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Labor Day Special: Beatles Mixtape for Joe


Yesterday, friend and author Joe Maddrey over at his blog, Movies Made Me, noted this in his enjoyably contemplative Music Made Me #1: Nirvana vs. Pearl Jam post:

“About a month ago, my friend Rob and I started scheming an experiment.  It started with a casual facebook post: “Does anybody still make mix tapes?”  This prompted some passionate responses from friends who grew up practicing the art of the mix tape.  We quickly followed up with another question: “Nirvana or Pearl Jam?”  For those of us who came of age in the late 80s / early 90s, this was an important question – although probably not as unavoidable as the Beatles vs. Stones debate of our parents’ generation.”

Now, I’m of an age where this argument had a lot of bearing in my opinion of music, the 60s, and what I’d do during my evenings the next decade over. Specifically, after the compact cassette was invented, which also was known by many of us as the Musicassette (MC). After I could afford to purchase component audio equipment, that is. Of course, after A Hard Day’s Night, I’d forever be on The Lads side of such a face-off. Not to denigrate The Stones, it just is. In follow-up yesterday, Joe contacted me on Facebook to request an all-Beatles mix tape tracklist from moi.

I was honored he’d ask me. Or figuring my rumination on the subject over the years would pique my interest. Sure did. Started the last day of August and couldn’t wait to get up on Labor Day to finish it. His friend Ben will provide Joe with one by Mick and company, and he will post the final playlists on his blog. I very much look forward to that. So, here would be mine. No limit was placed on me by the author for the endeavor, but since Rolling Stone Magazine of late seems to be concentrating on 100 lists, that would be the number I’d hold in check.

Besides, it is way too easy to exceed for this Beatlemaniac. 😉 I’ve broken this up in a pair of 50s — just imagine this as a four and half hour mixtape cassette. Play the first half before going to bed. Sleep on it, and turn it over in the morning.

Beatles Mixtape for Joe

  • I Feel Fine (Past Masters, Vol 1)
  • Get Back (Love Remix – Love Soundtrack)
  • One After 909 (Let It Be…Naked)
  • No Reply (Beatles For Sale)
  • I’m A Loser (Beatles For Sale)
  • Baby’s In Black (Beatles For Sale)
  • She Said She Said (Revolver)
  • A Hard Day’s Night (A Hard Day’s Night)
  • All My Loving (With The Beatles)
  • I’m Happy Just To Dance With You (A Hard Day’s Night)
  • Got To Get You Into My Life (Revolver)
  • Tomorrow Never Knows (Revolver)
  • Strawberry Fields Forever (Take 7 & Edit Piece, Anthology 2)
  • I Am The Walrus (Anthology 2)
  • Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And Monkey (The Beatles, White Album)
  • Across The Universe (Anthology 2)
  • I Should Have Know Better (A Hard Day’s Night)
  • Lady Madonna (Past Masters, Vol 2)
  • She Loves You (Past Masters, Vol 1)
  • Not A Second Time (With The Beatles)
  • And I Love Her (A Hard Day’s Night)
  • I Need You (Help!)
  • Oh Darling (Abbey Road)
  • Can’t Buy Me Love (A Hard Day’s Night)
  • What You’re Doing (Beatles For Sale)
  • I Want to Hold Your Hand (Past Masters, Vol 1)
  • I’ll Get You [Mono]  (Past Masters, Vol 1)
  • We Can Work It Out (Past Masters, Vol 2)
  • Anna Go To Him (Please Please Me)
  • Rock and Roll Music (Beatles For Sale)
  • Revolution (The Beatles, White Album)
  • Twist and Shout (Please Please Me)
  • Please Please Me (Please Please Me)
  • Eight Days A Week (Beatles For Sale)
  • Chains (Please Please Me)
  • Love Me Do (Past Masters, Vol 1)
  • Long Tall Sally (Past Masters, Vol 1)
  • In My Life (Rubber Soul)
  • Day Tripper (Past Masters, Vol 2)
  • Do You Want To Know A Secret (Please Please Me)
  • Don’t Bother Me (With The Beatles)
  • Please Mister Postman (With The Beatles)
  • Paperback Writer (Past Masters, Vol 2)
  • Because (Love Remix – Love Soundtrack)
  • Let It Be (Let It Be…Naked)
  • Help! (Help!)
  • The Night Before (Help!)
  • Long, Long, Long (The Beatles, White Album)
  • Revolution 1 (The Beatles, White Album)
  • Good Night (The Beatles, White Album)


