The Singles Collection 1962–1970

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The Singles Collection 1962–1970
Beatles' Singles Collection 1976 box cover.jpg
Cover of the box available with the full set of singles
Box set by
Released5 March 1976
GenreRock, pop
LabelEMI

The Singles Collection 1962–1970 is a series of reissued singles by the English rock band the Beatles. It was released in Britain on 5 March 1976 by EMI,[1] following the expiration of the Beatles' contract with the company in January, and close to six years after the band's break-up.[2] The collection comprises all 22 of the Beatles' UK singles,[3] which were originally issued between October 1962 and March 1970 on either the Parlophone or Apple record labels,[4] together with a new single pairing "Yesterday" with "I Should Have Known Better".[1]

History[edit]

According to EMI, the series was a re-promotion rather than a reissue campaign, since all the Beatles' singles had remained in print and were widely available.[5] The project resulted from the success of the 1973 double-album sets 1962–1966 and 1967–1970,[6] which the former Beatles had endorsed, and which contained all of their British single A-sides and double A-side tracks.[7] Each of the discs in the 1976 collection was packaged in a green and black sleeve, on one side of which was a photo of the group from a period roughly contemporaneous with the single.[1] The records were available in a matching Singles Collection 1962–1970 box to customers who bought all 23 of the discs.[1]

The re-packaging campaign was a commercial success,[8][9] with 1 million singles sold in the first month.[10] The response coincided with media speculation regarding rival bids from two US promoters for the Beatles to reunite for a satellite concert broadcast.[11] Reflecting this resurgence of interest, BBC Radio 1 produced the program The Beatles Again, which highlighted the group's continued influence on pop music; in a feature article in Reveille, an EMI spokesman described the campaign as an "amazing" success, with teenagers as young as thirteen becoming fans of the Beatles.[8] The re-packaged singles all charted on the UK Singles Chart, and "Yesterday" peaked at number 8.[12] During one week in April 1976, the band had an unprecedented 23 entries in the UK top 100 positions.[13] Although EMI and its North American counterpart, Capitol Records, were no longer obliged to consult the artists, John Lennon approved of the re-packaged singles.[5] This tacit approval contrasted sharply with the former Beatles' reaction to the 1976 themed compilation album Rock 'n' Roll Music, which Capitol assembled without consulting EMI.[14]

The series was first re-packaged for international release in December 1982 as The Beatles Singles Collection.[15] Issued as a box set by EMI's World Records division, this collection also included three Beatles singles that had been released after March 1976: "Back in the U.S.S.R.", "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"/"With a Little Help from My Friends" and "The Beatles' Movie Medley".[15]

Box-set contents[edit]

Catalogue numbers and release dates per Harry Castleman and Walter J. Podrazik's All Together Now,[16] Nicholas Schaffner's The Beatles Forever,[17] and Keith Badman's The Beatles Diary Volume 2.[1]

Single A-side(s) Catalogue number Original release date
"Love Me Do" Parlophone R 4949 5 October 1962
"Please Please Me" Parlophone R 4983 11 January 1963
"From Me to You" Parlophone R 5015 12 April 1963
"She Loves You" Parlophone R 5055 23 August 1963
"I Want to Hold Your Hand" Parlophone R 5084 29 November 1963
"Can't Buy Me Love" Parlophone R 5114 20 March 1964
"A Hard Day's Night" Parlophone R 5160 10 July 1964
"I Feel Fine" Parlophone R 5200 27 November 1964
"Ticket to Ride" Parlophone R 5265 9 April 1965
"Help!" Parlophone R 5305 23 July 1965
"We Can Work It Out" / "Day Tripper" Parlophone R 5389 3 December 1965
"Paperback Writer" Parlophone R 5452 10 June 1966
"Eleanor Rigby" / "Yellow Submarine" Parlophone R 5493 5 August 1966
"Strawberry Fields Forever" / "Penny Lane" Parlophone R 5570 17 February 1967
"All You Need Is Love" Parlophone R 5620 7 July 1967
"Hello, Goodbye" Parlophone R 5655 24 November 1967
"Lady Madonna" Parlophone R 5675 15 March 1968
"Hey Jude" Apple R 5722 30 August 1968
"Get Back" Apple R 5777 11 April 1969
"The Ballad of John and Yoko" Apple R 5786 30 May 1969
"Something" / "Come Together" Apple R 5814 31 October 1969
"Let It Be" Apple R 5833 6 March 1970
"Yesterday" Parlophone R 6013 5 March 1976

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Badman 2001, p. 177.
  2. ^ Woffinden 1981, pp. 93–94.
  3. ^ Womack 2014, pp. 123–24.
  4. ^ Schaffner 1978, pp. 186, 206.
  5. ^ a b Woffinden 1981, p. 94.
  6. ^ Womack 2014, pp. 115, 123.
  7. ^ Rodriguez 2010, pp. 119–21.
  8. ^ a b Badman 2001, pp. 180–81.
  9. ^ Bagirov 2008, p. 110.
  10. ^ Schaffner 1978, pp. 186–87.
  11. ^ Rodriguez 2010, pp. 292–94.
  12. ^ Rodriguez 2010, p. 293.
  13. ^ Badman 2001, p. 180.
  14. ^ Woffinden 1981, pp. 94–95.
  15. ^ a b Womack 2014, p. 123.
  16. ^ Castleman & Podrazik 1976, pp. 12–87.
  17. ^ Schaffner 1978, p. 206.

Sources[edit]

  • Badman, Keith (2001). The Beatles Diary Volume 2: After the Break-Up 1970–2001. London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0-7119-8307-6.
  • Bagirov, Alex (2008). The Anthology of the Beatles Records. Rostock: Something Books. ISBN 978-3-936300-44-4.
  • Castleman, Harry; Podrazik, Walter J. (1976). All Together Now: The First Complete Beatles Discography 1961–1975. New York, NY: Ballantine Books. ISBN 0-345-25680-8.
  • Rodriguez, Robert (2010). Fab Four FAQ 2.0: The Beatles' Solo Years, 1970–1980. Milwaukee, WI: Backbeat Books. ISBN 978-1-4165-9093-4.
  • Schaffner, Nicholas (1978). The Beatles Forever. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill. ISBN 0-07-055087-5.
  • Woffinden, Bob (1981). The Beatles Apart. London: Proteus. ISBN 0-906071-89-5.
  • Womack, Kenneth (2014). The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO. ISBN 978-0-313-39171-2.