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The Beatles 100 Greatest Recordings | Digital Dream Door

From Digital Dream Door

The Beatles 1962 to 1970

1. Hey Jude
  2. She Loves You
  3. A Day In the Life
  4. Let It Be
  5. I Want To Hold Your Hand
  6. Yesterday
  7. Twist and Shout
  8. I Saw Her Standing There
  9. Strawberry Fields Forever
10. Revolution
11. A Hard Day’s Night
12. Help!
13. Something
14. Penny Lane
15. In My Life
16. Eleanor Rigby
17. Come Together
18. Ticket To Ride
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

The Beatles
The Beatles

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

45 Minute Version (Side A of C90)

The Beatles
The Beatles
  1. Back In The USSR
  2. Dear Prudence
  3. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
  4. The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill
  5. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
  6. Happiness Is A Warm Gun
  7. Don’t Pass Me By
  8. Birthday
  9. Yer Blues
  10. Mother Nature’s Son
  11. Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
  12. Helter Skelter
  13. Revolution 1
  14. Revolution 9 (excerpt)
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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)

1The BeatlesOne After 909 (1960 rehearsal)
2The BeatlesAin’t She Sweet
3The BeatlesCry For A Shadow
4The BeatlesTwist & Shout
5The BeatlesI Should Have Known Better
6The BeatlesRock ‘n Roll Music
7The BeatlesWords Of Love
8The BeatlesLong Tall Sally
9The BeatlesSlow Down
10The BeatlesYou’re Going To Lose That Girl
11The BeatlesBad Boy
12The BeatlesI’m Down
13The BeatlesThe Word
14The BeatlesDoctor Robert
15The BeatlesHere There And Everywhere
16The BeatlesTomorrow Never Knows
17The BeatlesBeing For The Benefit Of Mr Kite!
18The BeatlesWhen I’m Sixty-Four
19The BeatlesBirthday
20The BeatlesGlass Onion
21The BeatlesHelter Skelter
22The BeatlesHappiness Is A Warm Gun
23The BeatlesSavoy Truffle
24The BeatlesI Want You (She’s So Heavy)
25The BeatlesHey Bulldog
26The BeatlesOne After 909
27The BeatlesFree As A Bird
28The BeatlesReal Love

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’70s Compilation Albums that helped shape my music tastes

Growing up in the ’70s, 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.

24 Golden Oldies

A double album released in South Africa only in 1973. Included “Cry To Me” by The Staccatos and “For Your Precious Love” by The Flames. I discovered Frijid Pink’s psychedelic version of “House Of The Rising Sun” because of this album.

1. Time Is Tight – Booker T & The MG’s
2. Bye Bye Love – The Everly Brothers
3. Runaround Sue – Dion
4. For Your Precious Love – The Flames
5. Tutti Frutti – Little Richard
6. Cry To Me – The Staccatos
7. Wake Up Little Susie – The Everly Brothers
8. Lazy Life – Quentin E KlopJaeger
9. Land Of 1000 Dances – The Dream Merchants
10. Shabby Little Hut – The Bats
11. Chapel Of Love – June Muscat
12. Silence Is Golden – The Square Set
13. Jenny Jenny – Little Richard
14. Be Bop A Lula – The Everly Brothers
15. Black Is Black – Los Bravos
16. What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For – Mickie Most
17. Someone, Someone – Brian Poole & The Tremeloes
18. House Of The Rising Sun – Frijid Pink
19. Singing The Blues – Tommy Steele
20. Sunglasses – Hilary
21. The First Cut Is The Deepest – Cat Stevens
22. Green Grow The Lilacs – Judy Page & Peter Lotis
23. The Wedding – Julie Rogers
24. Hello Operator – Billy Forrest

The Rolling Stones – Hot Rocks 

South African Pressing
The 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 (edit)
  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 & The Blue Albums

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.

The Beatles – The Red & The Blue Albums

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

Actually only goes up to 1971, despite the title, but a great collection, nonetheless. I 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

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’.

Golden Earring – Hearing Earring

Sound track recordings from the film Jimi Hendrix

Sound track recordings from the film Jimi Hendrix

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.

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!

Suck It And See SA

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.