‘Love Me Do’
‘From Me To You’
‘She Loves You’
‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’
‘Can’t Buy Me Love’
‘A Hard Day’s Night’
‘I Feel Fine’
‘Eight Days A Week’
‘Ticket To Ride’
‘We Can Work It Out’
‘All You Need Is Love’
‘The Ballad Of John And Yoko’
‘Let It Be’
‘The Long And Winding Road’
The chronological approach allows listeners to trace The Beatles’ advancements in songwriting throughout the 1960s, and their increasingly experimental approach to studio recording.
The songs included on 1 were number one hits in either the UK or US charts. Hence the inclusion of ‘Love Me Do’, which only managed number 17 in the UK, and ‘The Long And Winding Road’, which wasn’t even released as a single there.
A compilation such as this will never be the last word on the subject. After all, stunning album tracks such as ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ or ‘A Day In The Life’, and b-sides (‘Rain’, ‘I Am The Walrus’) often eclipsed the quality of the million-selling 7″ singles.
It’s also worth remembering that, during the 1960s, The Beatles were in the habit of putting out albums without lifting any singles from them, so With The Beatles, Rubber Soul, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and The Beatles (White Album) remain unrepresented.
As an introduction to the world’s most successful band in history, though, 1 is packed full with essential moments, and anyone unfamiliar with The Beatles’ output could find many worse places to start.
On 15 September 2015 it was announced that a new edition of 1 would be reissued in November 2015, containing remixed versions of the songs, as well as CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray editions containing new stereo and 5.1 surround sound mixes, and a two-disc, 180-gram vinyl edition to follow.
A special deluxe edition, titled 1+, contains a second bonus disc of 23 videos, containing alternative versions, rare videos and TV appearances. Four of the videos feature exclusive audio commentary or filmed introductions by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. The deluxe edition also includes a 124-page hardback book.
The promotional films were digitally restored from the original 35mm negatives scanned in 4K, with audio produced from the original analogue tapes by Giles Martin and Sam Okell at Abbey Road Studios.