The Beatles 1962 - 1966
On the 1962-1966 album, there are 15 U.K. A-sides and four unreleased U.K. singles. The tracks were recorded while the band pursued a demanding concert schedule, which took them all over the world. Time for writing and recording was restricted by their tours and other commitments, such as acting in A Hard Day’s Night and Help! Yet, despite these pressures, the advances made on their records -- in performance, songwriting and sound -- are startling. At the time, each new disc sent a message to their musical contemporaries: Beat that!
Beginning with “Love Me Do” from 1962, the Red album follows a chronological sequence and closes with the last of the group’s 1966 singles, “Eleanor Rigby”/”Yellow Submarine.” While that double A-side was at the top of the U.K. chart, The Beatles played their last concert in San Francisco on August 29, 1966.
For those who missed the phenomenon of The Beatles as it was unfolding, the Red and Blue albums provide an excellent introduction to their work. Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters has acknowledged the formative influence The Beatles had on his musicianship. “It was with those two albums that I really fell in love with music. I would sit and play along and that’s basically how I learned to play guitar,” he said. “That’s the foundation of my understanding of composition and arrangement. It’s all rooted in those two albums. Had I sat down with any other albums to learn to play guitar, I don’t think I’d be doing what I do.”