Past Masters (compilation album) by The Beatles

Past Masters
Past Masters by The Beatles
(Compilation album)
Year: 1988
Overall rank: 6,415th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
84/100 (from 181 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top albums of 1988 (93rd)
Award Top albums of the 1980s (968th)
Award Best albums of all time (6,415th)

The Beatles bestography

Past Masters is ranked 21st best out of 65 albums by The Beatles on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by The Beatles is Abbey Road which is ranked number 3 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 82,778.

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84/100 (from 181 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 84.4/100, a mean average of 82.4/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 85.0/100. The standard deviation for this album is 17.9.

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From 06/06/2020 09:20
Rain is exceptional. Can't believe it doesn't have a higher rating.
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From 10/27/2016 10:58
To Jackbrown. Yes, I'm aware those songs are respectively on, A hard day's night, and, Help!, but what I was referring to on that point was, Past masters, as a coherent listening experience. Yes, it mops up the songs not on any 'official' albums, but that's all it does, sonically it's all over the place. This is maybe the only Beatles compilation you need theoretically, but it's too uneven to work as an album. As I said a UK singles album from Love me do, to, Let it be, and their B-sides would be the ultimate Beatles comp which would flow effortlessly and as well as sonically it would also historically be a great listening experience and yes, feature, Can't buy me love, and, Ticket to ride, but technically, as it is, Past masters, is the only essential compilation.
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From 10/27/2016 05:59
but gary, as you say, the point is to have the songs that weren't released on any albums... your complaints of the lack of "can't buy me love" and "ticket to ride" aren't valid, those songs are on "a hard day's night" and "help".....

this is the best collection of this sort and every compilation should be like this. "best ofs" are pointless.
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From 03/31/2016 13:15
The problem with past masters is that it does exactly what it says on the tin. It mops up all the band's official songs not released on an album, I.e., singles, b-sides, and e.p tracks. You can't argue with the quality of the music, but it feels insubstantial. The jump of two years between rain, and, lady Madonna, is just sonically uncomfortable. The first disc doesn't really suffer too badly from this, but it still misses out great songs like, can't buy me love, and, ticket to ride. It would have been better if they released a U.K. singles album with all the a and b sides, but then you would miss out on the long tall Sally e.p., bad boy, and the original version of, across the universe. I could live without the German versions of she loves you, and, I want to hold your hand, but the rest is essential. It includes wonderful early b-sides such as, the lovely, I'll get you, which is a personal favourite of mine, and the gorgeous, this boy. Other essentials are Paul's, she's a woman, and the aforementioned, rain. The only problem is, it's not really a coherent listening experience. Still, it's a must have for any Beatles fanatics.
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From 01/29/2016 23:33
A great collection of songs and a must have for any Beatles fan.
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From 03/15/2014 15:45
Favourite Songs: Rain, Across The Universe, Lady Madonna, Don't Let Me Down
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From 01/30/2013 22:24
Some of my favorite Beatles songs are singles that weren't on the albums proper. This is a necessary part of the complete discography.
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From 04/13/2012 20:44
Past Masters is a fantastic assembly of the Beatles non-album work. Some of their greatest songs are here... If looking at only one - Past Masters 2 is better, but these are available together now.
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From 12/15/2011 18:43
This should not be a seperate entry. Past Masters 1 and 2 (which already exist on site) were released as seperate albums and should not warrant an additional entry just because they were later sold as a single edition.
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