With The Beatles off filming Help!, it would be a while until any new product was available. Capitol made sure that no Fab Four fan had to jones for long with The Early Beatles, a spectacular collection of '62 and '63 tracks, most of which were previously available on Vee-Jay's Introducing... The Beatles.
By 1965, both John Lennon and Paul McCartney were in full bloom as songwriters, with George Harrison, after a cautious toe or two in the water, soon to follow, albeit a few steps behind (for the time being).
The Early Beatles shows the band off in their just-out-of-the-Cavern Club prime, with the superlative UK single of Please Please Me/ Ask Me Why surpassed only by the understated charm of Do You Want To Know A Secret. (So confident were Lennon and McCartney as writers that they gave the tune to George to sing.)
Six of the 11 tracks are covers, and there's not one ho-hum apple in the bunch. McCartney wraps his mellifluous pipes around the easy-listening A Taste Of Honey, and at the other end of the spectrum there's Lennon's historic rendition of Twist And Shout, the first and last word in rock 'n' roll singing.
1. Love Me Do
2. Twist And Shout
6. Ask Me Why
7. Please Please Me
8. P.S. I Love You
9. Baby It's You
10. A Taste Of Honey
11. Do You Want To Know A Secret