Beatles 1962 - 1966

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1962–1966 (also known as "The Red Album") is a compilation album by the Beatles, spanning the years indicated in the title. Released with its counterpart 1967–1970 ("The Blue Album") in 1973, it reached No. 3 in the United Kingdom and No. 1 in the United States Cash Box album chart. However, in Billboard, 1962–1966 peaked at No. 3, while 1967–1970 reached the top spot. The album was re-released in September 1993 on compact disc, charting at No. 3 in the UK.

The album was compiled by Beatles manager Allen Klein. Even though the group had success with cover versions of songs, most notably with "Twist and Shout", which made No. 2 on the Billboard charts, only songs composed by the Beatles were included. Also noteworthy is the exclusion of any George Harrison compositions from the era (e.g. "Taxman"), with the result that all the included tracks are Lennon-McCartney originals. In contrast, the companion 1967-1970 compilation includes several Harrison-penned songs, and even one written by Ringo Starr.

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".


Love Me Do 2:18
Please Please Me 1:58
From Me To You 1:56
She Loves You 2:19
I Want To Hold Your Hand 2:23
All My Loving 2:04
Can't Buy Me Love 2:10
A Hard Day's Night 2:29
And I Love Her 2:28
Eight Days A Week 2:42
I Feel Fine 2:20
Ticket To Ride 3:03
Yesterday 2:04
Help! 2:33
You've Got To Hide Your Love Away 2:06
We Can Work It Out 2:12
Day Tripper 2:48
Drive My Car 2:27
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) 2:02
Nowhere Man 2:40
Michelle 2:41
In My Life 2:22
Girl 2:27
Paperback Writer 2:15
Eleanor Rigby 2:03
Yellow Submarine 2:46