The Paul McCartney Project

Timeline More from year 2000
Release date:
Nov 13, 2000

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Track list

Disc 1


Love Me Do

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:21 • Studio version


From Me to You

Written by Lennon - McCartney

1:55 • Studio version


She Loves You

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:21 • Studio versionA5

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr :
John Lennon :
Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison :
Lead guitar, Vocals
George Martin :
Norman Smith :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Jul 01, 1963
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jul 04, 1963
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


I Want to Hold Your Hand

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:24 • Studio version


Can't Buy Me Love

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:11 • Studio version


A Hard Day's Night

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:33 • Studio version


I Feel Fine

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:18 • Studio version


Eight Days a Week

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:43 • Studio version


Ticket to Ride

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:08 • Studio version



Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:18 • Studio version



Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:05 • Studio version


Day Tripper

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:48 • Studio version


We Can Work It Out

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:15 • Studio version


Paperback Writer

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:16 • Studio version


Yellow Submarine

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:37 • Studio version


Eleanor Rigby

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:06 • Studio version


Penny Lane

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:00 • Studio versionB

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Harmonium, Percussion, Piano, Tambourine, Vocals
Ringo Starr :
Drums, Handbell
John Lennon :
Backing vocals, Congas, Guitar, Handclaps, Piano
George Harrison :
Backing vocals, Guitar
George Martin :
Piano, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
David Mason :
Flugelhorn, Trumpets
Ray Swinfield :
Flutes, Piccolos
P Goody :
Flutes, Piccolos
Manny Winters :
Flutes, Piccolos
Dennis Walton :
Flutes, Piccolos
Leon Calvert :
Flugelhorn, Trumpets
Freddy Clayton :
Flugelhorn, Trumpets
Bert Courtley :
Flugelhorn, Trumpets
Duncan Campbell :
Flugelhorn, Trumpets
Dick Morgan :
Cor anglais, Oboes
Mike Winfield :
Cor anglais, Oboes
Frank Clarke :
Double bass

Session Recording:
Dec 29, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
30 Dec 1966 and 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12 Jan 1967
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jan 25, 1967
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


All You Need Is Love

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:46 • Studio version


Hello Goodbye

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:26 • Studio version


Lady Madonna

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:15 • Studio version


Hey Jude

Written by Lennon - McCartney

7:03 • Studio version


Get Back

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:12 • Studio version


The Ballad of John and Yoko

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:57 • Studio version



Written by George Harrison

3:01 • Studio version


Come Together

Written by Lennon - McCartney

4:16 • Studio version


Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:48 • Studio version


The Long and Winding Road

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:36 • Studio version


From Wikipedia:

1 is a compilation album by English rock band The Beatles, originally released on 13 November 2000. The album features virtually every number-one single achieved in the United Kingdom and United States from 1962 to 1970 by the Beatles. Issued on the 30th anniversary of the band’s break-up, it was their first compilation available on only one compact disc. 1 was a commercial success, and topped the charts worldwide. 1 has sold over 31 million copies.

In addition, 1 is the fourth best-selling album in the U.S. since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking U.S. album sales in January 1991, and the best-selling album of the decade in the US from 2000 to 2009, as well as the best-selling album of the decade worldwide. 1 was remastered and reissued in September 2011, and was reissued and remastered again in several different deluxe editions in November 2015, the most comprehensive of which is a three-disc set entitled 1+.

As of June 2015, 1 is the sixth best-selling album of the 21st century in the UK, having sold over 3.1 million copies.


Compiled by producer George Martin and the (then) three surviving members of the band, 1 includes the 27 Beatles songs that went to number one in the United Kingdom on the Record Retailer Top 50 chart or in the United States on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It is worth noting, however, that the song “For You Blue” was listed on Billboard chart at No. 1, as a double A-sided single with “The Long and Winding Road“, but Capitol Records treated “For You Blue” as strictly a B-side and did not promote it as an A-side. Meanwhile, “Day Tripper” was included on 1, since it charted at No. 1 in the UK as a double A side with “We Can Work It Out“, while in the US, only “We Can Work It Out” was No. 1. The only singles released in both the UK and US that did not reach No. 1 in either country, and were therefore ineligible for inclusion on the album, were “Please Please Me” and “Strawberry Fields Forever” (both reached No. 2 in the UK charts, while in the US the former peaked at No. 3, and the latter at No. 8). The former was largely known as “The Beatles’ first UK number one single”; however, it reached the top spot in the musical magazines New Musical Express and Melody Maker but not on the chart published by Record Retailer (now Music Week). On the other hand, “Strawberry Fields Forever” was part of a double A-side single along with “Penny Lane“. This single had peaked at No. 2 in the charts, behind Engelbert Humperdinck’s single “Release Me”.