  • Good Morning Good Morning (Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band)
  • Come Together (Abbey Road)
  • Come And Get It (Anthology 3)
  • Norwegian Wood (Rubber Soul)
  • Yesterday (Help!)
  • Julia (The Beatles, White Album)
  • Eleanor Rigby (Revolver)
  • Girl (Rubber Soul)
  • She’s Leaving Home (Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band)
  • Dear Prudence (The Beatles, White Album)
  • And Your Bird Can Sing (Revolver)
  • Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band)
  • With A Little Help From My Friends (Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band)
  • Roll Over Beethoven (With The Beatles)
  • Hey Bulldog (Yellow Submarine)
  • Birthday (The Beatles, White Album)
  • Getting Better (Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band)
  • You’re Going To Lose That Girl (Help!)
  • Here, There And Everywhere (Revolver)
  • Any Time At All (A Hard Day’s Night)
  • Back In The USSR (The Beatles, White Album)
  • Another Girl (Help!)
  • Nowhere Man (Rubber Soul)
  • Love You To (Revolver)
  • She’s A Woman (Past Masters, Vol 1)
  • Ask Me Why (Please Please Me)
  • Lovely Rita (Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band)
  • Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite (Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band)
  • If I Fell (A Hard Day’s Night)
  • Ticket To Ride (Help!)
  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Love Remix – Love Soundtrack)
  • Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band)
  • A Day In The Life (Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band)
  • All You Need Is Love (Magical Mystery Tour)
  • Something (Anthology 3)
  • Hey Jude (Past Masters, Vol 2)
  • Till There Was You (With The Beatles)
  • Penny Lane (Anthology 2)
  • I Want To Hold Your Hand (Past Masters, Vol 1)
  • Free As A Bird (Anthology 1)
  • The Long And Winding Road (Let It Be…Naked)
  • You Never Give Me Your Money (Abbey Road)
  • Sun King (Abbey Road)
  • Mean Mr. Mustard (Abbey Road)
  • Polythene Pam (Abbey Road)
  • She Came In Through The Bathroom Window (Abbey Road)
  • Golden Slumbers (Abbey Road)
  • Carry That Weight (Abbey Road)
  • The End (Abbey Road)
  • Hello Goodbye (Magical Mystery Tour)

6 Responses to “Labor Day Special: Beatles Mixtape for Joe”

  1. Paula

    This is a great list that includes all my faves, with the possible exception of “Cayenne.” You may know better than I, was that a Quarrymen track?

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  2. Arlee Bird

    That’s quite a long mixtape it seems, but a very good one. I used to love making mixtapes, but no one ever gave me any feedback or discussion about the tapes I made for them so I stopped making them. And it did take a lot of time that I didn’t have. I made a lot of mixtapes for myself as well and used to enjoy them when I was driving on a long trip. No cassette player now so nevermind. Do many people even have cassette players anymore? Let alone listen to them?

    Tossing It Out

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    • le0pard13

      Thank you kindly, Arlee. I was kinda shocked to discover the variety of mixtape sites out there that people now contribute to and get feedback from. All kinds of music, for all kinds of purposes. This art is far from dead! Yay!

      I still have a cassette player. Well, a combo CD/Cassette/USB TEAC deck that can digitally convert audio tape to MP3. Handy when it comes to digitizing old audiobook cassettes that never got a CD upgrade.



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