A Collection of Beatles Oldies
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|A Collection of Beatles Oldies|
|Greatest hits album by The Beatles|
|Released||10 December 1966|
EMI Studios, London and Pathé Marconi Studio, Paris
|The Beatles chronology|
A Collection of Beatles Oldies (subtitled But Goldies!) is a compilation album featuring a selection of songs by The Beatles recorded between 1963 and 1966. The album was released in the United Kingdom and Australia in both mono (catalogue number PMC 7016) and stereo (PCS 7016.) It also saw a release in Mexico and Spain.
The release of this album was the result of EMI not having any new material by the Beatles for the 1966 Christmas season in the manner of the previous three years.
The sole new track, a cover of Larry Williams' "Bad Boy", had not yet been released at all in the UK, even though it was released in the United States on the Capitol album Beatles VI in June 1965, only a month after the group recorded it.
The album only reached No. 7 in the UK album chart, perhaps because most fans already owned most of the tracks on other releases. However, the album continued to sell reasonably well, remained in print for many years, and was only deleted when the compact disc age approached (and made obsolete by the Past Masters compilations). It was also the longest album that the Beatles had released to that point, totalling almost 40 minutes of music.
Six of the tracks on this LP ("From Me to You", "We Can Work It Out", "I Feel Fine", "Day Tripper", "Paperback Writer" and "I Want to Hold Your Hand") make their UK debut here as both album tracks (they were previously issued only as singles) and with stereo mixes (some done so especially for this compilation). "She Loves You" also made its debut on a long-playing record here, but it was a re-processed stereo mix, as the multi-track tape had vanished and remains missing to this day. The song is complete on both the first pressing mono and stereo issues, the Fame budget label reissue from the 1980s, and the re-sequenced prerecorded cassette.
The front cover artwork was by David Christian, in a very '60s flower power style.
For the rear cover a colour photograph by Robert Whitaker was chosen. It was taken on 30 June, while the band was on tour in Japan. Before the first show in the Nippon Budokan Hall they started an oil and watercolors painting on a large paper.
The cover of this album contributed to the "Paul is dead" hoax as the road shown on the cover seems to lead into the head of the man sitting on the cover.
This is one of very few Beatles albums released worldwide, original or compilation, that has not been issued on CD or digital format.
All songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney except where noted.