Originally released in 2000, 1 sold more than 31 million albums and is the fastest-selling record of all time. Not bad for a band that broke up in 1970. This 27-song collection of number one (duh) singles go from "Love Me Do" to "The Long and Winding Road" and, in case you haven't figured it out yet, shows that even at their blandest, the Beatles always found ways to break new ground, reinventing and improving themselves over and over again. Why should you get this album if you already own all the Beatles records? This collection, available on iTunes for the first time, has been remastered and sounds better than ever (yeah, the surviving Beatles approved). If you get it through the official Beatles' site (thebeatles.com) you get a custom design T-shirt. The bottom line: No matter what your take on the Beatles is, this is a mandatory one-stop for anyone who wants to know what great singing, songwriting, and producing is all about. No, there isn't any "A Day in the Life" or "I Am the Walrus" here. But what you get worked then and still works now.
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