This album is essentially a combination of both the US and UK versions of the earlier album 20 Greatest Hits, with the addition of “Something” (that song was left off 20 Greatest Hits because of time constraints). On 1, “Hey Jude” was released in its original full-length version (slightly over seven minutes); on the American version of 20 Greatest Hits it had been released as a shortened version.


Before 1, all 27 songs were available mainly in two remastered CD versions. First on the respective Beatles albums released in 1987 (as well as Past Masters, Volume One and Past Masters, Volume Two, released in 1988). The second remastering was made available on the CD versions for 1962–1966 and 1967–1970 (released in 1993).

The songs on 1 were remastered specifically for the release in 2000. According to the liner notes of the album, the original analogue masters were “digitally remastered at 24 bits resolution, processed using Sonic Solutions NoNoise technology and mastered to 16 bit using Prism SNS Noise Shaping.” The remastering was overseen by Peter Mew of Abbey Road Studios and took place there. In 2011, 1 was remastered and reissued on CD and is also available as digital downloads via iTunes.


The package of 1 was intended to be simplistic and ambitious at the same time. Its cover was designed by Rick Ward, and consists of a pop-art yellow number one on a red background. (The emphasis on the 1 digit was used on many of the compilations of number-one hits by different artists that followed this album; for example, ELV1S by Elvis Presley or Number Ones by the Bee Gees). The album’s back cover features the famous photos of The Beatles taken by Richard Avedon copyrighted on 17 August 1967. The design exclusively uses variations of the Helvetica typeface.

1 was released worldwide in CD and cassette. The vinyl format was released in only the United Kingdom. The CD includes a 32-page booklet with a coloured page with international picture covers (a total of 163 covers are displayed on the whole booklet) and details (recording date, location, release date, chart stats) for each of the singles. It also includes on its first two pages a collage with 27 1s in different colours (all of them following the same art as the cover) with the sentence “27 No. 1 singles = 1” (which was used as a catch phrase for the promo ads for the album), and a foreword by George Martin.

The LP and cassette keep the main art of the CD version, but in a different form. The double vinyl record version was not released in the US, but the imported British edition was available. The vinyl version features a large full-colour fold-out poster showing 126 picture sleeves (37 fewer than on the CD), and reproductions of the four Richard Avedon photos. The Avedon portraits also appear on the inside of the gate-fold cover. The records have custom labels featuring the same graphics as the front cover and are packaged in custom inner sleeves. The deluxe packaging of the vinyl album, with its four portraits and poster, is reminiscent to that of The Beatles (The White Album). The cassette included a 20-page insert, including the collage, the George Martin commentary and paged Avedon’s portraits on its inlay and the whole description for the tracks as a total of 36 covers on its inlay reverse.

Release variations

  • 2000 CD. Apple 7243 5 29970 2 2 (Released in UK only)
  • 2000 CD. Apple 7243 5 29325 2 8 (Worldwide release)
  • 2011 CD. (Remastered). Apple 50999 083070 2 6
  • 2015 CD. (Remixed). Apple 06025 475678 1 9 (as 1+ in USA, Canada and Europe with two Blu-ray discs)


On 6 November 2015, Apple Records released a deluxe version of the original album. Most of the tracks on 1 have been remixed from the original multi-track masters by Giles Martin, as the first three tracks are the original mono mixes. In addition to the new mixes, there are surround sound 5.1 mixes presented as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio in the Blu-ray version and Dolby Digital and DTS in the DVD version. However, the 5.1 mixes are not presented as discrete channels: The front two channels (left and right) are the same as the rear two left and right channels with added reverb or ambiance effects. A discrete 5.1 mix would have the vocals and instruments spread out among the five channels and the low frequencies (bass, kick and floor drums, etc.) in the 0.1 channel.

