The Beatles 1962-1966 (1973)
The closest the Beatles came to a greatest hits package, this document of the early part of their career features hit singles (in chronological order) and selected album tracks, running from "Love Me Do" through the groundbreaking Rubber Soul and Revolver albums. While this may be an excellent intro for beginners, real fans will never be content with only selections, especially when you're dealing with those aforementioned albums.
Fan Says: The Beatles took American rock and roll and brought their British sound to it and made it something really special. Everyone writing rock and roll music today owes a debt to the Beatles. All the songs here are pop music at their finest. There are great love songs "And I Love Her" and "She Loves You", heartbreak songs "We Can Work It Out" and "Ticket To Ride", plus a glimpse of the Beatles' strangeness to come: "Yellow Submarine" and "Paperback Writer." Also, "Yesterday" is arguably the best song of the last centruy. Some things are missing, like their great covers of "Twist and Shout" and "You've Really Got a Hold On Me", but those point to the past, not to the Beatles' future. This is a great introduction to the Beatles and should not be ignored by any music lover of any age. John, Paul, George, and Ringo changed the world with their sweet harmonies, and the world still thanks them.
By Michael Salvati (firstname.lastname@example.org)