CSPC: The Beatles Popularity Analysis
Remaining Long Format Part 7 – Double Compilations #3
Both Past Masters volumes are full of iconic songs. The irony is that they contain only what one would flag as rarities, e.g. songs that weren’t part of the original UK studio albums or that were released long before them as stand-alone singles. Its aim was to fill the holes of the hugely hyped initial CD releases of UK studio albums in 1987.
Considering this theme, it is quite normal to see that most sales got generated by orphan songs. Hits like Love Me Do, Revolution, Get Back and Let It Be were first released as singles before getting included into Please Please Me, the While Album and Let It Be, which provides all those albums a true role in the best of appeal.