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The Beatles 100 Greatest Recordings | Digital Dream Door

From Digital Dream Door

1. Hey Jude
2. A Day In the Life
3. Yesterday
4. She Loves You
5. I Want To Hold Your Hand
6. Let It Be
7. Strawberry Fields Forever
8. Help!
9. A Hard Day’s Night
10. In My Life
11. Eleanor Rigby
12. Ticket To Ride
13. I Saw Her Standing There
14. Come Together
15. Twist and Shout
16. Penny Lane
17. Something
18. Revolution
19. Please Please Me
20. All You Need Is Love
21. Can’t Buy Me Love
22. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
23. I Feel Fine
24. Get Back
25. Here Comes the Sun
26. The Long and Winding Road
27. Day Tripper
28. We Can Work It Out
29. Hello Goodbye
30. Eight Days a Week
31. Norwegian Wood
32. Love Me Do
33. With a Little Help From My Friends
34. All My Loving
35. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
36. Paperback Writer
37. Lady Madonna
38. Back In the U.S.S.R.
39. I Am the Walrus
40. Got To Get You Into My Life
41. Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds
42. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
43. Here, There and Everywhere
44. Helter Skelter
45. Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight
46. I Should Have Known Better
47. Nowhere Man
48. And I Love Her
49. You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away
50. Rain
51. Tomorrow Never Knows
52. If I Fell
53. From Me To You
54. Birthday
55. Good Day Sunshine
56. Across the Universe
57. Rock and Roll Music
58. She’s a Woman
59. Drive My Car
60. Michelle
61. Magical Mystery Tour
62. Do You Want To Know a Secret
63. Yellow Submarine
64. P.S. I Love You
65. Don’t Let Me Down
66. Happiness Is a Warm Gun
67. I’ll Follow the Sun
68. Fool On the Hill
69. Ballad Of John and Yoko
70. Blackbird
71. Girl
72. Getting Better
73. Oh! Darling
74. Roll Over Beethoven
75. No Reply
76. I Want You
77. You’re Going To Lose That Girl
78. When I’m 64
79. It Won’t Be Long
80. I’ll Be Back
81. I’m a Loser
82. This Boy
83. She Said She Said
84. She’s Leaving Home
85. And Your Bird Can Sing
86. You Can’t Do That
87. Taxman
88. You Won’t See Me
89. Thank You Girl
90. For No One
91. Baby You’re a Rich Man
92. Octopus’s Garden
93. I’ll Cry Instead
94. I’m Only Sleeping
95. Lovely Rita
96. Rocky Raccoon
97. For You Blue
98. Dear Prudence
99. Julia
100. I’ve Just Seen a Face

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Apple and EMI To Release Limited Edition Stereo USB

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Following the September 9 (9-9-09) debut of The Beatles’ digitally re-mastered catalogue on CD, Apple Corps Ltd. and EMI Music are pleased to announce the worldwide release of a limited edition of only 30,000 Beatles Stereo USB apples on December 7 (December 8 in North America).

The exquisitely crafted, apple-shaped USB drive is loaded with the critically acclaimed re-mastered audio for The Beatles’ 14 stereo titles, as well as all of the re-mastered CDs’ visual elements, including 13 mini-documentary films about the studio albums, replicated original UK album art, rare photos and expanded liner notes.

A specially designed Flash interface has been installed, and the 16GB USB’s audio contents will be provided in FLAC 44.1 Khz 24 bit and MP3 320 Kbps formats, fully compatible with PC and Mac.


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Top Ten Tunes: The Beatles White Album


My favourite songs from ‘The Beatles’ by The Beatles in 1968.

This album is commonly known as “The White Album” because of  its all-white cover.

  1. Revolution 1
  2. Helter Skelter
  3. Back In The USSR
  4. Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da
  5. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (featuring Eric Clapton)
  6. Dear Prudence
  7. Birthday
  8. Yer Blues
  9. Happiness Is A Warm Gun
  10. Glass Onion


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Virtual Collections: The Beatles Green Album

The Beatles - The Green Album
The Beatles - The Green Album

A virtual collection (this could fit on a single CD) to complete the Red and the Blue album series. Starts with an early version of ‘One After 909’ and includes some early singles and songs not composed by the Beatles, then some classic album tracks and finishes off with the 2 “artificially-created” Beatles songs from the mid-90s.

(Originally appeared on Art Of The Mix in 2005)

1 The Beatles One After 909 (1960 rehearsal)
2 The Beatles Ain’t She Sweet
3 The Beatles Cry For A Shadow
4 The Beatles Twist & Shout
5 The Beatles I Should Have Known Better
6 The Beatles Rock ‘n Roll Music
7 The Beatles Words Of Love
8 The Beatles Long Tall Sally
9 The Beatles Slow Down
10 The Beatles You’re Going To Lose That Girl
11 The Beatles Bad Boy
12 The Beatles I’m Down
13 The Beatles The Word
14 The Beatles Doctor Robert
15 The Beatles Here There And Everywhere
16 The Beatles Tomorrow Never Knows
17 The Beatles Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite!
18 The Beatles When I’m Sixty-Four
19 The Beatles Birthday
20 The Beatles Glass Onion
21 The Beatles Helter Skelter
22 The Beatles Happiness Is A Warm Gun
23 The Beatles Savoy Truffle
24 The Beatles I Want You (She’s So Heavy)
25 The Beatles Hey Bulldog
26 The Beatles One After 909
27 The Beatles Free As A Bird
28 The Beatles Real Love

My favourite place for vinyl and a place that reminds me of the type of record store I used to hang-out in when I was a teenager is Mabu Vinyl in Cape Town.

