individually from 1994 to 2015. They were also collectively included in Time magazine's compilation of the twentieth century's 100 most influential people.
1962–1966 (widely known as "The Red Album") is a compilation of songs by the English rock band The Beatles, spanning the years indicated in the title. It was released with its counterpart 1967–1970 ("The Blue Album") in 1973. 1962–1966 reached number 3 in the United Kingdom and managed to reach number 1 in the United States Cashbox albums chart. However, in the US, the official chart was administered by Billboard, where 1962–1966 peaked at number 3, while 1967–1970 reached the top spot. This album was re-released in September 1993 on compact disc, charting at number 3 in the UK.
The album was compiled by Beatles manager Allen Klein. Even though the group had had success with cover versions of songs, most notably with "Twist and Shout", which made number 2 on the Billboard charts, only songs composed by the Beatles themselves were included.
As with 1967–1970, this compilation was produced by Apple/EMI at least partially in response to a bootleg collection titled Alpha Omega, which had been sold on television the previous year. Print advertising for the two records made a point of declaring them "the only authorized collection of the Beatles."
- Disc 1
- "Love Me Do" – 2:23 (from Please Please Me, 1963)
- "Please Please Me" – 2:03 (from Please Please Me)
- "From Me to You" – 1:57 (non-album single)
- "She Loves You" – 2:22 (non-album single)
- "I Want to Hold Your Hand" – 2:26 (non-album single)
- "All My Loving" – 2:08 (from With the Beatles, 1963)
- "Can't Buy Me Love" – 2:13 (from A Hard Day's Night, 1964)
- "A Hard Day's Night" – 2:34 (from A Hard Day's Night)
- "And I Love Her" – 2:31 (from A Hard Day's Night)
- "Eight Days a Week" – 2:45 (from Beatles for Sale, 1964)
- "I Feel Fine" – 2:19 (non-album single)
- "Ticket to Ride" – 3:10 (from Help!, 1965)
- "Yesterday" – 2:05 (from Help!)
- Disc 2
- "Help!" – 2:19 (from Help!)
- "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" – 2:11 (from Help!)
- "We Can Work It Out" – 2:16 (double A-side single)
- "Day Tripper" – 2:49 (double A-side single)
- "Drive My Car" – 2:27 (from Rubber Soul, 1965)
- "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" – 2:05 (from Rubber Soul)
- "Nowhere Man" – 2:44 (from Rubber Soul)
- "Michelle" – 2:42 (from Rubber Soul)
- "In My Life" – 2:27 (from Rubber Soul)
- "Girl" – 2:31 (from Rubber Soul)
- "Paperback Writer" – 2:31 (non-album single, 1966)
- "Eleanor Rigby" – 2:08 (from Revolver, 1966)
- "Yellow Submarine" – 2:37 (from Revolver)
THE BEATLES - 1962/66 2LP RED ALBUM - Nr MINT UK
- Product Code: PCSP717
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