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1962–1966
Compilation album by The Beatles
Released 2 April 1973[1]
Recorded 1962–1966, EMI Studios, London and Pathé Marconi Studios, Paris
Genre Rock
Length 63:00
Label Apple
Producer George Martin
Compiler Allen Klein
The Beatles chronology
The Beatles' Christmas Album
(1970)
1962–1966
(1973)
1967–1970
(1973)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Blender 4/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone 5/5 stars[4]

1962–1966 (also known as "The Red Album") is a compilation record of songs by the English rock band The Beatles, spanning the years indicated in the title.

Released with its counterpart 1967–1970 ("The Blue Album") in 1973, it reached number 3 in the United Kingdom and 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.[5] 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. Along with its 1967–1970 counterpart, it compiles every single A-side released by the band in the UK.

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."[6]

Album covers[edit]

For the group's 1963 debut LP Please Please Me, photographer Angus McBean took the distinctive colour photograph of the group looking down over the stairwell inside EMI House (EMI's London headquarters in Manchester Square, now demolished). Also in 1963, the cover for The Beatles (No. 1) used a picture from the same shoot.

In 1969, The Beatles asked McBean to recreate this shot. Although the 1969 photograph was originally intended for the planned Get Back album, it was not used when that project saw eventual release in 1970 as Let It Be. Instead, the 1969 photograph, along with an unused photograph from the 1963 photo shoot, was used for both this LP and the cover of 1967–1970.

The inner gatefold photo for both LPs is from the "Mad Day Out"[7] photo session in London on Sunday 28 July 1968.

The album cover was designed by Tom Wilkes.[8]

Release variations[edit]

  • Original 1973 release: Apple SKBO-3403 (whole and sliced apples on red background)
  • Second 1976 pressings: Capitol SKBO-3403 (Capitol target logo on back of album cover, red labels with "Capitol" in light red at bottom. There are also copies erroneously pressed with the BLUE labels for the 1967–1970 pressings.)
  • 1978 first red vinyl issue: Capitol SEBX-11842 (Capitol dome logo on back of album cover, large dome logo at top of labels)

The British and American versions of the vinyl album contain notable differences; for example, "Help!" on the American edition includes the same pseudo-James Bond intro as the mix found on the American Help! soundtrack LP, while the same song on the British edition does not. Also, the British LP uses the stereo "whispering intro" mix of "I Feel Fine", while the US LP uses the mono mix from Beatles '65, which is drenched in additional reverb. (See Mix Variations below.)

The two discs of the 1993 CD issue in a carousel CD player

The first compact disc version was released on 20 September 1993.[1] It was released on two discs for the price of two albums, though it could have fit on to a single disc; EMI stated that this was done to match the release of 1967–1970. The CD version used new digital masters. The first four tracks on the CD release are in mono; the rest of the tracks are in stereo. The tracks "All My Loving", "Can't Buy Me Love", "A Hard Day's Night", "And I Love Her" and "Eight Days a Week" made their CD stereo debut with this release.

2010 remastered version[edit]

EMI announced on 10 August 2010, that the album had been remastered for a second time and, once again, would be released as a two-CD package. The album was released worldwide on 18 October 2010, and 19 October 2010 in North America.[9]

There have been no changes made to the content of the album since the 1993 CD re-issue, apart from the sound quality itself. The short 'whispering' oddity found at the beginning of "I Feel Fine" on the original 1973 LP was not included on the 2010 CD. The stereo version of "From Me To You" found in the original 1973 release was not included on the 1993 and 2010 releases.