1+ also includes 50 promotional films/performances, plus commentary and introductions from Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. All videos have been digitally restored and enhanced. They are available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Variations of 1/1+ include standard CD, CD/DVD, CD/Blu-ray, CD/2DVD, CD/2Blu-ray. The double-disc video editions also feature a 124-page hard-bound book with illustrations. The DVD/Blu-ray video editions are also available as a stand-alone package.

Sales and chart performance

1 received universal acclaim. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic gave the album five stars out of five. He stated that there is “no question that this is all great music“, although he also stated that “there’s really no reason for anyone who owns all the records to get this too“.

The reception of 1 surpassed all critical and commercial expectations. It reached No. 1 in over 35 countries, achieving the record for the album debuting at the top of the most national charts ever. It became the highest-selling of 2000 and later, of the entire decade. This achievement made the Beatles the first and only artist to have the best-selling albums of two different decades. They also had the best-selling album of the 1960s, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. No tracks from Sgt. Pepper appear on this album. With this album, the Beatles also achieved having an album hit the No. 1 position in the US in four non-consecutive decades (1960s, 1970s, 1990s and 2000s).

In the United Kingdom, 1 became the Beatles’ 15th No. 1 album with sales of 319,126 copies (achieving record sales for only one week in 2000). On 18 December 2000, reported that the album has “become 2000’s biggest-selling album—in only five weeks.” 1 was the first album to stay at the top spot for nine weeks in almost ten years (the last being the Eurythmics’s Greatest Hits), the best-selling album of 2000, and the fourth best-selling album of the 2000s so far in the UK. In its eleventh week, 1 sold a total of two million copies in the UK. It spent a total of 46 weeks inside the Top 75. On July 2013 it was certified 10× platinum by the BPI, for over 3 million copies sold in the UK. It is the 26th best-selling album in the UK—according to an assessment by the Official Charts Company and the British Phonographic Industry that counted album sales in the UK from 28 July 1956 to 14 June 2009—, and the second best-selling Beatles album in that country (only beaten by Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which is the second best-selling album in the UK).

In the United States, the response was similar. 1 debuted at No. 1 with a sales over 595,000 copies. In its second week, sales increased to 662,000 but it was knocked off the top spot by Backstreet Boys’s Black & Blue. The album returned to the No. 1 spot the following week, a feat the Beatles share only with Creed’s 2001 title, Weathered. The album spent a total of eight weeks at No. 1 amd sold 1,258,667 copies during Christmas week of 2000, its highest-selling week. With this number, the Beatles achieved a new record: it was the seventh highest one-week sales in Soundscan history, the highest for an album not in its first week of sales, and the highest for an album comprising previously released music. The album spent 104 weeks inside the Billboard 200 and became the sixth best-selling album in the United States in 2001. On 15 April 2005, 1 was certified Diamond in America, and 1 is included on the list of the Top 100 Albums by the Recording Industry Association of America. The album is the best-selling album of the 21st century in the US and the fourth best-selling album in the Soundscan era (1991–present). As of February 2014, the album has had sold 12,410,000 copies in the US. In the US, the album secured the Beatles a fourth decade in which they placed an album at No. 1 on the Billboard chart.

In Canada, 1 debuted at No. 1 on the Canadian Albums Chart, selling 54,668 copies in its first week. The album was certified Diamond (1,000,000 units) by the CRIA in February 2001, just four months after its release. As of 2009, 1 has sold 1,103,000 units in Canada, making it the fifth best-selling album ever in Canada of the Nielsen SoundScan era.

In Germany, 1 debuted at No. 1 and managed to stay there nine non-consecutive weeks. Though this, it stayed only seventeen weeks in the top ten of the German Albums Chart, but fifty weeks in the total chart. By selling 1,650,000 copies and reaching 11× Gold, it’s the third best-selling album of the decade 2000–2009 and the best-selling non-German language album.

In 2009, Apple Corps, the Beatles’ company, stated that worldwide sales of 1 had exceeded 31 million copies. Worldwide in 2000 the album sold 13.8 million copies, with 2 million or more copies sold during 2 consecutive weeks, and was the fourth best-selling album behind Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP, Britney Spears’ Oops!… I Did It Again, and Santana’s Supernatural. […]


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