Here is a side by side comparison of the two versions:
SIDE ONE SIDE ONE
Love Me Do She Loves You
From Me to You Love Me Do
She Loves You I Want to Hold Your Hand
I Want to Hold Your Hand Can't Buy Me Love
Can't Buy Me Love A Hard Day's Night
A Hard Day's Night I Feel Fine
I Feel Fine Eight Days a Week
Ticket to Ride Ticket to Ride
Day Tripper Yesterday
We Can Work It Out We Can Work It Out
Yellow Submarine Penny Lane
Eleanor Rigby All You Need is Love
All You Need is Love Hello Goodbye
Hello Goodbye Hey Jude
Lady Madonna Get Back
Hey Jude Come Together
Get Back Let It Be
The Ballad of John and Yoko The Long and Winding Road
Essentially, each version included the songs which had gone to number one in the respective countries - with a few exceptions. Love Me Do had never hit the top spot in the UK, only peaking at number seventeen on its initial release, but it had recently been reissued on the twentieth anniversary of its debut and had hit a much more respectable number four.
And, of course, there is the exclusion of Please Please Me, the record which had hit number one on all but one of the British charts in 1963. By all rights, it should be on this collection (in place of Love Me Do, in fact) and, sadly, this is not the last time that this great song would suffer such an indignity.
The greatest sin, however, occurs on the American version. On my entry for the Beatles Ballads, I noted that squeezing twenty tracks onto a single vinyl album negatively affected the sound quality of the product. In a misguided attempt to preserve the fidelity of the record, Capitol actually had the temerity to lop off the final two minutes of the Hey Jude coda. Whatever your feelings about the extended fadeout of that song, it is still tantamount to painting a mustache on the Mona Lisa.
The two albums were issued a week apart in October of '82. The UK version went to number ten, but the US version only went as high as number fifty. These were the final official releases until the group's catalog appeared on CD in 1987.