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1

Side 1

  1. "Love Me Do"  – 2:23
  2. "Please Please Me"  – 2:03
  3. "From Me to You"  – 1:57
  4. "She Loves You"  – 2:22
  5. "I Want to Hold Your Hand"  – 2:26
  6. "All My Loving"  – 2:08
  7. "Can't Buy Me Love"  – 2:13

Side 2

  1. "A Hard Day's Night"  – 2:34
  2. "And I Love Her"  – 2:31
  3. "Eight Days a Week"  – 2:45
  4. "I Feel Fine"  – 2:19
  5. "Ticket to Ride"  – 3:10
  6. "Yesterday"  – 2:05
Disc 2

Side 1

  1. "Help!"  – 2:19
  2. "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away"  – 2:11
  3. "We Can Work It Out"  – 2:16
  4. "Day Tripper"  – 2:49
  5. "Drive My Car"  – 2:27
  6. "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)"  – 2:05

Side 2

  1. "Nowhere Man"  – 2:44
  2. "Michelle"  – 2:42
  3. "In My Life"  – 2:27
  4. "Girl"  – 2:31
  5. "Paperback Writer"  – 2:31
  6. "Eleanor Rigby"  – 2:08
  7. "Yellow Submarine"  – 2:37

Mix variations[edit]

Song Mix used on 1973 UK vinyl edition Mix used on 1973 US vinyl edition Mix used on 1993 & 2010 CD reissues
"Love Me Do" 1963 fake stereo mix
from Please Please Me (stereo version)
1963 fake stereo mix
from The Early Beatles (stereo version)
same as UK vinyl album
1962 mono mix
from Please Please Me (mono version) and later single releases
"Please Please Me" 1963 stereo mix
from Please Please Me (stereo version)
1963 stereo mix
from Introducing... The Beatles (stereo version); The Early Beatles (stereo version)
same as UK vinyl album
1963 mono mix
from Please Please Me (mono version) and single release
"From Me to You" 1963 stereo mix
from A Collection of Beatles Oldies (stereo version)
1963 stereo mix
first appearance on an American LP
same as UK vinyl album, except reversed channels
1963 mono single mix
"She Loves You" 1966 fake stereo mix
made for A Collection of Beatles Oldies (stereo version)
1966 re-EQed mono
made for A Collection of Beatles Oldies (mono version)
1963 mono single mix
"I Want to Hold Your Hand" 1966 stereo mix
made for A Collection of Beatles Oldies (stereo version)
1964 fake stereo mix
made for the US Meet The Beatles (stereo version)
1966 stereo mix
made for A Collection of Beatles Oldies (stereo version)
same as UK vinyl album
"All My Loving" 1963 stereo mix
from With the Beatles (stereo version)
1963 stereo mix
from Meet The Beatles (stereo version)
same as UK vinyl album
1963 stereo mix (1993 CD is narrowed)
same as both vinyl albums
"Can't Buy Me Love" 1964 stereo mix
from UK stereo version of A Hard Day's Night
1964 stereo mix
first released in the US on the Hey Jude album
same as UK vinyl album
1964 stereo mix (1993 CD is narrowed)
same as both vinyl albums
"A Hard Day's Night" 1964 stereo mix
from UK stereo version of A Hard Day's Night
1964 mono mix
from mono version of A Hard Day's Night
1964 stereo mix
same as UK vinyl album
"And I Love Her" 1964 stereo mix
from UK stereo version of A Hard Day's Night
1964 stereo mix
from stereo version of Something New
same as UK vinyl album
1964 stereo mix
same as both vinyl albums
"Eight Days a Week" 1964 stereo mix
from Beatles for Sale (stereo version)
1964 stereo mix
from Beatles VI (stereo version)
same as UK vinyl album
1964 stereo mix
same as both vinyl albums
"I Feel Fine" 1964 stereo mix (with "whispering" intro) 1964 mono mix with additional reverb
from US single and Beatles '65 (mono version)
1964 stereo mix
same as UK vinyl album
"Ticket to Ride" 1965 stereo mix
from UK stereo version of Help!
1965 mono mix
from single and US mono version of Help! album
1987 stereo remix
"Yesterday" 1965 stereo mix
from UK stereo version of Help!
1965 stereo mix
from stereo version of Yesterday and Today
same as UK vinyl album
1987 stereo remix
"Help!" 1965 stereo mix
from UK stereo version of Help!
