The Beatles

The Beatles' Hits [EP]

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This EP had actually been prepared for release in late June or early July of 1963 but was then held back, probably owing to the continued ballooning sales of their current singles and their debut album (hence its older catalog number). By September of 1963, the Beatles -- then in their eighth month of success -- had proved they were more than one- or two-hit wonders, and that the market could absorb anything decent that was put out there, and the contents of this disc were a lot more than decent. It would be three years before their hit singles "Love Me Do," "Please Please Me," and "From Me to You" would be compiled together on an LP (in England), but the end of the summer seemed an opportune moment to exploit them again and absorb the slack between "She Loves You" and "I Want to Hold Your Hand" (which was not to show up for another few weeks). "From Me to You"'s B-side, "Thank You Girl," filled out the lineup. This time out the songs were all Lennon and McCartney originals, as well. Back in 1963 any teenager would have wanted to own it, even though it was all previously available and "She Loves You" had sold in profusion as a single just a few weeks earlier. Americans would have recognized the cover photo from the sleeve as part of the shoot that gave them the art for VeeJay Records' Introducing...the Beatles.

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