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70’s Compilation Albums that helped shape my music tastes

Growing up in the 70’s, I discovered a number of bands, and their back-catalogues, through compilation albums. It surprises many people when I tell them my favourite Beatles album is the Red Album, for example.

The Rolling Stones – Hot Rocks 

South African PressingThe Rolling Stones - Hot Rocks 1964-1971

The South African version had a different track listing to the US release. Included ‘Little Red Rooster’ and ‘Under The Boardwalk’ for example, and omitted ‘Brown Sugar’ and ‘Wild Horses’.

Track list for South African Album

  1. Time Is On My Side
  2. Heart Of Stone
  3. Play With Fire
  4. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
  5. As Tears Go By
  6. Get Off Of My Cloud
  7. Mothers Little Helper
  8. 19th Nervous Breakdown
  9. Paint It Black
  10. Under My Thumb
  11. Ruby Tuesday
  12. Let’s Spend The Night Together
  13. Jumpin’ Jack Flash
  14. Street Fighting Man
  15. Sympathy For The Devil
  16. Honky Tonk Women
  17. Gimme Shelter
  18. Tell Me
  19. Under The Boardwalk
  20. Little Red Rooster
  21. Midnight Rambler
  22. You Can’t Always Get What You Want (single version)

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The Beatles – The Red And The Blue Albums

The Beatles - The Red AlbumThe Beatles - The Blue Album

Two double albums, with every song a masterpiece. When these were re-released on CD in 1993, I bought them the day they came out. And though the whole of the Red Album could have been fitted onto a single CD, I didn’t mind paying full double album price. How many double CDs have so many classic chart-topping and million-selling songs on them? Worth every cent.


American Graffiti (soundtrack)

American Graffiti

My introduction to rock ‘n roll history.


The Who – Pinball And Other Wizards 1965-1975 (South African only release)

The Who - Pinball And Other Wizards '65-'75
The Who – Pinball And Other Wizards ’65-’75

Actually only goes up to 1971, despite the title, but a great collection, nonetheless. I have compiled an imaginary disc 3 to help fill in the gap.


Deep Purple – Mark I and Mark II

Deep Purple - Mark I & II
Deep Purple – Mark I & II

Brilliant collection, and this was the only place to find ‘When A Blind Man Cries’ for many years.


Music Of Our Time

Music Of Our Time
Music Of Our Time

A CBS sampler from 1971, that was sold cheaply. Amazing collection. Still one of my favourites.


Golden EarringHearing Earring

Golden Earring - Hearing Earring
Golden Earring – Hearing Earring

This was a compilation only released in South Africa and Holland, I think, which featured the best tracks from ‘Together’ and ‘Seven Tears’.


Jimi Hendrix –  Sound track recordings from the film Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix - Soundtrack
Jimi Hendrix – Soundtrack

A compilation of various live tracks and interviews. My main introduction to the live experience that was Jimi Hendrix

Track listing (interviews excluded)

  1. Rock Me Baby from Monterey Pop Festival (June 1967)
  2. Wild Thing from Monterey Pop Festival (June 1967)
  3. Machine Gun I from Isle of Wight Festival (August 31, 1970)
  4. Johnny B. Goode from Berkeley Community Center, Berkeley, California (May 30, 1970)
  5. Hey Joe  from Monterey Pop Festival (June 1967)
  6. Purple Haze from Berkeley Community Center, Berkeley, California (May 30, 1970)
  7. Like a Rolling Stone from Monterey Pop Festival (June 1967)
  8. The Star Spangled Banner from Woodstock (August 1969)
  9. Machine Gun II (Band of Gypsys) from Fillmore East (January 1, 1970)
  10. Hear My Train A Comin’ (acoustic) from London (1967)
  11. Red House from Isle of Wight Festival (August 31, 1970)
  12. In From the Storm from Isle of Wight Festival (August 31, 1970)




Triple album collection from Glastonbury Fayre in 1971. A strange mixture of artists and genres that introduced me to bands like Gong, Pink Fairies and The Grateful Dead.


Thin Lizzy – The Continuing Saga Of The Aging Orphans

Thin Lizzy - The Continuing Saga Of The Aging Orphans

Great album, that helped me discover the early years of Thin Lizzy, though I already knew Vagabonds Of The Western World, which is still one of my all-time favourite albums.


The Moody Blues – This Is The Moody Blues

This Is The Moody Blues

A double compilation album with all the songs crossfading into each other. Like Pink Floyd’s Echoes collection many years later.


Suck It And See


Double album sampler from Vertigo, this time. From Folk (Magna Carta) to Metal (Black Sabbath) and most places in-between. The South African pressing had a different track listing to the overseas version.

Honourary mention

Let The Good Times Roll (soundtrack)

Let The Good Times Roll

Not really a compilation but the soundtrack to a film of a live rock and roll revival, that I saw over and over again. Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Little Richard, Chubby Checker and others just blew me away. And the sampled soundbites from old TV shows, backstage comments and DJ introductions made it even better.

Mabu Vinyl in Cape Town is a place that reminds me of the type of record store I used to hang-out in when I was a teenager.