1965 stereo mix
from US stereo version of Help!
same as UK vinyl album but with a "James Bond" intro
1987 stereo remix
"You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" 1965 stereo mix
from UK stereo version of Help!
1965 stereo mix
from US stereo version of Help!
same as UK vinyl album
1987 stereo remix
"We Can Work It Out" 1966 stereo mix made for
A Collection of Beatles Oldies (stereo version)
1965 stereo mix
from stereo version of Yesterday and Today
1966 stereo mix
same as UK vinyl album
"Day Tripper" 1965 stereo mix
from stereo version of Yesterday and Today
1965 stereo mix
from stereo version of Yesterday and Today
1966 stereo mix
from A Collection of Beatles Oldies (stereo version)
"Drive My Car" 1965 stereo mix
from UK stereo version of Rubber Soul
1965 stereo mix
from stereo version of Yesterday and Today
same as UK vinyl album
1987 stereo remix
"Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" 1965 stereo mix
from UK stereo version of Rubber Soul
1965 stereo mix
from US stereo version of Rubber Soul
same as UK vinyl album
1987 stereo remix
"Nowhere Man" 1965 stereo mix
made for UK stereo version of Rubber Soul
1965 stereo mix
from stereo version of Yesterday and Today
same as UK vinyl album
1987 stereo remix
"Michelle" 1965 stereo mix
from UK stereo version of Rubber Soul
1965 stereo mix
from US stereo version of Rubber Soul
same as UK vinyl album, except reversed channels
1987 stereo remix
"In My Life" 1965 stereo mix
from UK stereo version of Rubber Soul
1965 stereo mix
from US stereo version of Rubber Soul
same as UK vinyl album
1987 stereo remix
"Girl" 1965 stereo mix
from UK stereo version of Rubber Soul
1965 stereo mix
from US stereo version of Rubber Soul
same as UK vinyl album, except reversed channels
1987 stereo remix
"Paperback Writer" 1966 stereo mix
made for UK stereo version of A Collection of Beatles Oldies
1966 stereo mix
first released in the US on the Hey Jude album
same as UK vinyl album
1966 stereo mix
same as both vinyl albums
"Eleanor Rigby" 1966 stereo mix
from UK stereo version of Revolver
1966 stereo mix
from US stereo version of Revolver
1966 stereo mix
same as both vinyl albums
"Yellow Submarine" 1966 stereo mix
from UK stereo version of Revolver
1966 stereo mix
from US stereo version of Revolver
1966 stereo mix
same as both vinyl albums

Charts[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1973) Position
Austrian Albums Chart[37] 2
Dutch Albums Chart[38] 3
French Albums Chart[39] 4
Italian Albums Chart[15] 65
Japanese Albums Chart[40] 3
U.S. Billboard Pop Albums[41] 32
Chart (1974) Position
Austrian Albums Chart[42] 1
U.S. Billboard Pop Albums [43] 95
Chart (1993) Position
Canadian Albums Chart[44] 93
Dutch Albums Chart[45] 55
Italian Albums Chart [25] 123
Japanese Albums Chart [46] 91

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Argentina (CAPIF)[47] Platinum 60,000x
Australia (ARIA)[48] 5× Platinum 350,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[49] 3× Platinum 150,000x
Canada (Music Canada)[50] Diamond 1,000,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[51] Gold 25,000^
France (SNEP)[52] Platinum 2,061,600[53]
France (SNEP)[52]
2010 remaster
Gold 50,000*
Germany (BVMI)[54] 4× Platinum 2,000,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[55][56] 2× Platinum+Gold 918,000[16]
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[57] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Sweden (GLF)[58] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[59] Platinum 50,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[60] 2× Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[61] 15× Platinum 7,500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

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