1962–1966 (also known as "The Red Album") is a compilation LP by The Beatles, spanning the years indicated in the title.
Released with its counterpart 1967–1970 ("The Blue Album") in 1973, it reached No. 3 in the United Kingdom and No. 1 in the United States Cash Box album chart. However, in Billboard, 1962–1966 peaked at No. 3, while 1967–1970 reached the top spot. The album was re-released in September 1993 on compact disc, charting at No. 3 in the UK.
The album was compiled by Beatles manager Allen Klein. Even though the group had had success with cover versions of songs, most notably with "Twist and Shout", which made number 2 on the Billboard charts, only songs composed by the Beatles were included. Along with its 1967–1970 counterpart, it compiles every single A-side released by the band in the UK.
As with 1967–1970, this compilation was produced by Apple/EMI at least partially in response to a bootleg collection titled Alpha Omega, which had been sold on television the previous year. Print advertising for the two records made a point of declaring them "the only authorized collection of the Beatles."
For the group's 1963 debut LP Please Please Me, photographer Angus McBean took the distinctive colour photograph of the group looking down over the stairwell inside EMI House (EMI's London headquarters in Manchester Square, now demolished). The cover for the 1963 EP The Beatles (No. 1) used a picture from the same shoot.
In 1969, The Beatles asked McBean to recreate this shot. Although the 1969 photograph was originally intended for the planned Get Back album, it was not used when that project saw eventual release in 1970 as Let It Be. Instead, the 1969 photograph, along with an unused photograph from the 1963 photo shoot, was used for both this LP and the cover of 1967–1970.
The inner gatefold photo for both LPs is from the "Mad Day Out" photo session in London on Sunday 28 July 1968.
The album cover was designed by Tom Wilkes.
Format: 2 x 12" Vinyl LP, Gatefold Sleeve
Condition: Near Mint Vinyl, Mint Condition Gatefold Sleeve
- Love Me Do
- Please Please Me
- From Me To You
- She Loves You
- I Want To Hold Your Hand
- All My Loving
- Can't Buy Me Love
- A Hard Day's Night
- And I Love Her
- Eight Days A Week
- I Feel Fine
- Ticket To Ride
- You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
- We Can Work It Out
- Day Tripper
- Drive My Car
- Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
- Nowhere Man
- In My Life
- Paperback Writer
- Eleanor Rigby
- Yellow Submarine